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Sam Sullivan, CM (born 1959) is a former mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The extremely athletic Sullivan became paralyzed after he
neck in a skiing accident at the age of 19.
After a seven year struggle with depression, he successfully completed a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Simon Fraser University.
later founded six non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for disabled people in North America.
suffered a fracture dislocation of his
fourth and fifth cervical vertebra.
The result is he
is almost completely paralyzed with no use of his
fingers or triceps, but with some use of shoulders biceps and wrists.
can write notes, use the telephone pressing buttons with his
knuckle, and drive specially outfitted vehicles.
is also known for his
advocacy on behalf of the physically disabled.
In 2005, Sullivan
was invested as a member of the Order of Canada
by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson.
was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame
in 2000, and the Peter F. Drucker Award for Innovation.
After being involved in creating non-profit societies and volunteering for non-profit initiatives, Sam
met a number of people involved in politics.
Former BC provincial cabinet minister Grace McCarthy suggested that Sam consider running for council.
Sullivan was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 1993 as a member of the Non-Partisan Association (NPA).
served for 15 years total on Vancouver city council
He served as mayor from 2005-2008, promoting the Paralympic Games, urban planning and civic strategy, environmentalism, and drug addiction treatment.
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