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.