Local accessibility advocate finally gets her award

Fort St. John’s Lori Slater can finally show off her Courage to Come Back Award, though she missed being honoured at the Awards Ceremony.

Slater was unanimously chosen out of 90 applicants for the Award, from the Coast Foundation Society, but was hospitalized just before she was set to leave for the ceremony, on April 30th in Vancouver.

Slater won the award in the Medical Category, becoming the first person from Fort St. John honoured by the Society.

On April 17th, however, she learned she had a blood clot in her leg. As a result, Slater’s daughter and son-in-law went to Vancouver to accept the award on her behalf.

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Slater was nominated for the award by the Rick Hansen Foundation, which sent a letter detailing her difficult past.

She 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 can’t.

Lori currently holds eight volunteer positions, including advocating for better accessibility within the city.

Slater says her husband threw a surprise party for her on the day she was supposed to accept her award.

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Slater says she is feeling better and she is getting routine check-ups on her leg. She says when her award finally arrived on Sunday night, she couldn’t put it down.

Visit http://coastmentalhealth.com/courage-2009.html to view Slater’s full story.

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