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Bernadette Rivard lived 83 years with cerebral palsy

When Bernadette Rivard was born with severe physical disabilities in the 1930s, some might have thought her life would be a burden. It proved to be far from it. Listen to a CBC Radio documentary on her remarkable life.

It isn't particularly remarkable that Sudbury's Bernadette Rivard passed away at the Pioneer Manor nursing home at the age of 83.

What is remarkable is that she lived at Pioneer Manor for more than 50 years, making her one of the longest residents of a longterm care home in Ontario.

Rivard was born with cerebral palsy in 1931. Some didn't think she would survive. Instead she thrived.

Even though she could barely speak and was dependent on others for her care, Rivard managed to leave a lasting impression on family and friends over her 83 years.

Just before her health failed this spring, CBC News Sudbury reporter Megan Thomas started working on a documentary about Bernadette Rivard's life.

Here is her story:

Bernadette Rivard was born with cerebral palsy in the 1930s. She wasn't expected to survive. Instead, she defied the odds, breaking down barriers for people in Sudbury with disabilities. Here's a documentary called A Remarkable Life by Megan Thomas. 12:26

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