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Lake Pond man wins inaugural scholarship

Denver MacDonald receives the first Montague-Mount Hamilton Goodwill Games Scholarship from Teresa Hennebery.
Denver MacDonald receives the first Montague-Mount Hamilton Goodwill Games Scholarship from Teresa Hennebery. - Contributed

The Community Foundation of P.E.I. recently announced the inaugural recipient of the Montague-Mount Hamilton Goodwill Games Scholarship.

The first award recipient is Denver MacDonald of Little Pond who attends the University of Windsor in Ontario studying education and playing on the varsity football team.

MacDonald participated in the Mount Hamilton Goodwill Games in 2011.

He said his experiences with the games and his mentors are some of his fondest memories.

“The Goodwill Games showed us how we can impact our community…from our bottle drive to raise money, to playing in front of a packed rink. I believe these experiences with teammates and coaches are some of the reasons I can’t wait to start coaching a youth team, mentoring children and are a factor in why I want to be a teacher.”

The Montague-Mount Hamilton Goodwill Games Scholarship was established by members of the Hennebery family in 2018 as part of the 50th Anniversary of the Goodwill Games to honour the legacy of Reg and Mary Hennebery, the co-founders of the tournament.

The scholarship, currently valued at $500, will be awarded annually to a full time post-secondary student who played in the Goodwill Games as a member of the Montague Minor Hockey Association team.

Teresa Hennebery, daughter of Reg and Mary, said they are happy to reward MacDonald.

“We couldn’t be happier to award the first scholarship to Denver,” she said. “He is an excellent example of why our family wanted to acknowledge the lasting impact of the Goodwill Games on players, coaches and their families. This is the first of many scholarships that will be awarded to worthy students who are continuing their education”.

Those interested in applying for the 2019 Goodwill Games Scholarship, as well as other scholarships, can visit the Community Foundation of P.E.I. website at Applications are being accepted until May 1. Individuals can also contact the foundation directly at or by phone at 902-892-3440.

Goodwill Games origin story

  • Although living and working in Hamilton, Ont., Ernie McKenna, originally from Greenfield, loved P.E.I., and in 1969 he contacted Mary Hennebery of New Perth to see if she could arrange some exhibition games in P.E.I. for the pee wee team 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 a good time and wanted to reciprocate the Island generosity, so it offered to host the Montague team the following year.
  • This remarkable exchange continues today with the Montague team having just hosted Hamilton on March 10 to mark 51 years of friendship, fun and sportsmanship for players, coaches and families.

Fast facts

  • For 25 years, the Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island has provided a userfriendly vehicle for donors to create endowment funds to support charitable activities.
  • An endowment fund allows the donor to leave a memorial legacy to meet their charitable interests in perpetuity.
  • Since its incorporation, the foundation has worked with donors to establish close to 80 endowment funds. These funds have allowed the foundation to grant over $2.5 million to community projects and individual scholarships since 1993.

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