Simcoe, Ontario – The Honourable Diane Finley, Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk, was pleased to welcome Annaleise Carr to Parliament Hill Wednesday.
“We are all so proud of Annaleise Carr for being the youngest person to have ever swum across Lake Ontario and for her determination to help make life better for young children living with cancer,” said MP Finley. “She is a role model for Canadians, and we are delighted that her accomplishments are being recognized with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.”
As an active young woman involved in her community, the 14-year old wanted to find a way to support The Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre, a camp that enriches the lives of children with cancer and their families. Although not yet old enough to work at the camp, Annaleise was determined to contribute in her own way. With the help of her family and friends, she started to fundraise for Camp Trillium by collecting pledges for a swim across Lake Ontario.
Her original goal was to raise $50,000. Annaleise completed the swim in a mere 27 hours and successfully raised over $230,000 for the camp, nearly five times her original goal. She now holds the record as the youngest person in the world to have ever completed this swim.
Annaleise received an invitation from the Minister Finley to come to Ottawa. While there, she was honoured by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and presented with The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to commemorate the significance of her achievement. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal is awarded to honour the significant contributions and achievements of deserving Canadians.
Also while in Ottawa, Ms. Carr met with various Members of Parliament, and was honoured with an official introduction in the House of Commons by Member of Parliament Bev Shipley, and the Speaker of the House, the Honourable Andrew Scheer.
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