Lawrence Gunther was first registered “blind” at the age of eight when doctors discovered Lawrence’s central vision had failed. By his early 20’s, Lawrence’s sight further deteriorated — ending his ability to use his remaining peripheral sight to carry out daily tasks. It was at this point that Lawrence learned to live life through his other senses. Lawrence adopted the use of a guide dog, learned braille, and acquired a talking computer and optical scanner for reading books. His determination and utilization of new-age technologies allowed him to continue his full-time studies at university which led to his earning a Masters in Environmental Studies. Now in his 40’s, Lawrence’s ability to perceive light has virtually vanished.
While Lawrence’s progressive loss of sight may have made him increasingly dependent on the use of great guide dogs and technology, his love for the outdoors has only deepened. Lawrence competes professionally in fishing events with over 100 tournaments and more than 20 top-ten finishes to his name, a well-known documentary, TV and radio host, a highly regarded columnist and author, and a riveting motivational speaker.
In addition to fishing, Lawrence spends as much time as possible on the water. His love for sailing led to his winning the California International Blind Sailing Regatta in 2010.
Lawrence’s interests include: white-water canoeing, kayak fishing, back-woods camping, both Alpine and cross-country skiing, scuba-diving, competing in triathlons, and most importantly, fathering his six children. – as featured On “Facelift”, a TV home renovation show starring Debbie Travis.
Lawrence’s public appointments include: Conservation Director for both Ottawa’s competitive Walleye and Bass fishing organizations; Human Rights Tribunalist for the Ontario Government; Access Technology Advisor to Canada’s Senate; Chair of the City of Ottawa’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee; and, Director for the CNIB Lake Joseph Centre.
Lawrence’s groundbreaking work in the field of environmental integration included developing the world’s first fully accessible public computer “Web-4-All”. His work has been recognized with numerous awards including the Meritorious Service medal from Canada’s Governor General.
Lawrence will be hosting THE WEIGHT OF WATER at the University of Ottawa on November 19th at 7pm