Barry Munro serves as the Chief Development Officer at the Canadian Spinal Research Organization and has twice been awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Award for outstanding citizenship. His advocacy for increased consumer focus on and participation in neurotrauma research.

Barry was 24 in 1987, when a dive into a lake in northern Ontario went awry. Unbeknownst to him, a rock lay just below the smooth surface of the lake. Barry hit the rock head first and broke his neck. The subsequent spinal cord injury led his doctor to declare Barry would never walk again.

A licensed personal injury lawyer by trade, Barry is no stranger to advocacy. He calls the accident part of his “destiny” and says it helped him understand why he was put on Earth. Now his work has the ability to affect everyone, and he makes it clear he won’t rest until he and others can walk again.

Barry says he accepted the Spirit of Ability Award on behalf of the thousands of people who share his passion for finding a cure for paralysis.