“Everybody needs a little bit of Patrice in their life.”
Meet athlete, artist, mentor, and totally cool person Patrice Jetter. She lives in Hamilton and her apartment is just like her – eclectic, creative, and perfectly accessorized. From her handmade family room light to the huge model train set covering an entire wall, Patrice presents herself with style and gusto. The 53-year-old is always full of positive energy and can turn even the most insignificant conversation into something fun.
Patrice’s disability is the least interesting part about her. She works as a crossing guard every morning and afternoon during the school week. She waves to every single vehicle driving by and mouths, “Have a nice day” as they zoom past, regardless if the passengers are watching. Her apartment is littered with every single craft imaginable – crocheting on the coffee table, model train sets and electric boards hidden in the corner, drawers filled to the brim with paints, markers, and paper. Patrice’s sporting history is no joke. All her medals hang along the wall. The former snowboarder decided to try something new, so now she is a figure skater. Patrice finds the time to give back to her community too. She acts as a mentor to her Special Olympics teammates and donates artwork for public display at local venues.
“When you spend your time doing positive things, you don’t have time to get caught up in negative things.” Patrice lives by this motto of hers, and she hopes everyone can do the same.