News & Events
A lot of exciting things have been happening since Michael launched his book in June 2018.
This page is for documenting those experiences and sharing all his accomplishments.
Appearance on TSN Sports Centre
Michael was invited to TSN Sports Center to co-host with Kate Beirness. Together they kicked off a campaign dear to Michael’s heart. Sobeys launched a full week in-store fundraiser where you could say YES to donating $2 to #SpecialOlympics when you checked out at any @Sobeys. Everyday Michael is a proud Sobeys employee and Special Olympic athlete, and this has been a special opportunity for him to be part of.
Live on Breakfast TV
On September 20th, Michael and his sister Kaila went on Breakfast Television with Roger Petersen and Dina Pugliese. Michael had never been on live television and he was pretty nervous, but everyone there made him feel comfortable and excited. Michael and Kaila were able to talk about their relationship and the making of Michael’s book. The responses after the show were incredible! He received many orders and people were sharing their stories. It has been an experience they both will never forget.
CHCH Morning Live
On November 5th, Michael and Kaila were welcomed on CHCH with Annette Hamm. She reached out to Michael and was very excited to have him on the show to hear more about his book. Michael enjoys television experiences as he hopes to get the book in as many hands as possible. He also feels he is getting pretty good at speaking on live television. He is grateful for all these types of opportunities.
Community Living Ontario (CLO) Annual General Meeting
From September 11-14, Michael attended the CLO AGM in Toronto. Michael was re-elected to be on the board for another two years. Michael spoke in front of 500 people and let them know he wanted to continue to be a voice for those like him. Michael was also given the opportunity to discuss his book at the conference and sell copies. He presented a cheque to Chris Beesley (CEO of Community Living Ontario) at the conclusion of the conference, as partial proceeds of his book are donated to Community Living Ontario and Special Olympics.
Special Olympics 65 Annual Dinner
On Wednesday September 19th, Michael attended the annual Welland/Pelham Special Olympics fundraiser dinner held in Fonthill and sponsored by Sobeys. Michael briefly spoke to the guests about the importance of Sobeys partnership with Special Olympics. He also spoke to the significance of Special Olympics in his life and the life of other athletes like him. At the end of Michael’s presentation he gave a cheque to Special Olympics, as partial proceeds of his book are donated to Community Living Ontario and Special Olympics.
Guest Speaker at York University
On September 28th, Michael was invited to York University to speak to graduate students, research assistants, and professors about his book. His sister Kaila went to York University, so it was cool to go their with his dad and be able to present to a classroom full of people.
Guest Speaker at Niagara College
Michael was a guest speaker at Niagara College on October 22nd. Michael enjoyed speaking to students about his experience and hopes he inspired them to make a difference in their future careers.
Presenting with Chris Beesley at the Canadian Conference on Developmental Disabilities and Autism (CCDDA)
Michael attended a Conference in Winnipeg from October 29th-31st. He had the opportunity to present with Chris Beesley, CEO of Community Living Ontario. The two day conference was full of inspiring people from around Canada sharing the work they are passionate about doing. Michael presented twice in one day speaking about Re:Action4Inclusion, an amazing movement apart of Community Living. At Re:Action4Inclusion, Michael found his voice, it gave him the strength and confidence to write his book. Michael can’t wait for next years conference!