Remarkable, devoted pair
Re: Paralympian there for woman he loves, Jan. 29. Congratulations to Martin Cleary for his column about Jason Dunkerley and his wife Colleen Hayes.
This is a remarkable couple who are a pure example of devoted love for each other but also an example for the community and for everybody at large regarding courage to surmount serious disabilities. His perseverance to attain excellence in sports and win international gold and silver medals for Canada in his field is inspiring. Above all, they never complained or had self-pity. You never heard a word of sadness from them about their lives. They uplifted the spirits of other people with their words and kindness.
Several years ago, my family had the privilege to meet them for the first time at Pastor Rick Reed’s home for dinner, then a second time at Colleen’s mother’s funeral and afterwards at the Metropolitan Bible Church for community events. Meantime, Jason and his team mate and dear friend Stuart McGregor were hit by an SUV and seriously wounded while training for an international running championship.
Anybody, like us, who heard the stories of their life, from their own mouths, left with a feeling of complete admiration.
ALICE SWANN, Ottawa