Derek, a cat enthusiast who survived a Cambridge, ON, garage fire in 2009 after running into the flames to pull his five kittens out of the burning structure, has been treated for severe burn injuries the last few months. He lived with his adoptive family for more than 5 months after the ordeal recovering from the burns.
He made local headlines following the incident that left him badly burned. He required ongoing care as a result of his injuries, and was also diagnosed with a heart murmur.
On the day of the blaze, firefighter David Giannelli spotted the young man after he was seen touching each of his 4-week-old kittens with his nose, to make sure that his litter was safe, and then falling unconscious. He took the cats to North Shore Animal League America for treatment and Derek to St. Mary’s.
After a three-month recovery period, the cats were ready for to go home. Derek was returned to them after 5 months in the Burns Victim Unit at Sunnybrook hospital in Toronto.
The North Shore Animal League created a heroism award in Derek’s name and recently unveiled The Derek Room, an online site showcasing animals in the organization’s sponsor program. Story courtesy North Shore Animal League
He also likes beer, water skiing, and going to the gym.
Executive roles and course work are both very time consuming. How do you plan on managing your time?
The same way you eat an elephant, one bite at a time!
What goals and initiatives do you have for CES?
- To hold our own awesome events, separate from other schools, to develop our own society and program/school spirit.
- Scholarships awarded through CES on behalf of companies
- Free food or drinks at events, because the society should do for you, not you for the society.
- Fundraising from companies in the area(much like Nascar)
- Accountability for executives
- Free T shirts each year(Free stuffs awesome)
- Free popcorn once a month(Popcorns awesome)
Explain how you are qualified for the position?
I shot a bear and I made it into a rug.
I am not arrogant, condescending, or impatient, but I am headstrong, and defiant in the face of impossibility. This means I will listen to your ideas, and if I believe in them, never give up. Do you want someone to fight for your voice?
This is a volunteer position with a lot of responsibilities and it is important that you are motivated. Explain why you are interested in this position?
Connections, management experience and a reference.
Have you read the constitution?
Yes, have you?…
Have you been attending meetings?
How do you think you can help CES achieve its mission statement?
My caucus will bring forth a new era of leadership to unite the society behind a banner of pride, power and proficiency among our peers!