York South — Weston
Mark John DeMontis is a disability advocate, speaker, blind hockey player and community organizer. At age 17, he was diagnosed with LHON (Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy) resulting in central sight-loss in both his eyes.
In 2008, Mark founded Courage Canada, which is now the Canadian Blind Hockey Association – a national charity which fosters hockey programs for Canadians who are blind and partially-sighted. He launched the organization by participating in two inline skating trips across the country: one quest from Toronto to Vancouver in 2009 where he skated 5,000 kilometers and a second 2,000 kilometer tour from Halifax to Toronto in 2011.
Mark then became the host of Sports Access on AMI-TV – a national original program that featured accessible sport.
In 2016, Mark transitioned from his career in television to public service, with a new vision in mind – fighting for the community of York South-Weston.
Mark was born, raised and still resides in Toronto’s Weston Village. He attended York Memorial Collegiate Institute. He is the son of two Italian immigrants, Sandy and Massimo and is the younger brother to Luca.
Mark attended Western University where he studied Media and the Public Interest. Mark is a recipient of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award.
Date Nominated: 3/8/2019