2017 EPC Nominee: Jean-Paul Bédard

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Everyday Political Citizen Friday, October 06, 2017 View Count = 1769

2017 EPC Nominee: Jean-Paul Bédard

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Jean-Paul Bédard of Toronto, ON, was nominated by Jse-Che Lam

Jean-Paul  Bédard, a trained high school English teacher, is a childhood sexual abuse survivor.  Past drug and alcohol addiction jeopardized all that he valued in life. During treatment,  Bédard found a new, healthier one addiction: long distance running.  Now an elite runner, Huffington Post writer, and a motivational speaker,  Bédard uses running as a platform to educate others about mental health and to advocate on behalf of sexual abuse survivors.

After participating in the 2013 Boston Marathon, an event that was targeted by domestic terrorism,  Bédard was diagnosed with PTSD.  Bédard would return the following year to run a double lap of the Marathon and raise funds for The Gatehouse, a facility in Toronto that provides assistance to adult child abuse survivors.  Bédard continues to run on behalf of charities and raise awareness about sexual violence and abuse by speaking to educators, survivors, and professional groups that seek his expertise.

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Samara's Everyday Political Citizen celebrates positive political role models and builds a culture of positive politics in Canada. Conducted coast-to-coast-to-coast, the contest aims to recognize the rich diversity of politics and democracy in Canada, crowdsourcing hundreds of nominations from Canadians like you. Read more about Everyday Political Citizen, see more nominations, or submit your own nomination.

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