The intention of the TrailRider program is to provide opportunities for physically disabled and less mobile individuals to experience the outdoors. The volunteer portion of the program will allow interaction, education, leadership, teamwork, and empowerment. Isolation due to barriers is a real problem in the disability world. It would be a program that enables the physically disabled and less mobile individuals to gain self-esteem, enjoyment, and increased independence. Health, wellness and quality of life should be inclusive within our community. The values from the TrailRider experience for both the physically disabled and volunteers are as follows; personal growth, independence, self-esteem and self-confidence, personal values, specific skills, personal relationships, appreciation and acceptance of diversity, leadership capacity, fun and laughter, exciting and fulfilling volunteering experiences. The media came to Salmon Arm and shot a story at McGuire Lake.
In 1979 Sam Sullivan broke his neck in a skiing accident and became a quadriplegic. In 1985 Sam founded the BC Mobility Opportunities Society, BCMOS, to make it possible for people with disabilities to experience the great outdoors. Here is a youtube video of Sam in the back country (looks like an adventure ).
Sam recruited engineers and technicians to create a customized assistive device for people with disability hence, the TrailRider was formed.