Doc & Talk: Ordinary Woman, Extraordinary Dreams

Thursday, October 2, 2014

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ordinary Woman, Extraordinary Dreams is the inspiring story of Maggie Sofea, a young woman who was paralyzed in a diving accident when she was 11 years old.Maggie grew up in Summer Beaver(“Nibinamik” in Ojibway), a remote First Nations community in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. As a result of her accident, Maggie and her family have had to leave the community and move to Thunder Bay for her to have access to medical care and support. Although she needs help from others to take care of her personal needs, Maggie is an independent spirit.

One of her dreams is to revisit Summer Beaver to reconnect with her family, community, and culture, and to confront the scene of her accident which changed her life. The film follows Maggie, her mother, Janet, and a team of support workers as they set outto make her dream a reality.

Ordinary Woman, Extraordinary Dreams illustrates the challenges faced by individuals living with physical disabilities in isolated northern communities. But above all, it is a story of courage, determination, and hope.  

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