Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Department is very pleased to see Akira Peters return in September. Akira will complete the final year of a Combined Honours degree in English and History, which she had to defer after a hemorrhagic stroke in June 2008. The cause of her stroke was a rare disease, moyamoya, which affects arteries in the brain.

After many months of recovery at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton, Akira went on to help other brain injury survivors through her volunteer work at Networks Activity Centre (Edmonton). Her good sense of humour and willingness to help others, as well as her perseverance, are being recognised by two awards: the Glenmore Award of Courage and a Brain Injury Association Bursary.

For a few days at least, you can watch an interview (see the Health Matters page for the "Akira Peters" file) with Akira by Su-Ling Goh of Global.

Welcome back, Akira!