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John Hendry

Speaker and Advocate for Disability Rights
Country: Canada

Keynote speaker John Hendry is an advocate for disability rights and inclusion and has over 30 years experience as a public school trustee. He has done a bit of everything including stand-up comedy but focuses on public education and the challenges that come with having a disabled child from both perspectives. 

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Speaker John Hendry left high school after grade 11 and joined the Royal Canadian Navy. After his release, decided to finish high school and get his diploma. He felt motivated and continued to get a bachelor of arts degree. He went into teaching and worked as a part-time instructor in business courses at Conestoga College of Applied Arts and Technology.

John is on a mission to make the world a better place. His youngest son was born with cerebral palsy and seeing and experiencing his challenges made him realize he wanted to make a change. Speaker John Hendry was elected Public School Board Trustee and served on the Special Education Committee for more than thirty years.

John has published two books based on his youngest son and the challenges he had to go through: “Never Say Never” and “Held Back By Nothing”. The books discuss parenting and turning obstacles into opportunities. As a speaker John Hendry is dynamic, inspiring and very engaging. John is able to customize his keynotes to your event and audience. 


    Speaker John Hendry Keynote Topics

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    Held Back by Nothing

    • This motivational and inspirational keynote is based on John’s book by the same name
    • John talks about never giving up even when you feel the most challenged
    • This keynote is particularly good for medical professionals, teachers and resource staffs, parent groups, education conferences, disability groups and seniors.

    Keynote by Speaker John Hendry

    Accessibility and Inclusion

    • In this keynote presentation, John Hendry discusses the problems with accessibility and inclusion for the disabled.
    • We should all strive to create a world which is accessible to all, and it is not enough to create seperate bathrooms or ramps. Organizations and schools need to create access to written materials including braille and computer documents with large print formats.

    Keynote by Speaker John Hendry

    School Board Governance – What Makes an Elected School Board Effective?

    • As an outspoken advocate of public education, speaker John Hendry uses his experience as an award-winning elected public school board trustee to help boards of education develop better ways to work together as a team.
    • In this keynote you will learn how to work with the media, understand the role of a trustee and get practical tips on working with parents and working as a team.
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