Halifax amputee's story inspires youngsters at War Amps seminar today

HALIFAX, July 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Having been born missing both feet, Tim Verney of Halifax remembers well the challenges of growing up as an amputee.

Today at 1 p.m. in Commonwealth Ballroom A of Halifax's Westin Nova Scotian Hotel (1181 Hollis Street), he will tell child amputees attending The War Amps 2010 Atlantic Child Amputee (CHAMP) Seminar his inspiring story.

Tim enrolled in CHAMP at a young age and as a teen became a Junior Counsellor to the younger Champs. He will describe with candour and humour life as an amputee and how he overcame the bumps in the road to be the success he is today. A graduate of Dalhousie University in Social Work, Tim now works for the provincial government and resides in Halifax with his wife, Julie. His talk today is in keeping with the seminar's theme - Growing Up With CHAMP. This year marks the Program's 35th anniversary.

Media are welcome to attend any of the following sessions today, or interviews with the Champs can be arranged at any time:

    9 a.m. -        "PLAYSAFE" (Maritime Room)
                    "Teen Issues" (Commonwealth A)
                    "Play & Learn" (Commonwealth B)

    10:15 a.m. -    "Infant/Toddler Prosthetics" (Commonwealth B)

    1 p.m. -        "Tim Verney: Growing Up With CHAMP" (Commonwealth A)

    1:30 p.m. -     "Amputees in Action!": Champs Demonstrate Recreational
                    Limbs & Devices (Commonwealth A)

    2:45 p.m. -     New Developments in Artificial Limbs (Commonwealth A)


For further information: For further information: Danita Chisholm, Director of Communications, 1 (613) 797-1654 or 1 877 60MEDIA

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