The Communication and Leadership Award honours a non-Toastmaster who has made substantial contributions to the well being of the local community in the areas of communications and leadership in the area of District 123.
Mike Shoreman is The Unbalanced Paddleboarder after a sudden neurological condition changed his whole life, destroyed his paddle boarding career and left him physically and mentally unbalanced, incapacitated and told he would never paddleboard again by specialists. He set out on a mission to prove everyone wrong. Mike shares his story of overcoming adversity around the world inspiring and motivating people to overcome the greatest obstacles standing in their way. He encourages people to use their fears and struggles as their greatest weapons and drives audiences to become the most confident versions of themselves.
Mike’s neurological condition and subsequent CRASH & RISE propelled him on-stage sharing his message with the world. His speeches from winning Speaker Slam, North America’s Largest Inspirational Speaking Competition, have gone viral on several platforms and viewed by millions across the globe culminating in a viral movement and becoming the 2021 International Stand Up paddle boarding Man of the Year. He is a 2021 nominee to be inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame for his work with making sport accessible for all Canadians.
Known internationally by audiences and the media alike by his moniker, The Unbalanced Paddleboarder, Mike is the leader of the global Paddles Up Movement celebrating people’s confidence and power and is the author of Crash and Rise: Diaries of the Unbalanced Paddleboarder.
Mike has been featured in over 50 media outlets including: Yahoo, MSN, CBS, NBC, CTV News, CTV Morning Live Calgary, Global News, Breakfast Television, CP 24, UNILAD, Narcity, Some Good News, Healthing.ca, Health Beat, National Post, Toronto SUN, Vancouver SUN, The World News, Power of Positivity, Innerlight Media, Ashton Kutcher’s A Plus, Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Mike uses his platform as an advocate for the awareness and de-stigmatization of mental health issues, especially for youth.
Patrice Esper, DTM has a Conversation With…Mike Shoreman