New van will make life easier
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.