On Friday May 3rd, I had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth Dowdeswell, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Her Honour was in Welland visiting the area and asked to meet me after reading my book. Her Honour made me feel very comfortable and proud of my achievement. We talked about my book and story—it was an experience I certainly won't forget.
In the Month of March a dream came true for Michael, he met one of his idols. Michael has always been a fan of Ellen Degeneres. Her commitment to spreading kindness in the world and being yourself has always inspired Michael—plus she is pretty funny. On March 3rd, Michael travelled to Toronto to see Ellen’s show and got to be part of a meet-and-greet before hand. He was thrilled to win these tickets from the Niagara Outlets as they recognized the impact Michael was making in his community. Michael hopes to speak with Ellen about his book and maybe one day be on her show to tell the world about it. This was a huge highlight in March and in his life. Michael also took some time off to soak up the sun and watch baseball at the Blue Jays Spring Training in Florida.
The month of February was very busy. Michael used Skype to speak to a 3rd year Sociology Class on Social Movements at the University of Alberta. Michael spoke to five different elementary schools in the Niagara Region. He spent three days in the Huntsville/Sundridge area speaking to elementary schools, secondary schools, parent presentations, a radio talk show, and to a local on-line newspaper called the Huntsville Doppler. On Friday February 22, Michael was welcomed as the keynote speaker for the Golden Key International Honour Society. It was their annual Canadian conference organized by the Brock University chapter. At the end of Michael’s presentation, he was made an Honorary Member of the Society. Michael was surprised and thrilled to be given this honour. Michael ended the month presenting with his sister at Cool Concept #4 at Shopify in Toronto. It is an event put on by the Toronto Design Directory and it invites creative people to talk about personal projects. The audience was laughing and in tears throughout the presentation and Michael had a great time hanging in Toronto.
Michael began 2019 by donating partial proceeds of his book to Special Olympics Canada. Michael then jumped on a train and took a trip to Brockville and was interviewed during an event organized by the Brockville and District Association for Community Involvement. He continues to speak at various elementary schools across the Niagara Region. His message of inclusion and not giving up has been contagious. He had the opportunity to speak to several classes of students—who wish to be teachers—at Brock University. They have been very encouraging and supportive of Michael's inspiring story. In addition, Michael spent an evening with teachers. His strong voice and being a role model was shared as he spoke about his book/life.