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Consul General Stephen Brereton admires the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, worn by Delta #15 passenger Shirley Brooks-Jones, who has spearheaded the scholarship fund for Lewisporte students during the past ten years. The first-ever U.S. citizen to be honoured with the Order, Brooks-Jones was invested in 2007 in recognition of her "positive and lasting legacy in the midst of a very trying situation."
Consul General Stephen Brereton admires the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, worn by Delta #15 passenger Shirley Brooks-Jones, who has spearheaded the scholarship fund for Lewisporte students during the past ten years. The first-ever U.S. citizen to be honoured with the Order, Brooks-Jones was invested in 2007 in recognition of her "positive and lasting legacy in the midst of a very trying situation."

Photographs from the Canada-US 9/11 Commemorative Event in Atlanta

Courtesy of the Consulate General of Canada - Atl.
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To commemorate and recognize the strong Atlanta connection and the important US-Canada relationship, the Consulate General of Canada hosted an event on Tuesday, September 6th, 2011. The event took place at the Consul General's Official Residence.

Event background: A decade ago as the US experienced the 9/11 terrorist attacks, numerous Canadian cities accepted hundreds of diverted flights and provided hospitality to thousands of concerned passengers. 

One such flight was Delta #15, originally scheduled to fly into Atlanta from Frankfurt, Germany.  En route to ATL, the flight was rerouted to Gander, Newfoundland.  The Flight #15 passengers and crew were soon moved to the nearby town of Lewisporte.  Passengers and crew spent the next four days there -- waiting for US airspace to reopen and return flights to begin operation.

On the way back to ATL, one of the passengers suggested that the Flight #15 "family" show appreciation to their new Lewisporte friends.  All agreed to support the creation of an endowed college scholarship fund for graduating Lewisporte high school students.  Since September 2001, the scholarship fund has grown to over $1.5 million and has assisted ~ 120 students to further their studies.

Invitiations were extended to elected officials, Delta Flight #15 passengers and local media. Ms. Shirley Brooks-Jones, organizer and long-term administrator of the Flight #15 Scholarship Fund was in attendance.

Photographs are Courtesy of the Consulate General of Canada - Atlanta.

Reunion of the Delta #15 "plane people": Passenger Shirley Brooks-Jones, left, and Flight Attendant Sharlene Bowen, centre, look at photos and memorabilia from their days in Gander and Lewisporte, NL, in September 2001. Looking on is an interested guest.
Reunion of the Delta #15 "plane people": Passenger Shirley Brooks-Jones, left, and Flight Attendant Sharlene Bowen, centre, look at photos and memorabilia from their days in Gander and Lewisporte, NL, in September 2001. Looking on is an interested guest.

Raie Lene Kirby, left, was in the first class of Delta #15 scholarship recipients in 2002 when she graduated from Lewisporte Collegiate high school. Now a fourth-year medical school student at Memorial University of Newfoundland, she discusses the meaning of the support with scholarship fund administrator Shirley Brooks-Jones, a Delta #15 passenger who has returned to Lewisporte more than twenty times since 9/11/2001.
Raie Lene Kirby, left, was in the first class of Delta #15 scholarship recipients in 2002 when she graduated from Lewisporte Collegiate high school. Now a fourth-year medical school student at Memorial University of Newfoundland, she discusses the meaning of the support with scholarship fund administrator Shirley Brooks-Jones, a Delta #15 passenger who has returned to Lewisporte more than twenty times since 9/11/2001.

Benjamin Spears, a member of Congressman John Lewis' Atlanta staff, chats with Consul General Stephen Brereton.
Benjamin Spears, a member of Congressman John Lewis' Atlanta staff, chats with Consul General Stephen Brereton.

L-R: Lewisporte Mayor, His Worship Brian Peckford; Delta #15 passenger Dan West; Lewisporte resident Cheryl Peckford; first scholarship recipient Raie Lene Kirby; Consul General of Canada Stephen Brereton; Lewisporte resident Rose Heath; Linda Spurrell, Manager Trade Development, Department of Innovation, Trade & Rural Development, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador; Delta #15 passenger Sylvia West; Delta #15 flight attendant Sharlene Bowen; Delta #15 passenger Shirley Brooks-Jones; and Delta #15 First Officer Fred Kull.
L-R: Lewisporte Mayor, His Worship Brian Peckford; Delta #15 passenger Dan West; Lewisporte resident Cheryl Peckford; first scholarship recipient Raie Lene Kirby; Consul General of Canada Stephen Brereton; Lewisporte resident Rose Heath; Linda Spurrell, Manager Trade Development, Department of Innovation, Trade & Rural Development, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador; Delta #15 passenger Sylvia West; Delta #15 flight attendant Sharlene Bowen; Delta #15 passenger Shirley Brooks-Jones; and Delta #15 First Officer Fred Kull.

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