Tom Jackson, singer/actor in several television shows, and local military hero, Charlie Fielding, share a laugh while Tom sings at the Hanna Seniors’ Lodge, Hanna, Ab. during his Spirit of the Canadian Badlands Tour visit on Fri., Aug. 11.
Canadian actor and singer, Tom Jackson, visited Hanna on Fri. Aug. 11 as one of several stops on the 2017 Spirit of the Canadian Badlands tour.
Upon arrival to the Hanna Museum, Tom was welcomed by Deputy Mayor Campion, who presented both Tom and his wife Alison a gift from the Town of Hanna.
The group toured the Hanna Museum and the buildings in the historical village, which were also host to the Hanna Agricultural Society’s 51st Annual Bench Show & Fall Fair.
Tom spoke with Town representatives, Deputy Mayor Campion and Councillor Preston and Museum representatives, Sheila Taylor, John Kaster and Adrian Mohl, in the Archives building about the unique history of Hanna and the Special Areas.
Next Tom met with Special Areas Board President, Brent Horner over lunch at Sami’s (Hanna Pizza & Steak House) and talked about the history of the Special Areas and agriculture in our region.
After lunch, Tom met with Charlie Fielding, World War II veteran and local hero, at the Hanna Seniors’ Lodge where Charlie shared photos and stories from his military service, while Tom shared his family military history.
Then to the pleasure of Lodge residents and staff, Tom sang a few songs with Charlie by his side.
The Hanna Roundhouse Open House was the next stop on the Hanna tour, where the group learned about Hanna’s railway history while touring the 1913 Roundhouse, turntable and grounds.
Tom heard from the Roundhouse Society the plans to preserve local railway history and develop the Roundhouse into a tourist destination.
To end the day, Tom was treated to an aerial tour by local pilot, Rob Palmer. The plane tour took them over the Hand Hills as well as the Sheerness Generating Station and Prairie Oasis Park with stunning views of the landscapes and fields below.
During Tom’s plane tour, travel blogger Juliana Dever visited the Nickelback murals and posted a video on her Twitter account @CleverDever.
Tom is travelling throughout the Canadian Badlands to discover the spirit of the region and tell people’s stories. “The Spirit of the Canadian Badlands Journey is a momentous adventure to find meaningful stories that make you feel the true power of Alberta’s natural habitats and spiritual surroundings,” says Jackson.
“The Canadian Badlands is a place that must be visited in-person to experience its magnificence.”