It is with great pleasure that the Board of Directors, Management, and Staff at Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association would like to recognize one of our own, Sonja Gaudet, TOTA’s Accessible Tourism Specialist, on her latest accomplishment for being inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame!
Sonja’s journey is an inspiring one. A horseback riding accident left her paralyzed from the chest down at the young age of 31, it was her resilient nature that refused to stop her from aspiring to new heights. With the help of her family, friends, and her strong disposition and iron will, Sonja not only adapted to life in a wheelchair but went on to accomplish many remarkable achievements. Paramount of which was becoming a three-time gold medal Paralympian in curling (Turin 2006, Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014) and being selected as the Canadian flag bearer for the opening ceremonies in 2014 at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games.
Even more admirably, Sonja is constantly giving back to her region, her province, and her country, acting as an accessibility advocate, inspirational speaker, and Peer Support Specialist, among many other distinguished roles.
Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association is more than grateful to have Sonja contributing to our organization and industry as the Accessibility Tourism Specialist. Every member of our organization feels motivated to reach new heights thanks to her path of commitment, achievement, and inspiration.