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April 16, 2018 – The War Amps 2018 Ontario Child Amputee (CHAMP) Seminar starts this Friday in Toronto where young amputees from across the province will help celebrate the Association’s 100th anniversary.

The theme of the Seminar is, “Celebrating 100 Years!” The War Amps was started in 1918 by amputee veterans returning from the First World War to provide each other with support. Today, The War Amps continues to support war amputees, and all amputees, including children.

When: April 20 - April 22, 2018
Where: Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre
801 Dixon Road

Running April 20 to 22, the Seminar is a life-changing experience for “Champs” and their parents, covering everything from raising a child amputee, to dealing with teasing and staring, to seeing the latest developments in artificial limbs.

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

Friday, April 20
6:45 p.m. Welcoming (Ambrosia I, II & III)
The War Amps welcomes Champs and their families to the Seminar and introduces the Seminar theme, “Celebrating 100 Years!”
Saturday, April 21
8:50 a.m. PLAYSAFE! (Golden Delicious Room)
Champs will view the new 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.
10:15 a.m. Healthy Living for Arm Amputees (Ambrosia IV)
Healthy Living for Leg Amputees (Ambrosia I, II & III)
Healthy Living for Partial Hand Amputees (MacIntosh)
Healthy Living for Multiple Amputees (Northern Spy Room)

Champs learn how to lead healthy lives and look at new ways to accomplish everyday activities. Champs will also demonstrate their artificial limbs and devices.
1:15 p.m. Feature Presentation (Ambrosia I, II & III)
CHAMP Graduate John Benevides, of Barrie, was born a multiple amputee. In a fun “Q&A,” he will reflect on The War Amps 100th anniversary and the impact that the Association has made on his life. His positive message will inspire Champs to face challenges as amputees and live life to the fullest.
1:45 p.m. What Bugs Me (MacIntosh)
Champs demonstrate their artificial limbs and recreational devices in a “show & tell” format.
Sunday, April 22
8:45 a.m. You Can Be a CHAMP Ambassador (Ambrosia Ballroom)
Champs receive certificates in recognition of their involvement with The War Amps and for spreading important messages in their community as “CHAMP Ambassadors.”
9:20 a.m. Seminar Closing (Ambrosia Ballroom)

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Danita Chisholm
Executive Director, Communications    
1 877 606-3342