A survivor of the fateful bus crash involving the 2018 Humboldt Broncos, Tyler Smith has faced more adversity at the age of 23 than most people will in their lives. How he has chosen to move forward however, is what truly puts him a cut above the rest. Tyler will forever acknowledge the impact that this tragedy has had on his life, and that it will continue to have on his life. Through this, he acknowledges that it is okay to NOT be okay, and that everyone is allowed to have bad days. Both genuine and articulate, Tyler believes in authentic conversations and connection. A true treat to talk to, Smitty is a shining example of positivity and someone who is not going to let his past define him. And let me tell you, the sky is the limit for this kid.
While his work as a freelance video editor for Sportsnet quenches his thirst for sports, Smitty’s work as a mental health advocate and public speaker ignites his desire to make a difference. It’s becoming increasingly apparent in society how important one’s mental health is, and he is an individual who is hungry to make a difference. Through his determination and grit, Tyler has started his own clothing line “NOT ALONE” where he contributes a portion of the proceeds to mental health initiatives. I highly encourage you to check out his merch here or through @not.alone.co on Instagram.
The message that Smitty conveys is one of unity and strength, encouraging people that are dealing with mental health issues to speak out because they are not alone in their struggles.
Tyler has stated on numerous occasions that, if his story inspires just one person in their personal battles, then his mission is complete. I would highly recommend listening to the Speak Your Mind podcast, hosted by Buffalo Sabre Riley Sheahan, where Tyler shares his experiences and his goals for the future. Selfless and humble, Smitty will certainly inspire countless individuals.
Even though the fateful bus crash on April 6th of 2018 will forever be a part of his life, Tyler will not let it define him. He acknowledges the guilt of being a survivor when so many lost their lives, but he also acknowledges the responsibility that this brings.
Tyler wants to make a difference in the world, and he will stop at nothing to make that happen.
I had the great fortune to sit down and chat with Tyler to hear more about his path, his story, and of course (as we are so fond of at Treadstone) throw some rapid-fire questions his way:
Q: If you could see any musical act live, who would it be?
A: Queen. Queen at live aid. That would be absolutely unreal. My girlfriend and I ask people this question a lot actually, and I always find myself circling back to Queen. Them or MJ. Seeing Thriller live? That would just be unreal.
Q: Who is your dream dinner guest? Dead or Alive, anyone you want.
A: Leonardo Dicaprio. Or Tiger Woods. Or Michael Jordan. But hopefully they’re picking up the bill.
Q: What is your bucket list destination?
A: We finally got to do a Europe trip last year, but I’d love to go back. I think Italy, Greece and Croatia would be the choice. Italy would be at the top of that list though!
Q: If you could only eat one ethnicity of food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A: Italian. Or Japanese!
Q: If you could have one final meal, what would it be?
A: Japanese A5 Wagyu Steak. That is it, I literally just want that.
Q: What is something you never leave the house without?
A: A hat. People who know me can probably count on one hand how many times they’ve seen me without a hat on. Or honestly, my golf clubs.
Q: Would you rather have really short arms or really short legs?
A: Oooh that is a tough one. I immediately think of snowboarding or golf, and golfing with T-Rex arms would be really tough. I’m gonna have to go with really short legs.
Tyler Smith is an exceptional individual who will continue on to do great things, and we are so humbly pleased to have him joining our team at Treadstone. He will continue to inspire the masses and continue to strive for greatness.