Letter: Still much to do

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Still much to do
On behalf of The War Amps, I would like to thank reporter Galen Simmons (Dec. 23), for featuring Ryley McMillan, a local member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program.
The War Amps celebrated its 100th anniversary last year and stories like this help bring important awareness to the many vital programs we offer for all Canadian amputees.

Although the association has developed many innovative and unique programs over the past 100 years, there is still much to do to ensure amputees have the artificial limbs they need to lead full and active lives. With the public’s continued support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service, our commitment remains to improve the lives of amputees, like Ryley, long into the future.


Danita Chisholm
Executive Director, CHAMP Program
The War Amps

Remember the working poor

I’m writing in hopes this will open the eyes to the struggles of the “working poor.” On behalf of those people out there trying to make an honest living and pay their taxes, yet still struggle for the basic necessities in life.
I’ve recently found myself in a position where I’m looking for affordable housing and I’m wondering what that means? I’m well educated and I’m making a decent wage – I work very hard for my money. However, the work available’s primarily part time.

Due to the fact I work and have an income, community supports are limited. Should I become ill, need dental work or vision care, it has to be put on hold. Basic necessities such as rent, heat and hydro have to take priority. I find myself standing in line at food banks to feed myself. I thank everyone who donates; otherwise, I would go hungry.
Why, if I, like so many others, are out trying very hard to make an honest living, do we have to put health care on hold? Why do we have to wait for days to pick up much-needed prescriptions because we can’t get benefits? Why do we have to stand in line to get much-needed food?

Where’s the justice in that? Other than the pride in knowing our paycheques are hard earned, where’s the incentive to work? Do we not deserve a bit of help? The “working poor” need to be seen and acknowledged.

Alyshia Schneider