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Meet our Outstanding Canadians: Michelle Salt

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Michelle lost her leg in a life-threatening motorcycle accident in 2011. Lying in her bed she coped with her situation by setting an audacious goal for herself – to become the first female Canadian Paralympic snowboarder. Only three years later, Michelle achieved her goal and competed in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The same year Michelle took on an opportunity to support youth in the community by becoming a mentor with Classroom Champions. Through monthly video lessons on topics such as perseverance, goal-setting, and teamwork, Michelle inspires her students to dream big and make a difference in their lives and communities. In addition to her work with Classroom Champions, Michelle has previously served as a board member for the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing Alberta and has supported local non-profits such as KidSport and Big Brothers Big Sisters in their campaigns.

Michelle is a role model for all youth in the community and in particular those with physical challenges that may traditionally hold them back from fully participating in sport or the community. She sets an example of perseverance, hard work, team work, discipline, and volunteerism for youth in Canada. Michelle believes that our country is built by good people doing the right thing and that modelling friendship, courage, and community through dedicated mentorship to our children and youth is vital for Canada’s future.