Motivational Speaker and Trauma Survivor
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DEATH IS NOT THE END! IT IS A TRANSITION to a NEW BEGINNING.
Have you ever heard about someone who,“Saw The Light” after a near death experience?
Well, Anthony Aquan-Assee is one of those people.
Anthony’s recovery from a horrific motorcycle accident is truly a miracle.
Anthony’s story of surviving THREE Traumatic Brain Injuries will inspire and motivate any audience!
In 1997, Anthony was in a coma for 2 weeks Anthony was declared ‘Brain Dead’ after sustaining a severe Traumatic Brain Injury in a terrible motorcycle accident. He also sustained numerous life threatening internal injuries. At the scene of the accident, Anthony had stopped breathing and did not have any vital signs. He required over 20 major surgeries including: neuro-surgery, open heart surgery, lung surgery, general surgery, vascular surgery, orthopedic surgery, throat surgery and plastic surgery to his face. Anthony’s story is referred to as the Miracle at St. Michael’s as he survived the ICU.
Anthony’s brain injury caused him to lose everything. He lost his memory, the ability to walk, talk, sleep, think and take care of himself. It took a herculean effort for him to relearn these skills and return to his pre-accident job as a Teacher. His relentless efforts, strong will, and his determination to persevere despite all odds shows the strength of the human spirit.
In 2013, Anthony sustained TWO MORE TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES while at school. The first school injury occurred when Anthony was knocked unconscious when his head was smashed by a broken metal fence. This left his brain vulnerable for another injury. Shortly after returning to work, Anthony was again knocked unconscious when a soccer ball smashed him in the head. On both occasions Anthony was diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injury after he had been taken to the hospital. This led to a claim with WSIB (Workpace Safety and Insurance Board) since these were work place injuries.
In the year 2000, Anthony received the Courage To Come Back Award from The Centre for Addictions and Mental Health in Toronto. He received this award for his courage to face the adversities in his life as a result of this accident, and his ability to use his challenges in a proactive way. Anthony’s story was also featured in the Reader’s Digest, July 2002, cover story shown here.
Anthony offers high energy keynote speeches and workshops with a focus on ‘never giving up’, determination, hope and perseverance.
He has presented keynote speeches as well as workshops to organizations across Canada and the USA. Anthony has shared the stage with some of the best doctors in North America as well as with internationally renowned speakers and authors such as Dr. Wayne Dyer. His presentations have received rave reviews. Journey with him, as he shares what he has learned about ‘going to the other side’. Anthony’s presentation will teach you to create your own life by learning about a ‘mindset of hope’. We all have the power to live the life we desire.
Elementary School Teacher
Anthony is an Elementary School Teacher, Author and Speaker living in Toronto. He currently works as a Grade 2 & 3 Teacher and has taught all grades from Kindergarten to grade 8 as well as Special Education and Guidance.
Anthony’s classes have a culture of hope and possibility and this is transforming education.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
Brain Injury Survivor
Anthony has survived Three Traumatic Brain Injuries and healed the numerous life threatening injuries he has sustained. During his journey of recovery, he has learned to awaken his brain’s healing capacity by using natural and non-invasive interventions. Through his persistence and determination, Anthony has been able to recover the capacity to function effectively despite the overwhelming odds against him. Learn from Anthony how to rethink, redo and rewire your life to harness the mind, the body and the brain as an ally in healing.
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Anthony Aquan-Assee won an award in the 2009 Eric Hoffer Awards for Independent Books
Anthony’s first book,
“Second Life, Second Chance: A Teacher’s Chronicle of Despair, Recovery and Triumph” won an award in the ‘2009 Eric Hoffer Book Awards’. Read the review in the US Review of Books by clicking on the above link. This book is a story that highlights Anthony’s experiences from the time he was a patient in the trauma hospital to the time he returned to his Teaching profession. This story details Anthony’s recovery from a severe Traumatic Brain Injury.
Anthony’s second book,
“Starting Over – A Survivor’s Guide” is a Tool-Kit that describes in detail many strategies that would help a survivor, family member or professional learn strategies that will help them cope with the challenges associated with a brain injury.
Anthony’s third book,
“Vendeka’s Creed” is a high interest fiction, fantasy novel that takes a very unique look at how our highly technical world might cope with brain injuries in the future.
These books were all written to help others cope with their own particular challenges. In addition, Anthony hopes he can educate, motivate and encourage others to find the strength within themselves to never give up!
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Jesse Biggsee is different. He is a computer genius and has won the International Computer Science Fair for the past two years. But no one cares. He is shunned by everyone at his school and he just doesn’t fit in. Desperation for acceptance by the other kids leads Jesse to try out for the football team. A serious accident changes his life forever and propels him into the future. A world where Vendeka, the evil computer hacker, rules everyone, everywhere. And so begins the celebration of Jesse’s uniqueness as he refuses to follow the Creed.