I write a column every day. Yet, today, it is difficult to find the words to describe my experience with the Blue Angels. You can watch the video and perhaps you’ll see what I mean.
Join me on my flight with the incomparable #BlueAngels. (condensed version). It was one of the most exhilarating days of my life. Check out these masters of flight this weekend at the #AirShowATL in Greenwood NS. https://t.co/Rfmc6ezGyK pic.twitter.com/4TS1hzokHR— Cindy Day (@CindyDayWeather) August 28, 2019
Before taking to the air Aug.27, I met a remarkable man I want you to get to know. His name is Jordan Sheriko and he, too, was chosen to fly with the Blue Angels.
At every Air Show, two people are chosen to take to the air: one media representative and one person known as a "key influencer."The key influencer is defined as one who has helped shape attitudes and opinions of youth in their communities.
Jordan Sheriko grew up in Wolfville, N.S., and studied psychology and biology at Acadia University. After graduating from Acadia, he completed medical school and completed his pediatric residency at Dalhousie University.
Following his education at Dalhousie, he completed a fellowship in pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation through the University of Ottawa in conjunction with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre. Starting in July 2017, his current position is Medical Director of IWK Rehabilitation Services, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Dalhousie University. His specialist position focuses on pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation. He is the first of his kind in Nova Scotia.
A great education, a great start and a great big heart.
The driving force behind Jordan’s life came when he was four, and his father developed brain cancer. His family travelled back and forth to Montreal for treatment. Jordan’s father passed away during Jordan’s first week of medical school. That’s what led him, his brothers and his mother to found Camp Triumph because there was no resource for those boys.
In 2005, Jordan, along with his family, co-founded Camp Triumph. Their goal was to create the first camp in Atlantic Canada that was specifically for children with a family member who suffered from chronic illness or a disability. That first year, one week-long camp was held to accommodate 40 kids. The organization raised approximately $10,000. Jordan is not only co-founder of a camp for youth, open to children across the country, he created it for a largely forgotten niche of the population.
“It is the only residential summer camp in Canada serving children 7 to 17 who have a parent or sibling with a significant chronic illness or disability…”
More details about the camp in western PEI can be found online at camptriumph.ca.
Beyond his efforts with Camp Triumph, over the last 14 years his daily life as a specialist doctor in a key and growing field of pediatrics has him involved in improving the lives of children from across Atlantic Canada, day in and day out.
I’d like to thank the Blue Angels for their commitment to recognizing and promoting the cause and message of wonderful people like Jordan Sheriko.
On Tuesday, I was flying with the Angels. And I met one whose feet are well-grounded in our region.
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We had Jordan Sheriko co-founder of #CampTriumph (Key Influencer) and Cindy Day of Saltwire Network (Media), ride with Blue Angel 7 Lt. Cary Rickoff to kick off #AirShowATL week here in #Greenwood.— #AirShowATL (@AirShowAtlantic) August 28, 2019
We are having fun!
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