PSB grad who overcame tragedy featured by Microsoft

By Nathan Mallett

Devante Taylor’s life changed forever on Jan. 15, 2017. 

While driving his nephew home through Rexdale, the 24-year-old Sheridan Office Administration – Executive student was hit by a bullet fired by an unknown assailant – a case of mistaken identity. Critically wounded, Taylor lost control of his car and struck a hydro pole. Although his nephew, age 3, was unharmed in the attack, Taylor was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

Left permanently paralyzed from the neck down, Taylor would spend months struggling to recover. He was just weeks shy of completing his studies at the time of his injury, having already finished most of his field placement hours. Pilon School of Business Professors and Taylor’s employer, Fastenal Canada, joined forces to get him graduated on schedule. 

In June of 2017, Taylor amazed faculty and classmates by attending his commencement ceremony in person. Since then, he’s launched his own brand, Authenticity Clothing

Taylor’s inspiring journey was recently the subject of a video from Microsoft Canada. The piece explores how the Microsoft Surface Pro and Microsoft AI powered Eye Gaze technology, along with guidance from Pilon School of Business faculty like Kellie Hayward and inclusivity educational consultants from Newmarket, Ontario’s Fair Chance Learning, empowered Taylor to move beyond the tragedy and reinvent himself. 

In the future, Taylor, with the backing of Hayward, Microsoft Learn and Marth Jez of Fair Chance Learning, will be obtaining his MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) certification. He is also considering continuing his post-secondary education.  

Learn more about Devante Taylor’s journey in the video below.

Nathan Mallett is the Program Coordinator for Sheridan’s post-graduate Public Relations – Corporate Communications program. 

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