Trevor Hill Awarded ErinoakKids Foundation Pride and Joy Award

From The Mississauga News November 18th, 2010

Trevor Hill, 14, of Mississauga, was one of seven recipients this evening at ErinoakKids Foundation's inaugural Pride and Joy awards, held at Living Arts Centre, honouring the achievements of children with disabilities. Supplied photo Trevor Hill has overcome many challenges since he was born. Now, the 14-year-old Mississauga boy is moving mountains. Hill was one of seven recipients tonight at ErinoakKids Foundation's inaugural Pride and Joy Awards, held at the Living Arts Centre to honour the achievements of children with disabilities. "This is very exciting," Hill told The News. "It's an honour and I'm really glad my family is here to share it." Hill had been attending ErinoakKids, the largest children's treatment centre (CTC) in Ontario, since we was a year old. He suffered a stroke in vitro, and as a result, has right-sided hemiplegia, a condition which severely impairs the right side of his body including his jaw and mouth. At ErinoakKids, he has received numerous services and supports including occupational, physiotherapy and speech therapy and services through the botox and orthotic clinics. Wednesday night, Hill received the Branching Out award for his "kind, thoughtful behaviour and willingness to help his friends." The Erindale Secondary School student received his award from outspoken and flamboyant hockey icon Don Cherry, a master of ceremonies for the evening. "I'm a big fan of his," Hill said. "I watch him on Hockey Night In Canada all the time." Hill emerged as a quiet but effective leader as he participated in a number of extracurricular activities at ErinoakKids such as cooking and as a member of the Rolling Tones Band. “Trevor always searches for the good in people, even when others are not as kind to him,” says his neighbour Christine Hartley, who nominated him for the award. “Trevor recently told me he plans to volunteer at ErinoakKids to help others and give back to the organization that has helped him so much.” The teen, who dedicated the award to his family and those with similar disabilities, had a message for people who think their disabilities are preventing them from achieving their goals. "Never give up and just keep trying," he said. "Follow your dreams." Trevor said he's an avid hockey fan who has been playing the sport for nine years. He started high school in September and said he's looking forward to performing in the school play and hopes to be on the rugby team. He wants to graduate and start working — but hasn't decided on a career path just yet. “Trevor’s determination, kindness, positive attitude, infectious smile and laugh inspire all who know him," said Hartley. ErinoakKids, located on North Sheridan Way in Mississauga, provides treatment, rehabilitation and support services to about 9,000 children with disabilities and their families each year.