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Bridges of Belonging - Conversation #24 with Josh Dueck and Bruce Kirkby

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Bridges of Belonging is an opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations on belonging.

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Bridges of Belonging is an opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations on belonging and how it impacts our individual and collective journeys. Moderated by Andrea Carey, a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional, these sessions will feature two guests sharing their stories of belonging in their lived experiences. We are surrounded by diversity, and there is increasing appreciation that we need to create inclusive spaces and places in order to support the success of our diverse workforces and clients - but until we find ways to creates cultures where each person can belong, we will struggle to support people to thrive.

These conversations are an opportunity to think about our connections – and how we can be intentional in appreciating each other, listening to understand, acknowledging that we don’t know what we don’t know, and going on a learning journey together to share, learn, connect and create.

Featured guests for March 17th, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time is:

Bruce Kirby and Josh Dueck

Bruce Kirkby is an acclaimed adventurer, writer and photographer. With journeys spanning more than eighty countries and thirty years, Kirkby’s accomplishments include the first modern crossing of Arabia’s Empty Quarter by camel, a descent of Ethiopia’s Blue Nile Gorge by raft, a sea kayak traverse of Borneo’s northern coast and a coast-to-coast Icelandic trek. A columnist for The Globe and Mail, author of three bestselling books and winner of multiple National Magazine Awards, Kirkby's work has appeared in the New York Times, Outside magazine and Canadian Geographic. He makes his home in Kimberley, BC.

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In 2004, aspiring professional skier and coach, Josh Dueck was in a life-changing ski accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. With the support of their family and ski community at large, their vision to return to the mountains became a series of (i’m)possible opportunities and life experiences. By 2009, Josh was the Para-Alpine World Champion; he won a silver medal in Vancouver 2010 and followed that with a gold medal at the X Games in 2011.

Then, came the backflip.

After a year of planning and progression, Josh, his close friends and a film crew, lead by legendary industry director Mike Douglas, ventured into the Whistler backcountry to build a jump that would help land the first backflip on a sit-ski.

On a perfect bluebird day in February 2012, Josh hit the jump, soared upside down and landed in the soft-snow below. It also landed Josh on the Ellen Degeneres Show.

In Sochi 2014, Josh's story continued to inspire. On the 10th anniversary of his accident, he won a Paralympic silver medal for Canada. Days later, he won gold in the Super Combined to become Paralympic Champion and Canada's Flag Bearer.

Like the backflip, his story has come full circle. Since his retirement from the competitive world, Josh has dedicated his time to raising his family and furthering opportunity for other like-minded athletes. Josh leads the British Columbia Freestyle Ski Association, a way for him to give back to the sport that gave him so much. Josh has also been appointed the Chef de Mission for the Canadian Paralympic Team, for the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing.

Josh and his wife Lacey also support a variety of non-profit organizations; such as Spinal Cord Injury BC, High Fives Foundation, Live it LOVE it Foundation and others with their unique model of empowerment through adventure and healing through community.


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