SOUTHERN LABRADOR, N.L. – The southern Labrador Community Youth Network (CYN), with the help of the provincial government and NunatuKavut, are bringing in country singer and motivational speaker Terry Kelly to tell his inspiring story to local youth.
On April 24, the Department of Health and Community Services included $5,000 for the CYN as part of funding to community groups and organizations for mental health and addictions projects throughout the province.
CYN coordinator Lisa Davis-Ryland told the Northern Pen the NunatuKavut Community Council has also contributed a $2,500 grant to bring Kelly to southern Labrador.
The rest of the cost will be paid for by the CYN.
Kelly, a blind singer-songwriter from St. John’s, is arriving in the area on May 6.
He will be speaking and playing music at all the schools from L’Anse-au-Loup to Cartwright and will be concluding his visit as guest speaker at the Grade 12 graduation in Mary’s Harbour on May 11.
“Our young people need to hear inspiration and motivation,” said Davis-Ryland. “It was key for us to bring someone in like that to speak to our youth population.”
She said he helps present “memorable, usable and effective” ways to deal with mental health.
Davis-Ryland said he’ll also be doing public presentations for adults in L’Anse-au-Loup on Monday night, May 7.
They’re also making arrangements to have Kelly deliver presentations in the Straits on the Northern Peninsula in the fall.
Davis-Ryland wished to thank the Department of Health and NunatuKavut for their contributions.
“It’s big to bring in someone of Terry’s caliber to the region and it wouldn’t be possible without those guys,” she said. “I’m just excited.”