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Michael's Honours

September 14, 2002
On the 25th anniversary of the Italian Cultural Center in Vancouver, British Columbia, in the presence of five hundred attendees, Michael was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

October 7, 2000
Michael was presented the award for Italian-Canadian of the Year in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the 96th Annual Christopher Columbus Banquet.

November 1, 1999
The 'Arts and Entertainment Person of the Year' Award was presented to Michael, by the Chamber of Commerce of the City of Coquitlam in British Columbia.

September 14, 1998
Michael received two Italian awards, one from the City of Vibo Valentia, Italy and another from the Province of Vibo Valentia, Italy.

September 12, 1998
Michael was the youngest-ever recipient, and one of two Italian-Canadians, to receive the Calabria's-America 1998 Award in Italy.

June 16, 1998
Michael received a school Certificate of Recognition in the Service Category "for excellent work as class representative."

April 1, 1998
At the YTV Youth Achievement Awards, Michael was a finalist in both the Terry Fox Award and the Public Service Award categories.

March 25, 1998
Michael achieved Honour Roll Standing for Academic Achievement at Maple Creek Middle School, Coquitlam, British Columbia.

March 1, 1998
Nester & NEYM Contractor, New York, U.S.A. recognizes Michael for his "dedication and support to the children of the world."

June 1, 1997
Michael received a Special Recognition Certificate for Peer Helper Training and Service from Pinetree Way Elementary School.

April 22, 1997
Michael received the Vancouver Leader of Tomorrow Award. This award is presented by the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University to someone deemed to be a future leader. At age 12, Michael was the youngest recipient to date.

April 1, 1997
At the YTV Youth Achievement Awards, Michael was a finalist for the Terry Fox Award.

March 6, 1997
Michael was a winner of the Coquitlam School District Public Speaking Certificate.

November 22, 1996
Michael was presented with a Certificate of Honourary Membership in the National Congress of Italian Canadians.

March 5, 1996
At an Enrich meeting, Michael gave a speech on how Enrich herbs helped him to regain weight and energy following his bone marrow transplant. Barry Borthistle, Canadian & United Kingdom President of Enrich International Canada, was sitting in the audience. He was so impressed with Michael's presentation, he gifted Michael and his parents with three Caribbean cruise tickets for January 1997.

March 2, 1996
Michael made his appearance on BCTV accepting his Saturday Child Award. He was shown at school, at voice lessons and in the recording studio. He sang one of his songs. The $1000.00 gift certificate, that he received from Dairy Queen, was donated to his fund for childhood cancer research.

February 1, 1996
Michael learned that he had been chosen as the BCTV Saturday Child. This award is given to a child under the age of 18, who wants to make a meaningful contribution to society and is deemed to be a positive role model for other children. Recipients' qualities include enthusiasm, ingenuity, kindness, commitment, sincerity, resourcefulness, and a positive outlook - Michael certainly embodied all of these.