“I realized I had to embrace the uncertainty of life.”
Born with a rare condition in her left leg, Jackie Silver is no stranger to facing challenges. But, by working hard and moving forward, Jackie counts her successes, instead.
“I realized I had to embrace the uncertainty of life. So many unexpected things have happened to me that I have had no control over. Now I can be comfortable with not knowing what is going to happen, and adapting when things don’t go as I planned.”
Seeing the transformation healthy living has had on her quality of life, Jackie is determined to help others experience it, too.
“People of all abilities can and should live a healthy lifestyle. We must all do as much as we are capable of, and not fall victim to our challenges. A healthy lifestyle is not limited to people who are able-bodied.”
With the odds stacked against her, Jackie forged her way through obstacles and illnesses to get herself where she is now- completing a Masters in Nutrition Communication so she can spread her message with the world.
In her spare time, Jackie works as an ambassador for the Rick Hansen foundation, talking to children in schools about her story and what it is like living with a disability.
“It is a great way to break down negative perceptions people have. I present myself: a normal, independent woman who can do everything with my disability, and show these kids that they can do anything, too.”
Within the Jewish community, Jackie strives for a more inclusive and destigmatized environment. She hopes to eliminate the lack of exposure by speaking up and raising awareness.
Like any of us, Jackie faces challenges every day, but is committed to overcoming them with an open mindset of forward thinking. Driven by her passion and motivation to help others live their life to the fullest, Jackie advocates for inclusion and awareness in all parts of life.
RANDOM RAPID FIRE WITH JACKIE
1. Fate or luck
2. Fame or Fortune
3. Respect or Love
4. Early or fashionably late
5. Bad habit? Too much time on my phone
Jackie Silver was born and raised in Toronto. She completed her first undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at York University, and then went on to a second undergraduate degree in Nutrition at Ryerson University. Now she is completing her Masters in Nutrition Communication at Ryerson. With her extensive knowledge base and passion for healthy living, Jackie looks forward to bettering lives through her career.
Interview by Adina Samuels