Pincourt “Champ” celebrates 70 years of war amps key tags at seminar


Gabriel at the Seminar, holding his waterproof swim leg which was funded thanks to public support of the Key Tag Service.

Gabriel Finn, 8, of Pincourt, has returned from The War Amps 2016 Child Amputee (CHAMP) Seminar in Toronto. The seminar brought together child amputees from Quebec and Ontario while also marking the 70th anniversary of The War Amps Key Tag Service.

Gabriel was born a right leg amputee and, as a “Champ,” is eligible to receive financial assistance for the cost of artificial limbs and devices. By attending seminars, Champs and parents learn about the latest in artificial limbs, dealing with teasing and bullying and parenting an amputee child.

“Gabriel loves going to the seminars because he gets to meet others who are just like him and he really looks up to the older amputees. We appreciate all that CHAMP has done for our son,” says mom, Claudia.

The War Amps Key Tag Service was launched in 1946 so that returning war amputees could not only work for competitive wages, but also provide a service to Canadians that would generate funds for the Association’s many programs. The Key Tag Service continues to employ amputees and people with disabilities, and has returned more than 1.5 million sets of lost keys.

Each key tag has a confidentially coded number. Should the keys be lost, the finder can call the toll-free number on the back of the tag, or deposit them in any mailbox, and the keys will be returned to the owner by bonded courier.

The War Amps receives no government grants and its programs are possible through public support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service.