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Those crazy Canadians!
Blind CEO Competes in Car Race
Sharlyn Ayotte, president and CEO of T-Base Communications competed in the MIRA Foundation annual car race for blind participants, (Défi-Vision), in Granby, Quebéc on June 16, 2006 to help raise funds to benefit the blind community.
With over thirty participants, each car had a blind driver aided by a sighted co-pilot in an attempt to achieve the 10 required laps. Ayotte sat behind the wheel guided with auditory instructions by sighted navigator Dan Whall, Director of Operations for T-Base, around the oval course at 40 km per hour.
"As participants, I think we redefined the buzz phrase ~ Risk Management" jests Ayotte. "It was an exercise in trust, providing both Dan and I as members of the T-Base executive management team, with an interesting training forum in the timely execution of decisions!" adds Ayotte with a chuckle.
The annual event is accomplished with the assistance of a group of dedicated volunteers in an effort to raise much-needed funds for the MIRA foundation enabling blind and partially sighted people to receive guide dogs free of charge.
"It was all over after about five of the ten mandatory laps for us... we hit the outside wall, popped the hood, ricocheted across the track, and went through the inside cement wall. There was no fear or hesitation, only the exhilaration of driving," reports Ms. Ayotte.
"On a serious note, I was pleased to support the MIRA Foundation in their fundraising efforts as a recipient of Bizet, my MIRA guide-dog and trusted friend", says Ayotte.
The MIRA Foundation was established in 1981 with the objective of bringing greater autonomy and facilitate the social integration of people with visual, auditory and physical disabilities by providing them with dogs that have been fully trained to accommodate each individual's needs of adaptation and rehabilitation.
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