Rod was raised in Saskatchewan and after sustaining a spinal cord injury (C7) has spent his adult life living in Vancouver. Over the last couple of decades, Rod has been very active with the BC Wheelchair Sports Association as a member of the provincial wheelchair rugby team, a volunteer and a short stint as a program coordinator.
During a decade at the City of Surrey, Rod’s role was with recreation and fitness for persons with various disabilities. Rod also was involved with ConnecTra of the Disability Foundation as a Community Connector in an Employment Mentorship Program for persons with a physical disability. Rod’s most recent experiences were through the Rick Hansen Foundation, receiving an RHFAC designation and then performing accessibility assessments of the built environment.
With SCI BC, Rod works as the Peer Support Coordinator for Greater Vancouver. With a passion for engaging and improving the lifestyles of all persons living with an SCI.
“I know there are peers who are isolated and, especially with the pandemic, have had a hard time getting out. I know that for some people, it’s a big step to do so. I’m grateful to be in a position to provide people opportunities to take incremental steps to socialize and reengage in life.”
Away from work, Rod enjoys fitness and an overall healthy lifestyle. He is also a committed volunteer in the community with issues related to disabilities. As a passionate sports fan, he spends time watching hockey and football.