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Easter Seals ambassador wants prime minister’s job

Many voters are grumbling about the dearth of inspirational leaders running for Canada’s top political post. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a few decades before we get the chance to vote for Marianna Figueiredo.

The 12-year-old from Woodbridge dreams of becoming prime minister and she’s off to a good start. She’s a 2011 Easter Seals provincial ambassador and is a natural when it comes to interacting with the media and speaking to thousands in front of the camera.

Marianna stopped by Breakfast Television Friday morning to chat with Kevin Frankish about the Easter Seals telethon this weekend.

“The telethon is basically to help bring awareness and help raise money for children with physical disabilities all across Ontario,” she said. “That’s my job as ambassador, to advocate for all of them and show the world that kids with physical disabilities are just like you and everybody else.”

There are more than 20,000 kids in Ontario with physical disabilities.

Frankish will be co-hosting the 28th annual Easter Seals Telethon on Sunday. The event will be aired on CBC between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. You can make a donation to the Web-a-thon, on easterseals.org.

Marianna spoke of the importance of raising funds for recreational activities — sports, camps and other programs are expensive to offer for young people with different abilities.

Easter Seals runs two summer camps, one of which Marianna attended, where she had a lot of fun. The agency helps families with the purchasing of expensive mobility equipment and communication devices.

Marianna, by the way, plans to graduate with a degree in political science from Carleton University with a minor in writing and then continue on to law school. She’s currently a straight-A student with a keen interest in history and French.

She eventually plans to rise to the nation’s highest political office. No word yet on which federal party she plans to lead.