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#BeRemarkable And Join The World Diabetes Day Thunderclap!

What makes someone remarkable? Is it the ability to overcome adversity? Carrying a positive attitude even in the toughest situations? Raising more that three children? Seriously, how do those parents do it?? In an effort to help promote World Diabetes Day and Bayer Diabetes Care’s #BeRemarkable campaign, I was asked to talk about a remarkable Canadian and how they have inspired me.

The problem with that task is that there are so many remarkable people who have inspired me in various ways that I didn’t know who to choose. There’s my wonderful wife, who has effortlessly taken care of our children and our home for the last few years while also going back to school to complete her Early Childhood Education program. She is only a few steps away from the finish line and I couldn’t be prouder of her.

There are so many others who have inspired me from Hannah Alper and Drew Dudley to Chris Hadfield, Molly Burke and most importantly my own mom and dad. Everywhere you turn there are remarkable people, yourself included, who aren’t waiting around for their turn to be great but who are making it happen each and every day.

The following video features real Canadians with diabetes like Pan Am Games 400m Hurdler Gregory MacNeill, Mixed Martial Artist Dessi Zaharieva, bi-athlete Bruce Kelly, gospel musician David Seale, elite level boxer JD Firth, power lifter Alex Naccarato and many more. These remarkable role models hope to inspire the diabetes community and help more people realize their own remarkable potential.


That’s right, a little surprise for you! We want to get the word out to as many people as possible for World Diabetes Day this November 14th, so to help inspire you to join the Bayer #BeRemarkable Thunderclap scheduled for that day, I am giving away a Fitbit Flex to one lucky reader.

For those of you who are new to the term, a Thunderclap schedules social media updates to be posted simultaneously across accounts for maximum impact. It is a very cool sight and only takes a minute to sign up for. Thank you for your support of this very worthy cause!!

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Disclosure: I was compensated for my participation in this program.

65 replies
  1. michelle matta
    michelle matta says:

    I really don’t know. I have so very many. There’s a girl I’m really looking up to for bravery who was trying to qualify for a third double lung transplant. She was going to be the first one done in Toronto. She’s currently dealing with them telling her she is too sick for it. I can’t stop thinking about her so I’m gonna say shes the most remarkable.

  2. Amie E
    Amie E says:

    My Grandma , she has been through so much and never stops being brave , she is my inspiration , she will be 91 in January ! 😀

  3. Cassie Fancy
    Cassie Fancy says:

    The most remarkable Canadian I know would be my husband he has gone through so many battles and just comes out stronger #soproud

  4. Huguette E.
    Huguette E. says:

    My mom because she’s the strongest woman I know. She’s battling cancer for the 4th time and she’s got more energy than I do.

  5. kim D'ANGELO
    kim D'ANGELO says:

    So many beautiful, inspiring Canadians. With this week being Remembrance day I am feeling particularly thankful for my grandfather, and all vets!

  6. erica kloetstra
    erica kloetstra says:

    It’s my 6 year old daughter. She has T1D and is so brave, faces her fears (needles are her biggest fear) and she shines when dancing. I hope I can be live her when I get older. I know I’m her mom but she is a remarkable human.

  7. Kirsten G.
    Kirsten G. says:

    The most remarkable Canadian in my life is my grandfather. He’s a hardworking man who has always been there for me. He’s almost 90 years. He still lives in his own house, and volunteers in his community.

  8. Gillian
    Gillian says:

    I think im pretty remarkable.
    Im raising six kids on my own ages from 1 up to 14yrs(2 with special needs). We have managed to overcome obsticals most would lose their minds about. That was our past an we are strong heading into our futures.
    Weve raised our own hens for eggs, grown our own vegetable garden, maintained our home, made repairs (installing washing machine, dishwasher, drop-ceiling tiles, mudded walls and painted), we go fishing and camping and hiking and biking, teaching ourselves how to play guitar, taught ourselves how to crochet and loom, taught ourselves how to cook and clean and sew…
    Our whole family rocks, we are all pretty remarkable, but im definitely leading the pack ❤❤

  9. Bailey Dexter
    Bailey Dexter says:

    The most remarkable Canadian in my life would have to be my daughter! Her & her family moved to another country for work & are starting there with only hope!

  10. DebH
    DebH says:

    So many to pick and choose from but on a personal level, I would say that a friend of mine who is 83 is most remarkable to me. Through his example of exercising regularly despite some health issues, I am totally inspired by this fellow.

  11. Judy Cowan
    Judy Cowan says:

    The most remarkable Canadian in my life is my husband. He is the rock of our family and works very hard to make sure all of our needs are met!

  12. Angela Mitchell
    Angela Mitchell says:

    The most remarkable Canadian in my life is my mother-in-law. She is the most generous,thoughtful person I know. She is a local environmental leader who has won national awards for her work. She’s overcome many health issues and is always there to help everyone else in their time of need.

  13. Erin W
    Erin W says:

    The most remarkable Canadian in my life is an old teacher. He gives his whole life to his community and students and makes Canada a better country!

  14. Sherry
    Sherry says:

    My mom was the most remarkable person ever. She gave birth to 6 children, cooked , cleaned, patched up our skinned knees and all while living with undiagnosed diabetes. She died from it at the age of 59 and I am so grateful for having had her for A MOTHER

  15. Amber Y
    Amber Y says:

    My mom is the most incredible person I know. I imagine a lot of people say that, but that’s because it’s so very true! You grow up thinking they’re super heroes and as you get older and get to really know them you realize that that barely covers it – they’re so much more!

  16. Kelly Oinonen
    Kelly Oinonen says:

    Definitely my dad! He has overcome so many obstacles, and has shown me how to become the strong, independent person I am!

  17. Suzi
    Suzi says:

    My mom. She was legally blind when I was little but she never let it get her down (even with 3 active kids under the age of 5!). She still amazes me with 2 replacement knees and, at 70, having had another cornea transplant! She spends her time knitting and making finger puppets to send to kids in other counties and donate to the hospital.

  18. Liz
    Liz says:

    My mom, definitely. She’s a gem of a human being. I know as her daughter I kind of have to think that, but if you knew her, you’d know.

  19. Margarita Ibbott
    Margarita Ibbott says:

    The most remarkable Canadian is my father in law. A doctor by professional. He was generous in his community. Worked tirelessly for his professional association, for private foundations to secure grants for medical research and medical need. And he has always given back to his Alma Mater (mine as well). He is amazing and I love him dearly.

  20. Sue Walker
    Sue Walker says:

    My parents. They are in their 80’s and are examples that volunteering, exercise, eating well and having a wide circle of friends, leads to a long and healthy life. Great role models for everyone! xo

  21. Chantal A
    Chantal A says:

    My most remarkable person in my life is my mom. She is the most caring and selfless person I know and I am so happy she can help teach my children these great character traits.

  22. Darwin
    Darwin says:

    The most remarkable Canadian in my life is my grandmother. She moved to the country to give her family a better life not knowing what it will hold. She worked 3 jobs to make ends meet and continue to live in a country not knowing their language just so future generations will have more of a future.

  23. ginette4
    ginette4 says:

    The most remarkable Canadian in my life is my husband..after a head on collision almost 10 years ago he still goes to work daily with major headaches and health issues..nothing seems to stop our Superman

  24. SueSueper
    SueSueper says:

    My husband is the most remarkable Canadian in my life. I would likely fall apart if he wasn’t there to support me in everything that’s going on lately.


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