New van will make life eas­ier

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Christ­mas­came a lit­tle early, last Satur­day, to Stanstead res­i­dent Lisa Ber­nais when she re­ceived a cheque in the amount of $18,200 from the Pres­i­dent’s Choice Chil­dren’s Foun­da­tion. The money was given to Lisa, whose son Nathaniel has Hunter’s Syn­drome, to pur­chase a new, adapted van.

“I have a spe­cial van now but I have to lift Nathaniel to put him in it. I was plan­ning to run it into the ground when a ther­a­pist at the CRE (Cen­tre de Readap­ta­tion de l’Estrie) sug­gested that I ap­ply to the Pres­i­dent’s Choice Foun­da­tion,” ex­plained Lisa. “What’s cool about the Pres­i­dent’s Choice Foun­da­tion is that the employees choose to do­nate what they want and peo­ple in the re­gion can also do­nate to it, and then the money all stays in the re­gion. I was really touched that it all comes from the com­mu­nity.”

“With the ex­change of my old van and the money from Pres­i­dent’s Choice, I only had to come up with $1000 to buy the van. Mike Comeau gave us a really good deal. The van has been sent away to Wis­con­sin to be trans­formed and we should get it in five or six weeks. It will have a ramp so I’ll be able to roll Nathaniel into the van,” said Lisa. Lisa will also need to buy new win­ter tires for the ve­hi­cle, but she’s cer­tainly not com­plain­ing.

Chelsea,

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Lisa Ber­nais,

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