Speaker Bio:
Honorary Colonel Dan Hennessey

Speaks:

English

Dan Hennessey was appointed as Honorary Colonel of 14 Construction Engineering Squadron, RCAF, Bridgewater NS June 2015. The Squadron is comprised of the Headquarters in Bridgewater along with the Reserve Flight of Engineers located in Bridgewater, Pictou, Gander and Aldergrove BC. 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) . As an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion in 2009, he developed the video project “Time to Remember”, a video that includes 18 poignant interviews with Bridgewater area Second World War veterans. He continues to visit schools, organizations and youth groups to raise awareness of the sacrifices that our veterans have made and continue to make on our behalf Honorary Colonel Hennessey became a published author with the release of “With the Snap of a Glove”, a book that chronicled his battle with Prostate Cancer. The book and two prostate cancer awareness videos have national and International followers and are the basis of his advocacy work on the subject through interviews on all forms of media throughout the World. His advocacy work earned him recognition in the Nova Scotia Legislature, the House of Commons and was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Hennessey was also nominated for the Order of Nova Scotia in 2019 for his work with veterans and cancer advocacy. Honorary Colonel Hennessey currently is a member of the Board of Directors, HB Studio Fieldhouse Society and Vice Chair of the Downtown Planning Advisory Committee with the Town of Bridgewater and the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Society. Hennessey has served as Executive Director of the Bridgewater and Area Chamber of Commerce since 2012. He also is sought out regularly, as a Master of Ceremonies for local, Provincial and Federal events along with deep roots in community volunteer work. Honorary Colonel Hennessey is married to Marianne and they live in Newcombville with their two daughters Emma and Grace.

The Memory Project includes a community of over 1,500 veterans and Canadian Forces members who are committed to sharing their stories of service.

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