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Witness:
Dan Heffernan and Alain Cayer

Alain Cayer
Immediate Past State Deputy – Ex-Député D’État

Alain Cayer was born on February 10th, 1970, in Winchester, Ontario and raised on the family dairy farm. In 1992, he married Sheryl and together they have four beautiful daughters; Marie-France, Gabrielle, Natassja and Karine. They now own a garden center, L’Arbrerie Cayer, in Casselman, just east of Ottawa. Alain joined the Knights of Columbus, days after his 18th birthday in Council 7743 Ste-Thérèse d’Avila in Marionville. He has served as Trustee, Chancellor, Advocate, Deputy Grand Knight, and three terms as Grand Knight. He has served as a District Warden, and four years as District Deputy of District 58. At 19, he became Sir Knight of the 4th Degree with J. Urgel Forget Assembly 1999. In May 2008, he was elected as the Ontario State Warden. Alain has always been involved in sports; hockey, baseball, curling, golf, volleyball, and bowling. He also stands on the sidelines watching and supporting his daughters as they engage in volleyball, and cheerleading.

Dan Heffernan
State Deputy – Député D’État

Dan was born in southern Ontario – the 9th child of Irish parents who farmed near Arthur, Ontario. Dan attended a one room country school house until Gr 6, and then St John’s Separate School in Arthur. He graduated from Norwell District SS in the technology program before being hired by Ontario Hydro as a Millwright Apprentice in 1973. He married his high-school sweetheart, Rita, in 1972, and together they raised their 2 sons, Daniel and Christopher. During his career, as an Industrial Millwright, and then, Vice-President over the Nuclear, Thermal and Construction Divisions of the Power Workers, they moved around Ontario – now in their 18th home near Iron Bridge! In 1988, Dan joined the Knights of Columbus Council in Alliston, and quickly achieved Charter Deputy Grand Knight position to the newly formed Council in Angus where he performed Council Executive positions for many years before starting 2 new Councils, and accepting the District Deputy role.

His passion for his Faith and the Knights of Columbus shone when he was first appointed Pro-Life Chairman for Ontario, then was elected to the Ontario State Board in 2006. He was elected to the position of State Deputy of Ontario in April, 2017.



This interview took place at the Salt + Light TV broadcast center in Toronto on August 18, 2017.