Paul Antle

Campaign Chair

Dear Friends and Supporters,

I invite you to join me in an important community initiative to expand the horizons of young people with disabilities.

For over two decades, Rainbow Riders has offered therapeutic riding services to youth with a range of cognitive and physical challenges, opening minds, breaking down barriers and creating hope. For these young people, it is often challenging to take part in the kinds of physical or social activities that many of us take for granted. In changing this, Rainbow Riders uses the unique relationship between child and horse to improve physical conditioning, communication skills and social connections. The connection and chemistry between horse and rider promote confidence and healing. I know from personal experience the generous spirit of horses and their healing potential.

This important work is being undertaken on an undeveloped parcel of land in Pippy Park with antiquated infrastructure. Now, however, Rainbow Riders is at a turning point. To continue to offer its valuable programs and meet an increasing need within the community, it must have new and improved facilities. To make that happen, we are launching Raise It Up.

Rainbow Riders is a heart-warming organization; its success stories and the people who make it all happen are exceptional. I am sure as you read on you will share my view and commitment to support this unique community organization. Let’s Raise It Up together!

All the best,

Paul Antle

Her Honour Patricia Fagan

Honorary Patron

Dear Friends,

It is a great honour for me to speak to you as Patron of Rainbow Riders. As an educator, I worked with students with special needs for decades, and I can personally attest to the great good such programs bring to not only these students and their families, but to all of us in Newfoundland and Labrador.

As you read on, you will discover why Rainbow Riders is so important. Doctors, riding professionals and students past and present give stirring testimony to the extraordinary benefits of therapeutic riding. It helps students move with more freedom, speak with greater confidence and even breathe more freely. Along the way, they improve their self-concept and social skills, and see the great potential of expanded opportunities. All of this happens in an inclusive community that gives these young people something to call their very own.

When young people have the opportunity to be all they can be, to be thriving and independent members of society, we all benefit. This is a community investment in inclusiveness and brighter futures. It is about changing thinking—and changing lives. Please join this passionate team of volunteers in Raising It Up!

Yours Sincerely,

Her Honour Patricia Fagan
Honorary Patron, Rainbow Riders

Andrea Rhinelander

Cabinet Member

Tim Hortons

Cabinet Member

Columbus International

Cabinet Member, Campaign Director

Pilot° Communications

Karl Smith

Cabinet Member


Ken Bennett

Cabinet Member

Johnson Inc.

Pamela Pippy

Cabinet Member

Pamela Pippy Landscape Design

Ruth Bell Steinhauer

Cabinet Member


Cabinet Member Bios


Paul Antle-

Mr. Antle is the Campaign Chair for Raise It Up.  He also supports several other non-profit groups that focus on children’s health and wellbeing.  Paul is the President and CEO of Pluto Investments Inc. which holds diverse corporate investments both within and outside the province.  Paul has three children (Mark (27), Soleil (3) and Cleo (2)) and is married to Renee Marquis.  In his spare time, he enjoys music and golf.

Brendan Paddick-

Mr. Paddick is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Columbus International Inc. In 2000, he was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. He has been selected as one of Atlantic Canada's Top 50 CEO's by Atlantic Canadian Business Magazine on five occasions and as such, has been inducted into the Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame. Brendan was Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Alumnus of the Year for 2002.  Brendan was named Ernst & Young’s Atlantic Canadian Business-to-Business Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011. In 2013, he was honored as Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Alumni of the Year.

Mr. Paddick and his wife Renee Vedd-Paddick are lifelong supporters of the Newfoundland Arts community and focus their corporate social responsibility efforts on causes that support at-risk youths. 

Ken Bennett of Johnson- 

Mr. Bennett is the President of The Johnson Corporation and has significant experience working in the Canadian insurance industry. 

Andrea Rhinelander-

Mrs. Rhinelander has been a Rainbow Riders Board Member for nearly 20 years and she is a Tim Hortons franchise owner and entrepreneur. It is in-part due to her involvement with Tim Hortons that Rainbow Riders has been able to acquire the organization as a valuable supporter for 15 years.

Mrs. Rhinelander also has a personal love for horseback riding having a stable in Florida.

June Perry-

Mrs. Perry is the President and CEO of Pilot Communications and she has been involved with many successful community campaigns including Easter Seals House, Daffodil Place, and Home from the Sea Sealers Memorial. Mrs. Perry is also an active member of the Women Presidents’ Organization in St. John’s.

Pam Pippy-

Mrs. Pippy is the owner of Pamela Pippy Landscape Design and has extensive experience in landscape design and construction with a comprehensive knowledge of local horticulture. She was chair of the MUN Botanical Garden board of Directors and sat on the executive at The Garden for many years.  Her love for animals extends beyond this campaign – she is also a director of the Newfoundland Pony Society, which advocates for the preservation, promotion and protection of the  endangered Newfoundland Pony.  

Karl Smith-

Following his position as President and CEO of FortisAlberta, Mr. Smith is now the CFO and Executive VP of Fortis Inc. While living in Calgary he was a member of the Campaign Cabinet with United Way.  He also chaired the organizing committee of the Memorial University Calgary Affinity Dinner. Mr. Smith is past Treasurer of the Western Energy Institute. Although Raise It Up is the first major charitable project he has been involved with since returning to the province, Mr. Smith shows dedication to young people in our province as a member of Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Administration Advisory Board.

Ruth Bell Steinhauer-

Mrs. Bell Steinhauer is the President of Cohen’s, which has supported successful campaigns including Welcome a Cure. Mrs. Bell Steinhauer also sits on the board of the International Grenfell Association.

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