Our generous contributors
The following list recognizes some of the many businesses and organizations that contributed to the success of The Bay Refugee Project by providing services, fundraising support, and other assistance. Please recognize these generous donors and support local!
Acadian Maple Products
Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia and PEI
Aspotagan Ridge Golf Resort
Atlantic Sleep Therapeutics, Clayton Park
BMO Bank of Montreal, Mumford Road – Samer Jarad
The Bay Treasure Chest
Bloom Greenhouse and Garden Center
Canadian Tire Tantallon
Citadel Oral Surgery - Dr. Morrison
Chester Community Wheels
Crossroads Family Practice - Dr. Shauna Herman
East Coast Dance Academy
East Coast School of Languages
Eurocentres Atlantic Canada
Granville Dental Center - Dr. Knoll
Halifax County United Soccer
The Halifax Shopping Centre
The Head Shoppe- Halifax Shopping Centre
Highlander Law - Dianna Rievaj
Hubbards Chiropractic - Dr. Chrissy Fahie
Hubbards Family Dental Clinic - Dr. DeViller
Hubbards Historical Society
Hubbards Medical - Dr. Reza Mehrpooya
Hop Skip and Jump
Dr. I. A. Mendleson & Associates
Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
Lawton’s Drug Store
Lego Adventure Birthday Parties
The MAC Store – Halifax Shopping Centre
Marriott Harbourfront Hotel Halifax
Mom2Bee - Dr. Abouellail
Monarch Brokers Limited
Mother Nature’s Natural Therapy Clinic Bedford
Our Lady of Lebanon Catholic Parish
Oceanstone Inn and Cottages and Rhubarb Grill
Oceanview Garden Centre
Props Floral Design
Provident Developments - Basim Sobeih
Quake Matthews - Hip Hop Recording Artist
Recardo’s Take Out-Pizza
Roots and Boots
Chef Martin Ruiz Salvador & Sylvie Ruiz Salvador
Shatford School and staff
The Shatford Trust
Shining Waters Marina
The Shore Club
Sir John A MacDonald High School and staff
Saint Lawrence Kitchen Catering - Larry Fogg
St. Anthony’s Catholic Parish
St. Augustine’s Catholic Parish
St. Luke’s Anglican Parish
St. Luke’s United Parish
St. Margaret’s Bay Dental - Dr. Barry Brundige
St. Margaret’s Recreation Centre
St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish
Sugar Moon Farm, Earltown
Summit Dentistry, Beford - Dr. Asraa El Darahali
Tantallon Community Medical Clinic - Dr. Catherine Quakenbush
Tantallon Dental Center - Dr. Ian MacAskill & Dr. Yettie & team
Tantallon Elementary and staff
Ummah Mosque and Community Centre
Yoga instructors Bonnie Vanchuk, Brenda Mailer and Jane Britten
...and many local artists who contributed art for the fundraiser!
As we all make our way through this beautifully wintery February, we know a lot of people are invested in the Bay Refugee Project and are happy to share this update.
It has been a "hurry up and wait" month at the Bay Refugee Project! We have submitted the paperwork on the private sponsorship track to support two small families and are hoping to receive news of an arrival date in the near future. In the meantime, we continue to do community outreach and are currently working with ISANS (the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia) to explore ways that the Bay Refugee Project may be able to help with the recent arrival of many government-assisted refugee families in Nova Scotia. We are hopeful that we will have more to report very soon!
The original goal for the Bay Refugee Project was to raise funds to support one or two Syrian families to settle in our community. The Executive Committee of the Project is happy to report that their fundraising efforts have met with remarkable success thanks to all the private, community and business donations received by the group. In fact, as a result of this outpouring of generosity, we may be able to sponsor three families in our area.
See the list on our web site acknowledging the remarkable number of donors to the Project’s fundraising events.
In November, the Project reached its fundraising goal of sponsoring the first family, and began the process of submitting the application for sponsorship with our partner organization, the Catholic Diocese. In December, the group found a perfect home for rent in the Queensland area and outfitted it right down to a pantry filled with stock supplies, in case we received word that a family might arrive on short notice. We also launched a volunteer and donations database on line, which has been invaluable in helping to track the many resources available in our community.
After several weeks of anxiously waiting word about the application, the Project was approached by the Catholic Diocese to possibly consider a case which includes two small families who know each other and who currently live as refugees in Lebanon. They wish to be resettled in Canada, hopefully close to each other. Eager to help them, we have asked our partner to start the settlement process for these families.
Needless to say, the settlement process includes countless complicated steps, many of which are carried out under very challenging conditions in the refugee host country, so the members of the Project are trying to stay patient and positively focused, preparing for the day that the Syrian families arrive.
In the meantime, we continue to update the donation and volunteer database via the Get Involved page on our website.
From Jan Miller, the Chair of the Settlement Committee: “To all our contributors and volunteers, thank you again for your patience and support - we are constantly amazed by the willingness and eagerness of folks to pitch in, and we’re looking forward to working with everyone in the near future, to help welcome our new neighbors!”
Jan reminds us that we must expect ‘quiet’ periods in our activities, followed by ‘full steam ahead’, when our families are cleared for travel. Those who have offered as volunteers will be the first to know what needs to be done and how their offers might be put to action, as settlement details become more clear.
The following list acknowledges the generous contributions made to The Bay Refugee Project's fundraising events.Thanks also goes to the many individual donors who helped make our fundraising drive a success.
We just wrapped up the Stay and Dine Raffle with winners drawn at the Hubbards Barn. Over the last 6 weeks we sold just over 1200 tickets and collected $5295.
The winners are:
1st Prize - Stay & Dine Halifax - Susan Wilkins
2nd Prize - Stay and Dine Hubbards - Isabelle Zwerling
3rd Prize - Stay & Dine Peggy's Cove - Michael Collins
4th Prize - Stay & Dine Lunenburg - Scott Pelton
A big thanks to our generous sponsors for this fundraiser.
First prize - Stay & Dine Halifax ($600 value)
Two nights accommodation at the Harbourfront Marriot, dinner for 2 at Harbourstone Grill and dinner for 2 at Edna Restaurant.
Second prize - Stay & Dine Hubbards ($380 value)
One night accommodation at Rosewood Cottages in Hubbards, catered meal delivered to your cottage by Chef Larry Fogg at St. Lawrence Kitchen and 4 rounds of 9 holes of golf at Aspotogan Ridge Golf Course (season opens June 2016).
Third prize - Stay & Dine Peggy's Cove ($250 value)
One night accommodation at Oceanstone Resort and dinner for two at Rhubarb Restaurant.
Fourth Prize - Stay & Dine Lunenburg ($200 value)
One night accommodation at Spinnaker Inn and dinner for two at Saltshaker Deli.
Have you checked out the opportunity to make your donation to the Bay Refugee Project a gift to others? Go to our Donations page at www.bayrefugeeproject.org for details.
By popular demand, the Gift of Giving card drive will continue into the new year.
We have now raised enough money to submit our sponsorship application for the first family and are continuing with our plans to sponsor a second family. We do not know how long it will take before the first family arrives, but settlement plans are well under way. Our Fundraising Committee will continue to come up with funding ideas, but in the meantime our Settlement Committee has shifted into high gear and needs volunteers to help.
Visit our Get Involved page to find out how you can join in. We have a Volunteer Registry where you can indicate the activities that interest you. We also have an In-Kind Donation Registry where you can sign up to donate specific items that our family will need.
It has been a busy few months around the bay. After so many months of anticipation and preparation, we are ready to welcome a new family and show them just how wonderful this community is.