We All Are Different: Danny’s Story
From: Land of Many Shores
We All Are Different explores the importance of care work, disability, and compassion.
Dennis Gill (he/him) is a retired high school teacher, vice-principal, and principal of Dorset Collegiate, Pilley’s Island, Newfoundland and Labrador. Since his retirement from the education profession, he has been a photojournalist and an executive assistant with a privately owned company. He and his wife, Roxann, who have made their home for the past four decades in the picturesque outport community of Pilley’s Island, population two hundred and fifty, are the parents of two children: Daniel and Jenna. Danny has profound intellectual and physical disabilities and epilepsy; they have learned much from devotedly and lovingly caring for him for forty years. For half a century Dennis has volunteered extensively at the local, provincial, and national levels. A self-taught guitarist, singer, and songwriter, he has composed well over one hundred and fifty originals. On January 27, 2013, he was both humbled and honoured to be presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.