McInnes Cooper completes five-year pledge to Atlantic Canada’s first Community Food Centre

Members from McInnes Cooper were on hand today to celebrate the impact the in the firm is making in Dartmouth North and a founding sponsor of the Community Food Centre.

The firm presented the final cheque of its $25,000 commitment to help get Atlantic Canada’s first Community Food Centre up and running.

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McInnes Cooper was the first corporate partner to join the capital campaign organized by the Dartmouth Family Centre and Community Food Centres Canada as they prepared to open the Community Food Centre.

Ray Adlington, former Managing Partner and CEO and current President of the Canadian Bar Association, sat on the fundraising committee.

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“Our Board knew the Community Food Centre could have a tremendous impact,” said Wendy Fraser, newly appointed Executive Director of Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre. “They needed corporate partners who believed in our vision, and McInnes Cooper was there for the organization at a critical time.”

In one year alone, McInnes Cooper’s support made it possible for the Family Centre and Community Food Centre to:

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•          Serve 20,100 meals and snacks

•          Log 8,500 visits to our drop in

•          Offer 315 program sessions

•          Engage more than 146 volunteers, who contributed 7,400 hours

McInnes Cooper members also volunteered to help ‘Farmer Rob’ in  the Community Farm, which grew more than 3,000 lbs of food this past season.

“Our partnership with the Dartmouth Community Food Centre is a welcome addition to our Collective Social Responsibility Program because it provides an opportunity to advance our priorities of food access and community building,” said Andrea Hewitt, CSR Coordinator for McInnes Cooper. “It’s also been rewarding to see our members volunteer at the Centre and deepen their appreciation for the impact our support is having on the community.”

Community Food Centres build health, belonging, and social justice through the power of food. There are a total of 10 similar centres across Canada.

Good Food Matters Campaign raises $51,673!

What a Happy New Year thanks to you!!

Our Good Food Matters Matching campaign wrapped up Dec. 31st and your generosity made it an incredible success.

Your support is bringing $51,673 into parenting support, child development, cooking programs, meal programs - you name it and your gifts are supporting it!

See you contribution at work: join us for this month's screening of Six Primrose on Wed. Jan. 30th at the Community Food Centre. Get your free tickets now.

Thank you to all who make Dartmouth North Community Food Centre an amazing place to be!

Thank you to all who make Dartmouth North Community Food Centre an amazing place to be!

Wendy Fraser named Executive Director of Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre

Wendy Fraser, Executive Director, Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre

Wendy Fraser, Executive Director, Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre

The Board of Directors of the Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre is pleased to announce that Wendy Fraser will be joining the organization as its new Executive Director effective immediately.

Wendy is a seasoned leader in Nova Scotia’s non profit sector with more than 25 years of experience. She led the development of Nova Scotia’s first residential palliative care hospice as the first CEO of Hospice Halifax, was the Executive Director of Supportive Housing for Young Mothers (SHYM), and a program director at Phoenix Centre for Youth and YWCA Halifax. Read Wendy Fraser's bio here.

"Wendy is a great fit for our mission, our team and the evolution of our organization," said Board Chair Anne Cogdon. "She is going to bring so much experience to our work."

Fraser takes over as the organization prepares to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Dartmouth Family Centre, a well-respected community hub for young families in Dartmouth North and the organization that opened the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre in 2015.

“Our organization has undergone a dramatic transformation over the past three years,” said Cogdon. “We’ve opened another site, doubled our programming, and reached out to more of the community than ever before; Wendy’s experience will be a great fit for us.”

Cogdon also thanked Acting Executive Director Cararlee McDaniel and the team at both sites for managing the organization so professionally during the search for a new leader.

“The past four months have been a testament to our incredible team,” said Cogdon.”

About the Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre

The Dartmouth Family Centre and Dartmouth North Community Food Centre are two community hubs situated in the heart of Dartmouth North.

The Family Centre has served young families with children aged 0 to 6 for almost 25 years. It offers programs for parents and parents-to-be, operates a full range of child development programs for kids and their families, and runs home visiting programs for parents in the community.

The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre is a program of the Dartmouth Family Centre, where community members of all ages can come together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food. It is one of 10 Community Food Centres created in partnership with Community Food Centres Canada.

MLAs & donors serve brunch to celebrate ‘culture of giving’ in Dartmouth North

Local generosity will raise $40k this holiday season

On Tuesday, November 27th, Dartmouth MLAs Susan Leblanc and Claudia Chender will join supporters and volunteers at the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre to serve a special Giving Tuesday brunch in celebration of the community’s spirit of giving.

Date: Tuesday, November 27th

Time: Drop-in brunch served beginning at 10am

Remarks at 11am

“Every week we need to fill 100 volunteer spaces to make our programs possible and every week this community responds. Sixty-eight per cent of our volunteers are people who also access our programs. I can’t think of a better example of giving back” said Caralee McDaniel, Acting Executive Director of the Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre.

The brunch is also being held to launch the organization’s Good Food Matters Matching campaign, which is doubling its goal this year. Thanks to the following businesses and individuals, every donation up to $20,000 will be matched, bringing a total of $40,000 into the community:

• NorthWest Healthcare Properties

• The Levenhurst Foundation

• Innovative Real Estate

• Rene Leclerc & Andrea Bowie

• Three anonymous donors

“This is our biggest campaign of the year,” said McDaniel. “It has a huge impact on our programs and introduces us to so many new friends and neighbours.”

The Good Food Matters Matching campaign was established two years ago by an anonymous donor who wanted to encourage others to support the new Community Food Centre by matching their gifts.

“This is not just a place to eat,” the donor said when the campaign was launched. “It’s a place where people grow food together, make friends, and find their voice. It’s so simple and do-able and yet so powerful.”

The campaign begins on Giving Tuesday, a day when charities across North America raise funds in support of their work, and will run until December 31st. Donations can be made at www.goodfoodmatters.ca.

About the Dartmouth Family Centre/Dartmouth North Community Food Centre

The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre is a program of the Dartmouth Family Centre, which has supported young families in the community for almost 25 years. In 2015, the Family Centre expanded its reach and opened the Community Food Centre in partnership with Community Food Centres Canada, making it possible to engage with people of all ages, with particular emphasis on those who are marginalized due to social and economic vulnerability.

The Community Food Centre is one of 10 across Canada. Find out more at www.dartmouthfamilycentre.ca.

Six Primrose Screening Information

Six Primrose is a feature documentary following the lives of five individuals connected to the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre. A Dartmouth reception and screening of the film is scheduled for Thursday November 8th at 6 pm (screening at 7pm) at Alderney Landing Theatre. Tickets are available online and a waitlist is being kept.

Another public screening is being held at the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre (6 Primrose, Unit 140). To be updated about screenings, please subscribe to our mailing list and select Six Primrose.

Six Primrose, a nod to the Community Food Centre’s civic address, chronicles the dramatic impact that access to healthy food, a social network and empowering programs have had on individual lives and the community as a whole. It was directed by award-winning filmmaker John Hillis of Truefaux Films, who spent three years immersed in the community.

The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre opened its doors in 2015 through a partnership between the Dartmouth Family Centre and Community Food Centres Canada. The welcoming community space seeks to address issues of poverty, food insecurity, and social isolation affecting the community. Programs include nutritious community meals, cooking classes for all ages and a 20,000 sq. ft Community Farm. To learn more visit www.6primrose.ca.

About the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre and Community Food Centres Canada

The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre is a program of the Dartmouth Family Centre, which has supported young families in the community for almost 25 years. In 2015, the Family Centre expanded its reach and opened the Community Food Centre, making it possible to engage with people of all ages, with particular emphasis on those who are marginalized due to social and economic vulnerability. Find out more at www.dartmouthfamilycentre.ca.

The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre is one of 10 Community Food Centres created in partnership with Community Food Centres Canada. Since 2012, Community Food Centres Canada has been working with partners to build and support vibrant places in low-income communities that build health, belonging, and social justice through the power of food. Find out more at www.cfccanada.ca.