Chris Hadfield coming to Truro, June 25

Published on May 7, 2014
Chris Hadfield, perhaps Canada’s most famous astronaut, is coming to Truro to speak on making our dreams a reality.

Mt. Everest climber, social media guru to share stage at Gala 65 No Limits event

Truro will be welcoming Canada’s favorite astronaut, Chris Hadfield, as the headliner for the event, Gala 65 – No Limits on June 25.

As Hadfield says, “If you really want to inspire a kid, give him a box. Not an XBox — a box, because that’s where imagination starts.”

As commander of the International Space Station, Hadfield harnessed the unique power of photography and social media to make outer space and science both beautiful and exciting for young and old alike. As author of the bestselling books, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth and Postcards from Space, he showed us how lessons learned in space are applicable on the ground today.

Nova Scotians will get an opportunity to hear his stories first-hand on June 25 at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro when he headlines an evening that also includes Laurie Skreslet, the first Canadian to summit Mount Everest, and social media guru Kristen Christian, who created the Bank Transfer Day movement in the U.S.

“We’re proud to bring two Canadian icons to the new Community Credit Union Arena, right here at home in Truro,” says Dianne Kelderman, president and CEO of the Nova Scotia Cooperative Council. “This is a once in a lifetime event for our community. Bring your family, friends and your staff. They will thank you for giving them the gift of ‘creating history’!”

Skreslet is a motivational speaker and published writer. His children’s book, To the Top of Everest, won two awards: Canadian bestseller and Children’s Choice in 2004. Skreslet’s movie, The Climb, conveyed that personal commitment, teamwork and preparation are the keys to success. He has had 32 high altitude expeditions, including more than 20 expeditions to Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere.

Christian is an advocate for consumer empowerment and economic sustainability. She has led a sustained consumer initiative, Bank Transfer Day, which calls on consumers to switch from commercial banks to non-profit credit unions.

Tickets for the event are available through and all TicketPro outlets. Floor or bowl seating is going for $35 general admission. The $100 Premium packages, which included reserve seating, reception and photos with the speakers, are sold out.

For more on Gala 65, visit, or follow the event on Twitter @NovaScotiaCo_op. Search for the hashtags #GALA65, #NOLIMITS.

For more information, contact Andrea Jackson of the Nova Scotia Cooperative Council at or by phone at 902-893-8311.

The Nova Scotia Cooperative Council is a non-profit provincial association supporting and representing all co-ops and credit unions across the province by providing education, marketing and representation to government and industry.