I’ve admired Courtney Pringle Carver pretty much since I moved to Moncton. Not only as a stylish, friendly gal, but also as a talented professional, a fun-loving mom, and as a dedicated community volunteer.
She serves on several local boards and committees, including acting as the co-chair of this year’s Everyone’s Children Luncheon in support of the New Brunswick Adoption Foundation. She’s sharing these duties with Colin Kennedy Robichaud, a 12-year-old adopted son who generously shares his story. I invited Courtney to write a guest post for Pickle Planet, introducing us to Colin, his family, and the luncheon.
Colin Kennedy Robichaud was adopted by his two loving parents, Jeff Kennedy and Yves Robichaud, just over four years ago. In conversation, Colin is quick to tell you how different his life is today as an adopted child, compared to the period during which he was still looking for his forever home. In meeting Colin, I was immediately struck by his confidence, his eloquence, and the poise so evident despite his young twelve years.
I had the immense privilege of hearing Colin speak at last year’s Adoption Foundation luncheon, where he stole the show! Colin is bright, warm, and resilient beyond measure. He is the child upon which adults marvel, and in which other children – my son included – can find a role model.
Colin and I recently got together to shoot a promotional video for the Everyone’s Children Luncheon in support of the New Brunswick Adoption Foundation at one of his parents’ Dairy Queen locations. Colin was a true gentlemen, helpful and very conscientious of ensuring the needs of the visitors in his family’s store were fully met. Watching Colin and his family in action, there could never be a doubt that he is loved as much as any child ought to be, and he is in turn being taught to care for the needs of others as well.
We had a great afternoon, and not just because of the ice cream – though that, of course, never hurts! Because I (along with, frankly, my whole family) like to hear Colin’s perspectives anytime we can, when Pickle Planet asked if I might like to interview Colin on his experiences and the upcoming luncheon, I couldn’t have been more pleased. I was even more delighted when Colin agreed to participate, as he is involved in so very many extra-curricular activities I wasn’t sure he was going to be able to fit into his busy schedule. But here we are!
Courtney: So, Colin, here we are – just two weeks out from the luncheon. That is hard to believe! You’ve been involved with the Adoption Foundation luncheon for a number of years now, but this is the first year as Co-chair. How did you feel when you were asked to play such an important role in the event?
Colin: I was honored to have the opportunity. I immediately said yes and have no regrets. I am proud to have been asked to participate with in such a responsible way.
Courtney: I remember when the event organizers were talking about a potential Co-chair when your name came up. In an instant, everyone knew you were the perfect choice. Thanks so much for lending your time and telling your story. When you’re not busy teaching others about the importance of adoption, what do you do in your spare time?
Colin: Well, I love reading, I read at least one novel per week. I enjoy playing football and hanging out with my friends and family.
Courtney: I remember you telling me about your busy schedule – and you even had time to get your babysitting certification. When my son heard that, he asked if I would go out that very night so you could babysit him! It sounds like you don’t find yourself bored very often, if ever! What would you say is the most important way your life has changed since being adopted four years ago?
Colin: I have learned to trust, which was hard for me. Jeff and Yves have been very patient, kind, and loving with me which has allowed me to trust them. In the past it was difficult for me to trust adults. I feel and know where I belong now, I never used to have that feeling. I am thankful and blessed to have my forever family.
Courtney: I’m so happy to hear that, Colin. You certainly deserve to feel that way. And I know if you could do anything to see that more children could have that same experience, you would. Maybe that’s why you’ve been so supportive of the work of the Adoption Foundation. If you could ensure that people walk away with one message after reading this interview, what would that be?
Colin: Adoption is not only babies. There are over 400 children in care of which 60 percent are over 12 years old. I would wish that my story helps make people aware of older kids in care, like I was.
Courtney: I think you’ll drive home that message perfectly at the luncheon on May 8 – because who better to do it. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Colin: Yes – everyone deserves a family.
Courtney: Thanks so much, Colin – as always, it is so wonderful to hear about your experiences and perspective. I’m looking forward to seeing you again at the luncheon on May 8!
The Everyone’s Children luncheon in support of the New Brunswick Adoption Foundation will be taking place on May 8 at the Delta Beausejour in Moncton, from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm sharp. Admission is free. Guests are encouraged to bring their love for children, and open their hearts to Colin and the children who are still looking for a home. Those guests who are in a position to do so are encouraged to consider donations to the Foundation so that they may continue their important work. With the generous support of many corporate partners and community members, the luncheon expects to raise $80,000.
If you’d like to learn more about the luncheon or support the work of the Foundation in other ways, please contact Suzanne Kingston, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or (506) 832-0676.