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Mar 5, 2021

"I honestly believe that my best work is in front, not behind me. I am driven by a deep passion and need to make a difference and leave this world a little better than when I arrived.                      That's what keeps me going. Rick Hansen.

Chatter that Matters is a national radio show and podcast that radiates positivity and possibilities. I share stories of ordinary people who do extraordinary things despite circumstances. Their life lessons inspire us to be more and do more and help us get to where we need, want, and deserve to go.

This week I chat with Rick Hansen, one of Canada's greatest all-time athletes and activists. At age 15, Rick was an aspiring Olympian when a truck accident put him in a wheelchair for life. Rick could have chosen a path of anger and resentment, but instead, he decided to make a difference in the lives of millions of people who suffer from disabilities.  

Rick won three gold medals and six overall at the 1980 and 1984 Summer Paralympic Games. And then, inspired by his friend Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope, and Rick's dream of creating an accessible and inclusive world and finding a cure for spinal cord injury, Rick launched the Man In Motion World Tour. From March 21, 1985, to May 22, 1987, Rick Hansen wheeled over 40,000 km through 34 countries.

This interview is as wonderful as Rick Hansen is. Listen with your children, and be motivated about someone who not only believes but proves every day that 'there is nothing you can't do if you set your mind to it. Anything is possible.' Paralympian Joel Dembe, from RBC, joins me at the end of the show.

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