• PLAY

    Just like our daily food groups, physical activity is essential for healthy bodies too. Sports is all about what you can do, not what you can't do. There are plenty of ways to play for everybody. Make it a habit every day. Read More
  • PODIUM

    Paralympic athletes strive for excellence in sports like athletics and basketball and volleyball just like Olympic athletes. They compete for gold, silver and bronze medals and excite and inspire the world with their performances and their stories. Read More
  • KINETICS

    Our bodies are built to move. Physical activity is an essential ingredient for healthy bones and muscles, and mind and spirit too. Man-made tools can mechanically help our bodies move. Wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs are examples of applied kinetics at work. Read More
  • IMAGINE

    In every person young or old is the power to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Hands extended to help others is such a rewarding real-life experience. Where will your journey of good citizenship and discovery take you? Just imagine! Read More
  • THANK-YOU

    Glowing Hearts IV – The Power of the Human Spirit was made possible with the support of these companies and associations. They are big believers in the power of sport as a way to pursue our goals and dreams on the playground or all the way to the podium. Read More
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The Hero in All of Us

I love inspiring stories. The ones that make you think to yourself… “hmm, I don’t think I could have done that.” The heroes in those stories probably thought the same thing before they found the fortitude to meet the challenge that confronted them.

I’ve been very lucky in my life to meet many Canadian heroes. Some of them are great athletes, like Paralympian Michelle Stilwell. Some have invented great things. Some have done great things for others.

But those who inspire me most are young people who have done wonderful things to help Canadians with disabilities. Like Megan Sherwin and Ashley Cowan. You’ll meet them both inthis book and be amazed by their incredible spirit and determination to help others.

Young Canadians can do a lot to make a difference in others’ lives. It’s all about attitude, and treating every­one fairly. And most importantly, it’s about seeing people’s abilities first, not their disabilities.

Enjoy this extraordinary book. You’ll clearly see that there is a hero in all of us. I hope it inspires you to find the hero in you!

The Honourable Vim Kochhar

Chairman, Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons