President and founder of the Canadian Transverse Myelitis Association
Kimberley Kotar is the President and Founder of the Canadian Transverse Myelitis Association (CTMA). In this role, Kimberley coordinates, manages and leads the team in all aspects of increasing awareness, advocacy and support for those with rare neuroimmunological diseases. Kimberley was diagnosed with transverse myelitis in March 2006 and it was this diagnosis that led her to spearhead the CTMA.
Kimberley is no stranger to healthcare, having spent 14 years at the McGill University Health Centre as a research coordinator in the Departments of Medical Genetics, Respirology/Clinical Epidemiology, and Cardiology. Kimberley also worked in clinical care setting for two years, including the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit of the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
Kimberley has been published in several peer-reviewed medical journals, completed 16 marathons and 22 half marathons since her transverse myelitis diagnosis and works as a volunteer and first responder in animal rescue.Email Kimberley Phone: 514-636-9337
Tracey Flynn was born and raised in Charlottetown, PE. She moved to Montreal and lived there for just over a decade before recently returning to PEI to further her studies to be a Registered Holistic Nutritionist through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and Kinesiology, BSc.
While in Montreal, Tracey maintained a position as the Marketing Coordinator at a local gym. On her spare time she has organized music events for up and coming artists from across North America focusing primarily on the all-ages scene and giving youth the opportunity to be seen and heard. On her spare time, she is an artist and a plant-based chef. She is always seeking a way to better her and the lives of others.
Tracey joined the Canadian Transverse Myelitis Association Board of Directors in 2012 after having volunteered at a few of the fundraising events. She feels fortunate to be surrounded by great board members who are bringing awareness and support to the Transverse Myelitis community across Canada. Her role in the association is diverse, she assists in event organization and planning as well as ensuring resources and information is available to those affected by Transverse Myelitis and other rare neuro-immunological diseases.
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Eat to Live, Live to EatEmail Tracey
Crosby Beynon is a newly appointed board member for the Canadian Transverse Myelitis Association (CTMA). He is a fourth year student at McGill in the concurrent Bachelor of Science-Bachelor of Education program.
Having been diagnosed with transverse myelitis when he was fourteen, Crosby decided to become involved with CTMA to promote awareness of Transverse Myelitis and other rare neuroimmunological diseases.
Originally from Oyen, a small town in Alberta, and currently residing in Montreal, he hopes to foster a nationwide network of resources to support those with rare neuroimmunological diseases across Canada.Email Crosby