Blake’s Big Donation

Blake Trudel, now 6, at Dinosaur Provincial Park in 2012. Photo courtesy Dionne Trudel.

Blake Trudel, now 6, at Dinosaur Provincial Park in 2012. Photo courtesy Dionne Trudel.

Blake Trudel has been a palaeo-enthusiast for four years. This is a considerable percentage of his life, considering he’s only six.

He hasn’t been six for that long, either. His birthday was on Dec. 27, 2012. At his party, he had a dinosaur cake – not terribly unusual for a young boy. Unusual, though, was this: there were no presents to be seen. Instead, the birthday boy had decided he wanted to “help find new dinosaurs,” said his mom Dionne. He asked his friends and family to give cash instead of presents, which he then donated to this museum project – $200 in total.

“He is so excited to visit the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum when it opens,” Dionne said, from their home in Calgary. “It’s great because it helps people like me see dinosaur bones!” said Blake.

According to his mom, Blake’s been fascinated by dinosaurs since he was two years old. His career path has been set for nearly as long. The now six-year-old decided at age three he’d grow up to be a palaeontologist. This is a solid seven years before even Dr. Phil Currie, who was 10 when he decided his future lay in palaeontology.

Blake is devoted to his dinosaur encyclopedias, said Dionne, and loves to memorize all the details about his favorite animals. “Now when we read, he corrects our pronunciation, and patiently explains the difference between very similar-looking dinosaurs,” she said.

Blake’s donation went into the museum’s crowd-funding campaign at Indiegogo.com. The campaign has raised over $30,000 for the museum, which begins construction this spring.  It will open its doors in June 2014, thanks to the generosity of contributors like Blake. Thanks Blake, can’t wait to see you when you come to visit next year!