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Bursary Recognizes the Challenges Lorin Macdonald faces

September 5, 2008

As a third-year Law student living with a profound hearing loss, LORIN MACDONALD has faced her share of challenges, but has always found the drive to succeed.

This year, she was honoured with the Reinhard Konrad Memorial Bursary, endowed at Foundation Western, which is awarded to students with disabilities, such as a hearing impairment, visual impairment, learning or physical disability.

“This bursary was important to me because it recognizes and validates the dedication required not only by me, but by all students with disabilities who pursue post-secondary education, which often comes with sacrifice,” says Lorin. “We begin post-secondary education with many challenges before we attend our first lecture – barriers abound, both physical and attitudinal, and many of us have to fight to achieve what our non-disabled peers take for granted.”

Lorin says bursaries that support students with disabilities are important not just because of the fi nancial support, but because donors are giving students a helping hand to achieve their goals.

“Sometimes it feels like our achievements, ordinary things done with extraordinary diffi culty, are overlooked when it comes to fi nancial support, but this bursary is more than that; it is proof that someone believes in us and our abilities.”

With a background in social work, Lorin chose to pursue a Law degree as she felt this knowledge would allow her to have a positive impact on the development of government policies and programs to further equality in Canada. Lorin is currently involved with several provincial government committees to improve the lives of Ontarians living with disabilities.

In 2006, Lorin was named to the Mayor’s New Year’s Honour List for her work on behalf of people with disabilities in London. She was also honoured with the Faculty of Law’s Mary Warner Prize in Human Rights, awarded to students completing a human rights law course. The recipient of the prize is chosen by the students enrolled in the course.

Upon completion of her law degree, Lorin hopes to secure an articling position and continue her legal career in personal injury, family or human rights law in London, Ontario.

This article appeared in the 2008 edition of
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