Diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis at the age of six, Simone Cavanaugh was a wheelchair user for seven years. She became the Arthritis Society’s Childhood Arthritis Spokesperson for over a decade and Quebec Division camp coordinator for two years. Simone recently graduated from McGill University’s Faculty of Law, is the recipient of many prestigious awards including this year Laurie Normand-Starr Humanitarian Award.
Simone Cavanaugh is the Co-Founder and Director of Pivot International, a non-profit organization for children with special needs in developing countries. She is also a member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council and a motivational speaker who recently gave a talk at TEDxMontrealWomen on transforming life’s obstacles into opportunities.