I was born with a partial left hand and was enrolled in The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program when I was six months old. I have been a â€œChampâ€ ever since.
On a recent weekend, I had the opportunity to attend The War Amps 2014 BC CHAMP Seminar in Victoria as a Junior Counsellor.
Junior Counsellors are representatives of The War Amps and role models for younger Champs, as they, too, grow up in the CHAMP Program.
I was able to help out with the Seminar during the many sessions, and talk to the parents of new child amputees.
As a younger Champ, I always looked up to the Junior Counsellors, and I knew I wanted to be one as soon as I was old enough. They helped teach me everything from tying my shoes and putting up my hair, to being proud of my amputation.
This year was my second year as a Junior Counsellor, and I had so much fun! Being a Junior Counsellor is a great way for me to give back to CHAMP for the years of support theyâ€™ve given me.
Growing up with CHAMP has helped me overcome obstacles such as bullying, and helped me set the bar high by providing devices that let me take part in my favourite activities.
As someone who has benefitted locally, I would like to thank all who support The War Amps Key Tag Service, which has made these programs possible for young amputees like me.
Nicole Byford, CHAMP Junior Counsellor, Cranbrook