On the night of his high school prom, Todd Nicholson dropped off his girlfriend and headed home. He didn’t make it. His car slid in the snow, hit a tree and left Todd without the use of his legs. Todd was 19 . Instead of wallowing in despair, Todd was determined to live his life to the fullest. Todd learned how to play hockey all over again, with his legs strapped to a sledge, propelling himself down the ice with his two 75 cm hockey sticks. At the Nagano Games in 1998, Todd and his fellow Team Canada Paralympians fell 2-0 to Norway. In 2006 at Turin, the Canadian Men’s Sledge Ice Hockey Team with Todd Nicholson returned the favour and defeated the Norwegians 3-0 for the Gold.
Born into political life in Ottawa, Catherine Clark is no stranger to being in the public eye. As founding host of CPAC’s popular weekly television show Beyond Politics, Catherine interviews Members of Parliament, Premiers and people of influence to reveal the personal, human side of public life. Catherine is also a sought-after public speaker and emcee, and writes the “Giving Back” column for Ottawa at Home Magazine, profiling people who are improving the lives of their fellow citizens.