shawn torchShawn Harvey and his wife Andrea.Submitted by Fern Tremblay

When Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen Fern Tremblay learned that his grandson, Shawn Harvey, had been chosen to take part in the Parapan AM Games Torch Relay, he felt very proud.

Harvey, also an MNO citizen, was born in Timmins but now resides in Hamilton. He was chosen to carry the torch during its journey through Hamilton, on its way to Toronto for the 2015 Parapan AM Games.

In a letter to his grandson, Tremblay shared his pride, stating that Harvey found himself “in this well-deserved opportunity to let people know that you all believe in participants who have handicaps of sorts but have the will to try and achieve some of their dreams by competing in games such as the Parapan AM Games.”

The 2015 Parapan AM Torch Relay ran from August 3 to August 7. Two separate torches were lit, one in Ottawa and the other in Niagara Falls, before being united in Toronto to light the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony.

With 250 torchbearers for its five day journey, this torch relay was the largest ever held for the Parapan AM Games.