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Spencers Diary at the Sochi Paralympic Games

On March 2, 13-year-old Spencer Lambert boarded a plane for Russia, to cheer on Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi. When the sledge-hockey player found out he had been chosen as a para-sports ambassador by the Air Canada Foundation, The Canada Paralympic Committee and the Shriners Hospital for Children, he couldn’t believe it. “I thought they were joking,” he said. Here are some of Spencer’s photos from his time overseas.

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Before take off, Spencer got a chance to visit the cockpit. Joined by his father Richard Lambert, the Air Canada Foundation’s Micheline Villeneuve and Susan Grant, a member of our sales team, Spencer stopped in Moscow where he spent two days before heading to host city Sochi.

Spencer plays several sports including tennis, basketball and rugby. But like many young Canadians hockey, or in his case sledge hockey, is his favourite. Even before finding out that he would get to meet several of the athletes on Team Canada, he simply couldn’t wait to watch the games!

Spencer plays several sports including tennis, basketball and rugby. But like many young Canadians hockey, or in his case sledge hockey, is his favourite. Even before finding out that he would get to meet several of the athletes on Team Canada, he simply couldn’t wait to watch the games!

Spencer quickly got in to the Olympic spirit, trading pins with athletes and spectators from around the world. Through his collection, he got to meet several members of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Team Canada, who were all impressed with the enthusiastic athlete. “He’s was truly the star of the week,” Micheline reveals. Here he is with Sport Canada’s Trice Cameron, Dr. Robert Steadward, founder of the International Paralympic Committee, Greg Westlake, and Billy Bridges of the Canadian sledge hockey team, and Canadian swimmer and Paralympic gold medallist Stéphanie Dixon.

Spencer quickly got in to the Olympic spirit, trading pins with athletes and spectators from around the world. Through his collection, he got to meet several members of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Team Canada, who were all impressed with the enthusiastic athlete. “He’s was truly the star of the week,” Micheline reveals. Here he is with Sport Canada’s Trice Cameron, Dr. Robert Steadward, founder of the International Paralympic Committee, Greg Westlake, and Billy Bridges of the Canadian sledge hockey team, and Canadian swimmer and Paralympic gold medallist Stéphanie Dixon.

The gang left Sochi on March 11, stopping in Frankfurt before catching an Air Canada flight home. While he is full of memories, one thing Spencer will never forget following is Paralympic adventures is the idea that “anything is possible when you dream and work hard.”

The gang left Sochi on March 11, stopping in Frankfurt before catching an Air Canada flight home. While he is full of memories, one thing Spencer will never forget following is Paralympic adventures is the idea that “anything is possible when you dream and work hard.”

The Air Canada Foundation would like to thank travel management company API for making this trip possible, as well as the Montreal Airport Marriott and the Radisson Royal Hotel in Moscow for their generosity. A special mention also goes out to the Canadian Paralympic committee, our pilots, crew and all our staff for their warm welcome. To learn more about the Air Canada Foundation, please visit aircanada.com/foundation.


The Air Canada Foundation launches new in-flight videos Fighting Child Sexual Exploitation in the Digital Age

In recent years, the Air Canada Foundation has worked very closely with a Canadian award-winning non-profit organization called Beyond Borders ECPAT which mission is to protect children from sex trafficking, sex tourism and pornography. The organization’s President, Rosalind Prober, won many awards for her work to protect children and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2010.

“The Air Canada Foundation is very proud of its close collaboration with Beyond Borders ECPAT. This February, we launched three powerful new public service announcements on our in-flight entertainment system denouncing child sex tourism and exploitation, a message we are pleased to share with all of our customers,” said Micheline Villeneuve, Air Canada Foundation Manager. “Our mission to promote the health and well-being of children aligns perfectly with Beyond Borders’ commitment to protect children from abuse. We are proud to have been the first airline in Canada and the second in North America to have aired on-board announcements raising public awareness about these crimes, and we are very pleased now to partner with Beyond Borders on a powerful new series of videos.”