89th Annual Meeting of Frontier College
Oct. 22, 1988
Irr IS AN HONOUR TO BE INVITED TO GIVE the Brad win Address at the 89th Annual General Meeting of Frontier College. I consider it a great distinction to be numbered among those eminent people who have given this address in the past. Frontier College has a history of being, and can continue to be I believe, an agent of social good in our nation. I hope that my words today will foster this capacity of our venerable College to bring about a better world.
There area number of reasons, I suspect, why I would be chosen to give this talk this year. For one thing, I am obviously a member of a group of people who have been pushed out to the margins of our society. I say “obviously” somewhat tongue-in-cheek for in fact I am unusual among disabled people. I have a job, I live in my own home, I have been able to avoid ongoing poverty, I have a good education and I have a large network of friends, colleagues, and even a husband. Frontier College has had a great deal to do with these accomplishments, and I will speak more of this later. But I have lived on the margins, and have fought hard to become a participating citizen. It is an experience worth speaking about.
Another reason for choosing me is that I have thought a lot about what it takes to make real community for people. I am a thinker and a dreamer, and I have been watching the people around me. I have gathered something of a reputation for being a visionary, and today I want to explore one expression of this vision. Let’s look at what fosters community; community capable of meeting the needs of all people in all their diversity.