As we approach our Charlottetown Drop Zone date of Wednesday, August 11th, one particular member of the Century 21 Colonial Realty Team Kids To Camp has proven himself to be a true Superhero already. Paul Compton, with the help of his sister Cindy Beharrell and brother-in-law Rich Beharrell, has raised to date over almost 5 thousand and counting for Easter Seals. Raising money for Easter Seals is especially personal for Paul as he has directly benefited from Easter Seals supported programs. Paul attended Camp Gencheff and The Joyriders for over 20 years. Both Easter Seals supported charitable organizations. Paul understands firsthand how incredible and valuable the camp experience is and wants to help others get the opportunity to experience it as well.
So who is this superhero? Paul is 41 years young and has lived with Cindy, Rich and their two sons since 1996. He is a very outgoing person with an incredible sense of humour. He is extremely well liked and is an exceptional person. Paul was recognized by his peers in 1990 when he graduated from Birchwood Junior High School. He won the "Student Council Award" which read, "Presented to a graduation student who through enthusiasm, school spirit and dedication to work made a valuable contribution to Birchwood and the graduating class".
Paul strives for independence in his work and personal life. For many years Paul worked at Island Cable TV until the business was sold. He went on to work at Fox Meadow Golf and Country Club when it opened in 2000. Pauls main responsibility was to drive the range picker to clear the driving range of golf balls but had many additional responsibilities there as well. Paul worked at the golf course during the Spring and Summer months while in the Fall and Winter he worked toward graduating from a four year University of Prince Edward Island program called the UPEI Ace Program. A program designed for students with intellectual disabilities. He graduated from the program in 2009. Paul thrived in this program and was such a success that he was invited back to the Ace Program after graduating to mentor other students. This is the first time in the programs history this opportunity had been offered to a graduate. Paul was a mentor for seven months before being offered a position at Cooke Insurance. Paul has been working with Cooke Insurance for about 5 months now delivering documents to businesses in Charlottetown. He does filing, mail duties and numerous other important tasks. Paul enjoys his new job and takes on each day with confidence and enthusiasm. He continues to work at the golf course on a part time basis.
Some of Pauls personal interests are wrestling, working out, music, dancing and movies. Paul was involved with The Joyriders for over 20 years. Joyriders is a therapeutic Riding Association of PEI whose mission is the enhancement of the physical, emotional and social well-being of children and adults with disabilities with various forms of therapeutic riding. Paul was chosen as one of two riders from PEI to participate on the Atlantic Team in the Prince Philip Mounted Games for the Disabled in Toronto in 1988.
Paul attended Camp Gencheff for over 20 years. Camp Gencheff is was developed in 1960 as a summer camp for mentally and physically challenged children. Camp Gencheff is the highlight of his summer. He gets to hang out with friends, play games such as baseball, volleyball and frisbee. He watches movies with his friends, listens to music, goes for walks, and his favorite...have dances. He loves to show his latest dance moves!
Last year, Paul's father, Simon Compton passed away on March 17th. Just under two months before his graduation. Paul admired and loved his father tremendously. It deeply saddened Paul that his father wouldn't watch him walk across the stage to graduate. After the graduation ceremony, still in cap and gown, Paul kissed his award, lifted it skyward and said "this is for you Dad". His father would have been incredibly proud of this major accomplishment as he was proud of all that Paul did. He would also have been proud of Paul for his dedication to The Drop Zone and his brave commitment to rappelling off of the Delta Prince Edward Hotel this summer to raise money so that others like him, can go to camp.
Please Check out Pauls website at www.PaulCompton.ca