Summary: "A disability isn't an inability."
That's the message Christine Selinger wants to communicate to both disabled
and able-bodied people
It is also key to how Selinger has approached her life since a rappelling accident
five years ago left her a paraplegic. That fall changed Selinger's life but, far from
being a setback, seemed to spur her to do even more.
"I always say my accident has made me a better person because I do push myself
harder," she says. "I'm more determined to get everything done, a lot more
motivated to do the things I do."
While studying education at the University of Regina, Selinger excelled at
academics, undertook a dizzying array of extracurricular activities both on- and
off-campus, became an international-calibre paracanoeist and, if all that wasn't
enough, in 2010 became the first parapalegic to hike the challenging Nookta
Trail in British Columbia.
The University honoured Selinger at spring Convocation when it awarded her
the President's Medal, which is presented to a student who is receiving a first
degree with a minimum average of 80 per cent and has shown leadership in and
commitment to extracurricular activities.
Selinger graduated with a BEd in mathematics education and a BSc in
mathematics, and is now looking for a teaching job.