Carla Qualtrough: Dream big

Posted on Friday, March 17, 2017

 

Carla Qualtrough

“As a university student, I had no idea that I would have the chance to make this kind of difference for Canadians, that I’d be able to help those with disabilities change how our society views inclusion.”

– Carla Qualtrough, minister of sport and persons with disabilities

By Kelly Haggart

“The world needs people who are passionate about making a difference and have the skills to do it,” Carla Qualtrough, minister of sport and persons with disabilities, told students and young alumni as she kicked off uOttawa Career Week 2017 on March 6. “I encourage you to pursue your own dreams — you never know where you’re going to end up.”

The former Paralympic swimmer, human rights lawyer and “very proud uOttawa alumna” (BSocSc ’93) said that she believes luck is really “the meeting between hard work and opportunity.”

“How hard you work is something entirely within your own control,” she said. “Opportunity, on the other hand, is much more elusive, and it doesn’t knock every day. So when it does, we need to be ready and we need to take full advantage.”

 

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