GENEROSITY - Conner Pedwell

Young Red Deerian donates to help veterans in need

  • Sep. 28, 2016 2:37 p.m.

A young Red Deerian is striving to make a difference in the lives of Canada’s veterans.

Nine-year-old Conner Pedwell didn’t ask for presents to celebrate his birthday. Instead, the generous youngster asked his family and friends to donate to the Veterans Emergency Transition Services (VETS) Canada, which is a national charity helping veterans who are in crisis, at risk of becoming homeless or who are homeless.

“I have more stuff and I think that everybody should have the same amount of things,” said Conner during his birthday party last Saturday.

This isn’t the first time Conner, whose family comes from a military background, has given to those in need.

“When Fort McMurray was going on I donated my money to there and my sister last year, she donated her money to Julietta’s Place — it’s nice to donate,” he said, adding to him there aren’t many better feelings than helping someone in need. “I have a good feeling about it.”

Conner’s mother, Tannis Cassin explained that Conner originally got the idea after receiving some money from his grandfather around the time of the fires.

“He said it was because people needed the money more than he does and he didn’t really need it,” she said.

So, when Conner told her what he wanted to do for his birthday this year, she was blown away.

“I was so proud of him. It was one of those moments as a parent where you’re like I’m raising a nice person. I’m so proud of him for that,” she said, adding that Conner said he believes that everyone should have equal footing.

“He said he wants everyone in the world to be treated the same, and so people who need things should get them from people who have those things and can afford them. He wants to make sure the veterans have everything they need.”

VETS Canada Co-Founder and Chair Debbie Lowther said Conner’s generosity is encouraging.

“We were just so touched when Tannis informed us about Conner’s plans to donate his money to VETS Canada,” said Lowther. “Conner’s altruism is proof that each of us, even those of a younger generation, can play a part in supporting our nation’s heroes to get back on their feet. Conner’s thoughtfulness means a great deal to us, to our volunteers and to the veterans we serve.”

When asked whether he thinks he’ll donate again in the future, Conner was pretty sure of his answer.

“Yep, I’m gonna do it,” he smiled.

VETS Canada was originally started in 2010 by Jim Lowther, a veteran, as a way to help those veterans who had slipped through the cracks and who had not made a successful transition into civilian life.

In 2014, the organization became approved Veterans Affairs Service Providers in the field of homeless and in crisis veteran outreach.

Just Posted

Sentencing postponed in Castor triple homicide

Jason Klaus and Josh Frank will appear in court again Feb. 14th

Creep Catcher member sentenced in Red Deer court Monday

Carl Young to be fined and placed on probation for 12 months, among other conditions

WATCH: Innisfail’s Berkley the bear celebrates first birthday

Discovery Wildlife Park’s newest Kodiak is excited for life this winter

Rebels lose 13th straight against Kamloops

Red Deer hasn’t won on home ice since Oct. 28th, 2017

Kings and Queens sweep Briercrest

RDC basketball is begining to gear up for the ACAC playoffs

WATCH: Setters Place officially opens in advance of the 2019 Canada Games

Red Deer is one step closer to the 2019 Canada Winter Games the opening of Setters Place

Back to work: U.S. government shutdown ends after Democrats relent

Short-term spending measure means both sides could see another shutdown stalemate in three weeks

Bell Media, NFL take appeal over Super Bowl ad rules to top court

At issue is a ban on substituting American ads with Canadian ones during the game’s broadcast

Sentencing postponed in Castor triple homicide

Jason Klaus and Josh Frank will appear in court again Feb. 14th

Cougar window shops at Banff grocery store

An RCMP officer spots a cougar outside an Alberta grocery store

$130K could get you on a dive to the Titanic

Hot summer ticket: $130K could get you on a dive to the Titanic off Newfoundland

UK’s Princess Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew, engaged

Princess Eugenie, the daughter of Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, will marry Jack Brooksbank in Autumn 2018

German nurse charged with 97 more murders

Niels Hoegel, serving a life sentence for two murders, has been indicted in nearly 100 more killings.

Two men guilty in murders of Alberta family could face 75 years

The pair were found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Klaus’s parents and sister in a rural home near Castor, Alberta

Most Read