He gave us the incredible gift for us: Baile Brigadoon's founder died at 49


It is remembered how the Nova Scotia camp established for children with a continuous illness for their devotion and to prove that he would create a place where his & children they were.

Dave McKeage died Sunday at 49.

The driving force behind Balbrigadoon, a camp opened in Strath Annapolis in 2011 for children with continuing illness and special needs.

"It has changed such life and as well as children's lives. It's a beautiful legacy to leave behind," said Joachim Stroink, an old MLA and a friend for him McKeage who helped to find & # 39; camp.

For some of the children, Brigadaon spent the weeks spent at the first time they do not; feeling alone, the active leader of campus said.

"He gave us the terrible gift and this legacy of Brigadoon," said David Graham.

Dave McKeage was a dream of her & # 39; the opening of Balbrigadoon. (Baile Brigadoon / Facebook)

The battle of McKeage himself was; with a cancer that has spent many years working to open the Brigadeon. He was confirmed at age 11, and at 15 he started volunteering with the Canse Association of Canada.

McKeage's death leaves a large hole in the # 39; group, Graham said.

"But the transformation that is happening in the lives of those children is, however, and then what is happening in our department with those pupils who have a great impact their knowledge at Brigadoon, "he said.

A camp welcomes hundreds of children

This year, 712 children have welcomed their camp and Graham has a " expecting more than 800 next year. He said in just seven short years, an unprofitable group is now the largest child-sized camp in the country.

Stroink, who met McKeage 20 years ago, said his enthusiasm and decision was infectious friend.

McKeage died Sunday at 49. His wife and son survive. (Baile Brigadoon / Facebook)

"He was the most person-led person to ever believe in a dream and when he spoke, follow his brother," he said.

"Not everything he wanted to do to create a place where children can play and share their stories together."

Stroink remembers the day McKeage was out of her & # 39; Trail Store in Halifax, both of which were the headquarters of Brigadeon. All the staff showed and spoke late at night even though he was Halloween, he said.

"We were all around and we were laughing and we started shooting to 1, 2 in the morning and all their friends and parties were going to get in, but Dave and his story, despair and laughter are just given. "

Stroink said that it is the responsibility of the people of Nova Scotia to behave the dream that McKeage created with Balbrigadoon. He would like to see more camps built on the same model throughout the country.

His wife and young son still live on McKeage.

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