I have had invisible disabilities since age 11 (over half my life). I was first diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, then later, various auto immune illnesses including Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease. I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t sick. Invisible Disability awareness is so much more than education. It is the promotion of inclusion and understanding.
IDA Ambassador – Canada
I chose to become an ID ambassador as I want to be the role model, whom I lacked growing up. I believe it is important that Invisible Disabilities are brought to light through a variety of mediums. For me, that is art. During this pandemic, we have turned to artists and media more than ever as a solace. Art can create change; art is called upon during crisis. Art heals our souls and art is a means for social justice. Why not use such an effective tool and speak to the visibility of invisibility?
Sarah is a classically trained vocalist just having completed her B.Mus. Vocal Performance Degree at the U of M. Desautels Faculty of Music. She has spent her life immersed in musical theatre, acting and dance; and has been fortunate to train with some of Canada’s finest.
An award-winning Vocalist & Musical Theatre performer, Sarah has garnered many accolades including at the National Music Festival; where she received 2nd place in Canada for Musical Theatre.
As a child performer, Sarah got her feet wet at Winnipeg’s Rainbow Stage portraying Brigitta in “The Sound of Music”. At 18, Sarah was invited to perform as a soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Since, Sarah has performed with the Manitoba Opera Chorus in Verdi’s “Falstaff”, and as an actor in Massenet’s “Werther”. She mended the war-torn sailors in “South Pacific” as a nurse/ensemble member of the Rainbow Stage and Winnipeg Symphony co-production. Alongside of Donna Fletcher, she apprentice-directed Dry Cold’s production of “The Bridges of Madison County”. In the heat of summer, she grooved and danced the nights away to ABBA, in the sold out run of “Mamma Mia” at Rainbow Stage, and most recently led a socially distanced Promenade tour with Sarasvàti Productions.
Sarah can been seen on Lifetime’s “Let’s Meet Again on Christmas Eve” as Tracy Bennet and CBC’s “Burden of Truth” as Natalie Cross. She was featured in “Stand” the movie musical (Winnipeg’s General Strike), and a featured performer in Lifetime’s Christmas movie “No Time Like Christmas”. She also has experience behind the scenes in film, and was Script Supervisor on both Eagle Vision’s feature film “Diaspora” and Universal Studio’s “Nobody”. Most recently, Sarah shot a role on eOne/Dark Castle’s feature film “Orphan: First Kill (prequel to “Orphan”) starring Julia Stiles and Isabelle Fuhrman.
Both performing and working behind the scenes exhilarates Sarah. She looks forward to a performance career with variety and interests that utilize her skill sets, and drive her to create new ones.
Sarah is an advocate for accessibility and inclusion in the arts. She centre’s her practice around kindness and representation on stage and screen. Sarah identifies as a person with disability. To learn more about her philanthropic work and story, please visit her website.