Dave Symington has had a disability (C5-6 quadriplegic) since a diving accident in 1975. He has been involved in disability advocacy, program and service development, and community integration for over 40 years. He has worked extensively in the post-secondary education system as a special education coordinator, service provider, policy driver, and awareness and team builder. Dave co-founded the Vancouver Adapted Music Society with Sam Sullivan over 30 years ago.
A graduate of Concordia University’s Integrative Music Arts program, Simon has been playing in blues, rock, country and roots bands across Canada for 30 years. He has appeared on numerous recordings as a session guitar player and producer. Simon began developing his skills as a songwriter in the wake of a life-altering accident. In 2014, his duet project, Stanton Paradis, released “Good Road Home”, a CD of original acoustic material. In 2015, Simon recorded “Mouthful of Stars”, a debut full-band CD of original music written by Simon and his wife, Kara Stanley. In 2019 he released “Grooves and Ruts” with his band Farm Team.
Since 2015 Simon and his partner Kara have traveled across the country giving presentations to various organizations, such as Brain Injury Canada.