Gateway Gazette

Chris Koch Encourages Others To Be All They Can Be

 

HIGH RIVER, AB: The Town of High River has invited Chris Koch, a motivational speaker born and raised in the small farming and ranching community of Nanton, Alberta, to share his inspiring message of “if I can…” with residents.

Born without arms or legs, “It was clearly established early in my life that I would not be raised with pity or sympathy,” said Chris Koch. Throughout his presentation he will share stories about growing up on a farm and travelling the world, in the hopes of encouraging others to live their lives to their greatest potential.

“Simply put, if a guy without limbs can surf, snowboard, work on a farm, and travel the world, anyone is capable of anything.” says Koch.

This event will be held on Wednesday Oct. 21, 2015 at the Highwood Memorial Centre (128 5 Avenue S.W.) Doors open at 6 p.m. with the presentation starting at 7 p.m. Tickets to the family friendly event are free and can be picked up from the High River Town Office, Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex and the Museum of the Highwood.

“Chris’ inspiring message will resonate with all High River residents, regardless of their ages,” said Lorri MacCarl, Community Renewal Coordinator with the Town. “We have all experienced our own challenges and his optimistic, never-quit attitude is something we can all benefit from.”

Koch’s talks focus on self-acceptance and humor, as well as encouraging others to challenge themselves to try new things. He’s climbed all the steps in both the Calgary and CN Towers, as well as been featured on Super Soul Sunday on Oprah Winfrey’s TV network.

“My family could have treated my disability like a total tragedy, but instead chose to take it all in stride and make the best of the situation. After all, I still had a good head on my shoulders… and with that, anything is possible.” says Koch.

This event has been made possible through a grant from The Calgary Foundation.

For more information visit the Town’s website at www.highriver.ca.

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