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Canadian Paralympic Committee Partnership

Canadian Paralympic Committee Partnership logoWorkSafeBC and the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) have partnered to form a speaker program focusing on safety called the WorkSafeBC Paralympic Team.

The Team is composed of inspiring athletes who were injured at work and now represent British Columbia and Canada on the international stage. They talk to students and community groups about their lives, injuries, workplace health and safety, and what they have overcome to be among the best athletes in the world.

WorkSafeBC Paralympic Team speakers

Jessica Vliegenthart

Jessica Vliegenthart Jessica Vliegenthart (PDF 44kb) took a summer job as a firefighter to earn money for university. Five days before her 21st birthday, a back-country road incident broke her back. Now a paraplegic, she became a Paralympian and has recently graduated from law school. What counts, says Jessica, “isn’t how much you can lift or how fast you can run. It’s what’s left when everything else has been ripped away. Strength is having a goal that may seem impossible, but is achievable if you choose to fight for it.”
Length of presentation: 45 minutes
Recommended audience: Suitable for all ages
Geographical restrictions: None
Cost: No charge for schools and parent advisory groups
Requirements: Wheelchair accessibility

Josh Dueck

Josh Dueck

Josh Dueck (PDF 39kb) had a clear vision: he would make a career out of his passion — freestyle skiing. It all changed in 2004. “I was doing a test jump and miscalculated my speed,” he says. “I ended up going much too large and over-shot the landing hill. I landed chest first and folded in half like a scorpion.” Months of rehabilitation were required so Josh could learn how to live his new life as a paraplegic.

See Josh's Story (Video 6 min 48 sec)

Length of presentation: 45 to 60 minutes
Recommended audience: Suitable for all ages
Geographical restrictions: None
Cost: No charge for schools and parent advisory groups
Requirements: Wheelchair accessibility

Gord Tuck

Gord Tuck When Gord Tuck (PDF 43kb) started his first real job, the 18-year-old never expected it would mean losing his leg in a forestry incident. A heavy equipment operator didn’t see Gord on a busy landing and crushed him against a four-foot-diameter log. But Gord came back to compete in the Winter Paralympic Games, as well as set records in water skiing. “Facing hard challenges pays off,” he says. “When you think you’ve hit the edge and can’t go any further, that’s when great things are about to happen.”
Length of presentation: 45 minutes
Recommended audience: Suitable for all ages
Geographical restrictions: None
Cost: No charge for schools and parent advisory groups
Requirements: None

Book a speaker

To book a speaker, email WorkSafeBC, phone 604 231-8578 (toll-free 1 888 621-7233, local 8578), or fax 604 279-7545.

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