A scholarship endowment fund will be established as a tribute to Mary & Reg Hennebery. In particular, the scholarship will be created in honour of the Montague - Mount Hamilton Goodwill Games Hockey Exchange that celebrated its 50th Anniversary in March of 2018. Mary Hennebery and her brother Ernie McKenna were the co-founders of the Goodwill Games.
The Mary & Reg Hennebery Scholarship Fund will be created through an initial contribution of $10,000 from the family of Mary and Reg in a permanent endowment at the Community Foundation of PEI. Additional donations to the endowment are more than welcome from any interested individuals.
The amount of the scholarship(s) will be determined annually based on the size of the endowment fund and will be disbursed to recipients based on the following criteria:
- Recipient must have participated as a player in the Montague – Mount Hamilton Goodwill Games.
- Recipient must use the contribution to attend a post-secondary educational institution in the fall of 2018.
- Applicants will be asked to write an essay outlining their experience in the event and what it meant to them.
The story of the Goodwill Games' origin, which never grows old, is repeated well before the week of March Break, which is when the event traditionally happens. Ernest McKenna, from the New Perth area, was working in Ontario at the time. He contacted his sister, Mary Hennebery back on PEI to see if she might arrange an exhibition game with a team he was coaching. The Ontario folks travelled to PEI and had such a good time, they offered to host the Montague team the following year. The long-lasting friendships formed during the games, both among adults and the players themselves, haven’t faltered.