TORONTO, May 10 /CNW/ - Kids and parents visiting TVOKids.com beginning May 31 will notice two new and inspiring additions to the team. Ten-year-old Emma Evans from Toronto, and 16-year-old Hisham Mohammad from Whitby, join TVOKids.com as its newest Kid Reporters bringing back stories from the field from a typical kid's point of
TVOKids producers worked with Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto, where Emma and Hisham receive services, to help find kids
who had talent and who could inspire kids who face challenges of their
"When TVOKids approached us to help find a Kid Reporter, we were
thrilled because we know so many enthusiastic kids with great stuff to
contribute," says Genevieve Scott, Senior Communications Associate at
Holland Bloorview. "Many people don't know a child with a disability.
Sometimes this can lead to false impressions about differences and
misunderstandings. Emma and Hisham are role models for kids with and
without disabilities. We are so proud of them and excited to see them
For TVOKids producers the search of Emma and Hisham presented them
challenges of a welcome kind.
"At first, we were looking for only one new reporter," says Pat
Ellingson, TVO's Creative Head of Children' Media, "but Emma and
Hisham's auditions were so wonderful that when it came to making the
selection we realized we had to have two. They're both enthusiastic,
interested in people, and both have exceptionally bright minds. They
are great examples of kids who demonstrate that there are no
limitations to what you can achieve in life."
Emma is a Girl Guide, a member of the Toronto Children's Chorus, an avid
reader who hosts monthly book clubs in her home and has published a
short piece of writing in her school where she is a grade 4 student.
Emma was also featured in a video for HeartSpeak, in which she talks about Cerebral Palsy, the challenges
it presents to her in her life, and confessed to wanting to become an
actress when she grows up.
Hisham is a grade 10 student in the Performing Arts program at O'Neill
Collegiate & Vocational School in Oshawa. A budding musician and
athlete, Hisham plays alto saxophone and sledge hockey, is a member of
the Junior National wheelchair basketball team, and names Rick Hansen
as his role model. Hisham is also civic-minded, becoming the first page
in a wheelchair in the Ontario Legislative page program at Queens Park.
In April, Emma and Hisham along with some of their friends met with
TVOKids producers to talk about what stories they think should be on
their editorial calendars including, a trip to the Toronto Zoo,
bushplane ride, the Canadian Air & Space Museum, Wheelchair sports, and
Harbourfront Kids Camp.
Look for Emma and Hisham's stories in the TVOKids Reporters page at TVOKids.com Ages 11 and Under.
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About Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Holland Bloorview is Canada's largest children's rehabilitation
hospital. The hospital pioneers treatments, technologies, therapies and
real-world programs that give children with disabilities the tools to
participate fully in life. Every year, Holland Bloorview sees about
7000 children with about 600 inpatient admissions and 58,000 outpatient
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