The Alzheimer Society of Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton hosted another successful event at the Petes game on Thursday, with your help raising $16,000 towards funding educational programs and awareness – and ultimately a cure – for dementia. Something that has touched us all at one time or another.
Like it is touching Manon Rheaume now.
It was thrilling to have the First Woman of Hockey (or “h’ckee” as she says in her wonderfully authentic Quebecois accent) in town for the event, as well as her presentation the night before to the Women’s Business Network. In the studio with me Wednesday afternoon, Manon admitted to being a bit nervous – as she always is before a ‘podium’ event like that, where she is the center of attention.
Don a pair of skates and a helmet and Manon is all confidence, and completely charming in every respect. But she’s also a bit shy and public speaking is something no one ever gets used to, and Manon is no exception.
But that speaks to her humility. She has blazed a trail for women to play the game they love, and has inspired a new generation of players. Her feat was sufficient to warrant an appearance on Letterman in 1992 when she was just 20 years old. and now they’re making a movie about her life. And yet, she remains unaffected by all of that. Somehow, I don’t think Manon truly comprehends the impact she has had, and continues to have.
And that is so refreshing – because too many people get all puffed up about accomplishments far less significant than those of Manon Rheaume.
Manon has a new cause now. Dementia. It has touched her family. Thus she is using her celebrity, and her story to help build awareness.
Manon, it was a pleasure to meet you. Thank you for all you do. And thank you for not being a diva. You certainly have the qualifications to be one. But that would be beneath you. Thank you for what you teach us about humility, perseverance, courage, genuineness and generosity. Thanks too, for keeping it real.
Don’t be a stranger. You’re always welcome in this “h’ckey”- mad town of ours’….