A Remembrance Reunion
In November, a military family was re-united with personal heirlooms on Remembrance Day. This all started with a donation we received at our Calgary TransCanada Goodwill Thrift Store.
A shadow box filled with medals, patches, and a black and white photograph of two soldiers showed up at our donation centre. Unsure of who it belonged to, we knew we needed to do some research to try and find a respectful resting place for them.
In our research of each medal and patch, we found that the medals dated back to World War 1 and 2!
What to do with the Medals?
Starting with the Canadian Forces in Calgary, and further sleuthing, we found an obituary for one John Thomas Hearson, born in Nottingham Yorkshire, England, and settling in Wayburn, Saskatchewan. The originally recipient of the medallions. This led to living descendant, Mr. Kelly Hearson, P.Eng who resided in Manitoba.
A quick email with photos was sent and one of the men in the photo was identified, “that’s definitely Grampa in the photo; he was not a tall man :D. Thank you very much for this!” Kelly proclaimed.
The medals were packed safely away in a re-purposed box to ship out to Winnipeg, Manitoba where the medals were reunited with John Thomas Hearson’s grandson, and his own son’s medals, which Kelly has on display at his home.
On Remembrance Day we will reflect and appreciate what we have and the life we get to lead thanks to our selfless veterans.
The Mayor of Goodwill
Known as the Mayor of Goodwill, Andre Molik began his journey at Goodwill as an apprentice in 1979. Two years later in 1981, he officially became an employee. On Wednesday August 11, 2021, Andre, will celebrate 40 years with an organization that has given him an opportunity through the power of work.
Born with cerebral palsy and a learning disability, Andre has succeeded and has made a tremendous impact at Goodwill within the Goodwill @ Work and Commercial Services division.
“I love what this company does for people with disabilities,” says Andre. “I love it, I don’t want to leave. It’s just an amazing place to work for!”
Starting out on the Goodwill assembly lines, putting together bingo cards, fixing bicycles and other various workshop related activities, Andre has elevated his craftmanship to support Goodwill’s Cleaning Cloths and Telus Netco wires at Commercial Services. There is no quit in Andre and he looks forward to celebrating 40 MORE years at Goodwill.
Good luck Andre and congratulations!
Since 1963, Goodwill has become one of the largest employers of people with disabilities in Alberta, with about 30% of the workforce having a disability. This is a commitment to enhancing people’s lives through meaningful employment.
Global News Network
Need some Good in your Life? Try a Good Four Minutes.
Goodwill began on a journey to bring GOOD news into our lives because research shows that continually taking in bad news hurts your everyday mentality, leading to negative psychological effects.
These GOOD news stories will help everyone start out each morning with happiness, joy, and love to increase your well-being for the rest of the day! It’s a GOOD feeling with GOOD news!
Goodwill Industries of Alberta partners with 630 CHED, News Talk 770 in Calgary, and Global Edmonton to spread some GOOD news throughout the region. Not only can you experience, and share the GOOD when you visit any of our retail and donation locations across Alberta, but you can also now start your day with a smile.
These stories are all about FUN, SMILES and INSPIRING stories from around the world, with the help of Global, CHED and 770, at 7:50a.m each weekday.
Make your mental health a priority and set aside time to reflect on the GOOD! (Even if it is just 4 minutes).