Christine Selinger (BEd’11/BSc’11) is recipient of the URegina 2020 Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
Christine Selinger is a dedicated advocate, athlete, and volunteer. As a student at the University of Regina, she was the first paraplegic woman to traverse the rugged Nootka Trail, became president of several student societies, and was a recipient of the President’s Medal. Today, Christine is a two-time world champion in para-canoe, an educator, and an emerging leader in sexuality and disability.
Christine sustained a spinal cord injury at the age of 19. Subsequently, she completed two concurrent Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Education. She worked as a Peer Support Coordinator for the Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA) and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Ontario. Through her openness and candour about living life with a spinal cord injury, she has had a tremendous impact on the lives of individuals with recent spinal cord injuries.
Christine was a Canadian National ParaCanoe Athlete from 2008–2013, a two-time World Champion, and Saskatchewan Athlete of the Month in August 2010. She was also short-listed as International Paralympic Committee Athlete of the Month in August 2011.
In her professional and personal life, Christine bravely faces challenges to help improve the lives of people with disabilities. Her contributions to promoting women with disabilities in sport and her advocacy for the community of persons with disabilities, particularly related to issues of sexuality, make her an extraordinary member of the University of Regina alumni community. (From 2020 Alumni Crowning Achievement Award Recipients page)