Spring Hawes lives in Kelowna, in the beautiful Okanagan valley, which is the unceded territory of the Sylix people. Spring was injured in 2005, while riding in a mountain bike terrain park. She has a C-7 complete injury.
Spring finds a sense of community in her disabled peers. “There’s a comfort in being with people who have similar experiences. We learn from and support each other, in a world that often misunderstands us. Disabled people are innovative and creative and have so much to share.”
She is an advocate, entrepreneur, past elected official, board director for a provincial health authority and has recently been appointed co-chair of BC’s Provincial Accessibility Committee. She has always worked to advance equity and equality for under-represented groups such as disabled people and women, and imagines a world that truly celebrates the rich diversity that is the human condition.
Spring enjoys travel, music, good food and beautiful things. She has two grown children, and a baby granddaughter she loves spending time with.