Guest speaker Jody Mitic is a retired Canadian Armed Forces sniper who lost both legs below the knee while on patrol with the 1st Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment in Afghanisan. His speech will focus on his personal mantra: "Never Quit".
This celebration of achievement is made possible largely through the support of donors who have established awards and bursaries to support students. “Fanshawe College is very pleased to host this distinctive awards ceremony to celebrate the achievement of our students,” states Ross Fair, chair of the St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus.
Jody Mitic Biography
Jody Mitic is a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. While on patrol in Afghanistan with the 1st Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment in 2007, he stepped on a land mine and lost both legs below the knee. Following a period of rehabilitation and learning how to walk on prosthetic legs, Mitic made headlines across Canada when he completed a 5km charity run, and later the Canada Army Run half-marathon. His life has taken a number of extraordinary turns over the years. Mitic and his brother competed as a team on The Amazing Race Canada in 2013, finishing in second place. In October 2014, he was elected City Councillor for Innes Ward in Ottawa, and now represents nearly 40,000 constituents at Ottawa City Hall. Jody and his wife Alannah – one of the medics who treated him in the war zone – live with their two daughters in Ottawa.