Katie Canfield (2000)

Disclaimer: The following was transcribed from an article in the Capper Foundation Archives. The choice of words used at the time this was written may not reflect current Capper Foundation inclusive language and views.

Katie Canfield (2000)

by Jeanette Waters

Katie Canfield is helping make the Topeka community a place that supports Kansas children by being a role model for children at The Capper Foundation. She has volunteered on a weekly basis over the past three years, helping children 3 to 6 years of age, both with and without disabilities, as well as elementary and middle school students with disabilities.

Katie, who has a hearing disability, interacts well with all of the children but is very sensitive to the needs of the children with disabilities, and she draws from her own personal experiences as she creates opportunities in which these children can be successful. Katie doesn’t dwell on her disability; she shows the children through her involvement that no matter what your challenge, you can accomplish your goals.

Katie’s positive attitude, compassion for the children and her understanding of what each child must accomplish to be successful in our world allows her to encourage the children’s desire and motivation to accomplish their own goals.