Andy Rollerson was born with Down syndrome, but that has never stopped him from having dreams. He finished high school earning an Evergreen Certificate. He has two jobs on Gabriola, one as a Produce Clerk and one as a Kitchen Helper. He loves to help people and wildlife, and he is a volunteer for GROWLS (Gabriola Rescue of Wildlife Society). In 2015, he realized his dream to be in front of the camera and behind the microphone as a newsperson. A video about him was prepared by Shaw Cable, and it can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taQvzQGv2go.
Andy interviews people on Gabriola when there’s new or important things to tell our community and his videos are on his Youtube Channel called “Gabriola Island News” at
Andy welcomes everyone to subscribe.
Andy thanks Tina Lynch (Royal LePage Realty) for the idea for this project and the fantastic work she did to bring it to reality, Jules Molloy (Close to the Sun Productions) for invaluable help regarding equipment purchases and software to make videos, Bryan McCrae (Filament Communications) for his wonderful logo, Derek Kilbourn (The Gabriola Sounder) for a spot in the local newspaper, Ingrid Witvoet (New Society Publishers) for editorial assistance, his mom (Liz Steele) for video production, and, of course, the Gabriola Chamber of Commerce for this super webpage. A very special thank you is extended to Global TV for their generosity in having Andy visit their facility. He had a thrilling time, including being behind the news anchor desk with Lynn Collier and doing a weather report with Kate Gajdosik.