Kingston teen role model for CHAMPs

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Kingston’s Matthew Nutter, 16, will be a junior counsellor and role model at the upcoming Atlantic Child Amputee seminar in Halifax. - Submitted 

A Kingston teen is giving back to the program that supported him as he was growing up.

Matthew Nutter, 16, of Kingston, has been invited once again to be a junior counsellor and role model at The War Amps 2014 Atlantic Child Amputee (CHAMP) seminar from July 11-13 in Halifax.

Nutter is missing both of his feet. He attended CHAMP seminars while growing up to see the latest developments in artificial limbs, attend informative sessions on dealing with amputation and share concerns with other young amputees.

He applied to be a junior counsellor so that he could give back by answering questions and offering advice to younger CHAMPs on subjects like dealing with teasing and staring, body image, learning to drive and employment.

“As amputees themselves and through their involvement with CHAMP, junior counsellors carry on The War Amps legacy of ‘amputees helping amputees’ by acting as peer counsellors,” says Danita Chisholm, executive director of the CHAMP Program.

“They are wonderful role models and younger CHAMPs look up to them.”

Geographic location: Kingston, Halifax

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