Spencer West

Spencer West

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandSpoken Word

At age 4 Molly Burke was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a retinal disease causing loss of vision. Drawing from deeply personal experiences, Molly brings audiences of all genres a uniquely young and current perspective that resonates powerfully, offering a new outlook on the world around us.

Biography

Inspirational and charismatic, Spencer West speaks candidly about the struggles he overcame after losing his legs at the age of five, overcoming stereotyping, bullying, about finding meaning and happiness in a material world and how he never lost the hope or courage he needed to mount personal obstacles. Infused with humour and humility, his thought-provoking message inspires people to find opportunity in every challenge. With every speech, Spencer leaves an indelible mark on his audiences, instilling hope and strong leadership so that they can inspire others to create positive change.

In 2008, Spencer travelled to Kenya on an international volunteer trip where he helped build a school in a rural community in the Maasai Mara. On this trip, he met young people who strive to overcome challenges every day. He credits this experience for helping him recognize his true callingto motivate and inspire people around the world.

Since he began speaking, Spencer has reached over 1.8 million people including students, educators, corporations, college/universities, faith based groups and families with his encouraging words. He captivated audiences of thousands at Me to We Day events with his keynote address, one of which was featured nationally on CTV.

Spencer has shared the stage with such influential people as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mia Farrow, Dr. Jane Goodall, Noble Laureate Elie Wiesel and his musical idol Jason Mraz. Before joining Me to We Speakers, Spencer was on the Go Global speaking tour for Free The Children. Through a keynote address and leadership workshop Spencer helped young people overcome daily challenges, offering concrete actions to find personal strength and believe in themselves as active change-makers and create action plans on issues they are passionate about. His words have encouraged millions of young people to become more socially involved in their communities and around the world.