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THUNDER BAY, ON ----  March 28, 2014  ------Leadership Thunder Bay has announced that it will welcome a Canadian icon to the stage of the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Colonel Chris HadfieldWednesday, June 4.  Colonel Chris Hadfield, a 21-year veteran astronaut and three time space traveller, will share his experiences of life in space with Thunder Bay youth and the general public at two events during his visit.

First Colonel Hadfield will spend time with students from Lakehead Public Schools and the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board.  More than 1500 youth are expected to take part and the event is causing a great deal of excitement, says Kelly Green, Grade 6 Teacher, Ogden Community Public School.

"Commander Chris Hadfield's mission to the International Space Station made for an amazing journey in my classroom from science, to literacy to music to social media.  It made for a great teaching year.    Our students will be so excited to see him in June”, she said.

Colonel Hadfield will then host “An Evening with Chris Hadfield” at 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium.

Writing on Twitter, Colonel Hadfield woke up the world every day while living for five months aboard the International Space station with the words, “Good morning, earth”.  Colonel Hadfield has become a worldwide sensation, harnessing the power of social media to make outer space accessible to millions and infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness not felt since humans first walked on the moon.  Called “the most famous astronaut since Armstrong”, Colonel Hadfield continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters.  

Leadership Thunder BayColonel Hadfield is a pioneer of many historic “firsts”.  In 1992, he selected by the Canadian Space Agency as a NASA Mission Specialist – Canada’s first fully-qualified Space Shuttle crew member.  Three years later,  aboard Shuttle Atlantis, he was the Canadian to operate the Canadarm in space and the first Canadian to board a Russian spacecraft as he helped build space station “Mir”. In 2001, aboard Shuttle Endeavour, Colonel Hadfield performed two space walks—the first Canadian to do so—and in 2013, he was Commander of International Space Station—the first and only Canadian to ever command a space ship so far.
 
During his multi-faceted career, Colonel Hadfield has intercepted Soviet bombers in Canadian airspace, lived on the ocean floor, been NASA’s Director of Operations in Russia and recorded science and music videos seen by hundreds of millions.  A heavily-decorated astronaut, engineer and pilot, Colonel Hadfield’s many awards include receiving the Order of Ontario, the Meritorious Service Cross and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.  He was named the Top Test Pilot in both the US Air Force and the US Navy and has been inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame.
 
 Colonel Hadfield is the author of the international best seller “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth” and has been commemorated on Canadian postage stamps, Royal Canadian Mint silver and gold coins and on Canada’s newest five dollar bill (along with fellow astronauts Steve MacLean and Dave Williams.

Leadership Thunder Bay President and event Co-chair Kristen Oliver said that for the Leadership Thunder Bay team this is a much-anticipated event.  

“I think we are every bit as excited about this event as the students in our community”, she said.  “Colonel Hadfield is a national treasure and it is going to be a thrill to welcome him to Thunder Bay”


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