In September 1985, Dianne Wilkins, a teacher at Park Street School started the “Huggy Northside Choir”. The choir consisted of elementary school age children, they sang for churches, schools and community groups all the while promoting the “Huggy” message.
“Huggy” and the Nashwaaksis Lions were also in a parade in concord New Hampshire U.S.A. They met another school teacher, Christa McAuliffe who was scheduled to go up into space on the Space Shuttle Challenger. Christa was to be the 1st teacher in space. As we all know the Space Shuttle Challenger and its crew fell back to earth 74 seconds into the flight.
The “Huggy” program has grown a lot over the years. The Nashwaaksis Lions Club and “Huggy” started the “Huggy Youth Treatment Center Foundation” this would eventually turn into Portage Atlantic. Portage Atlantic is running today at Cassidy Lake just outside Sussex New Brunswick. Portage Atlantic helps the youth of the Maritimes and Newfoundland with their alcohol and drug abuse problems.
If you would like to book “Huggy” for your school, event, or parade please contact a Lions club member.