You ask me to comment on how I am unstoppable. I am unstoppable because I’ve always been brought up to believe that I can do anything that I set my mind to. From the minute I entered the Sault Ste. Marie School system, I’ve been influenced by people that continue to help me strive to be unstoppable.
I attended William Merrifield School that was integrated with the Rotary Children’s Centre. Mrs. Marion Giles was my first teacher and she taught us all that no one was going to give us anything. If there was anything we wanted to accomplish, we had to act like we were unstoppable. We weren’t allowed to make excuses for ourselves, or our shortcomings.
I was also surrounded by a great support system that included great teachers, physio therapists (through the Rotary Children’s Centre) and especially family and friends that helped me along the way. These folks influenced me greatly.
From the time I was ages 6-17, I also attended Easter Seals Camp Northwood. There the counsellors and campers also exuded the notion of unstoppable. Many of the people I met at camp Northwood are still in my life today.
You say, Jake…that’s all fine and good…but how are you unstoppable?
I’ve lived the mantra of “unstoppable.”
I moved out to Saint John, NB by myself on a whim in 2002. I was invited out by my friend and confidant Victoria Wright, a former Camp Northwood Counsellor of mine. I’ve lived here ever since. I’ve had a measure of success in every job I’ve ever held. I’ve travelled for work to Florida, Mexico and Las Vegas. I have two kids, Paige, 12 years old (who also has Cerebral Palsy,) and Connor, 16. They’re unstoppable too. My wife Leanne and I are an Unstoppable force in every sense. Everyone knows that. I’ve been involved heavily in para sports in Saint John New Brunswick for the last few years. I’m currently a member of the New Brunswick Wheelchair Sports Council as the wheelchair rugby representative. I’ve participated in the National Wheelchair Rugby Championships as part of Team New Brunswick. I am UNSTOPPABLE.