Inspiring Hero Stories

Our hero stories come from many different places. Some stories can be seen here. Each hero's story is unique with the underlying theme of overcoming challenges present in all. Stories can inspire you to think about what being a hero is, and how heroes can make the world a better place. Take a look at each individual experience, and although each person is different, they all have one thing in common: Heroism.

August 18, 2017
Hero Story #1

Who is an Everyday Hero?

The ‘everyday hero’ gene is found inside of everyone, everywhere. It is waiting for the right moment to be turned on. It is expressed in simple, ordinary actions of kindness, courage, and love. An everyday hero sacrifices for the greater good. A hero shows true empathy and compassion. Doing good feels good, and it is in our nature to do good things for others, sharing love. The everyday hero is all of us, will you join us? Let’s make the world a better place, together… The EVERYDAY HERO’s journey is […]
July 31, 2017
Hero Story #2

Seed Of Inspiration

www.EverydayHeroes.Life is an initiative to bring out the Hero in everyone, everywhere, by activating the gene to do good. Barbara’s Dad was her first Hero, and a National Hero, in pre-Israel Palestine. He was the seed that sparked her interest in Heroes. When “Wallet Angels” returned her stolen wallet, EverydayHeroes was born. We all have the ability to be an Everyday Hero, because heroic and taking inspired action lives inside. EverydayHeroes is a place to share hope, and together, we can change the world.
May 27, 2017
Hero Story #3

Everyday Heroes of AUTISM

Everyday Heroes of AUTISM: Families of kids with autism are true Everyday Heroes. We take communication for granted, not knowing what a challenge it is for these kids with autism and their Families. Thanks to organizations like AIM (Autism In Mind), parents and their kids get IBI (Intensive Behavioural Intervention) and gain coping skills. These treatments result in happier children who learn to express themselves to get their needs met. Hope is restored. We met these Families at Bean Around the World- Markham at their second annual Fundraiser for Autism. […]
Hero Story #4

Autism In Mind (AIM)

Autism in Mind (AIM) facilitates communication between parents and their children using IBI treatment. Organizations like AIM are helping kids cope every day.
Hero Story #5

Little Miracles

For most, pregnancies are joyful and relatively easy. For preemie mothers and their babies, it is a life and death experience. Our trailer previews a moment in the life of a mother to a premature baby in Sunnybrook’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Each day these babies face challenges just to breathe to stay alive. The mothers have to be strong despite these fears, and be thankful for their babies’ teeny tiny achievements.
Hero Story #6

Daniela: Two-Time Preemie Mama

Daniela reminds us that life itself is a miracle, not to be taken for granted. We see this miracle in her journey of having not one, but two beautiful preemie babies. The small babies’ arms fit into their father’s wedding band. Watch how the babies, their parents, doctors, and nurses are not courageous once; but TWICE. After hearing her story, you’ll be thankful and amazed at the same time, that two tiny babies can go through so much trauma before being a year old.
Hero Story #7

Alisse: Preemie Mama of Triplets

Alisse could not find a doctor that would take her on as a Preemie Mama of triplets until she found Sunnybrook’s multiples clinic for high risk mothers. There she was treated with respect and compassion, choosing to keep all three of her babies. Today we are celebrating Alisse’s triplets’ 5th Birthday (Hailey, Joseph, and Phillip). Many accolades to the team at Sunnybrook’s Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) that made this possible.
Hero Story #8

Julia: Preemie Mama and Nurse

Parents of Preemie babies are made to feel like they are part of the team, with the doctors and nurses at Sunnybrook’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). They create a sense of community, where parents feel completely supported by their Sunnybrook family, who is always there for them. They make friends for life here, because of shared experiences. Listen to Julia’s teary recap of how extraordinary her Sunnybrook family is…
Hero Story #9

Future Aces: Future Leaders Promo 1

Future Aces saves At Risk Kids. Elizabeth, Kethavan, and Jo’el are Everyday Heroes that said NO to suicide, bullying, gangs and violence. At Future Aces Conferences, kids build self esteem. They gain self confidence that was waiting to be expressed, and lead by example..
Hero Story #10

Future Aces: Future Leaders Promo 2

At Future Aces Conferences, something profound happens that empowers At Risk Kids to change their lives. They learn courage to overcome their fears to mobilize their inner resources.They become positive leaders and get beyond violence, suicide and bullying..Joe’l becomes a youth leader…Elizabeth speaks at the Ministry of Education. Brainy Kethavan is now proud of his academic achievements. Kudos to the Kids, thanks to Future Aces!!
Hero Story #11

Future Aces: Future Leaders Promo 3

Herb Carnegie’s Future Aces Conferences teach kids to believe in themselves…To find out who they really are, and who they can really be.. And then to help others to do the same. Future Aces help kids find their inner Hero, helping to make our world a BETTER, HAPPIER PLACE.
Hero Story #12

Elizabeth

Vibrant and outspoken with a powerful message, 14 year old Elizabeth was bullied by her peers, and falsely accused of being a lesbian by her guidance counsellors. Her journey to finally be happy with who she is will relate to many other teens going through similar experiences. She conveys her message with strength and has a certain glow, that will affect each person who listens to her story.
Hero Story #13

Kethavan

Wise beyond his years, 14 year old Kethavan’s powerful story of overcoming bullying is conveyed by his gentle demeanor and quiet tone. He was a victim of severe mental and physical bullying, and his moving story of survival on the playground will bring anyone to tears. Future Aces gave him the confidence he needed to stand up for himself, fighting for his worth. It is moving to see what a changes come from encourgement and a positive environment for an at risk kid.
Hero Story #14

Jo’el Douglas

Jo’el, a 26 year old graduate of the Future Aces program, found his inner hero and overcame adversity. He has grown into the good citizen he is today with the help of Future Aces conferences. He gives all kids hope that it is possible for anyone to change their ways with a little posititive support in their life, no matter where they came from. Today, not only is Jo’el the Future Aces emcee, but he is married with a beautiful little girl, continuing his education as an established record producer […]
Future Aces - Empowering Kids
Hero Story #15

Future Aces: Empowering Kids

Future Aces Conferences, fully supported by the Ministry of Education, help Kids transform their lives. They come a little scared.. not knowing what to expect. They leave with new found confidence, feeling good about themselves, ready to be positive leaders impacting the world.
Hero Story #16

Amanda Fingerhut

Amanda Fingerhut, the Future Aces Education Coordinator, helps children reinvent themselves as leaders during a three day conference. Each kid leaves with new found confidence. The effect is remarkable on these children as the camera tells no lies, emphasizing the importance of a positive attitude and the value of education from some heroic leaders who take on the job.
Hero Story #17

Saving Kids at Risk

Heroes are found in many different people in this piece describing the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces foundation, a charity focusing on finding leadership and heroism in every child, no matter what background or environment of origin.
Hero Story #18

Powerful Carnegie Women

Meet the strong women behind the scenes that supported Herb Carnegie to get his message out to the world. Three Carnegie women (Audrey, Bernice and Brooke) enabled him to always lead by example and show courage at every turn. He embodied “Believing in Yourself” which is the mantra we all need. It is these women that are carrying Herb Carnegie’s legacy forward through The Future Aces Foundation.
Hero Story #19

Future Aces: Future Leaders Long Version

Herb Carnegie’s legacy continues to impact kids to ‘be the best they can be’. Future Aces Conferences empower kids to change their lives, and slowly change the lives of others. They reinvent themselves, and create opportunity for success in their lives and in the world. Meet Amanda, who loves raising kids’ self esteem and leadership skills. Vivian instills the mantra of ‘believing in yourself’. Kethavan, a super smart kid, was bullied and learned to look past suicidal thoughts with his new found self esteem. Jo’el, an At Risk kid, got […]
Hero Story #20

Papito: Accident to Athlete, Loss to Gain

Papito had a dream, to compete in the World Championship games, and that’s exactly what he did. After almost losing his head from a horrific accident that cost him a leg, Papito never gave up on himself. His perseverance touched Jack Layton, who got Papito Canadian citizenship within one week, so he could compete for Canada at the World Paralympic Championship Games.