Canada 150: Rick Hansen — The man is still in motion

Rick Hansen on his Man In Motion tour in 1986.

To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, we are counting down to Canada Day with profiles of 150 noteworthy British Columbians.

Emblematic of Canada’s “can-do not can’t-do” character, Richard Marvin Hansen exemplifies world champion figure skater Scott Hamilton’s observation that the only disability in life is a bad attitude. His reputation has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the cause of creating a world without barriers to others like him through the Rick Hansen Foundation and the Rick Hansen Institute.

Born in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island on Aug. 26, 1957, he grew up in Williams Lake. It was there, riding in the back of a friend’s truck on their way home from a fishing trip, that he suffered the spinal injury that paralyzed him below the waist. He was 15, and his promising athletic career —…

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