May 14, 2019

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Kristina Shelden, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Global Accessibility Awareness Day Thursday May 16th, 2019 marks the eighth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). This day started out to bring about awareness to accessibility needs and inclusion-aware design when it comes to technology and development. This is actually a brilliant initiative as, with many things, thinking about…

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March 1, 2019

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Kristina Shelden, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

How I Got My Identity Back

How I Got My Identity Back

In honour of Music Therapy Awareness Month, I wanted to share my story of how music helped me get my identity back. Picture a little girl in a frilly blue dress, singing dramatically alongside a TV flickering with images of Disney’s 1987 classic, The Little Mermaid. Right now she’s belting…

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January 30, 2019

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Kristina Shelden, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

Bell Let’s Talk – My Mental Health Story

Bell Let’s Talk – My Mental Health Story

I was reminded about Bell Let’s Talk day and asked if I had a blog I could share. I admitted that I didn’t, mostly because I find it difficult to be honest with myself about my mental health, never mind be public about it. Those close to me know that…

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January 8, 2019

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Kristina Shelden, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

Tips for Travelling with a Spinal Cord Injury

Tips for Travelling with a Spinal Cord Injury

With the holiday season behind us, and several months to go with the winter weather many people take this time to get outta dodge and find some sunshine! Here are some of my personal observations and suggestions for travelling with a disability. 1 – Prescription medication — Don’t pack it…

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November 2, 2018

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Kyle Gieni, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

Cannabis: Can it Help Those With Spinal Cord Injuries?

Cannabis: Can it Help Those With Spinal Cord Injuries?

O Canaba, our home we grow 4 plants, True patriot buds, in one household one grand, grams. With growing large, we see them rise, Skunk, dank, green, grass, weed. From far and wide O Canaba, we stand on guard for trees. Gods keep our land, free of mold and mites.…

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October 10, 2018

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Kristina Shelden, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

Thrive for Mental Health – A Vancouver Resident Bursary for Leisure Activity

Thrive for Mental Health – A Vancouver Resident Bursary for Leisure Activity

One wonderful train of thought threading its way through our community is the understanding and awareness of mental health; how essential it is to destigmatize and to take care of ourselves when it comes to mental health issues. In homage to this social shift, and in recognition of World Mental Health…

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September 25, 2018

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Kristina Shelden, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

[email protected]: Beating the Disability Barriers in Our Jobs

Technology@Work: Beating the Disability Barriers in Our Jobs

One thing I’ve noticed in my ten years of having a spinal cord injury is that there are a surprising number of resources that come and go that I have no idea about. Even as a Resource Coordinator, a mid-point where knowledge passes through, I don’t hear about everything. A…

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August 30, 2018

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Kyle Gieni, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

The Western Canadian Wheely Open: A Resounding Success!

This past month of August was one for the record books. From the sauna like conditions of the extreme heat and dryness, to the numerous wildfires as a result, August 2018 will be one we will not forget. This can also be said for the first ever wheelchair floorball-hockey tournament…

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July 25, 2018

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Kyle Gieni, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

Western Canadian Wheely Open 2018

August 18th and 19th 2018 will mark the first ever wheelchair floorball-hockey tournament played on Canadian soil, or on Canadian floor to be more precise. The gymnasium at Trinity Western University in Langley will host these games and will be home to visitors from as far as Austria who will…

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June 21, 2018

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Kyle Gieni, Resource Coordinator, PIRC

Scotiabank Half-Marathon Charity Challenge in Support of Spinal Cord Injury BC

It is hard to believe this weekend on June 24th marks the 20th anniversary of the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon, it also hard to believe 1998 was 20 years ago. This year marks the 4th time that I will be participating in this particular race. But for me, it is much more than a…

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