Feature Profiles

President of AASRA does not let his disability define him

ShaneWestin ThumbnailShane Westin lost his leg 31 years ago following a serious car accident, but rather than seeing it as a setback, he views it as a positive turning point in his life.

The accident happened in the summer of 1984 when Westin fell asleep at the wheel while driving home one night.

“It was a single vehicle car accident,” he says. “I actually kind of dozed off at the wheel on a gravel road and when you wake up, you react quickly. When I dozed off, one wheel got into the ditch on the right side and I overcorrected. It flipped the vehicle and I got thrown out.”

The accident happened at around midnight but it wasn’t until approximately 6 a.m. that help came in the form of the man who ran the local road grader.

“He said he never went on that road because he didn’t like it but he said he just got this really strange feeling,” says Westin. “He just turned down that road and decided to take it for no reason that he could think of.”

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Through hard work and risk taking, she’s crafted social media into a successful career

Ania BonieckaGrowing up with a family experienced in the field, accounting seemed like the obvious career path for Polish-born Ania Boniecka. However, with years of modelling experience under her belt, she decided to quit number crunching and focus full-time on her fashion and lifestyle blog.

Boniecka and her family came to Canada in 1999, 10 years after her older brother had already immigrated. New to the country, Boniecka — then 13 — says she wasn’t really into sports and “never really had talents.”

“The only thing I had going for me was I was tall,” says Boniecka, who was 5’10" and had reached full height at 13, and began modelling a year later.

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Calgarian blogger shares his secrets to surprising success

thumbnail2 copyA blogger’s journey

Mike Morrison of Mike’s Bloggity Blog is a full-time professional blogger. With a new post each day and 64,000 unique visitors a month, Morrison is able to live off of his hobby, blogging about Canadian entertainment news.

“Every day I pinch myself,” says Morrison. “I think about the fact that every day I get to decide what I want to write about. I feel so privileged to be in that position.”

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Canmore author and researcher hopes people choose to act before seeing more floods and droughts firsthand

Athabasca Glacier 1After years of work in the Rocky Mountains helping people get over their differences on environmental issues, Bob Sandford should have been a natural to tackle the issue of climate change. But before he could start convincing others, he had to convince himself that the warming showing up in temperature records could explain the frightening amount of glacial melting he saw with his own eyes.

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