Before her injury, Heather was a playful tomboy growing up on a grain farm.
When she was six years old, Heather and her mom were driving home from school. It was a hot day, so she was sprawled out on the back seat with the windows down, hoping to catch a bit of a breeze. The next thing she knew, the car had crashed. Her injuries left her a paraplegic.
Although Heather’s body was dramatically changed, what changed even more were the expectations that others had for her. People assumed she would not live a high quality life, and that she would never finish school, get a job, or be able to have a family.
Heather went on to receive her Master’s of Science degree and is also a decorated Paralympic athlete, team Canada coach, published author, wife and mother.