iBellieve Foundation Gala@Steam Whistle Brewery(Wed.,Sept.23rd,2015)

Photography by Nicholas Chan

We were invited to an amazing charity event at The Steam Whistle Brewery from guest speaker Simon Ibell who is the Founder of the iBellieve Foundation, he is also a Motivational Speaker, and Writer. A truly remarkable and inspirational individual, Simon is an advocate for Human Potential, a Role Model for individuals with Disabilities, and a crusader for the rare disease community. As one of 30 people in Canada, and approximately 2000 worldwide born with a condition known as MPS II (mucopolysacharridosis) or Hunter Syndrome, living with MPS II has taught Simon that every moment of life is precious. He continues to learn how people perceive and handle disabilities and he uses this knowledge to lower the barriers and help bring about change. He has been awarded the Spirit of Sport Story of the Year Award at the 2003 Canadian Sport Awards, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second as well as the 2012 St. Michaels University School Distinguished Alumni Award and 2012 University of Victoria Distinguished Alumni Award.

The who’s who were in attendance for this mid week gala such as Toronto Raptor coach Dwayne Casey, Host Steve Nash, T.V. personality “Cabbie” and right after he hit that memorable home run to beat the “Evil Empire”New York Yankees. Toronto Blue Jays superstar catcher walked across the street from The Rogers Centre to join us in the festivities at this charity event. A big shout out to Elana Ziluk and Founder Simon Ibell for the invite and hospitality.