At the time of Kim’s accident, the world was her oyster! She had just graduated high school with exceptional grades, played on the national handball team and looked forward to starting college. One summer evening a few friends spontaneously showed up at Kim’s house and suggested trying out the new family “toy”, a three-wheel ATV. The next thing she remembers she was lying on the ground in the dark of night thinking, “I’m paralyzed”.
But, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. After her accident, which left her a quadriplegic, Kim moved from Prince George to live in Vancouver in pursuit of a better life. Shortly before graduating from UBC she became gainfully employed, married her best friend, and travelled to places she hadn’t even dreamed of prior to her accident. From jet-skiing in the Caribbean to getting kissed by a dolphin in Bermuda and almost every activity in between. When not travelling Kim enjoys spending time with family and friends, curling, yoga, collecting antiques and a foodie, enjoys dining out/dinner parties. Kim is also known as “Auntie Kim” by the neighbourhood children and her nieces and nephews who are the joy of her life!
Kim is co-founder of the support and advocacy group, South Fraser Active Living, a group for people with physical disabilities trying to live a more free and productive happy life while improving the inaccessible world we live in.