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CHAMPS EMBRACE LIFE “JUST THE WAY I AM” AT CHILD AMPUTEE SEMINAR IN KITCHENER

September 27, 2019 – The War Amps 2019 Ontario Child Amputee (CHAMP) Seminar starts today in Kitchener. The Seminar will bring together young amputees and their parents from across the province, where they will learn about the latest developments in artificial limbs, dealing with teasing and staring and parenting an amputee child. The theme of the Seminar, “Just the Way I Am,” encourages Champs to embrace their amputation and overcome hurdles on the road to independence.

When: Sept. 27 – Sept. 29, 2019
Where: Crowne Plaza Kitchener-Waterloo
105 King Street East

Media are welcome to attend the following sessions. Interviews with local Champs and War Amps representatives can be arranged at any time.

Friday, Sept. 27
6:45 p.m. Welcoming (Grand Ballroom)
The War Amps introduces the 2019 seminar theme, “Just the Way I Am,” with a special opening to kick off the weekend.
Saturday, Sept. 28
9:10 a.m. PLAYSAFE! (Viking C)
Champs will view the War Amps safety video, PLAYSAFE: Don’t Let It Happen to You and learn how they can become Safety Ambassadors and teach other children how to PLAYSAFE.
10:25 a.m. Owning Your Amputation for:
Arm Amputees (Viking A & B)
Leg Amputees (Grand Ballroom)
Partial Hand Amputees (Trillium Suite)

Champs will learn special hacks to help “take charge” of their amputation. They will also participate in lively demonstrations of their recreational limbs and special devices.
1:10 p.m. Feature Presentation (Grand Ballroom)
CHAMP Graduate Chinyere Eni-McLean, of Toronto, is a left leg amputee due to cancer. In a “Q&A” format, she will tell Champs how she’s led a successful and rewarding life by being “Just the Way I Am.” Her positive message will inspire Champs to face challenges as amputees and live life to the fullest.
1:30 p.m. What Bugs Me (Grand Ballroom)
Teasing, staring and answering questions about being an amputee – Champs have the floor to talk about what bugs them, with older Champs providing tips and advice.
Sunday, Sept. 29
8:45 a.m. You Can Be a CHAMP Ambassador (Grand Ballroom)
Champs receive certificates in recognition of their involvement with The War Amps and for spreading important messages in their community as “CHAMP Ambassadors.”
9:30 a.m. Seminar Closing (Grand Ballroom)
Our closing looks back on the seminar weekend and leaves Champs confident for the coming year by being “Just the Way I Am.”

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For More Information

Leah Cameron
Communications Officer
1 613 818-9779
leah.cameron@waramps.ca