Re­mark­able, de­voted pair

Ottawa Citizen - - ED­I­TO­RIAL -

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

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