A 15-year-old girl from B.C. with autism arrived in P.E.I. this week thanks to a number of groups who were determined to bring her to the Island — despite previous setbacks.
Brooklyn Mavis and her mom received an official welcome Wednesday at City Hall for a trip that was long overdue.
Mavis was supposed to be part of a SEVEC school exchange trip in May, but P.E.I. school officials said they were concerned for her safety on the trip.
Mavis has autism and epilepsy.
In the end, Mavis didn't go on the trip.
Mavis' family and advocates called it discrimination.
One month later, various organizations got together to bring her to the Island.
“It's not the same as coming with 49 friends that I made, but it's still nice to come to P.E.I. with all the people who’ve supported me,” said Mavis.
“I appreciate all you guys have done for me.”
A local Lions Club paid for plane tickets for Mavis, her mom, her advocate and her daughter.
“Her dream was to come to P.E.I., it wasn't going to be able to happen and we wanted to be able to fulfill that dream,” said Paul Gauthier, secretary of the Parkdale Sherwood Lions Club.
Mavis’ mom Melanie Bowen said it was heartbreaking and stressful to watch her daughter at home that week.
“The whole week the kids were gone, they posted pictures on Facebook and she sat and she read Facebook and she cried a lot,” Bowen said.
Both Mavis and her mom say they want to keep the trip light-hearted, but they do plan to invite school board officials to meet with them during their time on the Island.