Tracy Schmitt is an international keynote speaker and award winning trainer 30 years now inspiring others to believe anything is possible. She has exemplified extraordinary leadership, dedication, and excellence in sport for athletes with disabilities around the world. Unstoppable Tracy from Toronto, is typically introduced as having climbed mountains in Nepal, captained 110-foot-tall ships in the Eastern Atlantic, won a bronze medal in alpine downhill para-skiing, and is three nominated for the Ontario Premier’s Award for her international humanitarian inclusive work. Tracy’s philanthropic work is too numerous to list, but to highlight a few: Tracy has been an inclusive Teacher in Uganda, Jamaica, and Mexico and has volunteered for diversity embracing charities in Nepal, UK and North America. The past 12 months alone Tracy has been an Accessibility Ambassador for March of Dimes Canada, Reach for the Rainbow Camps, Rick Hanson’s ‘I Can’ days in schools across Ontario, Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Mentorship Program, Canadian Paralympic Committee endorser of Changing Minds Changing Lives, and Parasport Ontario’s advocate Ready, Willing and Able.
In the March 2015 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine ‘Just be you’ focus, Tracy was the only model captured athletically in a sailboat in ‘Uncensored Life: Raw Beauty, an exhibition featuring stunning portraits of unconventional models … a reminder that beauty isn’t determined by ability and a partnership with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.’ 2016 Thrive magazine’s providing those with limb loss with a first-rate resource for living well physically, emotionally and socially… to grow and to flourish, Tracy was featured cover girl. As well, she was this year’s season premier guest on Rogerstv’s “A Voice for All”, and next month Tracy will be presenting at the Women in Leadership and Business Conference…oh, did I mention Tracy was born a 4-way amputee?
When she’s not busy supporting recent folks getting out of Rehab transitioning into the Community at Variety Village reintroducing physical activity into their lives, you may see Tracy on CBC, in the Globe, heard on the radio or online for her controversial role advocating accessible transportation with UBER Assist or her Quest for Gold Campaign where Tracy competed internationally in Paralympic Sailing for a chance to represent Canada at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil!
As a dynamic individual Tracy’s other work experiences include Government Relations Serving Customers with Disabilities as Corporate Learning and Development Consultant with Air Canada and Shoppers Drug Mart. Tracy most recently was a board member for AODA Transportation Standards Committee, expressing if you can’t get access to the game how can you play. Before that 2014/2015 she was Manager of Planning and Integration for the largest most successful Pan Am and Parapan Am Games ever in Toronto 2015 providing 55 presentations in the span of six months advocating excellence in sport for athletes with disabilities. In 2012, Tracy’s work at Shoppers Drug Mart won the company the 1) Canadian Society of Training and Development WOW Award, 2) Brandon Hall Gold Award – Best Use of Virtual Environments and 3) Retail Council of Canada – Talent Development Award”.
Before that Tracy exemplified extraordinary leadership, dedication for people with disabilities active in sport as Camp Director at Easter Seals Society, Ontario March of Dimes and Outward Bound’s Access to Adventure.
As if that wasn’t enough Tracy also volunteers impacting people with disabilities participating in sport including Toronto Accessible Sports Council, supporting scuba diving at Freedom at Depth, Adult Downhill Disabled Skiing [plus past board member], Disabled Sailing Ontario Association current Treasurer, is a long time current guest lecturer in Colleges and Universities travelling across Ontario on monthly road trips in the field of Inclusive Recreation and a few conferences here and there. As an athlete herself, on top of sailing and skiing, she also swims weekly, canoes, kayaks, camps, scuba dives, flew a plane, jumped out of a plane, and last month for first time Tracy played wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis and went Bobsledding!
As you can see, Tracy is UNSTOPPABLE and not just because she was cameoed in the movie Robo Cop.
Now 2017 Tracy wants to add author to her long list of amazing accomplishments. Her upcoming book is titled “Unstoppable You: Exceed Uncertainties, Embrace Possibilities, Earn Independence.”