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TSM16/14 VASS: DISABLED to ABLE on the Mountain with Anne Bethune

Their Story Matters with Sara Troy and her guest Anne Bethune aired April 5th/16


Anne Bethune has been living in Vancouver, BC, since she moved from Ontario in 1986 after graduating from Queen’s University in Occupational Therapy.  She arrived in BC with a budding career path as an Occupational Therapist (OT) and a passion/expertise for adaptive recreation.   As a young girl, Anne took on leadership roles as a camp counsellor, ski instructor, sailing instructor and leader in her school student council and athletics, including class valedictorian.

28 years ago, Anne brought with her to BC her extensive experience teaching sailing to people with disabilities in Ontario and the Caribbean, and she quickly stepped into her leadership in Vancouver, matched energy with Sam Sullivan, to hatch what is now the Disabled Sailing Association of BC at Jericho Sailing Center.  At this time, Anne worked at Shaughnessy Hospital as an OT with survivors of traumatic spinal cord injury while teaching skiing at our Cypress, Grouse and Whistler Mountains.  Anne combined her passion for the adaptive sport and her love of ski teaching and began her years of volunteering as an instructor for Disabled Skier Association of BC at Grouse Mountain – the roots of what we now know as Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports.

Her career shifted to working in community-based practice as an Occupational Therapist with survivors of traumatic brain injuries and complex orthopaedic injuries for 12 years followed by work with North Shore Health – Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

Anne’s leadership and influence within the adaptive skiing world ignited quickly and she has become known as a leader not only within our local community but with our national organization CADS (Canadian Association of Disabled Skiers) as a CADS Examiner and globally with her involvements with the International Paralympic Committee as an IPC Alpine Skiing Classifier.  She has been involved on many committees locally and globally in the adaptive sports world.



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Anne was a proud torch bearer during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games nominated as a leader in our local community within the adaptive sport world. Anne has received many awards most recently  ‘2015 British Columbia Community Achievement Award’.


In addition to Anne’s volunteer work, Anne has a successful home-based global business in the health and wellness industry with Isagenix International and has impacted the lives of thousands of people with her expertise/passion for people and health.  She has solutions for Weight Loss, Energy, Performance, Healthy Ageing and Wealth Creation.

In addition to her volunteer and work activities, Anne has the proud mother of three thriving teen boys and has nurtured their passions for music, sport and outdoor recreation.  Her youngest has been a singer in the BC Boys Touring Choir and passionate about outdoors/ leadership as youth camp leader, her middle son is focused on an elite level hockey path and her oldest son is a gifted singer/songwriter/guitar player.

The name Bethune may sound familiar – indeed, Anne’s  descendant was Dr. Norman Bethune, the famous Canadian physician and international humanitarian – proving that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Anne is here to talk with us today about her work with adaptive sport and healthy living and how her passions truly do impact lives for the better

Non-Profit Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports (VASS) –

Healthy Inside-Out –

Facebook –annebethune

Twitter – BethuneHealth

LinkedIn – annebethune

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