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The Maple Ridge resident has been in a wheelchair for 14 years, following a snowboarding accident on Hemlock Mountain.

Now his grandchildren are learning about Hansen, he added.

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"I saw him 25 years ago, before I broke my back," he said following the ceremonies. Nike Hoodies For Men Grey The accident "slowed me down, but didn't stop me," he adds.

"The diversity in our public school system is our greatest strength I believe."

He and Kevin Priebe, also in a chair, run Adaptive Seating Products, which makes specialty seats for wheel chair athletes in many sports.

Hansen said later he wants to use social media to develop a Global Accessibility Map, that will serve as a ratings tool that will help gauge mobility and accessibility Nike Hoodies Jd

Hansen said that following his car crash, Nike Hoodie Blue Mens

A quarter century in motion

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And the return stretch meant wheeling up a slight grade, using only muscle power.

"What he did was open our eyes," said Maple Ridge school board chair Mike Murray.

Telep trains with the Pitt Meadows Paddling Club, is a national para athlete and fastest in his class of kayaking.

"Of course. People are doing a lot," Telep says.

"I feel like I'm one of the luckiest guys on the planet," adding his best work is still to come.

Except for the odd building today, most are wheelchair accessible, he says. Telep points out Maple Ridge's leisure centre, where he trains a few times a week, is fully accessible.

Hansen's wheelchair trip around the world and his constant efforts since at including those with disabilities, have made a difference, says James Telep, part of the relay team.

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Hansen appeared at the relay at noon Thursday in Pitt Meadows' Spirit Square.

Taking a test spin in a wheel chair isn't as easy as it looks. Many people taking the wheel chair challenge, set up by the 1st Yennadon Scouts and Venturers, Wednesday couldn't make it through the gentle slalom course that ran downhill around the bandstand in Memorial Peace Park.

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in cities around the world.

"How far we've come since I was here in Pitt Meadows 25 years ago," Hansen said.

when he was 15, that left him unable to walk, it was his family and teachers that rallied around him.

"It seems just like yesterday that I stood on the highway and watched Rick roll by," said Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin.

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"We're all in motion and we're all in a journey," he told the enthusiastic crowd.

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"It's just an honour to be part of something like the Rick Hansen relay," Bragg told the crowd.


One challenge, though, is keeping his vehicle filled up with gasoline. There's only one full service gas station in town.

Hansen wasn't at the event, but the relay team that crossed Canada in the 25th Anniversary Relay did roll in, led by Maple Ridge wheelchair athlete Nathan Bragg.

The relay's arrival Tuesday was exactly 25 years to the day, when Hansen first rolled through Maple Ridge.

But it's obvious by the wheel chair ramps, curb cut outs and buildings that accessibility is improving.

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