Let us take a moment to introduce you to some amazing people of Nanaimo and area who have rose to the challenge of disabilities to not only overcome them to succeed but also to give back to their community. 

Tim Kerfoot

This young man appreciates everything in life, including the smiles from customers as they enter the store where he works. 

Richard Harlow

An interview done with VIU’s Disability Services. The interview covers who Richard is, his disability, how he overcomes it, and how he is making a difference. 

Aedan Staddon

This young blind man teaches others who are blind how to use the technology in today’s world without it being a hindrance. 

Michael Bortolotto

This Nanaimo man developed Cerebral Palsy a few seconds after birth. He was told walking and using his hands would be challenging. Today he is a husband, father, inspirational speaker, and author. 

Albert Ruel

Albert began losing his vision in his 20’s. Today he is completely blind and passionate about alleviating some of the fear people have around blindness. 

Wheelchair Curling

3 teams competed for the title at the Wheelchair Curling Provincials in Nanaimo. The Nanaimo Curling Club is a fully wheelchair accessible facility. 

Accessible Fishing

Thanks to a 20ft collapsible fishing raft, those in wheelchairs now have access to fishing on Nanaimo lakes. 


Rose is helping raise awareness for impaired vision/blind athletes hoping to inspire more Vancouver Island visually impaired people to compete in competitions.

Jon Pimlott & Norm Hemstreet

A Nanaimo Inventor has come up with a way to make the sport of fishing more accessible to people in wheelchairs. It’s a floating dock of sorts – powered by a small motor. 

Randy Fred & Tom Williams

Randy Fred and Tom Williams have returned victorious from the blind lawn bowling nationals in Kitchener, Ontario. 

Universal Rowboat

Motivated by experience, Nanaimo’s Jon Pimlott develops a universal rowboat that allows people in wheelchairs to go fishing. 

Powerchair Soccer

The Rockin’ Rollers prepare for the Penticton powerchair summit.