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Meet IBDE graduate, Dan Bauer of the Okanagan, British Columbia

Dan BauerOne day, while recovering from a serious car accident in a rehabilitation hospital, Dan Bauer of Campbell River, BC, had a life-changing experience. He recounts how he overheard a recently paralyzed man emotionally tell his wife and children, “Sell the boat! Sell the trailer! I won’t be able to use those things anymore. There won’t be any more hiking or fishing or camping.”

Initially saddened by what he had heard, Dan was quickly overcome with anger. “Why,” he thought, “shouldn’t this man be able to camp or hike or fish? Why shouldn’t he still be able to access the wilderness?” It suddenly occurred to Dan that anyone could enjoy the outdoors with the right equipment and environment. Thus began Dan’s dream of improving wilderness accessibility and his journey toward establishing the Accessible Wilderness Society (AWS).

Dan’s idea remained on the back burner for years until he enrolled in the Business Abilities program and worked with his coach to develop his business plan for the AWS. Following this, he signed up for the IBDE program and soon realized that his newly acquired web design knowledge could help him achieve his long-time dream.

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