This week, a new sign recognizing Sheldon Kennedy was unveiled at the west entrance to Elkhorn despite strong winds that didn’t make it easy.
Kennedy was assisted by long-time friends Garth Mitchell and Kevin Tutthill in removing the tarp from his larger-than-life picture. The sign replaces an older one at the east entrance to town.
Kennedy said he was overwhelmed at the honour and grateful for the support of the community. Being in the public eye has given him a platform to bring a voice to those who don’t have one.
He said that 22 years ago, no one talked about child abuse. By traveling and sharing his story, he hopes to make a difference.
When asked about growing up in a small town, Kennedy reflected on the gifts of relationships, remembering friends and local teams. There was access to facilities that those in large centres may not have had.
He also recounted that when he left Elkhorn at age 14, he didn’t realize how much his life would change. Since playing in the WHL and NHL, Kennedy has devoted his career to child abuse prevention and education.
Along with business partner, Wayne McNeil, he owns and operates Respect Group Inc. which trains and empowers those involved in amateur sports and education systems.
Kennedy and his wife recently had a new baby. He looks forward to taking time to be a dad and working on his farm.