News Council announces West as keynote for 44th annual convention

The Providers’ Council is pleased to announce that activist and motivational speaker Spencer West will deliver the keynote address at the 44th Annual Convention & Expo: Everyone Counts. on Monday, Oct. 7 in Boston.

West is the author of the best-selling book Standing Tall: My Journey and the focus of the 2012 documentary film Redefine Possible: The Story of Spencer West. After losing both legs from the pelvis down at the age of 5, West has tackled challenge after challenge, learning to navigate in a world set against individuals with disabilities.

Throughout his journey, West has accomplished many amazing things to redefine his own possible. In 2012, he was the featured keynote speaker at the YPO/WPO Global Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro on his hands and in his wheelchair to bring the world’s attention to the devastating drought in Kenya. In 2013, Spencer completed an epic trek by wheelchair and on his hands from Edmonton to Calgary, Canada to raise awareness and money for Free The Children’s clean water projects. In 2014, he headed on a 10-week cross-Canada road trip called “The We Create Change Tour” to bring thanks to schools and corporations throughout the country.

The Council’s 44th Annual Convention & Expo: Everyone Counts. takes place on Monday, Oct. 7 at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel in Boston. The one-day event draws more than 1,100 human services professionals and is the largest of its kind in the Northeast with 36 workshops and nearly 80 exhibitors. The day includes two awards ceremonies, networking and the Chair’s reception. Registration opens soon.

Exhibit, sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available. Contact Christina Broughton at or call 617.428.3637 x125.

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