Great Kate

The unsung hero.

As I think back over the web-logs, and information I have relayed to you, one important piece is missing. A ray of light, which has been key to MJ’s steady progress, and to my own invaluable support, is one of the dearest sweetest souls I know, my sister Katelynn.

Katelynn has been and continues to be one of the biggest heroes of this real life story. Perhaps even the unsung hero of it all, because to the general public she hasn’t been in the spotlight at all, and for us…we would not be doing nearly as well without her.

Throughout our ordeal, she has shown an incredible amount of courage, selflessness and cheerful positive attitude that no words can adequately describe. In the intensity of the earliest stages of this journey, she was my constant imperturbable angel. Making sure I ate and slept, and putting many smiles on my tear-stained face, she was always (and continues to be) there for me. When we first came to Vancouver we shared a bed at a family friend’s house. The simple presence of having her next to me provided a deep nurturing comfort that gave me my daily strength. Over those difficult weeks, she rose above all of the trauma and made some very hard personal and self sacrificing choices that would be difficult and complicated for anyone to make, let alone someone only 16 years old.

Right after the accident, Katie left behind her world with a mature grace and trust far beyond her years. Since day one she has been of constant reassurance to me, and she has had the faith and capability to say and have me believe that “everything is going to be ok.”

We still sleep in a giant bed together in our own Vancouver apartment, and now she is spreading her wings and moving to Victoria for the summer to finish her interrupted grade 11 school year. She will be so missed by my mom and me. I am truly blessed to have her as my sibling and best friend.

I want everyone to know what a light she has been and continues to be to Mary-Jo and me. Katie is possessed by and generously shares her abundance of audacity, charisma, honesty, integrity and brilliance. Over the past three months, she has matured into a most amazing caring individual, and we are so grateful for her. She’s visiting friends in Nelson this week so those of you who meet her on the street, put your hands together with us in applauding this fabulous and dear young woman.

We Love You Katie!

Published by Mary-Jo

I am passionate about diversity, inclusion, sustainability and community. Having raised my children in a small B.C. town as a single parent, I relied on the community, my resourcefulness and the land to sustain us. We developed a market farm,built a cafe and catering business that utilized the produce, local farmers and families to thrive. As a Waldorf school parent I became experienced in biodiversity, edible landscapes and community engagement. I gained substantial skills in leadership, facilitation, project management, communication through teaching yoga and running various business's. My role as a facilitator and trainer to individuals seeking to become a yoga teacher- whom never thought that they could stand in front of a room and speak in public, gave me insight into human nature and coaching. In addition to designing and building businesses - cafés, yoga studios and national training programs, I am a student of Social Development & Social Psychology and understand the complexity and importance of social engagement. I can handle with grace most any situation, having encountered a disability later in life. Consequent to becoming disabled and through advocacy and providing peer support I have trained and acquired extensive exposure and understanding of UN principles on disability, The Human Rights objectives, theories and principles of Universal Design and the various challenges and obstacles for those affected and the relationship to various stakeholders. After 30 years of teaching yoga, my spinal cord injury and subsequent sabbatical has allowed for the integration of my yoga and more in-depth study of the Healing Arts. I have had the fortune of working with some of the best in the field of rehabilitation, Somatic Experiencing and manual therapy including Emilie Conrad, Mark Finch, Judy Russel, Rod Stryker, Carolyn Myss, Ana Forest, & Tim Miller, Susan Harper, Mariah Moser, Herta Buller and Nature.