Colchester District RCMP Const. Lorilee Morash surprised Karleigh Haynes as a recipient of a 'Dreams Take Flight' trip to the Magic Kingdom for a day. Four children from Colchester District were chosen to attend with other children in the province. Submitted photo

COLCHESTER COUNTY – A group of lucky students from throughout Nova Scotia embarked on a magical journey to Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom, and members of Nova Scotia RCMP were there to help make it happen.

Through the ‘Dreams Take Flight’ program, RCMP officers Const. Serge Landry, Const. Lisa Hartlen, Const. Nathan Sparks, Const. Lorilee Morash, and Const. Angela Downey worked with local schools and community groups to nominate a group of very deserving youth.

The ‘Dreams Take Flight’ program provides children, who may not have had the opportunity to otherwise, to visit Walt Disney World with a one-day, all-expense-paid trip to the most magical place on earth. The process leading up to this adventure began several months before when the four RCMP officers, who work in Halifax District, Guysborough District, Cumberland District, Colchester District, and Yarmouth, worked with schools and the ‘Dreams Take Flight’ selection committee to nominate very deserving children between the ages of seven and 12. With assistance from school staff, parents and family physicians, the nominations were sent forward, all while being kept secret from the children.

In total, 160 children were nominated for the event, including 10 from Halifax District, four from Guysborough District, four from Colchester District, three from Cumberland District, and eight from Yarmouth who were selected to take part in the adventure.

The children left Halifax early in the morning on April 25 and flew to Orlando on a flight donated by Air Canada, which is crewed entirely by volunteer Air Canada flight attendants, pilots, air technicians, group leaders, corporate sponsors, and community volunteer chaperones. They spent an entire day at the Magic Kingdom and were flown back to Halifax the same night. All of the costs are provided for the children including food, admission tickets, aircraft fuel and landing fees, catering costs, Customs and Immigration fees, t-shirts, hats, sun screen, bus transportation and ground-handling. This is all made possible through several corporate sponsors.