"The first year I was here I wanted to wear a sign on me that says, ‘I’m a tourist’"
Elizabeth Hebert touched a lot of people and packed a lot of living into her 14 years.
Elizabeth and her sister April, along with their parents Bev and Dave, moved to Quebec from British Columbia in 1988 so they could get to know their father’s side of the family. Adjusting to life in a strange new community proved difficult at first. Bev found herself struggling to learn French. April missed her old friends.
Then Elizabeth’s health took a turn for the worse.
Born with a severe case of Spina bifida in the 1970s, Elizabeth’s will to life defied all medical expectation. Not only did she survive, Elizabeth thrived.
Co-founder of the Spina Bifida Association of British Columbia and now providing homecare services in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, Bev Hebert speaks to StoryNet about coping with her eldest daughter’s disability, and the strength she found in reaching out to other parents of disabled children.
Recorded in Bedford, Quebec.