By Andreas Souvaliotis
Andreas Souvaliotis was raised at a time when being on the autism spectrum wasn’t easily diagnosed or even discussed. Minds like his were simply considered “odd.” He also knew from an early
age he was gay; a terrifying realization, as he was growing up with openly homophobic parents in one of Europe’s least tolerant societies. Souvaliotis’s story shows us that everyone has what it takes to trigger positive change, and that none of us should see our differences as barriers. Souvaliotis is now a prominent Canadian advocate for innovative approaches to social change, particularly in the areas of public health, climate change, inclusion and diversity.