ABOUT

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Anthony Frisina has a passion for accessibility and inclusion. He is driven by a community in Hamilton, Ontario, where he was born and still calls home today. Born with Spina Bifida he was privileged to adapt a “person first” mentality in his early years, a mindset he currently embodies in his every day life. “Adversity not only builds character it reveals it” and “It’s not about the amount of times you get knocked down, but by the amount of times you get back up” are two of his favourite quotes and they inspire the man he is today. He is a Mohawk College graduate in Enterprise Business; Office Administration Executive and when not working at Mohawk College as a Student Services Representative at The Square, he can often be seen with his wheels turning at Mohawk College. In 2014, he was inducted into an elite group as a Mohawk College Alumni of Distinction. When not at Mohawk he can be found in his community representing the Rick Hansen Foundation or the Catholic Youth Organization in an ambassadorial role and enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Anthony Frisina is truly a testament of character, overcoming many obstacles along the way, breaking down and breaking through barriers, so that he, along with the next generation, can enjoy an inclusive community, a community based on ability.

Alumni of Distinction

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2013 Alumni of Distinction

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Office Admin General Class of 2005
Office Admin Executive Class of 2003
Enterprise Business Class of 2002

The Forward Movement

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http://www.theforwardmovement.ca/

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Promoting physical and social
inclusion for people of all abilities

Rick Hansen Foundation

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https://www.rickhansen.com/

Meet the Ambassadors

Creating a world without barriers

AWARDS/DISTINCTIONS

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  • Madisen's Story
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    About Madisen
    Madisen is 12 years old and has osteogenesis imperfecta and Epilepsy. This is caused by a rare gene mutation to the LRP5 gene. Madisen is a spunky red head with a positive outlook on life.

    Do you have any hobbies?
    Singing, cheer, lacrosse, sailing and tennis art, LEGO, video games and most recently guitar.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    Art, French and social studies.

    How has Easter Seals impacted you?
    I’ve been able to meet a lot of kids just like me with physical disabilities. I am getting a chance to go to camp and I’m really excited. I’ve met so many amazing people like Justin Trudeau and Tessa virtue. This has been an amazing experience.

    Future goals?
    To be a child life specialist.

    Do you have a message for the community?
    Children with physical disabilities are just regular kids. They just want to be included.

  • Andrew's Story
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    About Andrew
    My name is Andrew Nielsen. I have cerebral palsy, speak with a device and use a wheelchair for mobility. I grew up in Paris and then moved to Toronto before coming back to the area. I am 46 years old and next month I’ll be 47. I married the love of my life in 2002. My beautiful wife’s name is Amanda and she also has cerebral palsy. Madisen is a spunky red head with a positive outlook on life.

    Why are you choosing to rappel for the 3rd time?
    I wanted to give back to the Easter Seals and when I saw their drop zone fundraiser, it really appealed to the daredevil in me. I love to take risks, push myself and show people what I can do. Riding rollercoasters wasn’t enough for me. Rappelling down a building in my wheelchair is exhilarating! I feel so alive when I do it. Most people are afraid of heights but I love it! I would like to try skydiving next.

    Do you have any hobbies?
    I’m a big sports fan. I like to go to games when I can. I follow the Jays, Leafs and of course our TigerCats! I’ve developed several friendships with some of the Ticat players and coaches. I feel like I’m part of the team. Some of the players and coaches donated items for my auction in support of my fundraiser.

    What is your favorite subject in school?
    My favourite subject was gym. I loved to crash my wheelchair into other players when I played hockey.

    How has Easter Seals impacted you?
    The Easter Seals helped my family buy wheelchairs when I was younger. People with disabilities grow out of their chairs as they get older and we need several of them in our childhood. They also helped me attend camp as a kid. Camp helped me to be independent, gave me many unforgettable memories and allowed me to make lifelong friendships. I met my best friend Todd there in 1987. He was a counsellor and I was a camper. We were best man at each other’s weddings and still remain close today.

    Future goals?
    I am currently writing a book about my experiences growing up. It started out as a story about my life but now it is developing into a motivational book. I want to go to schools and other places and share my story when I’m done writing it. I’m hoping to make this into a career.

    Do you have a message for the community?
    My message is to get out there into the world, find your place and show people that people with disabilities are just people too. We have the same wants, goals and dreams as everyone else. We don’t need sympathy, we need equity and accessibility. Give us those things and you’ll be surprised with what we can do. Although maybe you shouldn’t be.

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With a passion for accessibility Anthony was given the opportunity to create and produce a local television show that tackles the importance of accessibility awareness and inclusion in the Hamilton area. The goal for Above & Beyond is to help alleviate stigma and stereotypes, bridging the gap to an inclusive community.

Sponsors & Supporters


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CONTACT

 Email: info@anthonyfrisina.ca

“Adversity not only builds character, it reveals it.”