KAWARTHA LAKES: Retired Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield will be coming to Lindsay in May, to help raise money for the United Way for the City of Kawartha Lakes.
Col. Hadfield will be the keynote speaker at an event, being held on Thursday, May 11th at Lindsay’s Academy Theatre titled ‘Out of This World with Col. Chris Hadfield.’ The event will begin at 8 p.m.
“I think we are really fortunate, we are excited and we are very grateful to the volunteers that have worked hard to set this up, and to Col. Hadfield for allowing us to book him into a small community,” Penny Barton Dyke, Executive Director of the Kawartha Lakes United Way, told The Standard. “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so we are very thrilled.”
Ms. Barton Dyke also said this event is the brainchild of the Truax family.
“[They] wanted to do something to mark the 50th anniversary of our United Way, so Barb had this idea to bring a Canadian icon to the area. She dreamed big and thought Chris Hadfield was a big name and we proceeded,” she said.
Barb Truax said, in a press release, that she is excited that Col. Hadfield has decided to come to Lindsay.
“He often speaks to much larger crowds and in much larger venues. We are just thrilled that he will join us here in Lindsay for an intimate evening in our beautiful, historic Academy Theatre,” she said.
As well as speaking at the event, Col. Hadfield will also be speaking to students in the Kawartha Lakes during the day.
“He is extremely inspirational for young people,” said Ms. Barton Dyke.
Col. Hadfield is the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space and is also the only Canadian to ever command a spaceship.
Tickets for the event are currently being sold for $100 each, and can be bought at the Academy Theatre box office, by calling 705-324-9111, or online at academytheatre.ca. Ms. Barton Dyke encourages those interested to buy their tickets quickly as they are expected to sell out fast.