Voice actor, TEDx speaker, and 8-time Ironman, Matt Hill, receives Governor General Award
Matt Hill has been a Ninja Turtle, a dino truck, and a Care Bear, but one of his favourite roles to-date has been Ambassador for the fitness and green living movement Run for One Planet. It is his work with R41P that led to one of the biggest honours of his career: becoming the recipient of the Governor General of Canada Meritorious Service Medal.
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston Governor General of Canada presented Matt with The Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division), on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen and all Canadians. The honour recognizes outstanding accomplishments that set an example for others to follow and bring benefit to our country.
Matt took his platform-which began as the voice of the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character “Raphael”, as well as many other notable animated characters-and used it to inspire children across North America through his 11,000 mile run across the continent (and continues with his current motivational speaking engagements, where he aims to inspire kids to lead healthy lives, and help our environment).
For 30 years Matt’s career in voice over and films has connected him with millions of children around the world through the cartoons they’ve grown up with. Some of the notable characters he’s lent his voice to include: “Tender Heart” on the Care Bears, “Kazuo” on Martha Speaks, “Tach” on Kate and Mim-Mim, and currently, “Ton Ton” on the Emmy Award winning series for Dream Works, Dino Trux, airing on Netflix.
It is his passion for our planet’s long term health, the health and fitness of our children and like his childhood hero, Terry Fox, running in service of something larger than oneself – that inspired this popular voice actor to run his message literally across North America, one marathon at a time. Along with his friend Steph Tait, they co-founded Run for One Planet.
From May 2008 to May 2009 – they ran a marathon each a day, inspiring over 50,000 kids in 220 school presentations around the continent, to take small daily steps to improve our planet and their long term health.
On the final day of their epic 369 day, marathon a day, continent run, 22 million single steps added up – under full police escort, they ran the final marathon across Vancouver’s Lions Gate Bridge, changed the miles ran to 11,000, unlaced their 30th pair of runners and became the first man and woman team to run around North America. The Mayor of Vancouver proclaimed May 8th as Official “Run for One Planet Day”. They raised $130,000 for the “R41P Legacy 4 Kids fund”, which grants kids “green dreams” in schools around North America.
Matt continues to be a busy voice over performer, runner and motivational speaker, who inspires people to believe in the power of a dream and the Hero inside us all – capable of more than we ever thought was possible from ourselves, while choosing an active and healthy life to protect our environment.
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