Happy camper inspires others
Published Wednesday, August 8, 2012 6:01PM MDT
Last Updated Wednesday, August 8, 2012 7:02PM MDT
The Easter Seals’ Camp Horizon offers kids with disabilities the chance to spend their summer like every other kid and enjoy the great outdoors.
The camp is set up to allow the kids to learn new skills and overcome some of life’s challenges within a safe environment.
Elisa Neven-Pugh has cerebral palsy and is one of the campers this year.
Elisa counts on her wheelchair to get around and says she loves the freedom she feels while participating in the many activities at camp.
“The giant swing, high ropes, and swimming just anything that I can move my body in ways that at home I can't,” said Elisa.
Elisa and her twin sister Josie were born three months premature and Josie says her sibling inspires a lot of people by the way she responds to her challenges.
“She just loves life and it's just very inspiring just to see her live so fully. Like she's done a lot of things that , like I haven't done,” said Josie.
Anna Garcia is the Director of Operations at Camp Horizon and says Elisa has a positive impact on the staff and other campers.
“For us to see her continue to grow and to continue to have an impact both in terms of the volunteers that she encounters every day, the staff she encounters, and then the other campers who can look up to her and see what an inspiration she is,” said Garcia.
The CEO of Easter Seals Alberta, Susan Boivin, says Elisa was the Easter Seals Youth Ambassador for 2011.
“She did such a great job that we've actually asked her to stay on as an alumni and we're taking her out to many events and she's also requested, um, by people that she's spoken to before., they want her to come back. She’s really made a connection with a lot of our supporters and our volunteers and our donors,” said Boivin.
Elisa says she is humbled to know that she is inspiring others through her actions.
“If I can make someone in their wheelchair meet one of these people that I’ve spoken to and they feel completely normal, then I’ve done my job,” said Elisa.
For the way she enjoys life and brightens the lives of her fellow campers, Elisa Neven-Pugh is our Inspiring Albertan this week.