Windsor's staff sergeant cools off with ice bucket challenge

Funds raised for ALS and New Boundaries

Ashley Thompson athompson@hantsjournal.ca
Published on September 4, 2014

Adam Carey inches closer to a seated Windsor RCMP Staff Sgt. Dan Austin with a bucket full of icy water in hand.

“I’ve been waiting for this,” quips Carey, eyeballing the top of Austin’s head.

At the count of three, Carey empties the bucket on Austin.

“That’s not warm!” shouts Austin, water dripping down his face.

Carey, a client at the New Boundaries vocational facility on Centennial Drive, nominated Austin for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Austin, a former board member with New Boundaries, accepted and even sweetened the deal.

The uniformed officer agreed to have cold water dumped over his head every time someone donated $20 — $10 for ALS Canada and $10 for the programs at New Boundaries.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a deadly neuromuscular disorder that attacks nerves cells and paralyzes voluntary muscles. ALS Canada funds research related to the disease, raises awareness of ALS and supports care programs.

“I think it’s a wonderful way to bring recognition to two great causes. ALS is a terrible disease and we’re raising money to help find a cure,” said Austin, minutes before his first soaking. “And New Boundaries holds a special place with the RCMP and if we can help raise some funds for them as well, why not?”

It was Austin’s first attempt at the challenge that went viral via social media.

“It’s only a little bit of water and some ice and, at the end of the day, I can go home and dry out,” said Austin.

The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised more than $10 million for ALS Canada.

New Boundaries client George MacDonald also completed the challenge, and took a turn drenching Austin.

“It felt nice. It’s not very often you can do that to a Mountie,” he laughed.

He insists it was nothing personal, just a lot of fun.

“It cools you off.”

MacDonald was happy to do something to help New Boundaries, a non-profit organization, continue to serve adults with diverse abilities.

“Everybody is happy here,” he said. “We’re just one big family here and get along great.”

 

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<p>George MacDonald, a New Boundaries client, happily pours a bucket of cold water over Staff Sgt. Dan Austin’s head for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. </p>

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<p>Staff Sgt. Dan Austin, of the Windsor RCMP, dumps water on New Boundaries client Adam Carey for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Carey nominated Austin for the challenge and had the chance to soak the RCMP officer.</p>

Photos by Ashley Thompson

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<p>Staff Sgt. Dan Austin, of the Windsor RCMP, congratulates New Boundaries client Adam Carey for completing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The pair nominated each other for the challenge. </p>

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<p>New Boundaries employee Chris Fry dumps freezing cold water over New Boundaries executive director Marilyn Thomas for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. </p>

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<p>New Boundaries executive director Marilyn Thomas jokes that employee Chris Fry need not expect a pay cheque next week after dumping ice cold water over her head for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.</p>

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<p>Heather Blackburn gets soaked during the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at New Boundaries. </p>

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<p>Eight-year-old Allie MacLeod completes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with some help from New Boundaries’ Heather Blackburn. </p>

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<p>New Boundaries client George MacDonald completes the ALS Ice Bucket challenge with a little help from Chris Fry, a New Boundaries employee. </p>

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<p>Water droplets roll down the face of New Boundaries client George MacDonald after he completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. </p>

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<p>George MacDonald, a New Boundaries client, forgives New Boundaries worker Chris Fry for dumping a bucket of ice cold water over his head. </p>

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<p>Eight-year-old Allie MacLeod and her mother, New Boundaries employee Dee MacLeod, allow Chris Fry and George MacDonald to dump cold water over their heads for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. </p>

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<p>Soaked New Boundaries employees Dee MacLeod, left, and Marilyn Thomas, right, give their dry colleague, Chris Fry, a hug. </p>

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<p>Adam Carey gets ready to drench his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge nominee, Staff Sgt. Dan Austin. </p>

Photos by Ashley Thompson