Heidi and Melissa

Healthcare, Equity and Queen’s University

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This summer has been more than eventful for me. After a health scare that stopped me in my tracks, I recovered and enjoyed a few weeks with family and friends at the cottage and prepared myself for an exciting autumn.

I was also written up in an article called My Life Experiences in Abilities Magazine. Here’s an excerpt.

As you may or may not know, my relationship with the health care system began very early in life, even before the tragic car accident that left me disabled. I was born with a very rare skin disorder, epidermolysis bullosa (EB). It is also referred to as the “butterfly disease,” because the skin of those born with this condition can be as fragile as butterfly wings. I am lucky in that my condition is quite mild and I seldom suffer from blisters or ruptures…

To read the full article in Abilities Magazine click here.

Melissa QueensI am also incredibly honoured to have been selected as one of Queen’s University’s Alumni’s profiled for the 125th anniversary of their English Literature Department. I was a wonderful undergraduate degree and major to have pursued, and feel wonderful to be recognized so many years later for my accomplishments since.

Most of all, I am extremely excited to share that I will be the keynote speaker for the Accessibility Hub launch at Queens University. I recently met with Equity Advisor Heidi Penning and Alumni Relations Manager Sarah Indewey to plan around this exciting event taking place on October 30th in Kingston, Ontario!!

This is a huge milestone in my work as a healthcare and accessibility advocate, and a wonderful equity initiative that I am proud to support and launch with Queens University.

Heidi and Melissa

Find out more about this amazing Hub at http://www.queensu.ca/accessibility
and follow them on twitter @AccessHubQU


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  1. Heidi Penning

    Proud and honoured to have Melissa give so graciously of her time, and perhaps most importantly, so freely give her spirit and optimism. Life truly is about thriving . . . building a life, not just surviving it. Thank you Melissa!

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