Fort St. John woman wins award for overcoming hardships

A local woman is receiving a province-wide award that celebrates overcoming adversity. 

Fort St. John resident Lori Slater will be heading to Vancouver to receive a Courage to Comeback Award. Slater says she is the first person from Fort St. John to receive the Physical Rehabilitation and Medical Award.

She says she got the phone call on Thursday night, saying she was unanimously chosen out of 90 other applicants. [asset|aid=1098|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=62c6196960059b2f2281d8993d3cc624-Slater 1_1_Pub.mp3]

Slater was nominated by the Rick Hansen Foundation, which sent a letter detailing her difficult past. Slater was born with Spina Bifida, which affects the spinal cord. It didn’t take full effect until she was in her 30’s. After undergoing many surgeries, Slater was faced with the reality of using a wheelchair to maintain her mobility.

She says since then, she wants to help people in similar situations in a way a medical professional cannot. [asset|aid=1099|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=62c6196960059b2f2281d8993d3cc624-Slater 2_1_Pub.mp3]

There will be film crews coming to document her life in the area. Slater says she hopes the coverage will bring a positive change to Fort St. John’s accessibility.

The awards will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver on April 30th.

Click on the below attachment to view Slater’s award profile.