At the age of 14, Tyler’s friend Curtis was murdered while he was sexually assaulted, his throat slit, set on fire and left to die by the same attacker. Refusing to let an event or circumstance define him, he pressed on to understand his purpose in life.
Featured on the Biography Channel’s acclaimed series - “I Survived”, Tyler tells the compelling story of confronting his attacker in prison and finding peace and purpose in life through his journey of forgiveness.
Professionally, despite sustaining 3rd degree burns to 25% of his body, Tyler went on to pursue a career as a firefighter and has continued to rise within the ranks of the Canadian fire service, working today as a Deputy Fire Chief. Humbled by those who supported and helped him over the years, he believes in the power of paying it forward and has volunteered many years within the burn survivor community and serves as a victim of violent crime advocate with the National Parole Board and Corrections Canada.
His passion is to help others build resilience through inspiration and education as he speaks to audiences about the power of forgiveness and understanding how being grounded in your purpose in life is key to dealing with adversity.
He strives to inspire those around him to turn negatives into positives through making everyday count and making the most of the opportunities that arise in life.