About the Author
LUCINDA HAGE was born in Calgary, Alberta and moved to Peterborough, Ontario to attend Trent University. She subsequently earned an MEd in Adult Education and Counselling from the University of Toronto (OISE). For 40 years, she has been encouraging others to achieve their potential through her roles as educator, counsellor, motivational speaker, workshop leader, advocate, and mother.
Her inspiration, and challenge, for the last twenty-eight years has been her son, Paul. He was born with a genetic disorder, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, which caused a serious intellectual disability.
In 2001, she founded Heads Up for Inclusion and the Amigos program to change attitudes in high schools toward students with disabilities, through relationships.
This earned her the ‘Member Excellence Award’ from Community Living Peterborough in 2007, in recognition of Building Inclusive Communities; the Gordon Holnbeck Award for Volunteer Service to the Disabled presented by the City of Peterborough in 2010; and the Spirit of Trent University Award in 2011, “in recognition of her exemplary and tireless commitment to fostering an inclusive society.”
Lucinda created Healing and the Arts at the hospital in Peterborough to promote awareness of the importance of art in the healing process. Today, the Peterborough Regional Health Center’s public spaces display over 400 original works of art; in 2010, the Art Committee received a Community Betterment Award from the City of Peterborough.
In 2011, she started Change for Change, a grassroots initiative to support the university education of young women in Zimbabwe who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
Lucinda lives in Peterborough, with her husband Murray Leadbeater where they enjoy canoeing, cycling, and hiking in the summer, and cross country skiing in the winter. Paul, now 28, is a continual source of inspiration for what is possible.