Each month we want to share with you a little bit about our valued board members. This month we interviewed Tracy Boyd, our Director of Communications.
Tracy Boyd was born in Dunedin, Florida in 1960 and moved back and forth between Canada and the United State through much of her childhood, settling in the Lower Mainland back in 1991 and settled in Langley in 2005.
While she has worked many different types of jobs through her 50-plus years, from ranch hand and locksmith to flagger and security guard, the most memorable was a lighting and sound technician position at the Grand Ole Opry.
Working with the likes of Reba McEntire and Garth Brooks, she loved being immersed in the country music industry in Nashville, Tennessee. But that all came to an abrupt end when she fell 40 feet, suffering a broken back, shattered knees, and other assorted injuries.
That accident confined her to a wheelchair for two years. But after intense therapy and constant exercise, she was able to get out of the chair in the mid-1980s only to find herself back in a wheelchair earlier this year due to illness.
"Honestly, if it wasn't for Langley Pos-Abilities, I wouldn't be able to get around much. They've given me back my freedom and I'm appreciative," Tracy said.
She expressed her heartfelt thanks to the founder Zosia Ettenberg and the organization, recalling how impressed she was when she first learned how a group of locals cared enough to start an association specifically intended to outfit people living with disabilities who need help accessing assistive devices.
"After they helped me, I asked myself 'How can I give back'," Tracy said. Shortly thereafter, she was invited to join the board, and gladly accepted.
"I see great things for Langley Pos-Abilities in the future, and I'll be proud and excited to be part of realizing that goal. I know first-hand what a tremendous difference this society can make in one person's life," she added. "Thank you."