Vahen King – Author / International Speaker & Founder of the Non-Profit Organization Going Farther. At age 23, one week after her engagement, Vahen developed Transverse Myelitis, a virus that left her physically disabled and dependent on the use of a wheelchair. Trying to adapt as a person with a disability, her “new normal” was feelings of self-doubt and exclusion. Reaching a point of desperation, Vahen realized that she had a choice to make, to be paralyzed by fears and insecurities, or push forward.
And push forward she did. In 2017, Vahen was crowned the first ever Miss Wheelchair Canada and Miss Kindness World. Not only her beauty, but her character has won her awards. Vahen’s courage is contagious. She inspires boldness and resiliency by facing each new adversity head-on. Demonstrating that the biggest limitations or disabilities are often the ones we place on ourselves.
Vahen currently lives with her amazing husband Vaughan, in Edmonton, Alberta, and acknowledges that she is humbled to see how her message of hope and courage is inspiring others around the world. Vahen states; “My biggest achievement is seeing how my courage is helping people of all ‘abilities’ overcome their fears to go farther.”