Linda Crabtree

Linda has been an advocate for people with disabilities since beginning her career as a journalist/publisher in the 1970s. She was born with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, a progressively debilitating neuromuscular disorder, which has taken away her ability to walk and use her hands, and has affected her breathing. She also lives with chronic neuropathic pain. Linda is a Member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario and The Terry Fox Hall of Fame. She recently received the David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility (Role Model).

Viewpoint:

I’ll know when I’ve given everything I have to give. The reality for many Canadians is that we are forced to live beyond what we wish to endure and I’d like to be part of what changes that so that we can control our own destiny. There is a saying in the disabled community, "Nothing about us without us." I feel the same goes for dying: Our body, our lives, our decision.