Monday, October 6, 2008

Warm Winnipeg Welcome....

"Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe." -Gail Devers

Winnipeg= Winter-peg?? We must have arrived too soon.....

Last Friday, was another jam packed day. In the morning, Terry and I were invited to Inkster School to speak about our experiences. In addition to the Preschool to Grade 8 classes, Inkster School provides autism services in a one-on-one classroom setting. Thank you to Principal, Sandy Intrater, the students, and teachers for welcoming Run The Dream.
After the assembly and tour of the school Terry and I made our way to St. Amant Centre. St. Amant is a facility which is dedicated to excellence and leadership in care, education and services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Thank you to Carl Stephens, President and CEO; Daniela Fazzio, a representative from the ABA program; Nicole Koswin, Executive Director of the St. Amant Foundation; and Michelle Bailey, Director of Communications for welcoming Run The Dream to the centre and for sharing their history and objectives for the future with us.

Unfortunately, Premier Gary Doer was unavailable, but he did send us his personal regrets from the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), for Burrows, Mr. Doug Martindale, who met with Terry and I on the steps of the Manitoba Legislature.
On Saturday, Terry and I had the privilege of being the "Grand Marshalls" for the Second Annual Autism Awareness Walkathon at Kildonan Park.

This morning, City-TV's Breakfast Television invited me to come in and talk about Run The Dream. Jon Ljungberg, BT Host, and an uncle of an autistic child, shared his experiences with the viewership, as well as promoting the objectives of Run The Dream.

Now for some happy and sad news- At 11am I left solo from Winnipeg City Hall. This is the end of Terry's Trek, from Ottawa to Winnipeg- over 2700 kms in 3 months. Congrats Terry!!! A blog tribute to Terry is to come!

The Dream Continues.....

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