Like many Thornhill residents, Howard knows from very personal experience, what it means to face life’s challenges, overcome adversity and achieve results.
Howard grew up as an overweight youth – something which affected him both physically and emotionally. In fact, at one point 15 years ago, he was 70 pounds overweight. Howard re-focused his life, lost the weight and made fitness and good nutrition part of his daily life and proceeded to train for and complete 8 full marathons.
In 2003 Howard experienced first-hand how one’s whole world can change in the blink of an eye. His personal story began when he was involved in a very strange backyard accident which broke his neck in two places leaving him within a centimetre of being paralyzed. He came back from this injury to be one of the only people to successfully race the marathon following a multiple broken neck injury and has now taken 29 minutes off his previous best marathon time!
Howard knows how to set goals and get things done – whether it’s training for the marathon, raising funds for a charity or business deadlines. Following his accident, people in the Thornhill community – his neighbours – saw him in a neck brace, slowly return to walking and eventually running. Howard knows the streets, parks and neighbourhoods of Thornhill from running thousands of kilometres over them during the past 20+ years. He’s run past the stench of the former Canac plant on Greenlane, and through the streets of German Mills, Historic Old Thornhill and many other neighbourhoods.
One of Howard’s passions has been speaking to youth groups in both Canada and the U.S. where he shared his experience with overcoming a near life-ending accident and try to provide an inspiring look into what it takes to be successful in a 42.2 kilometre marathon, in life and in business.
Howard has dealt with his share of challenges but has emerged the stronger for it. He believes that success depends on maintaining a positive attitude, setting goals, and working towards them with unbending determination and knowing that there is no shame in asking for help when one needs it.
Above all, Howard is a team-builder, deeply inspired by an irrepressible belief in people and the inner strength and perseverance of each individual. Each of us has special qualities and capabilities that we have yet to fully discover and apply. You can count on Howard to never give up on you and not let you down.
With your support Howard Shore will work tirelessly on your behalf.