Hello Everyone !
I have been very busy over the last few weeks, running in the Provincial Election here in Saskatchewan. This was something that I could never have imagined doing a few years ago but I am so glad that I was able to do it.
When I was approached to run in the election, I really doubted my ability to do so. After some consideration and speaking to many people about whether this was something I should do or wanted to do. I decided that I wanted to take it on, and use my voice for something good. I wanted to try and make changes and be a part of those changes. I also wanted to represent the disabled community.
The campaign process was intense and it was definitely a roller coaster of emotions. I put everything I had into the campaign. The hardest thing about the whole campaign was having complete strangers asking me how I was going to be an MLA if I was blind ? as well as people treating me like I was not serious or did not have the ability to be running in the election. I got a lot of comments like you are so brave and this must be so hard for you. I even had a few people who would speak to the people I had with me rather than talking to me.
This is one of the reasons that I wanted to run in the election, to help prove these stereotypes wrong. I have said many times that my vision does not dictate how I live my life and it will never determine what I can and cannot do.
I did not win the election but I had a great campaign and ended up getting quite a few votes and not doing too badly. This was an amazing experience that showed me and hopefully the people around me that disability does not mean lack of ability. This is also not the end for me. I will continue to fight the stigmas and stereotypes of blindness. I will continue to tell my story in the hopes it will help anyone who is going through vision loss and feeling like they can not live life to it’s fullest.
Until Next Time !
Ashley and Rick