Channel of Peace

Stranded in Gander on 9/11

Kevin Tuerff

When Kevin Tuerff and his partner flew from France to New York City on September 11th in 2001, they had no idea that the world—and their lives—would change forever.

When US airspace closed after the terrorist attacks, Kevin, who was experiencing doubts about organized religion, found himself in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland in Canada with thousands of other refugees or “come from aways.” 

Yet, when all seemed dark, the people of Gander rallied and the “plane people” experienced boundless acts of generosity. Channel of Peace tells the story of how Gander’s compassion, then and now, has ignited a spirit of kindness that renewed Kevin’s spirituality and has inspired an annual and growing “giving back” day. 

His story, along with others, has reached thousands of people when it was incorporated into the Broadway musical Come From Away. In Channel of Peace: Stranded in Gander on 9/11 you will find an unforgettable, inspiring tale of hospitality, the strength of the human spirit, and hope.

Kevin Tuerff is social entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in marketing communications. He has founded a college radio station, a national recycling awareness day, an international kindness initiative, and a certified B Corporation environmental marketing company. He is passionate about finding solutions for global climate change and refugees. Kevin has lived in Austin, Texas for more than 30 years. You can follow him on Twitter at @channelofpeacebook.