Parksville Paralympian Michelle Stilwell will serve on the board of directors of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
Stilwell was recently appointed to the board, along with another Paralympian, Cindy Ouellet. Both will serve terms until the end of the current board period in 2025.
“Cindy and Michelle are both such accomplished individuals both inside and outside of sport, and their insight, leadership, and expertise are an incredible addition to the board,” said Marc-André Fabien, president, Canadian Paralympic Committee. “Athletes are at the centre of the Paralympic Movement, and it is so important to have the experiences of our athletes and of people with a disability reflected on our board.”
Stilwell holds gold medals in two different sports – first competing and winning for Canada in wheelchair basketball at Sydney 2000 before switching to wheelchair racing, in which she captured six medals including five gold across three Paralympic Games (2008, 2012, 2016). In addition to her role as a leader in sport, she served as a member of British Columbia’s Legislative Assembly as the elected representative for Parksville-Qualicum from 2013 to 2020 and was Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation from 2015 to 2017.
“I am so excited about joining the CPC board of directors and working with the many other passionate and skilled members of the board,” said Stilwell. “The Paralympic Movement has advanced so much over the past 20 years, but there is still so much more we can do to increase its exposure and visibility, increase inclusivity and equity within the sport system, and get more people involved in Para sport. There is a bright future ahead, and I’m excited to play my part by bringing my multitude of experiences and perspective as a female athlete leader to the table.”
— NEWS Staff, submitted