Saturday September 23 2023
10:00am to 12:00noon
Halifax & Region Military Family Resource Centre
6393 Homefire Crescent, Halifax
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Dan Hennessey, Honorary Colonel
A strong proponent of the Canadian Armed Forces dating from his early years as an Air Cadet, Honorary Colonel Hennessey organized a very successful Yellow Ribbon campaign in Bridgewater and spearheaded a memorial to Cpl. Paul Davis, a local casualty of the Afghanistan mission along with another for Pte Rick Green (Afghanistan 2002) and Signalman Philip Crouse who paid the ultimate sacrifice during a Peacekeeping mission in the Middle East in 1966 along with another that took place yesterday for Pte Nathan Smith (Afghanistan 2002) . He also worked with 12 Wing Shearwater/423 Squadron, on the memorial for the tragic loss of life in the crash of Stalker in April 2020 and is currently working on a memorial for Snow Birds, Capt Jenn Casey. Hennessey was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal and most recently the RCAF Command Commendation recognizing his work with the RCAF and the community.
Terry Kelly, Former Honorary Colonel
At the age of seven, he left his home in St. John’s, Newfoundland to attend the Halifax School for the Blind, a residential school in Nova Scotia.Spending nine months a year away from home was not easy for Terry, however, the tough love extended from his surrogate house parents, retired military personnel, initiated Terry’s quest for challenge and developed his love of life.
As a musician this Newfoundland native has released seven full-length recordings, has shared the stage with Symphony Orchestras, and has performed his original music in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and for the troops in Afghanistan. He is most recognized for his inspirational song, “A Pittance of Time”.
As a result of an invitation from General (Retired) Rick Hillier to become a member of Team Canada Afghanistan, Terry traveled to Afghanistan and performed there for our troops.
Due to his many significant achievements, Terry Kelly has been invested into the Order of Canada; received honourary doctorates from the University of King’s College and Saint Mary’s University; has received the Canadian Country Music Association’s Humanitarian Award; was inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame; and is a former Honorary Colonel of 14 Wing Greenwood Nova Scotia .
As a professional speaker, Terry uses his life experiences to touch the hearts of many and has motivated tens of thousands to overcome personal challenges and live their lives to the fullest.