Inspirational speaker Spencer West spoke at the University of Manitoba on November 1.
West spoke candidly about the struggles he overcame after losing his legs at the age of five. He talked about overcoming stereotyping and bullying, about finding meaning and happiness in a material world and how he never lost the hope or courage needed to mount personal obstacles.
Spencer has reached millions of people including students, educators, corporations, college/universities, faith-based groups and families with his encouraging words. He captivated audiences of tens of thousands at We Day events with his keynote address, which was featured nationally on CTV. Spencer has shared the stage with such influential people as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dr. Jane Goodall, former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore, Mia Farrow, Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr., Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Betty Williams and Elie Wiesel, and his musical idol Jason Mraz.
Each year, the university's Office of Student Life hosts speakers from the local community and distinguished guests with a special story of leadership and motivation. The intent of the Leadership Speaker Series is to inspire and engage students through the words and experiences of many amazing individuals.