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Paralympian Visits with Students

Donwood School
January 06, 2021

Jared.jpgA Grade 4/5 class at Donwood School welcomed a veteran from Team Canada and an ambassador from the Rick Hansen Foundation, Jared Funk, into their classroom virtually to discuss disability and inclusion. 

Jared has competed in wheelchair rugby since 2001, winning three Paralympic medals—silver in Athens 2004, bronze in Beijing 2008, and silver in London 2012. He was introduced to wheelchair rugby in 1993 after a car accident left him with quadriplegia at age 18. 

Kristine Kasdorf, the inclusion teacher at Donwood, spent several weeks with the classroom teacher working on the concept of what a "Difference Maker" is and the different ways we can be difference makers in our homes, our school, and our community. It was a remarkable experience for all involved.