“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.

6 comments on “Athlete Profile : Patrice Jetter”

  1. 1
    Nancy Naar on April 9, 2018

    You inspire me Patrice! Keep up the good work in making the difference in so many people’s lives! : ) !!!

  2. 2
    Miriam on April 9, 2018

    LOVE 💕 having Patrice in our Special Skating team !!! Absolutely a beautiful shining light !!!

  3. 3
    Natasha Morris on April 10, 2018

    I am so proud to be Pratrice’s best friend. Everyone is so lucky to have her as everyone’s back and bodyguard for life. She’s been working so hard for her lifelong dream. I am also an expert on being a gentle woman and an inspiration with my beautiful drawings. She’s so talented like me and she loves all of her cool friends. Everyone now should be very safe with crossing the road while she is on her safety job.

  4. 4
    Irene Rosen on April 10, 2018

    Patrice is one amazing woman! No disabilities here….just abilities!! When she sets her mind to it, Patrice can accomplish anything. She truly is an inspiration to all who know her.

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    Marie Lupinski on April 3, 2021

    Patrice, I was one of your teachers at David Hancock School and when I was watching “ Worn Stories” on Netflix I was so excited to see you again and hear about all of your successes . You truly are a role model for so many people. When my son Adam was born you decorated a baby t shirt for him which I have treasured for all this time. I hope that when the pandemic is over you can return to your position with the children. You inspire me.

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    Ginnie Morgan Mayhew on December 17, 2021

    a card with snow man & woman wearing scarfs with a evergreen tree with snow on it arrived at my house, no printing on the inside of the card so my friends wrote words in it. i look at the back of the card and just had to find out who the artiest is. this card is a keeper. i look forward to see any more of her art work. i to have a disability, but it is not seen, it is in my brain, learning disability, or better wording, learning challanged and i can’t spell! My motto, never give in to my mess and i wont give up…
    be well young lady and keep on drawing.

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