The Hennebery family has established an endowment fund that will award at least one $500 scholarship annually in honour of a historic hockey partnership.
Fifty years ago, Mary Hennebery co-founded the Montague-Mount Hamilton Goodwill Games hockey exchange with her brother, Ernie McKenna.
This endowment fund announcement marks the anniversary of that tournament. The family has offered the opportunity for others to contribute to the fund with all donations being eligible for a charitable tax receipt.
The story of the Goodwill Games’ origin is retold in March of every year in Montague and Hamilton, Ont. Although living and working in Hamilton, McKenna, originally from Greenfield, loved P.E.I. In 1969, he contacted Hennebery who lived in New Perth to see if she could arrange some exhibition games in P.E.I. for the peewee team that he was coaching.
After a few phone calls and discussions, arrangements were made for the Mount Hamilton peewee team (fondly called Ernie and his Islanders) to travel to Montague to play hockey, stay with families and experience the P.E.I. way of life and hospitality. The Hamilton team had such a good time and wanting to reciprocate the Island generosity, offered to host the Montague team the following year. This exchange continues today with the Montague team having travelled to Hamilton in March of this year to mark 50 years of friendship, fun and sportsmanship for players, coaches and families.
“It is an ideal way to remember our mom and dad,” said Teresa Hennebery. “Our parents valued their involvement in the Goodwill Games and made many great friends over the years. Mom and Dad would be honoured that we established this endowment to support young people who played in the Goodwill Games who are pursuing post-secondary education."
Individuals who are interested in contributing to the fund can contact the Community Foundation of P.E.I. at 902-892-3440 or contribute online by visiting www.cfpei.ca/donate and click on the Goodwill Games link.
Individuals interested in applying for the scholarship can visit the foundation website at https://cfpei.ca/applications/scholarship-applications/. Applications are now being accepted until Sept. 30 and the scholarship will be awarded by Oct. 31. Individuals can also contact the foundation directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 902-892-3440.