Ambassadors of Team Jigger
Little did Char know that on the second day into a 60km backpacking trip in late August 2020, the adventure awaiting that day would not be a summit, but rather an emergency long line evacuation from search and rescue and a rendezvous with STARS air ambulance. While the diagnostic process continues narrowing down the exact disorder, the neurological/autonomic disorder which presented that day on the mountainside has significantly reshaped life for Char as she adjusts to a new way of ‘walking’ (rolling!) out life.
Char has always been an outdoor enthusiast, and time in nature was a major aspect of managing mental illness for her. When the activities that had once been a form of medicine became seemingly unattainable, Char was determined to find ways to get back to the mountains and trails and is now very excited to join Team Jigger to help everyBody explore and gain access to recreation of all sorts
August 30th 2015 was the day that everything changed for Amanda. She was driving home from shopping with two friends when they were t-boned at an uncontrolled intersection.
After 13 months in the hospital recovering from a Traumatic Brain Injury and beginning her rehabilitation journey, Amanda had to adjust to her new reality. Amanda describes her experience with community accessibility as being quite frustrating. There are many situations where the accessible options are not practical, or they lack such options all together; She said this has been one of the greatest hurdles she's had to overcome. Amanda is an inspiration, a motivator, and an advocate for rehabilitation and accessibility in our community and we are so excited to have her a part of the Team Jigger family!
A day spent enjoying one of his favourite sports quickly turned into the unimaginable; Cobyn was riding his bike at the Canda Olympic Park (COP) when he suddenly crashed. The next thing he recalls is waking up on the ICU unit at Foothills Hospital in Calgary.
Six months, three different hospitals, and two different cities later, Cobyn was able to come home, but not before several changes to his family's home to make it accessible for him. Cobyn was a very active person before his accident; he still enjoys keeping busy, it just looks a little different now! Rather than biking and snowboarding, he now enjoys playing video games using his mouth and spending time outside with his dogs! Cobyn is truly an inspiration for his motivation, perseverance, and creativity! We are so excited to have him be part of the Team Jigger family, and we hope to get some accessible nature trails so he can go do some exploring!