Meritorious Service Medal – Presented by the Governor General of Canada
Order of Ontario — Presented by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Guinness Book of World Records — World Record Holder — Fastest crossing of Canada on foot
King Clancy Award – Canadian Foundation for the Physically Disabled
Rick Hansen Award – Ontario March of Dimes
Paul Harris Fellowship – Rotary Club of Canada
Mel Osborne Fellowship – Kiwanis Foundation of Canada
Helen Keller Award – Lions Clubs of Canada
2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics – Final torch bearer on Christmas Eve. Carrying the torch for Jesse.
Canadian Association of Broadcasters – Gold Ribbon Award for Outstanding Community Service
Most of the great things that have been completed in this world, have been accomplished by ‘ordinary dads’ and ‘ordinary moms’ who saw a way to be of service to other people.
Helping other people is not some kind of mysterious category reserved for only a few.
Doing that thing that you feel driven to accomplish can sometimes result in some kind of honour or award. If it doesn’t – don’t worry. Being the best you can be as an ‘ordinary dad’ or an ‘ordinary mom’ is its own reward.
Recognition comes in many forms. It can come in medals and ribbons, and in as certificates and acknowledgement from others.
These things are very humbling for the recipients. People who receive these kinds of tributes, while appreciating them very much, know full well that they did not set out to seek recognition. They set out to make a difference.
Real leaders know that regardless of what they are being recognized for, they did the things they have done in life because it was the right thing to do.
People who are the recipients of these kinds of compliments and gratitude are people who have kept their promise.
Amidst the cheering, the jubilation and the standing ovations, real leaders understand that in order to rise to the top in your field, you must fulfill the promises you make.
It really is worth remembering that you are never too young to make a promise and you are never too old to see that promise fulfilled.
I’d be happy to speak with you about bringing the story of my journey to your organization’s next conference. Give me a call at (519) 709-6484 or send me an e-mail me at: John@OrdinaryDad.ca
I’ll look forward to hearing from you!