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Variety Ambassadors

At Variety, we know that big dreams are possible. Being one of only a few facilities worldwide where all abilities are integrated, Variety is a place where anyone can develop independence, self-confidence and new skills. Our ambassadors not only represent Variety out in our communities, they represent accessibility, inclusivity, and overcoming obstacles – they are ambassadors for change.

Read below to meet our Variety Ambassadors. These individuals know how to work hard and have fun at their respective activities, and never turn down a chance to champion the cause.

Alexander Ambassador Image

My name is Alexander and I am 9 years old. I love being an Ambassador for Variety Village because I meet lots of great people and get to try new things. I really like my school and making new friends.

Alex

  • My favourite hobby is reading, especially comic books about super heroes. My favourite movie is Astro Boy because he has rocket boots that make him fly.
  • If I could be an animal, I would be a cow because it makes milk for people to drink, or a goat because I drink goats’ milk too.
  • My favourite foods are smoked salmon and quinoa salad.
  • I love Variety Village because it is a safe place for me where I get to do lots of fun stuff and meet a lot of great people.  Everyone is nice there.

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Pierce

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Kyra

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Jenny

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Madi

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Stas

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Kate

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Jessica Ambassador Photo

My name is Jessica and I am on the Flames swim team at Variety Village. I love spending time with family and friends. Other sports I like include track and field and wheelchair tennis.

Jessica

  • My favourite sport is swimming.
  • I don’t have a favourite movie.
  • My favourite food is pasta.
  • If I could be an animal, I would be a dolphin because they are friendly and energetic.
  • My inspirational role model is Cassidy Sheng because never gave up on anything and if she wanted something she wouldn’t let anything stop her.
  • I love Variety Village because you always are included in everything you do.
Zachary Ambassador Image

My name is Zachary. I have cerebral palsy which means my muscles don’t listen to me. I have two brothers and two sisters. I am a triplet.

Zachary

  • My favourite sport is swimming.
  • My favourite movie is Home.
  • My favourite food is vanilla dip donuts, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are my second favourite.
  • If I could be an animal, I would be a dog because they run really fast.
  • My inspirational role model is Ryan, my swimming teacher at Variety Village.
  • I love Variety Village because it helps me with my CP and I get to learn new skills like rock climbing!
Cassandra

My name is Cassandra.  I’m 7 years old and I’m really smart and competitive.

Cassandra

  • My favourite sport is  Taekwondo.
  • My favourite movie is  Ant Man.
  • My favourite food is  mushroom noodle soup.
  • If I could be any animal, I would be a bear because they’re scary and strong.
  • My role model is my dad.
  • I love Variety Village because it has lots of sports and I always have a lot of fun.
Kathleen Ambassador Photo

Hi! My name is Kathleen, and I am a huge fan of all Toronto sports teams: the Maple Leafs, Raptors and Blue Jays. I graduated from Mary Ward C.S.S. High School in class of 2012. I enjoy playing and practicing musical instruments including piano, guitar, recorder and the drums. I also like meeting new friends and cooking at home with my mom.

Kathleen

  • My favorite sports are basketball, hockey and baseball. My favorite hobbies are listening to music, reading, writing, doing word searches, and colouring. I also like dancing and singing.
  • My favorite movies are Harry Potter; Jaws (the shark movie); the Air Bud movies, which are about dogs in different sports like volleyball, basketball, and baseball; High School Musical; Madagascar; Step Up; and Footloose.
  • My favorite food is chicken and rice. My other favorite foods are steak, roast beef, roast pork, and ribs.
  • If I could be an animal, I would be a dolphin because it has smooth skin and loves to swim in the ocean and sea. They love to splash and play with their tails and fins. Also they leap around and make huge splashes.
  • My role models are my cousins in Calgary, auntie and uncles, my two grandmas I admire, and my friends too.
  • I love Variety Village because I get to know all the staff, meet new friends and enjoy the fun programs. The staff at the Village are very nice, helpful, kind. I even know where almost everything is. Variety Village is an amazing place. I like joining different sports at the Village, like synchronized swimming, Taekwondo and the Sunshine swim team.
Matthew

My name is Matthew. I am a charming, humble, polite, good looking and funny guy. I like going to the theatre and opera. I also love dining out and dancing. I love newspapers.

Matthew

  • My favourite sports are curling and golf, and I love politics and world affairs. I like following presidential debates, town hall meetings, and I like to know what is going on in the world. I read the newspapers every day.
  • My favourite movie is Mr. Smith Goes to Washington with Jimmy Stewart.
  • My favourite food is any kind of Burmese food.
  • I really cannot relate to animals so I cannot pretend.
  • My role models are President Obama and Elvis Presley.
  • I love Variety Village because it is my home, where I can be me. I love the staff. I am accepted, and I am in the best drama program.
Megan

Hi, my name is Megan. I am a competitive swimmer on the Variety Village Flames Swim Team. I’ve been a member at Variety Village since I was born in 2000. On my first membership ID card I was crying and stuck in a car seat. I love to be active and am always doing something. I am in the BEAP Program at Birchmount Park CI. I am going into Grade 10 this 2015/2016 school year.

Megan

  • My favourite sport is definitely swimming but I also like to play basketball and soccer.
  • My favourite movie is Finding Nemo. I watch it all the time!
  • My favourite food is grapes. I could eat them all day long!
  • If I could be an animal, I would be a monkey because they are always active and they can swing from trees. Someday I want to do that!
  • My inspirational role model is Cassidy Sheng. Cassidy is my role model because she taught me to live life to your best, take risks and have no regrets. I want to be like Cassidy doing things by being fearless.
  • I love Variety Village because it is a facility that brings everyone together and focuses on inclusion. To me, Variety Village is a second home. It’s my extended family and you can’t get that anywhere else.
Jamie

Hi! My name is Jamie and I’m an Ambassador for Variety Village. I love playing golf and wheelchair basketball.

Jamie

  • I love watching Jim Carrey movies. Some of my favourites include Bruce Almighty and The Truman Show. 
  • My favourite foods are Chinese, Greek, and Trinidadian food.
  • If I could be an animal, I would be an elephant, because it is grey, gentle, and heavy.
  • My role model is Elvis, because I like his singing and dancing.
  • I love Variety Village because it is fun and I enjoy the many activities and benefits. Some highlights include  Pizza Nova That’s Amore Pizza for Kids Day (featured on Breakfast Television with Jennifer Valentyne), Drama Club, Teamsters Golf Tournament, and Police Games (we even got a visit from Police Chief at the time Bill Blair!).
  • I really enjoy being a member of Variety Village!
Theo

My name is Theo. I’m a nice kid who plays video games and studies hard in school.  I’m also very adventurous and creative, and am always coming up with new ideas about things.

Theo

  • My favourite sport is  Taekwondo.
  • My favourite movie is  Ant Man.
  • My favourite food is sushi.
  • My role model is my Uncle Manuel, he’s a geological engineer.
  • If I could be any animal, I would be a shark because they’re big, strong and really good swimmers.
  • I love Variety Village because I make new friends and I’m always learning new skills.
stas ambassador

Stas, 13

“I love Variety because it makes everyone who comes feel on top of the world.”

Fun Fact: My role model is my dad because he is amazing at everything and an amazing dad. I aspire to be as good of a person as him.

kathleen ambassador

Kathleen, 26

“I love playing sports in the fieldhouse with my Milestones friend “

Fun Fact: If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to Calgary because I want to spend time with my cousins, nephews and nieces.

cassandra ambassador

Cassandra, 10

“I love how Variety means so many different things to so many different people.”

Fun Fact: My role model is Malala Yousafzai. She is a champion for girls and education.

theo ambassador

Theo, 12

“I love that everyone is accepted at Variety. It’s a place that’s welcome to all.”

Fun Fact:  If I could travel anywhere, I would go to Darmstadt, Germany. I want to visit GSI, a particle accelerator that smashes atoms together to create new periodic elements.

megan ambassador

Megan, 17

“I love that everyone who comes into the building feels included no matter what. You instantly feel a part of a family.”

Fun Fact: If I could be part of any TV show or movie I would want to be part of the Harry Potter movies…I’ve always wanted to be a wizard!

madi ambassador

Madi, 4

“What I love most is going swimming in the pool with my coaches Hayley and Ryan. “

Fun Fact: I have been a member at Variety since I was a baby! I love swimming and I am part of the Flames para program and do physio one a week to work on my walking.

alex ambassador

Alexander, 12

“Variety is a safe place for me where I can do lots of fun stuff and meet a lot of great people. I meet lots of great people and try new things.”

Fun Fact: If I could be an animal, I would be a cow because it makes milk for people to drink.

zachary ambassador

Zachary, 9

“I have cerebral palsy which means my muscles don’t listen to me. Variety helps me with my CP and teaches me new skills.”

Fun Fact: My role model is Ryan, my swimming teacher at Variety Village.

jamie ambassador

Jamie, 34

“I love Variety because it is fun and there are many activities to do like golf and wheelchair basketball.”

Fun Fact: If I could be any animal, I would be an elephant because they are grey, gentle and heavy.

matt

Matt, 38

“I have been part of Variety for 25 years. It is my home away from home.”

Fun Fact:  My role model is former President Barack Obama because he is brilliant, a sharp dresser, eloquent, well-mannered, positive and a decent family man.

pierce ambassador

Pierce, 6

“I love Variety and all the staff. I have fun at the after school program!”

Fun Fact: My favourite sport is hockey.

kyra ambassador

Kyra, 6

“I love Variety! I have been coming here since I was 3 and I like climbing the rock wall and swimming!”

Fun Fact:My favourite colour is red and I love to colour, read, dance, run and jump on my trampoline.

jenny ambassador

Jenny, 27

“I enjoy volunteering at Variety and helping out with all of their events such as the Lieutenant Governor Games.”

kate ambassador

Kate, 8

“I love coming to Variety and playing sports with my brother Zachary!”

Interested in becoming an ambassador?

It takes a unique kind of person to be a Variety Ambassador. You represent Variety at events inside and outside Variety Village. And as a Variety representative, you display a sense of fun and goodwill. Because that’s what Variety is all about.

As an Ambassador, you could hand out awards or speak at an event. Or you could talk to journalists and reporters about our programs and services. But whatever you’re asked to do, you’ll be sure to inspire others with your story and your perspective.

It’s a big job and you are an enthusiastic participant. We are looking for kids, adults and seniors to help spread our stories.

Apply now!
Lynda Elmy,
Director of Communications
416 699 7167 x 249
lelmy@varietyvillage.on.ca

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