Yvan Roy is an assistant technologist at the Glenn Crombie Centre for disabilities at Cambrian College. He is a member of the college's accessibility committee which is working to establish Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act standards. He devotes much of his spare time to running the Felix Ricard Men's Slo-Pitch League.
Q: What motivates you?
A: I always wanted to make my parents proud. This need to prove myself has become more important now that I have two children watching my every move. My choices directly affect my kids and I want to be good role model and a person they can look up to.
Q: If you could meet anyone in the world who would it be?
A: I would love to meet Ray Kurzweil. He is an inventor, author and futurist. His inventions have changed the world of disabilities, music, artificial intelligence.
Q: What do you enjoy about living in Northern Ontario?
A: The four seasons.
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I wanted to be an architect. I would draw plans for houses. I would build things with Popsicle sticks. I had a very vivid imagination.
Q: What makes you happy?
A: My kids' eternal happiness always puts a smile on my face. I could have the worst day and when I get home and hear their little voices, I forget about what made that day so bad. A perfect evening this summer involved me watching/coaching my kids play my favourite sport, baseball.