Meet CNIB's NEW Honorary Chair, Carrie Anton
Carrie Anton has had her fair share of adventures in life. There was the time she drove a race car down a high-speed NASCAR track. Or the time she went careening down the slopes on a mono ski. Not to be outdone by the many times when she stood centre stage as a motivational speaker, a technology guru and an on-air reporter for AMI TV. Oh, and we can't forget the time she graced the highest podium at the Paralympic Games in Sydney, winning her gold medal in goalball.
Now we're proud to welcome Carrie into her next adventure as she takes on the role of Honorary Chair at CNIB.
"I think it's important for me to be involved with CNIB [as Honorary Chair] because I want people with vision loss to be mentors and peers for each other," says Carrie, adding, "because going it alone with vison loss isn't easy. It's not easy for parents, for teens, for older people. It's not easy for anyone."
Carrie should know. She's been connected to CNIB for most of her life. She was born with a condition called retinopathy of prematurity, and had only a tiny portion of vision to guide her way through the ups and downs of childhood. As a teen, Carrie took part in CNIB's summer camps, and that's where she first discovered goalball – the sport that would later bring her Paralympic glory with a gold medal win in 2000.
Suffice it to say, Carrie has never let sight loss hold her back. Since her days as a CNIB camper, she's gone on to become not only a gold medalist, but a sought-after public speaker, a television reporter and one of Canada's leading experts in assistive technology, serving as the resident Assistive Technologist at Alberta's Athabasca University.
For Carrie, the joys of life are found in pushing herself to do better, to meet and surpass her own goals, and to live life on her own terms.
"It's about challenging myself," she says. "I really thrive on being competitive with myself and pushing myself to my personal best."
We're honoured to welcome Carrie to the CNIB team! Check out the video below to get to know her even better. - Copy of original CNIB InSight Article