Hi my name is Cecilia, I am 25 years old and studying to be a teacher and a mother of a 5 year old boy. I have been in a wheelchair for 9 years now and wanted to become a mentor as I would like to pass on my knowledge, to give helpful hints that I have picked up over the years.
Hi, I’m Brett – a bit about myself and why I chose to be a mentor... Back in 1987 I had an accident on my road bike that involved a van that left me with a crushed spine at the level of t2-t3 which meant I had become a high level paraplegic. It took me a while to get used to the idea that my whole life had just been turned upside down and torn apart, but over time I learnt there was still a lot I could still do, it just took a bit more time and thinking to get things done. For one I could still go hunting be it in a different way, and this helped me realize I could still be independent. My life experience with my injury and how I dealt with it made me want to help others and show them the different ways they can do things to make their life a bit better.
Kia Ora, I'm Maioro. I was born with Spina Bifida and have been a wheelchair user since age 2. I enjoy being active and playing wheelchair basketball for Waikato. I have a Diploma in Sport Recreation and Exercise Science and have a passion for helping others to become more active. I love my role as a wheelchair skills training mentor, teaching wheelchair users skills to be able to safely use their wheelchairs. I believe all wheelchair users should be able to use their wheelchairs confidently and independently so that they can get the most out of their life.
My name is Robyn.
Four years ago I was invited by Seating To Go to join a team of proficient manual and power wheelchair users who would act as mentors; providing wheelchair skills training for people new to wheelchairs, or those who wanted to upskill. I had been in a powerchair fulltime at that time for eight years.
From a personal point of view there is something so very fulfilling and purposeful about mentoring and helping children and adults gain the skills that have made a difference to my life, and to be able to do that in an open spaced, safe, fun and encouraging environment.
Hi my name is Glenn; I’m one of the wheelchair skills mentor’s. Back in 1984 I was involved in a motor vehicle accident which left me a tetraplegic and dramatically changed my life. Since my injury I met and married my wife and raised four children. I’ve worked as a welder, driver, manager and owned and operated a restaurant and bar. I play wheelchair rugby for the Bay; I enjoy the beach and leading an active life. Being a mentor for Seating To go I have enjoyed being able to teach techniques that make life easier in a chair and showing that having a disability is not the end of the world. With the right attitude you can have an enjoyable and productive life.
Kia ora. My name is Paul, I’m 26yrs of age and currently living in Edgecumbe in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. I’m outgoing and very friendly, motivated and enjoy anything that takes me out of my comfort zone. I wanted to become a mentor because I love working as part of a group or one on one. I feel I have the basic knowledge of everyday living in a wheelchair, and would love to share my skills to help other user’s better themselves in day to day living.
Being asked to work with the Seating to Go crew as a ‘Wheelchair Skills Training Mentor’ was such a kick, and being able to share my knowledge and skills, learnt over the 40 odd years in a power wheelchair is something else. Brought up on a dairy farm just out of Matamata, I attended local schooling and was the only one with a disability. I did most things as a kid down the farm and that of my able-bodied friends on their bikes, but for me from my power wheelchair. At the age of 13 I boarded in Hamilton and attended Hillcrest High. I have lived and worked in the Tron ever since, now 15years on in my own home. Growing up and living life from my power chair has certainly been filled with many opportunities, but has also been filled with a hard knock or two, but without the odd bump, bruise or broken bone I wouldn’t be who I am today.