Steve: From Injury to Advocacy

Through Steve’s journey he was battling degenerative conditions from his initial injuries, effectively every step every day was like “a blowtorch on his ankle.” This culminated in his election to have a below knee amputation of his right leg in August of 2016. Of critical significance in this decision was Steve’s level of comfort with his medical team, from his skilled surgeon, to the amazing rehabilitation staff at GF Strong, to the consummate and savvy professionals at Barber Prosthetics. All have been instrumental in Steve’s launch back into the life he loves, which just recently has included running for the first time in over a decade. Check out the story here.

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As previously mentioned, Steve considers himself an advocate for those with disabilities whom find themselves marginalized. Serendipitously, in 2016 Steve became neighbours and good friends with the CEO of Paraworkforce Ltd. They share a vision to improve the lives of people with disabilities and as such plan to partner to create a North American division of Paraworkforce, whose mission statement is to provide pathways for those with mobility impairment to achieve careers in roles where they themselves feel valued, while providing significant value to their company and their community at large. 

And of course Steve especially thanks his family and friends for their unwavering support, specifically his wife April and their daughter Madison.  Now on to the wakeboarding, surfing, hiking, biking, skydiving...

Makeathon Sept 2017

Today, members of the team at Barber Prosthetics Clinic took part in the Make-a- thon at BCIT. This event was created by David Seibt as part of his PhD in Sociology from the Munich Center of Technology in Society. With the help of the BCIT MAKE+ Applied Research Group, David brought together a group of experts to come up with creative solutions for patients around 3D printing.

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The group of experts consisted of industrial designers from Emily Carr Institute, 3D printing experts, biomedical engineers, certified prosthetists, registered prosthetic technicians, and, most importantly, patients. Patients were the driving force for the designs as they brought to the table hiccups or limitations they encounter daily.

Through discussion and collaboration between all expert professionals, prototypes were created and 3D printing experts brought these to fruition. The physical prototypes were showcased at Wiivv on Thursday September 28. Aside from helping David complete his PhD, we were ecstatic to be part of such unique environment and sharing of ideas across different fields. Cheers to a new way of approaching problems and looking forward to another Make-a- thon in the future!