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Life-Terry Hegg3 - MOTHER'S MARCH: Continues this week Hegg...
MOTHER'S MARCH: Continues this week Hegg dedicated advocate ; Terry Hegg has been an advocate for people with disabilities for more than 20 years. ; Despite an ongoing battle with multiple sclerosis and a new battle with breast cancer she is continuing that work. Thirty years ago, Terry says people with disabilities were often shut away in back bedrooms. "Rick Hansen's tour was a big eye opener but there is still a long way to go, mostly in the areas of transportation and accessibility for handicapped people in the work force." says Terry, who knows all about the struggle to maintain independence in the face of adversity and disability. Terry and her husband Peder moved to the lakecity 20 years ago because there were opportunities in the construction industry. About six months after they arrived Peder died of a heart attack leaving Terry to finish raising their four teenagers on her own. About the same time that she was left a widow, Terry learned that she had MS. While Peder was alive Terry was a homemaker. She and Peder also played in a band around B.C., Alberta and the Northern U.S. After losing Peder, Terry went back to college and trained to be an accountant, bought a home in Commodore Heights, and started a home-based accounting business. Ten years ago, as her disability progressed she gave up driving and moved into downtown apartment close enough to amenities for her to drive to on her scooter. With the help of her family she also had the doorways in her apartment widened and a ramp built to accommodate her scooter. While advocating for her own needs, she also became an outspoken advocate for other people with physical disabilities. In 1984 she founded the Williams Lake MS Support Group. She also helped to found the Cariboo Association of the Disabled,which eventually evolved into People in Motion. Over the years Terry has also worked with the Royal Bank and other businesses to help design or renovate buildings to accommodate IV A ;j.i7wiSiAas SaasaeSiM :: . ' THE WILLIAMS LAKE TRIBUNE, Tuesday January 27. 1998. B 3 You Can Make ia Difference i-IUNTINGTON'S DISEASE HUNTINGTON SOCIETY 01 CANADA Hunlington s Disease Resource Ctmi Oiietn s Cowl 2J0 t2b Agnes SlieH He Wesliuusiei, BC VIM in Can't decide between a Collie, Shepherd or a Lab? Get f 'Y the best of everything... Adopt a shelter dog from the BC SPCA Visit wur local HC SI'CA Shelter Hegg at work in her home accounting office Disabled by Multiple Sclerosis, Terry Hegg coordinates the volunteers in the Kinsmen Mother's March each year, runs her own home-based accounting business and is a strong advocate for the needs of people with disabilities. She would like to see a wheelchair accessible taxi available in Williams Lake and better job opportunities for disabled people. employees with disabilities. While many buildings are now accessible for customers with disabilities, she says there are still buildings that don't have the access to allow someone with a disability to work in them or even access the building to apply for a job. She was also an early lobbyist for the HandiDart and Go Bus service. But she says that service is lacking when it comes to providing transportation for people in the evenings. She says the problem could be simply fixed if the community had a wheelchair accessible taxi, similar to the ones now available in other cities around the province. Wheelchair accessible taxis look like a stretch limousine, and allow people in wheelchairs to roll in one door and out the other. For the past eight years, Terry has also spent about three months a year coordinating volunteers participating in the Kinsmen Mothers' March, which is taking place in the community this week. That job was a little more difficult for her this year since she had a mastectomy the day before Christmas and will begin chemotherapy next week. " think the hardest part is coming to terms with it. I spent the past 30 years coming to terms with MS," says Terry, who tackles the challenges in her life with optimism and humor. Although the MS has robbed her of the ability to play guitar and mandolin Terry says: "I can still go to a party and grab a mike and sing and tell jokes and make a dam fool of myself." Between her part-time bookkeeping work, her children, grandchildren, friends, and advocacy work FOR THE RECORD Sheila Langlois, featured in our January 20 story: New Advocates trained and eager to begin using skills to help others, took her life-skills training at the Aboriginal Lifeskills Institute in Kamloops not at the University College of the Cariboo. She also started working on contract for various bands in 1994, not 1991. for the disabled, Terry says she is never bored. In fact she looks forward for the quiet times she gets in her small front garden. CARIBOO LIBRARY NETWORK THE CARIBOO LIBRARY NETWORK IS TRYING TO GET BACK ALL OVERDUE MATERIALS AND WILL HOLD AN AMNESTY MONTH IN FEBRUARY FOR ALL OVERDUE BOOKS, VIDEOS, CD'S, CASSETTE TAPES AND MAGAZINES RETURNED TO CLN LIBRARIES DURING FEBRUARY! THE GOOD NEW IS J) Be Our Valentine. ...In appreciation of a generous and supportive public, the Cariboo Library Network would like to announce that CLN libraries will waive fines for all overdue material returned during February. No matter when items were borrowed, return them this February (in acceptable condition) and check out of the library fine free! So attention book lovers, love your library and return those books! (and who knows, you might contribute to library folklorc.did you hear about the book returned to the library after...). The amnesty period, in effect at all CLN libraries, begins Tuesday, February 3 and continues until Saturday, February 28. If you return overdue books, you will also have an opportunity to enter a draw for a Valentines Treat for Two.. .a token of our thanks to library patrons and supporters. Draws will be held at the 100 Mile House, Quesnel and Williams Lake Libraries. For you to qualify to enter the draw, the item you return must have become overdue before the beginning of 1998. THE BAD NEWS IS Please note that following the amnesty period, the Cariboo Library Network will review its records respecting outstanding (long overdue) library materials. In an effort to retrieve these materials, the CLN may publish the names of borrowers (in the local newspapers, as well as posting in the library), a list of the type of materials borrowed (e.g. paperback, video, hardcover book), and the due dates respecting these materials. 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  1. The Tribune,
  2. 27 Jan 1998, Tue,
  3. Page 15

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