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join us for a free evening at the museum the first wednesday of the month

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GUEST SPEAKER - AKEEM HAYNES - OLYMPIC BRONZE MEDALLIST, 2X OLYMPIAN IN ATHLETICS

5:00pm - Doors Open

7:00pm - Guest speaker - akeem haynes 


Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Living in Gratitude


Born in Savlamar, Jamaica, Akeem Haynes didn’t have much of an advantage from the beginning. With limited options and tragic events happening early in life, he moved to Canada with his mother seeking a better life. However, they fell into tough times and struggled to find stability. In a span of five months, they moved seven different times and eventually found themselves homeless in the middle of winter when Akeem was 13. Down but not out, with the help of some friends, they were able to get back on their feet.  Akeem became involved in sports, mainly football and track and field. Akeem excelled both on the field and on the track and won many different awards. Akeem would go on to make his first Canadian Olympic Team and earn All-American honors, becoming a national champion and earning a full athletic scholarship to The University of Alabama. Akeem eventually went on to become the first in his immediate family to graduate from college on top of becoming a Division I Track and Field All-American. Through perseverance, a resilient mindset and a stubborn attitude to succeed, Akeem has become a 2x Olympian (2012 & 2016), helping Canada bring home an Olympic Bronze Medal at the Rio Olympic Games.

 

  • Family friendly 

  • Free admissioN

  • Scavenger hunt

  • Olympic torch photo opp

  • Crafts

  • cash bar

 

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