Peterborough resident Stu Harrison has been acknowledged for his a long time of service as he has been named Easter Seals Canada 2021 Nationwide Volunteer Award winner for Ontario.
Harrison has volunteered with the Easter Seals Ontario Telethon in Peterborough for greater than 43 years and continues his assist. He was certainly one of eight “distinctive” volunteers acknowledged by Easter Seals Canada throughout Nationwide Volunteer Week who “have devoted their time and expertise to assist make Canada a extra inclusive society for individuals of all talents.”
Coralie Jacobs, supervisor of improvement for Easter Seals Ontario’s japanese area, says Harrison is the “centre stage” host of the annual Peterborough telethon and is revered by the set crew, “adored” by donors and above all, “very a lot liked by Easter Seals children.”
“Their faces mild up with enormous smiles after they see that Stu is there,” she stated.
“The youngsters and households additionally get pleasure from catching up with Stu, as he’s a well-recognized face annually. Stu has watched most of the children develop into superb younger adults. You may clearly see the connections and relationships which have been solid over time and the mutual admiration on set annually. Due to his personable and type methods, Stu is effectively revered by all of the members of our Telethon Committee.
“Stu by no means fails to supply his knowledge, expertise and good humour. He challenges us to do higher, to lift the bar, to be totally different, and to pause to make the neatest choices. Stu is genuinely unaware of simply how a lot he’s valued by the individuals round him, and it’s one of many issues that make him so invaluable.”
Harrison started his involvement with Easter Seals in 1978 whereas working at CHEX radio as declares learn pledges. He ultimately joined the internet hosting crew and regarded it an “annual honour.”
“Whereas I actually benefit from the committee work main as much as the annual telethon, crucial ingredient for me is a honest dedication to telling the story correctly,” he stated. “I discovered early on that it takes quite a bit for a younger youngster and their household to place themselves ahead as an envoy. Public appearances, telethons, making speeches, all contain the fact that you’re asking for assist, and that’s not simple. I see my function as attending to know the households and telling their story in a means that they’re snug with.”
“The icing on the cake is watching the youngsters develop up and discover their means in life,” he stated.
Harrison, who’s the CEO of the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, says his nationwide award honours the Easter Seals kids.
“It’s concerning the children, it’s about their tales,” he stated.
Because of the pandemic, the 2021 Easter Seals Telethon was rescheduled from April and can now broadcast dwell in Peterborough on Sunday, June 13, on YourTV and on International Peterborough from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The telethon celebrates success tales, showcases Easter Seals children and their households, acknowledges donors and sponsors, and raises funds for kids and youth with bodily disabilities to buy important mobility and accessibility gear, on-line digital camp programming, public consciousness and knowledge assets, and totally accessible summer time camp alternatives at its two properties — Camp Merrywood and Camp Woodeden.
Donations will be made on-line at www.easterseals.org/peterborough-telethon
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