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Inspiring, Humorous, Engaging & a Lifetime of Experience

John is an accomplished International Speaker and Workshop Presenter. His presentations have taken him across Canada, the United States and Japan. His expertise in the areas of disabilities, accessibility and inclusion was enriched through hands-on experience. John is a fierce advocate for persons with disabilities and has committed his life to advocacy.

Strengthened by his thirty plus years as an award-winning elected public school board trustee and dedicated involvement in special education he delivers a wealth of experience, knowledge and insight into the challenges faced by both children and adults living with disability. The empathy and passion sprinkled with a dash of humor, delivered in every engagement can not be learned through formal education.

John's track record as an outspoken advocate and speaker have resulted in countless opportunities to present to a wide and diverse mix of audiences.

Among the many highlights of his speaking career are his five appearances as a presenter at the Pacific Rim International Conference on Diversity & Disabilities held in Honolulu.

John is an active member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and is represented by Damon Brooks and Associates, a Division of the Gersher Non-Profit Organization, their major focus and expertise is in the area of disabilites.

Speaking at the Chamber of Commerce,

Kitchener, Ontario

Presenting at an event in Waterloo

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Keynote Speech Testimonial

"Chisholm Academy was privileged to have John Hendry as the guest speaker at our Graduation Dinner, June 2019. Chisholm Academy is a Non-Profit Independent School for students with Special Needs and/or Learning Disabilities.

John is a passionate and humorous speaker. He was able to translate his background and personal experiences into a moving speech that engaged both our students, and their families. He emphasized a message of hope, hard work and perseverance that had relevance to every individual present. This evening is the highlight of our school year, and John's message was timely and well received as our Graduating Families move on to the next stage in their growth and development in post secondary goals."


Dino Crapsi, M.Ed., OPC


Chisholm Academy

Oakville, Ontario

June 27, 2019

Chisholm Academy Graduation

Chisholm Academy Graduation

Hope's Home Presentation

December 2021

Keynote Speech Testimonial

"John Hendry brings wisdom and life experience to his presentation around inclusion and raising a child with special needs. His journey reminded the staff at Hope's Home of the importance of inclusion, acceptance and facing challenges. A parent's perspective as John's comes highly valued. He reminded us that the work we do with our children with diverse needs at Hope's Home has such an impact on the child and family. If you are looking for inspiration and true stories of facing adversity, I would recommend John as a key note speaker.

Thank you kindly! Take care John."


Jacqueline Tisher

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Hope's Home Regina

December 10, 2021

June 27, 2019

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