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Michael's Honours : Legacy that Lives On

September 14, 2002
On the 25th Anniversary of the Italian Cultural Center in Vancouver, British Columbia, Michael was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Five Hundred people attended this special banquet.

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 Province of Vibo Valencia, Italy and one from the City of Vibo Valencia, Italy.

September 12, 1998
Michael was the youngest ever recipient, and one of two Canadians of Italian descent, 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
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
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, Canada meeting, Michael gave a speech telling how Enrich herbs had helped him to start gaining weight (he had gone from 59 to 84 pounds) and was regaining his energy after his bone marrow transplant. Barry Borthistle, Canadian & United Kingdom President of Enrich International Canada, was in the audience. He was so impressed with Michael's presentation, that he presented Michael and his parents with three Caribbean cruise tickets, for January, 1997.

March 2, 1996
Michael made his appearance on B.C.T.V. 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, he received from Dairy Queen, was donated to his fund to raise money for childhood cancer.

February 1, 1996
Michael learned that he had been chosen as the BCTV Saturday Child. This is an award given to a child, under eighteen, who is deemed to be a positive role model for other children. They want to make a meaningful contribution to society. Some of their qualities include enthusiasm, ingenuity, kindness, commitment, sincerity, resourcefulness, and a positive outlook. Michael certainly qualified in all respects.