EDITOR’S NOTE: As we prepare to enter a new year, this story is for all of us devolving into cynicism, for all of us viewing with alarm the hardening of our hearts, for all of us of who have lost faith in the ability of our species to get things right. The respite may be all too brief. No matter. Emma Mogus is cause for celebration.
One of my favourite persons in the world is someone I have yet to meet face-to-face.
Her name is Emma Mogus and she is a force of good.
In 2016 I (preposterously, many said) named her my Canadian Person of the Year.
Except it wasn’t preposterous. (Is the child not the father of the man?)
She is 20 years old, she doesn’t even drive yet and she’s a third-year physics student at McMaster University.
Oh, that the world were filled with more like her.
I shall keep this short so you can hear for yourself, but a brief background primer is in order.
In her short life, Emma has invented a mouse that gives disabled persons entry to computers and the internet, co-founded (at the age of 12) an organization called Books With No Bounds that has supplied over a 260,000 books, 150,000 packets of school supplies, and over 100 computers to Indigenous children to Canada and around the world.
I first interviewed her in the summer of 2016 to discuss her invention.
She recently joined me again from her family’s home Oakville, Ontario on the completion of her mid-terms.
Here is our conversation.Listen