Michael, who has autism and intellectual disabilities, has worked at Sobeys in Fonthill for several years. But that didn’t stop the now 27-year-old from fulfilling his dream of becoming a published author. We wrote about Michael last year, when he began sharing his book, and his story, on TV. On Tuesday, Michael’s dad Marcel Jacques, a retired principal in the Board and now Michael’s right-hand-man when it comes to book promotions, called to say Sobey’s has announced that Here’s My Book will be available in every single Sobey’s store in Ontario, and in Atlantic Canada.
Michael and his dad will travel around the GTA to promote the book in stores, and will also visit Halifax to promote Here’s My Book there.
So far, Michael has sold 3,000 copies of his book, which retails for $20, and donates a portion back to Special Olympics Canada, which is close to his heart. Sobey’s has pledged to donate $2 from the sale of each book to Special Olympics Canada.
Michael recently told Gord Howard from The Standard that writing Here’s My Book changed his life, and he hopes to write another one. In addition to writing, Michael is now a very sought-after public speaker, addressing students across Niagara Catholic, and also speaking to huge corporations such as Apple about the power of perseverance.
Go Michael! Your entire Niagara Catholic family is very proud of you!Good News