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CTRA 2019 Closing Keynote Speakers

Emily Glossop Biography

Emily has a Bachelor of Health Science in Human Kinetics and has been working as a Recreation Therapist with the CHEO (formerly known as the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre) for over 15 years.  As a Recreation Therapist, she develops, facilitates and evaluates Recreation and Leisure programming for children and youth between the ages of 6-18 yrs who are diagnosed with a physical and/or developmental disability including Autism and Asperger’s.  Emily is a former member of the Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team.  Emily represented Canada as a Guide for Kathleen Forestell, one of Canada’s former Visually Impaired athletes.  Kathleen and Emily were ranked 2nd overall at the World Championships in 2007/2008.  Emily was also a speaker for Canadian Paralympic Committee Changing Minds, Changing Lives program.

Todd Nicholson Biography

Todd Nicholson’s significant accomplishments have been both on and off the fields of play. As an elite athlete and for over a quarter of a century, Todd represented Canada on the international stage as a member of Canada’s National Paralympic Sledge Hockey Team and a number of other summer sports throughout his career.  During his years on the national sledge hockey team, Todd competed in five Winter Paralympic Games and brought home bronze, silver and gold medals.  He is currently the chairperson for Own the Podium.  He is regularly called upon to help motivate and to strive for excellence regardless of hurdles in the path to success. Todd is a valued and respected employee of the CBSA which now benefits from his experiences. Todd was awarded in 2015 the Presidential Citation for Meritorious Service, an award that is nominated by the President only and in 2017 was awarded the Order of Ottawa.

Session description

Emily Glossop and Todd Nicholson each are extremely powerful individuals both nationally and internationally. Together, they continue to push the limits of teamwork, overcoming obstacles, striving to succeed with the goals you set for yourself, as a group or organization. They are both a true representation that you should “Never Give up on Your Dreams”. Their presentation will leave you wanting to do more for yourself and your community. They will share some lessons learned on how to overcome those obstacles that are put in front of you.

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