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Spencer West Visits SHS
Posted 01/26/2015 11:02AM
Spencer West lost his legs from the pelvis down at the age of five. Since that time, he has tackled challenge after challenge, learning to navigate a world that is not oriented to individuals with disabilities. Spencer has accomplished many amazing things throughout his journey. In 2012, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro on his hands and in his wheelchair to bring the world’s attention to the devastating drought in Kenya. In 2013, Spencer completed an epic 300 km (187 mile) trek by wheelchair and on his hands from Edmonton to Calgary, to raise awareness and money for Free The Children’s clean water projects.

As a global speaker, he has captivated hundreds of thousands with his keynote address, Redefining Possible. Spencer West is the author of the best-selling book Standing Tall: My Journey, and star of the 2012 documentary film Redefine Possible: The Story of Spencer West. He has shared the stage with luminaries such as former U.S. vice-president Al Gore, Dr. Jane Goodall, Rick Hansen, Mia Farrow, Martin Sheen, Martin Luther King III, former president Mikhail Gorbachev, and musicians such as Macklemore, Jason Mraz, The Kenyan Boys Choir, Jennifer Hudson and Nelly Furtado. Spencer has been featured countless times in the media, including on 60 Minutes, ABC News, BBC, CNN, CTV and TMZ.

When an SHS student, Jack, was in Grade 7 last year, he heard Spencer speak at Me to We Day. Jack was incredibly inspired by Spencer’s story and wanted every boy at Sterling Hall to have the opportunity to hear Spencer speak. As an Agent of Change and Grade 8 student this year, Jack decided to take action. He wrote to Spencer West and asked him to come to Sterling Hall. Since then, he has been fundraising outside of school to pay the speaker fee for Spencer’s visit.

Boys in Grades 3 – 8 attended a special Assembly on Monday, January 26, along with faculty, staff and members of the community. This was an exceptional opportunity for Sterling Hall boys and our community and we thank Jack for his enthusiasm and effort!

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