Lelainia is a mixed media artist and writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications. She is happily married and mother to a grown son and her beloved 6 year old black Lab, Indiana Jones.
While she has retired from teaching mixed media workshops due to the complications of living with NMO, she is a passionate advocate for NMO awareness and the inclusion of those living with disability. She volunteers with the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Interprofessional Health Mentors Program and is also a member of the Patient Advisory Panel. Lelainia writes for the Canadian MS Society’s Someonelikeme. Ca website as a blogger/mentor for younger people who have MS or NMO. She was recently appointed as a vice president to the board of directors of Won with One, a Canadian ParaTriathlon organization and is a grant writer for Skiing is Believing, a Para Cross Country Ski program in British Columbia.
Lelainia had the honour of being selected as a Torch Bearer for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games. In 2011, she was recognized by Rick Hansen as a Difference Maker and in 2013 was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for her lifetime of service.