Wayne Tuttle attended Radio and Television
Arts at Confederation College from 1973 - 75
Over the past 40 years I've had an amazing
life and career. Although I wasn't able to secure a paying
position in the radio or television industry, ironically I have
written, produced and appeared on numerous radio and T.V programs.
My career has been varied in nature to say the least; I have
worked for a number of major corporations such as the Toronto
Stock Exchange, Merrill Lynch, Childrens Aid Society, Rogers
Cable, ADT Canada, City of Kitchener,MIWA Enterprises (owner) and
A Couple of Tuttle's (owner). I have held positions ranging from
Communications Supervisor to President CEO.
After leaving Thunder Bay in 1975, I noticed a significant change
in my vision. By the end of 1976 I was legally blind diagnosed
with Retinitis Pigementosa and Macular Degeneration. I met my
first wife during this time and remained married until 1984 when
she no longer could deal with my loss of independence. In 1986 I
met my soul mate and best friend while visiting my family in
Midland Ontario. When I met Tina, she thought I was totally blind
and she had no issues with adapting to my vision loss. As of 2015,
we will be celebrating 27 years of marriage. We have 2 wonderful
teenagers who have made my life totally fulfilling.
In 1990 some of my independence was restored when I received my
first Guide Dog, 'Paser'. My new found freedom took me to new
heights and life experiences. My second Guide Dog, 'Cosmo', came
into my life in 2002. Due to Cosmos age she will be retired
shortly as I await my third Guide Dog.
My blindness has never stopped me from chasing my hopes and
dreams. From learning to fly a 4 seater Cessna airplane *(minus
take off/landings), to teaching my wife Tina how to ride a
motorcycle, I always think of how I CAN do things in life rather
than how I CAN'T do things.
Many years ago I became a motivational speaker and presenter for a
number of Non-profit organizations. These presentations has lead
me to written government accessibility legislation to teaching
corporations how to hire people with disabilities. I remain
dedicated to making a difference for people with disabilities
around the world. My dedication and passion has allowed me to
share my message with thousands of people. It has also lead me to
become involved as a volunteer and serving as a board member with
several non-profit organizations.
My hobbies/interests include: Titanic historian/collector,
Musician, Bass drummer for the Niagara Militaires Drum Corp, Camel
collector, volunteer, model railroader and avid writer.
I remember a great quote I heard from the late Joan Rivers. "Never
regret the things you have NOT done in life, only regret the
things you HAVE NOT done in life" My past 40 years has been like a
roller coaster with many ups and downs. Despite this, I wouldn't
change it for the world. Since retiring in 2013, I now look
forward to my next 40 years.
Lastly, I would like to say a special thank
you to Cheryl Skakun and to the rest of my class-mates from the
class of 1973-75. You were a big part of my life during this time
and you helped me shape the direction of my future.
You ARE the voice of Confederation College!