Nick may get around on wheels, but he is a standup guy

Nicholas Wendler was born with spina bifida. As a result, he is parapalegic, requires daily attendent care and he gets around on wheels (wheelchair). He grew up in the small town of Goderich. His love of nature developed early while camping summers in his youth. Throughout childhood Nick collected fact file cards on wild life. It was that card collection binder that inspired a passion for preservation and sustainability that continues in Nick today.

 While Nick was in residence he co-founded a student club for people with visible and non-visible disabilities. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Development Studies, a diploma in General Social work and a certificate in Child Abuse Studies. During his graduate years he did a counseling practicum at KW Counseling and he later volunteered at their Walk-in Counseling program. Nick earned his Master of Arts degree in Theology with a focus on Sprirtual Care and Psychotherapy. More recently, Nick has volunteered for the Waterloo Region Family Network's adult social program for people with disabilities. He has also provided support in the computer lab at the WorkingCentre helping people in Kitchener to gain and sustain employment skills.

Like many who go to school in this area, Nick decided to settle here in Kitchener. He now lives in a modern accessible apartment in the Victoria Park neighborhood where he enjoys the fresh air, the park wildlife and city festivals. He is currently learning how to drive an accessible van. No matter what the challenge seems to be, Nick meets it with determination and dignity.

Given Nick's devotion to the marginalized and his early love for nature and animals, it is not surprising that he choose to volunteer for the Green Party. He has been working behind the scenes (data entry) for several years. While he supports all of the Green Vision, Nick is especially fond of the Green's Social Justice and Sustainbility values.