The Positive Rebel returns to the River

Michael Bortolotto possesses a rare talent for instilling inspiration in audiences, or any person he comes into contact with, for that matter.

He encourages others to be all they can be, regardless of their situation. What makes Bortolotto special? He is a genuine person who cares deeply.

When you meet Bortolotto, you are meeting a pure soul, with a message everyone can use. His message is one of determination, persistence and overcoming barriers. He has taken one of his greatest weaknesses and turned it into an advantage.

Bortolotto says, “There are no limitations to the mind except for those we accept”.

Michael Bortolotto was born with Cerebral Palsy, a condition that effects his large and small muscle coordination and for many years, the clarity of his speech.

He has overcome his disability by challenging internal and external limitations to become a motivational, inspirational and educational influence to many.

Bortolotto graduated from Southgate Secondary School in 1980 and was the first student in the Campbell River School system with a disability to be entirely mainstreamed into an all-inclusive academic educational program.

His remarkable learning achievements were attained prior to computer use. During the first five years of public school, he relied completely on his memory and his mother’s support to write all assignments out on paper.

From grade six onward, he had an assigned scribe with whom he would visit in the counseling offices three or four hours a week where he would explain to her what assignments to write out.

While attending Malaspina University/College, in Nanaimo, Bortolotto used an electric typewriter to complete a Diploma in applied Arts and Sciences in Recreation Administration.

He has paved the way in the public school system for many students who followed.

Bortolotto developed his public speaking skills, talents and abilities by joining Toastmasters International.

Since 1992, Bortolotto belonged to five different clubs, has been the keynote at four regional conferences, has competed in numerous speech contests and has either won or placed second in all of them.

He has been a member of the Canadian Association Of Professional Speakers and has delivered two keynote speeches at two different chapters of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers in Canada.

Bortolotto has been sharing his gifts with the world through public speaking for over 18 years. He has presented talks to numerous organizations on issues involving leadership, change and effective thinking, teamwork, and how to be a positive rebel.

He speaks to youth of all grades and ages on the subjects of preventing bullying and negative peer pressure that occurs in the schools and throughout the community.

He is especially gifted at teaching students how to succeed in conquering and going beyond adverse challenges and impossible obstacles to turn their dreams and desires into reality - a lesson humans of all ages and abilities can benefit.

One of his heartfelt passions is speaking to people with disabilities and empowering them to believe they are just as capable of living and succeeding in life as anyone else.

In 2002, Bortolotto was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International. He has been inducted into his High School’s Wall of Fame, voted as the top citizen in the history of Nanaimo, and in 2009 he was chosen as one of the top entrepreneurs with a disability in British Columbia by Community Futures and Western Canadian Diversity Corporation.

The Centre for Spiritual Living Campbell River will to host an evening presentation with Bortolotto on Friday, May 20 at 7 pm in the Willow Point Lions Hall.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance by contacting the Centre for Spiritual Living Campbell River at 250-850-3064 or via email at . Adults $20, Students $5.

Door prizes, raffle and dessert bar will be offered. For more information about this influential speaker, visit  Bortolotto will also be the guest speaker at the Centre’s May 21 Sunday Celebration at 10:30 a.m. at the Willow Point Hall. All are welcome.

About the Centre for Spiritual Living Campbell River:

The Centre for Spiritual Living Campbell River teaches spiritual tools to enhance personal lives, thereby making the world a better place. They are a non-profit organization with the mission to awaken humanity to its spiritual magnificence.

They offer an on-going variety of classes online and in-person. They gather as a spiritual community every Sunday for Celebration at the Willow Point Hall 10:30 a.m.,  Meditation at 10 a.m.

For more information visit

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