July 20, 1919 – Jan. 11, 2008




This January 11th marks the 10-year anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary’s death and in recognition let us take a moment to reflect on the strength of his legacy.

Sir Edmund Hillary rose from being a humble New Zealand Beekeeper to a Knight of the Order of the Garter. He became High Commissioner for his country, and was a well-respected, knowledgeable human being in many other areas, including the world’s environment. He was mostly recognized as a world-famous Mountaineer, Explorer, Diplomat, Humanitarian and Environmentalist; and throughout his illustrious career he became the proud recipient of countless decorations and citations, rightfully acknowledging those brilliant leadership qualities.

To many of us who knew him well however, it was Sir Edmund’s friendship and dedication to the Sherpa people of the Solu Khumbu region of Nepal that we admired most, and as his close friends, we have, over the last 40 years, delivered with unwavering dedication on his request to Help the Sherpas Help Themselves.

Through The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation and it’s Board of Directors, we keep his memory alive and are reminded daily of Ed’s larger than life’s work. Sir Ed led an exemplary life, not only helping his own causes but others too.

We ask all who read this article, to join us in honoring Sir Edmund who did so much for his fellow man. Sir Ed, we salute you and restate our promise to keep helping the Sherpa people in Nepal.

Karen O’Connor


W. (Zeke) O’Connor

Founder & Executive Director

Canada & Nepal Pin