To call George Canyon “accomplished” would be the understatement of the century. Throughout his career he has won many awards, Juno Awards, CCMA Awards, and ECMA Awards to name a few, for his music, has been inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame, recorded 12 albums, regularly performs all over the world, and has acted in a number of films, television shows, and stage plays. He is a highly regarded humanitarian, strong supporter of the military, and, most important, a proud father and devoted husband.
Canyon’s tireless work as spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and his ongoing support for Canada’s Armed Forces has earned him much recognition. Among them, he was honoured with the Humanitarian Award by the Canadian Country Music Association, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, and was also made the first ever Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets by The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defense.
Outside of his music and charitable work, many people might also recognize George for his numerous roles on the big screen. From Charlie Wells in the hit television show Heartland and the head forest ranger in Trailer Park Boys, to Bull Shelton in the Hallmark Channel’s highest-rated original movie “One Starry Christmas”.
George Canyon's latest album, released on May 25th, is titled Southside of Heaven. His twelfth studio album, George was overjoyed to once again work with producer Jeff Johnson on this project. The pair have collaborated on twelve brand new tracks including “Better Off In Love” and featuring wonderful renditions of Stompin’ Tom Connors’ “The Hockey Song” and Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Guthro’s masterpiece “Falling”, with Guthro stepping in to provide guest vocals.
Craig Kielburger is an internationally acclaimed speaker, social entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author. Since the age of 12, he has been leading by example showing anyone can make a world of difference. Over the course of Craig’s dynamic presentation, your group will be inspired by powerful stories, thought-provoking ideas and tips for creating your own personal and organizational change.
Carolyn was awarded the Service Above Self Award, Rotary’s highest award recognizing Rotarians who demonstrate commitment to others through volunteering their time and talents. She is Vice-chair of the Literacy Rotary Action Group, advisor to the Rotary Foundation’s Water, Sanitation & Hygiene In Schools programs, and serves as Coordinator for the Rotary Foundation’s Cadre of Technical Advisors, reviewing and consulting with clubs and Rotarians do develop education & literacy grants. Professionally, Carolyn is an educator with more than 30 years experience. She taught and was a principal at the elementary school level. Carolyn Johnson is a member of the Rotary Club of Yarmouth, Maine.
Lorelei Higgins is a community development enthusiast. She has worked on community-based projects both locally and internationally with government agencies and the non-profit sector. These projects have been focused on peace and conflict building, with a focus on Indigenous human rights and have been based across the globe in Asia, South America, Europe and North America.
In Lorelei’s current role as an Indigenous Relations Strategist with the City of Calgary, she is working to further advance The City’s commitments to Truth and Reconciliation and is leading the development of a Calgary Indigenous Relations Office.
Lorelei has an MBA, with a specialization in leadership, and she facilitates asset-based community development sessions utilizing an Indigenous appreciative inquiry lens. Lorelei enjoys active, travel-filled adventures with her family.
Lorelei attributes her global outlook, love of travel and curiosity for cultural exploration to her experience as a Rotary Exchange student in South Africa. Lorelei was selected as a 2019 Rotary Peace Fellow and has been based most recently at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.