The five children selected to go to Disneyland pose for a photo in the Prince George Airport before their trip. Submitted photo

Five local kids take dream trip to Disneyland

The trip was funded by Dreams Take Flight

Five local children and one escort were taken on the trip of a lifetime to Disneyland last week.

The kids left on Oct. 15 and returned on Oct. 17.

The trip was funded by Dreams Take Flight, a charitable organization which flies kids facing medical, physical, social, mental or emotional challenges to Disneyland for a day. The kids must also be between the ages of six and 12.

This is the second year in a row children from Fort St. James have been sent on the trip.

This year, the trip was organized by Nezul Be Hunuyeh Child and Family Services Society, which works with both the Tl’azt’en and Nak’azdli Bands.

Anna Whitely, a family support worker for the family services society, says they worked to identify which children fit the criteria, and from there narrow down the five who would take part. In the end, they sent two children from the Tl’azt’en Band and three from the Nak’azdli Band.

The Courier first spoke to Whitely as she drove home from dropping the children off at they airport. “They’re all so excited,” she said. “They’ve been up since five a.m. this morning!”

The kids flew to Vancouver on Oct. 15, where they spent a night and attended a Meet and Greet, and then into Los Angeles (where they took a bus to Disneyland) on the 16th. At the end of the day, they flew back to Vancouver, and later arrived home on the 17th.

The kids were supplied with backpacks, clothes, a camera and footwear to use during they day at Disneyland. Whitely says the kids also received gifts and money to purchase souvenirs throughout the day.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Column: the 4-H way of life

Local 4-H member Jacinta Meir on what being a member means to her

2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War I

Quesnel legion’s historian Doug Carey documents some of the atrocities of WWI

Conifex announces a temporary curtailment in operations at Fort St. James mill

Between 180 and 200 people will be affected by the curtailment for at least four weeks

B.C. Legions in need of young members to continue aiding veterans into the future

Lest we forget what thousands of men and women did to fight for Canada’s freedoms – but without new membership, many Legion chapters face dwindling numbers

North Coast figure skater to star in Dancing On Ice

Carlotta Edwards learned to skate in Prince Rupert, before becoming a star with millions of viewers

VIDEO: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

Stink at B.C. school prompts complaints of headaches, nausea

Smell at Abbotsford school comes from unauthorized composting operation

Fear of constitutional crisis escalates in U.S.; Canadians can relate

Some say President Donald Trump is leading the U.S. towards a crisis

B.C.-based pot producer Tilray reports revenue surge, net loss

Company remains excited about ‘robust’ cannabis industry

Canada stands pat on Saudi arms sales, even after hearing Khashoggi tape

Khashoggi’s death at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul further strained Riyadh’s already difficult relationship with Ottawa

Feds pledge money for young scientists, but funding for in-house research slips

Canada’s spending on science is up almost 10 per cent since the Liberals took office, but spending on in-house research is actually down

‘Targeted incident’ leads to death of Quesnel man

One man died of life-threatening injuries on Nov. 8

Disabled boy has ‘forgiven’ bullies who walked on him in stream, mom says

A Cape Breton teen who has cerebral palsy was told to lie in a stream as other kids walked over him

Letters shed light on state of mind of B.C. mom accused of daughter’s murder

Trial of South Surrey mother Lisa Batstone begins in BC Supreme Court

Most Read