Courtesy of Former Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams
Hundreds of Kingston and area students will be receiving an entertaining and educational Christmas present thanks to a former Premier of Newfoundland Danny Williams, who led his province as Premier from 2003 until 2010, has made a substantial personal donation to SALON Theatre’s Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission play project.
|Students extend their appreciation to Danny Williams.|
“He only made one condition,” said Ryan Zade, Associate Director of the Commission,” and it is one we are enthusiastically able to meet. Mr. Williams asked that his donation be used so that as many young people as possible can attend our play, Sir John, Eh? The Musical, on Saturday January 12 at the historic Grand Theatre on Princess Street. As a result, we are declaring that day “Danny Williams Day” in Kingston.”
At KCHC Pathways to Education on Weller Avenue Program Manager Wendy Vuyk, whose group was the first one contacted by the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission upon receipt of the good news from Newfoundland, says youth in her program were thrilled to learn that a distinguished national leader is one of their new supporters.
“Our student participants and their families are more than excited,” she said. “All of us are looking forward to attending Sir John, Eh? The Musical, on January 12, Danny Williams Day in Kingston. What a generous and moving gesture this is on the part of Mr. Williams.”
Local philanthropist James Brown has generously agreed to provide the busses to bring the Pathways to Education youth to the Grand Theatre. Area Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, participants of Immigrant Services of Kingston and Area Youth Group and members of the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area will also attend this special matinee of the play, again courtesy of Danny Williams.