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Halifax, NS

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About Us

Halifax's first grant event took place on February 29, 2012...on the 366th day, there was awesome! We launched with a banner event, complete with homemade s'mores, beer sampling and a ukelele performance. Since then, we've been going strong, receiving more than 20 submissions every month and feeding the good people of Halifax everything from gourmet popcorn to homemade chicken soup.

We also do things a bit differently than some of the other chapters. We have 30 trustees and we break into three teams of 10, rotating on a monthly basis. Those amazing people are:

Alex Liot - Sales, The Chronicle Herald
Bob Mattatall – Owner, Mattatall Signs
Brenna MacNeil - Graphic Designer, Dalhousie University
Brian Titus – Owner, Garrison Brewery
Bruce Wood – Manager, Assurance & Advisory, Deloitte
Christine White – Director of Communications & Events, Taste of Nova Scotia
Claude O’Hara – Executive Director, Hants Regional Development Authority
Colette O’Hara – Owner/Partner, Red Balloon Relations
Craig Flinn – Owner, Chives Canadian Bistro
Dave Finlayson – Marketing Manager, Helly Hansen and Halifax Regional Municipality School Board member
Derek Simon – Lawyer, Burchells LLP
Devin Sherrington – Owner, 360 Fit
George Christakos – Owner, Brooklyn Warehouse
John Crace – Principal, Director of Sustainability, WHW Architects
Jon McGinley – Director of Marketing, Radian6
Kim Hayward – Owner, Cascades Spa
Laura Whitman – Owner/Partner, Red Balloon Relations
Leah Skerry – Managing Partner, Norex
Liam Hennessey – Photographer/owner, Applehead Studio Photography
Matt Rogers – General Manager, Bishop’s Cellar
Michael Dick – CBC Reporter
Mike Kennedy – Manager, Internal Audit Centre, Department of Health & Wellness
Marie-Claude Gregoire – Paediatrician, IWK Children’s Hospital
Pam Wamback – Owner, Sea Dees
Stephen and Gillian Petty – Independent film editor; Assistant Registrar, Dalhousie University (respectively)
Shelley Murphy – Faculty, Public Relations, NSCC
Taayo Simmonds – Law student
Tim Chesnutt – EPIC Dartmouth Race Director
Trevor Wallworth – Program Director, Newcap Radio
Zane Kelsall – Owner, Two if by Sea Restaurant/Café (Dartmouth and Halifax)

If you’re interested in being added to the list of folks who are dying for a spot on our Board, let us know and we’ll be happy to put you on the list. Email us at

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