2015 EPCitizen nominee: Luke Anderson

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Everyday Political Citizen Wednesday, July 08, 2015 View Count = 2363

2015 EPCitizen nominee: Luke Anderson

EPCitizen buttonThe Everyday Political Citizen project celebrates positive political role models and builds a culture of positive politics in Canada. Conducted coast to coast to coast, the EPCitizen project aims to recognize the diversity of politics and democracy in Canada, crowd-sourcing hundreds of nominations for political citizens. Read more about the project here, see more 2015 nominations here and submit your own here.

Nominee: Luke AndersonLuke Anderson

Nominators: Benjamin Errett and Angelika Heim

City: Toronto

"Luke Anderson is a structural engineer whose life changed forever when he sustained a spinal cord injury while mountain biking in B.C. in 2001. In his words, 'In a split second I left my life as I knew it and I got introduced to a world that was not well suited for wheelchairs.' This prompted him to start the StopGap Foundation, a group that works with hardware stores and volunteer carpenters to provide free, brightly coloured ramps to interested businesses across Canada. I'm most impressed by the way Luke has brought together volunteers and donors to create real, positive change at street level for everyone who has difficulty with commonplace barriers. His work is political in the best possible way: It unifies diverse interests in the common cause of making public life tangibly better for all citizens."

—Benjamin Errett

"I don't know Luke personally but his work has impacted my community in a positive way. It also helped me when I had my first child and would try to get in and out of shops with a stroller (not as easy as one would think in Toronto!). I'd thought about accessibility in the abstract but when one requires accessibility personally it's astounding how often the norm is inaccessibility. Luke is changing that one ramp at a time.  He is a person of action and most definitely an EPC!"

—Angelika Heim


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