Hello! My name is Grace McNee and I cycled across Canada this June to October on my trusty bike Beto to raise money for Independent Living Nova Scotia in loving memory of Sarah Dubé.
Sarah came into my life last year, and while I had far too short a time with her, she touched me deeply and inspired me beyond measure. Although I was her care worker, Sarah cared for me as much as I did for her and quickly became my nearest and dearest friend. She had many passions, from travel to philosophy, to the environment, to animal rights, and many more, too numerous to count. I learned a lot from her and she inspired me to tackle the trek across Canada by bicycle. Nothing was ever too much for Sarah, and she never let her disability define her.
Sarah was a strong believer in the importance of independent living, and chaired the Board of Independent Living Nova Scotia (ILNS). We attended many meetings and events together, and I have been privileged to see the impact of some of the work they do. Through Sarah, independent living has become a cause near and dear to me. Sarah opened my eyes to new ways of looking at the world, and of living in it. She will always be one of the strongest and feistiest people I ever had the pleasure of knowing.
I rode by bicycle across Canada, from the West Coast all the way to Newfoundland, to raise money for ILNS in Sarah’s honour. Any and all contributions are greatly appreciated.
Read speeches from ILNS Celebration of Grace-on-a-bike tour, in memory of Sarah Dubé, October 17, 2017: