Peer Program Manager & Information Resources Agent
Parksville, BC

Bert Abbott

Working from a home office near Nanaimo, Bert is Spinal Cord Injury BC’s (SCI BC) Peer Program Coordinator for the North Island and an Information Services Agent.

A Vancouver Island resident for most of his life, Bert enjoys watching the wildlife that appears outside his office window. He’s been with SCI BC, formerly the BC Paraplegic Association, for many years and has held a number of roles.

Bert was injured almost 20 years ago when he fell from a tree and became a paraplegic. Although the injury changed his life in many ways, his new and fulfilling career working with people with disabilities is a direct result of his accident. Bert was a Red Seal chef prior to his injury and still shares his cooking expertise at events like the Evening in the Kitchen, which he hosts as part of the North Island Peer Support Program.

Bert has done a lot of work to promote accessibility around Nanaimo and started several wheelchair sports programs. Bert’s friendly, talkative personality makes him popular wherever he goes. He is happy to share his experiences of spinal cord injury with anyone who has questions and he has a strong knowledge of relevant resources and programs.

When Bert isn’t at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, visiting the ocean, cooking, and exploring.

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