By Stewart Grant
Throughout his journey through life, young Evan Leversage touched those who knew him. He had a very special connection with the team at Perth County Paramedic Services, who were inspired by this brave young man. It was through this relationship that the “Evan’s Touch a Truck Event” was born. Then, four years after the first Touch a Truck event, the Perth County Paramedic Community Care Fund was formed in 2015, with the Leversage family one of the receipients.
This past week, Perth County Paramedic Services (“PCPS”) donated a bench to Cadzow Park in Evan’s memory. Evan’s Bench was originally considered for a spot at Milt Dunnell Field, which is home of the Touch a Truck event, but a great suggestion was made to place the bench at Cadzow Park. Overlooking the busy new playground, it will be a real benefit to the many families that visit.
PCPS Commander Jeff Sager was present for the unveiling of the new bench along with Perth County Paramedics Mary Anne Cowdrey and Craig Nelson. PCPS Quality Assurance Commander Julie Jeffrey was not available for the photo but was represented by her daughter Abigail.
Evan’s aunt Ashley Agar expressed the family’s gratitude for this donation. “As a family we want to extend a huge thank you to the Perth County Paramedics for their support and love for Evan and his family over these years. Right from the moment that they met him, they’ve always gone above and beyond. They are so giving, and we are so pleased to have such great people like this in our community.”
Donations to “The County of Perth Paramedic Community Care Fund” are 100% eligible for a charity tax donation receipt and are welcomed by mail at 1 Huron Street, Stratford, ON N5A 5S4, c/o Deputy Chief Cliff Eggleton. For more information, please visit https://www.perthcounty.ca/en/living-here/paramedic-community-care-fund.aspx