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October 15, 2018 – The War Amps 2018 Ontario Child Amputee (CHAMP) Seminar starts this Friday in Ottawa 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: October 19 - October 21, 2018
Where: Ottawa Conference and Event Centre
200 Coventry Road

Running October 19 to 21, 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, October 19
6:45 p.m. Welcoming (118 DE)
The War Amps welcomes Champs and their families to the Seminar and introduces the Seminar theme, “Celebrating 100 Years!”
Saturday, October 20
8:50 a.m. PLAYSAFE! (106 F)
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 (106 E)
Healthy Living for Leg Amputees (118 DE)
Healthy Living for Partial Hand Amputees (106 G)

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 (118 DE)
CHAMP Graduate Christine McMaster, of Belleville, was born a left arm amputee. In an engaging “Q&A,” she will reflect on The War Amps 100th anniversary and the impact that the Association has made on her life. Her positive message will inspire Champs to face challenges as amputees and live life to the fullest.
1:45 p.m. What Bugs Me (106 FG)
Open forum session where Champs talk and share advice about difficult issues they encounter like teasing, staring and “too many questions.”
Sunday, October 21
8:45 a.m. You Can Be a CHAMP Ambassador (118 DE)
Champs receive certificates in recognition of their involvement with The War Amps and for spreading important messages in their community as “CHAMP Ambassadors.”
9:30 a.m. Seminar Closing (118 DE)

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Danita Chisholm
Executive Director, Communications    
1 877 606-3342