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Photo of Angell Lu-Lebel

June 8, 2015
Featuring: Angell Lu-Lebel

Fluent in English, French and Mandarin, science graduand Angell Lu-Lebel earned an invitation to the Golden Key International Honour Society after finishing in the top 15 per cent of her class. While this is a significant achievement for any student, what is truly inspiring is her determination to never let anything hold her back from learning. Not even Lebel’s congenital amaurosis, a rare inherited eye disease that has left her 100 per cent blind since birth. Read more...

Photo of Jessica Kruger

July 11, 2013
Featuring: Jessica Kruger

Canadian cosmetic company Lise Watier has selected the new face for its latest fragrance, and the woman they chose brings a new look to the beauty world. Simon Fraser University student Jessica Kruger was announced the winner Wednesday night, and what makes Kruger so special is not just her beauty; she’s also quadriplegic. Read more...

Photo of Milad Haji Hassan

June 10, 2013
Featuring: Milad Haji Hassan

Milad Haji Hassan receives his bachelor’s degree in systems engineering this month after overcoming a variety of obstacles during his studies. Read more...

Photo of Casey Ruff

September 22, 2011
Featuring: Casey Ruff

When a horse bucked off rodeo rider Casey Ruff in 2001 and crushed his face with its hoof, it was the culmination of years of physical and emotional suffering endured by the Calgary native. Read more...

Photo of Mathematics instructor Natalia Kouzniak teaching complicated calculus problems to visually disabled students Angell Lu-Lebel and Brendan Gaulin.

April 7, 2011
Featuring: Angell Lu-Lebell and Brendan Gaulin

Lu-Lebel and Gaulin, both second-year kinesiology students, say Kouzniak’s dedication and creativity were key to helping them overcome a commonly held belief that visually-impaired or blind students can’t do math. Read more...

Photo of Monique Guterres

May 28, 2009
Featuring: Monique Guterres

Born profoundly deaf and told she may never speak, Monique Guterres has never been one to stay silent. The honours criminology student grew up embracing challenges, learning to communicate orally instead of signing and attending the mainstream school system. Read more...

Photo of Jean-Paul Booyens

May 2, 2008
Featuring: Jean-Paul Booyens

In 2006, three years into a business administration degree, Jean-Paul Booyens experienced an extraordinary challenge. Profoundly hard of hearing since birth, he underwent surgery for a cochlear implant to improve his ability to hear higher frequency sounds. Read more...