Southern Alberta Chapter
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Tom Jackson is a Métis Canadian, born on the One Arrow reserve in Saskatchewan and raised in Winnipeg. He left school at the age of 15 and spent seven years living on the back streets of Winnipeg. This experience built the foundation of his character – a tenacious leader determined to succeed with an altruistic capacity to care for others. He has embraced his life experiences, championed for the marginalized, and entertained a continent of concert-goers and TV watchers. His acumen has earned him recognition amongst his peers, yet he humbly perseveres as it’s the reward he seeks, not the award.
Mr. Jackson is well known to Canadians as an accomplished musician and actor. As a singer and songwriter, Mr. Jackson has recorded 14 albums, two of which have received Juno nominations. As an actor, fans of the CBC hit television series North of 60 will know him as Chief Peter Kenidi, a role he portrayed for six seasons. Mr. Jackson’s gifted voice can also be heard narrating television projects such as Life & Times , The Snow Eater and Great Canadian Rivers .
Mr. Jackson is equally well known for his dedication to helping the less fortunate. A well-known philanthropist, Jackson created an annual series of Christmas concerts dedicated to raising money for the Canadian Association of Food Banks. After 17 years, Jackson retired the Huron Carole and in its place launched Singing for Supper , a cross-Canada tour that plays smaller community venues raising money and gifts of food, during the 2005 Christmas season.
Jackson has been honoured several times for his life's work. Most notably in 2000 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and is a former member of the Order of Canada Advisory Council. He has been nominated for Juno Awards and Gemini Awards and he received the Humanitarian Award at the 2007 Juno Awards for his charitable efforts.
“You don’t have to change the whole world, you just have to change your world, and the rest will follow.” Tom Jackson
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