Free2BMe 10th Anniversary Gala (2016)

After 10 years of serving the community we want to keep expanding our impact. In Spring 2016, our new 17,000 square foot fitness and physical activity centre at the University of Alberta will be ready to serve our families and provide an accessible, safe environment for our kids to be active. The Free2BMe 10th Anniversary Gala is an event designed to

celebrate the accomplishments from the past 10 years,

raise awareness to engage the community,

and generate funds to sustain a future.

Michelle Salt, PARALYMPIAN

We are excited to announce Michelle Salt, Canadian Paralympic Snowboarder and Motivational Speaker, will be our main guest speaker for the evening.

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Michelle Salt was born and raised on a game farm outside of a small Alberta town called Calmar. From an early age, Michelle had a passion for sports. When she was 13, she fell in love with snowboarding and chased the dream of someday becoming a professional snowboarder. Though she never made it to the pro level, her love for the sport never died. In June, 2011, Michelle was out for an evening ride when she lost control of her Motorcycle. Upon impact, she broke several bones and severed her femoral artery causing her to almost bleed to death. She spent 7 days on life support, 5 months in the hospital recovering and lost her right leg 10 inches above the knee. Though she knew she was going to have some tough times ahead of her, Michelle was determined to get back on snowboard and carve her way to the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games. In March of 2014, Michelle made that dream a reality when she competed in the debut of snowboarding becoming the first ever Female Canadian Paralympic snowboarder.

FREE2BME – CATHCART FAMILY

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Morgan Cathcart is a seventeen year old para-swimmer. She has been involved in Free2BMe Programs since the start of the program when she was seven years old. Morgan loves sports and has participated in one-on-one gross motor development, summer camps and as a volunteer for little activators. Morgan is a grade 12 student with plans to attend Grant MacEwan in the fall and then transfer to the University of Alberta Elementary Education department later. In her spare time Morgan volunteers for organizations working with children and youth with various abilities. She has also been very involved in leadership both in school and the community. Morgan currently loves being involved in the Steadward Bears Para Swim Team.

In April she will be attending the Paralympic Trials in Toronto with 5 other swimmers. She is extremely excited for the opportunity to be competitive in a positive environment. Darlene Cathcart is Morgan’s mother. She has experience working with children and teens with various abilities both through employment and as a volunteer. She has worked with children living with disabilities when employed by GRIT (Getting Ready for Inclusion Today) and the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Northern Alberta. Darlene is the co-founder of Camp Freedom. A four day overnight camp for teens living with spina bifida. Darlene has encouraged teens to participate in various sports and by booking demonstrations and trials of rock climbing, wheelchair basketball, swimming, sledge hockey, adaptive cycling, sitting yoga, roller lacrosse, trail riders and more. She is excited to see Morgan involved in the Steadward para swim program and encourages other parents to get their children involved in the Free2BMe programs.

CARRIE ANTON, PARALYMPIAN & OUR GALA EMCEE

Carrie Anton, along with a CTV media member, will be our emcees for the evening.

Carrie Anton is an Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame inductee and a gold medalist from the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Summer Games in the sport of Goalball.

She continually promotes equity as a coach, a volunteer, and an athlete in a variety of sports. Recreationally, she is involved in goalball, blind ice hockey, tennis, soccer, tandem cycling, Dragon boating, skiing and more. She enjoys her role in the community on various boards such as the Edmonton Sport Council and the Alberta Sports & Recreation Association for the Blind.

Professionally, Carrie has over 25 years experience as an assistive technology and accessibility specialist. Her passion lies in ensuring accessibility and she works on projects that advance and enhance quality experiences for people with disabilities in employment, education, sport and life.

Join us for an incredible evening of entertainment, dinner, silent auction and fun!
Most importantly, support us in spreading awareness to the Free2BMe program.

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Free2BMe Program

Every year, thousands of children experiencing disability sit on the sidelines waiting for their opportunity to be physically active. Despite the increase in accessible and inclusive programming there are many barriers for youth and their families as they try to take part in physical activity opportunities. These barriers do not occur in isolation and range from social, psychological, economic, to the physical, sensory and communication-based.

Free2BMe: Physical Activity for Kids and Teens experiencing Disability provides opportunities for children and youth living with physical, sensory or developmental impairments to be active. They come to develop their physical confidence and competence in our safe, fun, non-clinical environment.

PURCHASE GALA TICKETS

Friday June 23, 2017

Chateau Lacombe Hotel – Edmonton, AB

6pm Cocktails, 7pm Dinner

Tickets: $175 each or you can purchase a table of 8 for $1200.