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12th Annual Courage To Give Back Awards | Cunard Centre, Halifax | Friday, 02. February 2018

The Courage to Give Back Awards presented by Scotiabank recognizes extraordinary individuals in our community. These individuals not only take on their own day-to-day challenges and personal barriers, but they make the time to give back to our community while they inspire others to do the same. We want to share their personal stories and recognize their conviction, courage and contributions.

On Friday, February 2nd, 2018 at the Cunard Centre in Halifax our 12th annual awards celebration in support of Family SOS will take place and also kick off our celebration of 40 years as an agency! The evening will be filled with inspiring stories of those who are making a difference in our community, a round table conversation of incredible success stories of our past clients, an exciting entertainment lineup and it would not be a birthday kick off without some fun mixed in! We even have a surprise at the end of the night!

You will be able to participate in our pre-event reception with food prepared by RCR Hospitality, a delicious 3-course dinner, our balloon pop raffle, silent auction and our 40th Birthday Celebration to commence after the awards dinner.

All funds raised through the Courage to Give Back Awards will go directly to enhancing and growing the programs and services Family SOS offers.
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  • We are excited to offer a journal from DOODLELovely at the Do What You Love, Love What You Do Silent Auction! Learn more at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=hJZeUbH_c0s
  • Stephanie, a police officer for over 22 years, is a single mother of two young boys and is currently the Community Response Officer in the Greystone Housing Community in Spryfield. Stephanie is a true community advocate! Recently honoured by the International Association of Women Police with the Community Service Award, she is praised for her ability to give so much to her residents and balances that with her home life. Before her time in Greystone, Stephanie was a patrol officer and says the biggest difference in her career now is that "when you are on patrol, and you have to interact with someone, very rarely is it on positive terms, many times you are the bearer of bad news. As the Community Response Officer you have the ability to learn from your residents and be proactive so that majority of your interactions are very positive." Stephanie, believes that in her career "you cannot arrest your way out of a problem", so rather she spends her time developing relationships and trust within the community. It only takes a moment in Stephanie's Greystone office to see the impact she has had. Countless children walk in through the doors to tell her about their day, and grab a snack. On report card day at school, Stephanie can expect anywhere from 40-50 children to stop by her office to show off their accomplishments. Stephanie's mission in the Greystone Community is to leave a lasting trail of positivity among the residents, and most importantly the children. If she can change the perception of one child and how they see police officers, she says that is an impact she is happy with. Stephanie takes the time to teach her sons the value of helping others and learning by interacting and making friends with others who may have had it harder than they have. She does this by including her sons in community events and volunteer activities within the community whenever she can. She says many officers separate their work from their families, as they do not want to expose their children to "that side of the world", but not Stephanie, she wants her boys to have the same appreciation for the communities that she works in as she does, and that comes from getting to know the incredible people who live there. Celebrate with Stephanie on February 2nd, by purchasing your ticket at https://couragetogivebackawards2018.eventbrite.ca
  • A huge thank-you to our friends at Advocate! Your support not only of the 12th Annual Courage To Give Back Awards, but all year long is appreciated so much! #courage2018
  • Thank-you to our friends at VIA Rail Canada for providing a $1000 Travel Credit that can be used on any trip and train services within Canada for the Experience This! Raffle at the 12th Annual Courage To Give Back Awards!
  • 10 0000 thank-you's to two companies who are true community leaders, and care deeply about children, youth and families in our city! Thank-you Clearwater Seafood & Micco Companies! You are true Change Makers! #courage2018
  • Loran is passionate about education and has been instrumental in not only educating herself, but allowing others that may have otherwise fallen through the cracks, succeed! A medical student at Dalhousie University, Loran is a true go-getter, and inspiration. She has given community youth the opportunity to learn through a not-for-profit tutoring organization that is focused on supporting its participants in their success in and out of the classroom. Launched in 2013 by Loran and co- founder Chloe Zinck, SHINE began with 10 school-aged children receiving tutoring from 6 volunteers. By June of 2017, the program had grown to almost 70 students, grade primary to grade 12, supported by over 50 volunteers. From 2006 – 2012, Loran regularly tutored numerous junior high and high-school students within the North End community, focusing on their needs in math and science. During this tutoring period, Loran recognized that a greater need existed in the community of North End Halifax. From this she began providing additional tutoring to a broader audience. Loran’s current role as Program Director, sees her organizing the program which includes coordinating the efforts of a program coordinator, various supporters, sponsors and tutors as well as providing free tuition for the students. Loran also communicates with parents, library staff and community leaders to promote the program. Friends say that “Although we all have 24 hours in a day, no one crams more into 24 hours than Loran, and the fact that she does so willingly as a volunteer is an inspiration to us all.” Through her efforts Loran has made significant impact on the lives of her students. Her drive and energy has resulted in these children and youth gaining confidence and improving their grades so they are able to pursue post-secondary education. What Loran has accomplished is a true inspiration! As a medical student, who has entirely self-funded her education, she is an example of no matter what socio economic background we come from, we can overcome any challenges in front of us and accomplish great things if we set our minds to it! Celebrate with Loran at the 12th Annual Courage To Give Back Awards by purchasing your ticket at https://couragetogivebackawards2018.eventbrite.ca
  • For the second year in a row we are ecstatic to have Scotiabank as our Presenting Sponsor! Thank-you for being a Champion of Courage! #courage2018
  • The Indomitable Spirit Award Recipient is not only a leader in our community, but a force to drive change and motivates others. He or she has true determination, conviction and dedication to their community. They demonstrate what it really means to invest “yourself” in a cause. This individual’s passion is evident in their work, and the heart they put into each project! Thank-you to Parts For Trucks for sponsoring this award and supporting children, youth and families in our community! #courage2018
  • Thanks to Trimar Promotional Products someone will be walking away with a super warm new winter coat from the Do What You Love, Love What You Do Silent Auction! #courage2018
  • The After Party at the 12th Annual Courage To Give Back Awards will feature none other than True North DJs! Make sure you bring your dancing shoes! #courage2018
  • Who loves to ski or snowboard? Thanks to Ski Wentworth there will be a great Silent Auction item at the Courage to Give Back Awards for you! #helptothrive #courage2018
  • Thanks to our friends at White Point Beach Resort, you could wake up to this view! The Do What You Love, Love What You Do Silent Auction will feature a SEA’Scape Getaway Package! #courage2018
  • Barry is a 33 year veteran of the Canadian Military and the President / Owner of Abbigail Honey, a small agricultural based Honey Farm in Cole Harbour NS. Throughout his career with the military, Barry has seen abject poverty, destruction, devastation and the moral injustices of war, all culminating in a deployment with task force Afghanistan in 2008. These experiences would later in life profoundly shake his beliefs in right and wrong, and ultimately resulted in a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It was during the dark years of recovery that he found the desire to assist others with PTSD, a motivation that was instrumental in his treatment, a motivation that quickly focused his life’s efforts towards helping others deal with “the darkness” as he calls it. Barry ended treatment for PTSD in 2015 and was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma a mere 10 months later, a new life challenge that he faced head on and with the tenacity that he threw at PTSD. It was during his chemotherapy treatment that Barry, true to his desire to “give back” approached Family SOS and offered to set up an education program and mentor the youth of the BEEA Honey with Heart program. Barry has become an incredible role model for those who **** adversity or hardship, and has personally committed himself to a “others first” philosophy. His perseverance and strength displayed during his fight with cancer was awe inspiring to the youth. Barry continues to defy expectations on a daily basis, persevering through the emotional pain of PTSD, being diagnosed with cancer and has never lost focus on giving back to others. Barry’s motivational and courageous heart are contagious to all of those lucky enough to meet him. Celebrate with Barry by purchasing your ticket for the 12th Annual Courage To Give Back Awards at https://couragetogivebackawards2018.eventbrite.ca
  • Our friends at the The Westin Nova Scotian have donated a $100 Gift Certificate to their restaurants! #courage2018
  • We love being able to feature awesome local companies in the Do What You Love, Love What You Do Silent Auction at the 12th Annual Courage To Give Back Awards! Thank-you to Trail Wrap Apparel for supporting our cause! #courage2018
  • Have you purchased your tickets? Get yours at https://couragetogivebackawards2018.eventbrite.ca #courage2018
  • Thank-you to local Scentsy Director Stephanie Langille-Reid for your support of the Do What You Love, Love What You Do Silent Auction at the 12th Annual Courage To Give Back Awards!
  • We are excited to be featuring a Silent Auction item from our friends at Supplement King!
  • The Do What You Love, Love What You Do Silent Auction will feature an item from Herbin Jewellers in Wolfville! Learn more about them at https://www.herbinjewellers.ca/ #courage2018
  • Come experience light with Atlantic Lighting Studio! Thank-you for your donation to the silent auction at the 12th Annual Courage To Give Back Awards! Learn more at http://www.atlanticlightingstudio.com/home
  • Thank-you to the Sidney Crosby Foundation for your continued support of the Courage to Give Back Awards and your commitment to better the lives of children and youth in our city! #courage2018
  • Thanks to Philippa Lauzon, VoxxLife Independent Distributor and Director. for your donation of a pair of VoxxLife socks to our silent auction! #courage2018
  • The Live Auction at the 12th Annual Courage To Give Back Awards is sure not to disappoint! One element of the auction that our guests look forward to is our local art installment. For last year's event we did a collaborative piece with local artist Ghettosocks - check out the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGz3skOoN90&t=1s
  • What project would you get completed with eight hours of handyman work? Thanks to our friends at LumberMart Ltd you can support Family SOS programs and purchase this service at the 12th Annual Courage To Give Back Awards! #courage2018
  • The Perfect Fit carries modern and stylish clothing and accessories from designer and brand names like Michael Kors, Coach, Lululemon, Club Monaco, Jones NY, Banana Republic and Loft! Check out the Do What You Love, Love What You Do Silent Auction to bid on a $100 Gift Card to this unique shop!