Brandy moved to Prince George from Calgary with her husband and two children in 2005. She joined the BC Paraplegic Association, now known as Spinal Cord Injury BC (SCI BC), in 2006, and has worked with the Peer Program ever since.
She was paralyzed from a motor vehicle accident in 1998 and has over 20 years of lived experience with a T11 – 12 SCI. She credits the peers she met after her injury with helping her learn about spinal cord injury and how to live well after injury. Brandy uses her knowledge and experience of SCI when reaching out to peers throughout communities in the north.
“I find it amazing how resourceful, innovative and creative people are,” she says. “It’s wonderful to share this collective insight and knowledge gathered over the years through our network. At the end of the day, when people call, I know they’ve had the opportunity to have a conversation with someone who has an understanding of what their challenge is like. And this in itself, can be really meaningful.”
She enjoys moving out of her comfort zone to participate in the adventurous activities she plans for the Northern Peer Support Program. In recent years, Brandy and the peers have gone white water rafting, paddle boarding, skydiving, camping, and kayaking, to name just a few of their experiences.
Brandy and her husband, Rob also run a variety of local adapted sport programs including wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and para ice hockey. When she’s not at work, she enjoys travelling and spending time with her three Labrador retrievers.