Trevor Greene believes attitude is a little thing that can make a big difference.
“Every day is positive,” smiles the strapping 44-year-old retired military officer and author. “It is not what happens to us in life, but how we deal with it that counts. And that is a matter of choice.”
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It is a message Greene, a graduate of the University of King’s College who now lives in Nanaimo, B.C., will be bringing back to Halifax tomorrow night as part of the Victors 2 Victims event at the World Trade and Convention Centre.
It has been a long road to recovery for the celebrated veteran. Since surviving an axe attack in Afghanistan in 2006, Greene has endured countless hours of physical and psychological rehabilitation.
He is currently writing a book about the experience in an effort to inspire others.
Greene will be joined on stage by Juno Award-winning artist Jully Black and filmmaker, author and activist Nelofer Pazira. Halifax-based poet Asna Adhami and Master Corporal Helen Hawes are scheduled to speak as well.
Local and national organizations, including Family SOS, Red Cross Canada and UNICEF will also be on sight to hand out information.
Event organizer Barb Stegemann hopes that the evening will shine a light on the plight of innocent civilians in Afghanistan.
“Ultimately we want this to grow this into an annual experience that engages our business communities on an international scale to help develop literacy and economic self-sufficiency for families in war- torn countries.”
For Greene, it is an opportunity to put his gratitude into action.
“There is no use in feeling sorry for myself,” he muses, “what’s done is done. I am just happy to be alive and to be making a difference.”