In 2007, when Perdita Felicien became involved with Right To Play, the two-time Olympic hurdler wanted to do more than just lend her name to a good cause. So it’s no surprise that nine years later, the current CBC broadcaster has become one of our most prominent advocates, raising money through her racing career and guest-speaking at events on our behalf. Wanting to experience the positive effects our games and programs have on children and their communities firsthand, Perdita has made the long trip to Africa twice: to Mali in 2010 and to Liberia and Benin with fellow Athlete Ambassador Adam van Koeverden in 2013. She has since travelled across Canada, visiting schools and talking with students about the importance of play for advancing quality education as a part of our national Speaker Series campaign.
“It changes your perspective going into the field and seeing what they are doing,” she said of our programs. “I expected things to be very bleak and maybe that was my own ignorance; instead I saw communities mobilizing themselves and Right To Play supporting and empowering the work they were already passionate about doing in their own communities."