In the Community

Chapters Mic Mac Mall Location

The team at Chapters Mic Mac Mall location made a wonderful donation of books and toys for our children just in time for Easter.  Many thanks to the team members who purchased items as well as Chapters for making such a wonderful donation of reading materials.

100+ Women Who Care

Chisholm was very pleased to be selected as the ‘Charity of Choice’ at the 100+ Women Who Care meeting held on Tuesday December 5th, 2017.

“We had the honour of listening to three outstanding charities present and inform us on how they make a difference in our community,” said Gina Connell Co-chair of 100+ Women Who Care Halifax. “Each meeting provides members with the opportunity to support the selected recipient through donation as well as the chance to learn about each charity’s mission to make the HRM a better place. It really is a great way to hear about the wonderful work being done in our community,” added Connell.

Chisholm Services for Children is very thankful for the support from the women of our community and the donation for our Home Revitalization Project. The donation from 100+ Women Who Care will contribute to creating a home that responds to the therapeutic needs of the children living at Chisholm Centre; creating a home that is comforting and safe.

For more information about 100+ Women Who Care please visit their website:

Computer Donation from Master Merchant Systems

The children at Chisholm were so pleased to receive three workstations donated by Kevin Burgess (Vice-president — Information Technology) and his team.  These will be used by the children in the day program as well as in their home.  The children are very appreciative of their new computers and send out a big “THANK YOU” to the team at Master Merchant Systems.

RBC Spring Garden Christmas Donation

The team at RBC Spring Garden Road supported the children at Chisholm once again this holiday season.  With their generosity, the children were able to enjoy a hay ride at Hatfield Farms on the last day of school before the Christmas break as well as a few extra special treats on Christmas day.  RBC Also contributed funds towards the children Christmas meal which was prepared by Patricia and Colleen. Thank you once again to the RBC Spring Garden team and their generosity at Christmas.

Workspace Atlantic Inc. Bedford & Boris Holdings Support Children with Angel Tree

This year the team at Workspace Atlantic in Bedford and Boris Holdings supported our service with supplying extra gifts for the children in our residential program.  They set up an Angel Tree and were able to ensure Christmas was extra special for our children as members of their team matched children’s requests with gifts which were wrapped and ready for Christmas day. Thanks for your heartfelt support.  Wonderful community support!

Hartman Matthews Family Trust Fund

Many thanks to the Hartman Matthews Family Trust Fund for their most generous donation at Christmas.  Their support will assist with our Home Revitalization Project and purchase new furniture for the children’s common area.

United Way City Wide Day of Action December 7, 2017

Thanks to the volunteers from Brave New World who helped out on the City Wide Day of Action as well as Dulux Paints on Kaye Street for the donation of paint.  Great day of paining and revitalizing the children’s living room.  The kids loved it!

Corner Store (Ultramar / Parkland Fuels)

Wonderful contribution to Chisholm Services for Children from the teams at Corner Stores (Ultramar / Parkland Fuels) from across the Atlantic Provinces.  Supporting children from their community with a generous donation to assist with our program delivery. Greatly appreciated!

Bill McQuillan, Scott Hoskins, Geoff Hurst, Janet Williams, Wade Johnston, Tony Wellwood.

Hartman Matthews Family Trust Fund

Many thanks to the Hartman Matthews Family Trust Fund for their most generous donation at Christmas.  Their support will assist with our “Build a Bed Program”, providing new built-in-beds for all of our children.  Thanks once again in helping our children sleep better at night.

Investors Group Halifax

Thanks so much to the Halifax Investors Group who raised funds from the comedy night in October, as well as contributions from the team; totalling $4,000. Thank you for your on-going support of our program and the children in our care.


Christmas Donation

Thanks again this year to Finbar Williams for the great donation of Lego for the children in the program as well as for the Christmas Gifts.  Children helping children!

Finbar, Dec 2015

Annual General Meeting: June 16th, 2015  — Community Heart Award Recipient

Liz Ingram Chambers, June 2015

Wade Johnston (Executive Director) Liz Ingram-Chambers (Community Heart Recipient) JoAnne McGillivray (Board Chairperson)

The Community Heart Award is a public recognition of a community collaborator that is involved in the service we provide for children, and who we rely upon in delivering a community based service for children.

The award recognizes an organization or a member of the community that aligns with Chisholm’s vision of service and standard of care, and who has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing the overall service for the children at Chisholm.

Recipients of the Community Heart Award resonates with the vision of Chisholm Services for Children which supports every child in its care to find hope when their situation seems hopeless, find value in respecting others and be respected in return, feel dignified when their dignity is challenged, feel a sense of belonging and safety in their own community, and build the capacity to trust in themselves and others.

It is my pleasure to recognize Liz Ingram-Chambers of Le Bistro by Liz restaurant. Liz and her team at Le Bistro by Liz have been involved and supporting Chisholm since 2013.  The relationship with Liz began with Le Bistro’s support of Bind date with a Star the signature fund raising event for Chisholm. Liz very graciously has offered Le Bistro as a venue each year for the event. The first year while meeting with Liz about participating and telling Liz about Chisholm and the program she immediately offered to send a pot of soup with baguettes to the children and she has continued every week since. Liz and her team at LeBistro have as well been Very generous at Christmas with donations of clothing and Christmas items!

These contributions are truly exemplary of the defining characteristics of the Community heart award and Liz your philanthropy in support of Chisholm is graciously appreciated.

I would like to ask Liz Ingram-Chambers to come forward and accept the Community Hear Award for 2015. Thank you Liz so very much for your generosity and kindness to Chisholm!

Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon 2015

Bluenose, 2015

Wade Johnston (Executive Director, Chisholm Services for Children), Norma Craib (Chisholm Services for Children Volunteer), JoAnne MacGillivray (Chisholm Services for Children Board Chair), Fred MacGillivray (Chisholm Foundation for Children Board Chair), Geoff Hurst (Director of Business Development, Chisholm Services for Chuldren), Tracy Gallant (Chisholm Services for Children Volunteer)

Thanks to all that came out on a sunny day in May to help raise funds for Chisholm Services for Children. A great day for a run and a great program to raise funds for!

Scotiabank $5,000 contribution for 2015 Blind Date with a Star

Scotia Bank Cheque, winter 2015

Thanks to the team at Scotiabank Spring Garden Road for their support with ticket sales at the 2015 Blind Date with a Star.  Their team of volunteers assisted with matching $5,000 of ticket sales for the live auction item of a trip for two.

Merry Christmas from Children in the Community

Thanks to Finbar and Maeve Williams who dropped by with some presents for our children at Christmas.  Truly a gift from the heart!

Finbar and Maeve, Dec 2014

World Financial Group Yard Sale

The team from the World Financial Group Inc. in Halifax spent a sunny day in July supporting the children at Chisholm by organizing a yard sale. A great day and thanks to all at the World Financial Group Inc. who came out to volunteer their time to make the event so successful.

Brigadoon Village

The children and many of the team were welcomed to experience the wonderful magic that happens at Camp Brigadoon during the weekend of June 14th.  The Children spent their first overnight away at camp and enjoyed lots of outdoor activities such as canoeing, a scavenger hunt, trail hiking, campfires (with smores or course), swimming and theater time.  Over all a great opportunity for our children to learn more about the environment and take risks to learn new skills at Brigadoon Village.  Many thanks go out to the Brigadoon team as well as the Paddle to Sable folks, Jan Sebastian LaPierre and Graham Carter who made this experience possible through their fundraising efforts.

Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon

This year Team Chisholm participated in the Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon. Several staff members and community volunteers chose to run in the 5 km, 10 km and the full marathon in support of our children.  Thanks to all who came out on a beautiful weekend to run in support of our children as well as to those who sponsored the runners.  Also a great round of applause for the children who also participated in the Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run on Saturday.  Well deserving of their medals!!!!!


Wade Johnston (Executive Director, Chisholm Services for Children), Norma Craib (Chisholm Services for Children Board Member) & Shelly Manzer-Currie (Chisholm Services for Children Board Member).

Investors Group Atlantic Comedy Tour

Chisholm was very fortunate to receive a donation from the Investors Group Comedy Night totalling $1,000.  It was a fantastic evening at the Rebecca Cohn of hilarious stand up comedy starring Mike Delamont, Angelo Tsarouchas and Rob Pue. Many thanks to the comedians and the team from the Investors Group for their most generous support.

Jazz Auction’s Airplane Furniture.

In January 2014, Jazz made a most generous donation of approximately $12,700 to Chisholm through a creative auction of designer furniture assembled from old airplane parts.  Jazz Aviation LP (“Jazz”) collaborated  with Toronto-based design firm Creative Group Interiors to raise funds for charity. Creative Group Interiors’ principal designer, Aisan Ahmadi, used retired aircraft parts from Jazz airplanes and transformed them into uniquely designed furniture. The pieces were auctioned off at the Interior Design Show in Toronto, with all proceeds being shared between Chisholm Services for Children and ONEXONE.

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Scotiabank supports 2014 Blind date with a Star by selling tickets for a trip for two!

Members for Scotiabank participated in the 2014  Blind Date with a Star, raising $5000 in support of the event through their volunteer efforts by selling tickets on the grand prize of a trip for two to Las Vegas, Florida or New York.  Many thanks to the team from Scotiabank who helped out with this event!


Brooke Robinson (Scotiabank), Gisele Bourque (Scotiabank) Geoff Hurst (Director of Business Development, Chisholm Services for Children), Wade Johnston (Executive Director, Chisholm Services for Children), Lee-Anne Benedict (Scotiabank) and Krista Clarke (Scotiabank)

Playground Sponsorships

The Edwards Family Charitable Foundation of Halifax and the Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis provided seed funding to build an outside play area for the children in our care.  With the Edwards Family Charitable Foundation’s donation of $3,000 and the Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis donations of $5,000 in December and another $5,000 in July, we are getting close to reaching our target to build a play area for our children.  A big thanks to both the Edwards Foundation and the Progress Club for helping us out!  Stay tuned for photos as we build……

TELUS Atlantic Community Board Supports Blind Date with a Star event with a donation of $20,000 towards the “Community Development Through Volunteer Engagement Project”

The TELUS Atlantic Community Board  has made possible the implementation of Chisholm’s “Community Development Through Volunteer Engagement Project” through their most generous donation of $20,000 in support of the program as well as Blind Date with a Star in January, 2014. The project will target community volunteers who are interested in supporting the children in the program through volunteer opportunities with the LINKS Literacy program, Adoption Project as well as our residential services and “playground in a day” project.

Myra Freeman, Geoff and Wade with TELUS cheque

Geoff Hurst (Director of Business Development, Chisholm Services for Children), Myra Freeman (TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board Member),  Wade Johnston (Executive Director, Chisholm Services for Children).

RBC Secret Santa’s

Once again RBC Spring Garden branch wished to assist Chisholm with the Secret Santa program.  They have continued to raise funds for our children for Christmas and once again provided funds and supported in providing the Christmas meal, a sleigh ride over the holidays, as well making sure Santa finds each of the children at Chisholm this year.  Thanks once again goes out to all at the RBC Branch who have assisted Chisholm this year with Christmas.

Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia (Halifax Site) — Casual Week Donation

The Workers’ Compensation Bard of Nova Scotia (Halifax Site) proudly presented a cheque for funds raised during their casual week.  Their efforts raised $510 for the children in the program.  Thanks to all at the Halifax Site of WCB who gave so generously. Your donation will assist with the direct care of the children who live at Chisholm.

WCB Donation, Oct 2013

Celine Hopkins (WCB Halifax Site), Wade Johnston (Executive Director, Chisholm Services for Children).

Centre for Arts and Technology — Acts of Kindness

Over the past few months the Centre of Arts and Technology have partnered with Chisholm Services for Children in presenting a fundraiser; Acts of Kindness.  Five of the students have been working diligently in preparing an event that will raise the profile of Chisholm and its service in the community, as well as deliver an event to assist in raising funds to support the programs we offer.  This past weekend, the students were at the Halifax Seaport Market passing out candy flowers to attendees as well as promoting the upcoming event on September 20, 2013.  Acts of Kindness will be held at the WTCC, with Felicia Yap from CTV as emcee and John Dunsworth as special guest comedian.

Acts of Kindness

Phil Borque, Taylor Mattie and Soheila Hashemi at the Halifax Seaport Market. Cole McLean and Jessica McCorvell not in photo. All students of the Centre for Arts and Technology.

Bell Aliant Backpacks for Kids

The children at Chisholm received a wonderful surprise in preparation for school with a generous donation of backpacks stocked with school supplies.  These backpacks came from the promotion Bell Aliant Backpacks for Kids: Start Right. Finish Strong. This is the second year Bell Aliant has supported our children in preparing for back to school, helping to making their first days of school as successful as possible.

Backpacks for Bell, 2013

Steele Auto Group Van Donation for Children

Rob Steele, President of Steele Auto Group, made possible the donation of a Dodge Caravan for the children in the program to use for community outings, medical appointments, and visits with school and family members.  We at Chisholm are so please with this gift which is a true demonstration of Rob Steele’s philanthropic giving to his community and the children in our care. From all at Chisholm we would like to thank Rob Steele and his company for making this most generous donation to Chisholm and our children.

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RBC Spring Garden Road — Computer for the Children

This summer, the team at RBC Spring Garden Road contacted Chisholm to pass along a wonderful donation of a computer for their day program for the children.  The computer provides the children in the program with the opportunity to hone their technology skills as well as facilitating learning opportunities through the use of various educational software packages.  A big thanks goes out to RBC and the Team at the Spring Garden Branch.

Computer from RBC, Aug 2013

Mervyn Broome (Foundation Vice Chair), Sylvia Mannette (Senior Account Manager), Harry Grant (Branch Manager), Renee Poitras (A/Supervisor, Chisholm), Geoff Hurst (Director of Business Development, Chisholm Foundation for Children), Wade Johnston (Executive Director)

LeBistro Weekly Soup for the Soul

After supporting Chisholm’s most recent fundraising event by being one of the forty four restaurants where celebrities and their guests dined for the 13th Annual Blind Date With A Start in February 2013, LeBistro has partnered with Chisholm Services for Children to provide a pot of soup and baguettes for the children on a weekly basis. Liz Ingram-Chamber, owner and operator of LeBistro, has graciously decided to provide the children in our care with a pot of warm, comforting soup as well as baguettes on a weekly basis. Thank-you Liz, Chef Paul Pike and the staff at LeBistro for supporting the children in our care with Soup for the Soul.

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Liz Ingram-Chamber (owner & operator LeBistro), Angela Comish (Youth Care Worker), Chef Paul Pike

Edwards Family Charitable Foundation

This January Chisholm received a donation of $3,000 from the Edwards Family Charitable Foundation for modulation products for the children in our care as well as to assist with our HIGH FIVE® program.  The donation was made with support and advocacy of Peter Feron one of the Edwards Family Charitable Foundation’s Trustees.  These funds will assist in our therapeutic intervention from a trauma informed care model of practice, and help to provide daily sport and recreation opportunities for the children in our care.

RBC Secret Santas

This Christmas the staff from the RBC Spring Garden branch wished to assist Chisholm with the Secret Santa program.  They have been hard at work with various fundraising initiatives to help Santa with his work this year.  The RBC branch has raised funds to assist with the Christmas meal, a sleigh ride over the holidays, as well making sure Santa finds each of the children at Chisholm this year.  Thanks goes out to all at the RBC Branch who have assisted Chisholm this year with Christmas.

Sean Clarke (Supervisor), Mervyn Broome (Business and Personal Account Manager, RBC), RBC Spring Garden Team, Harry Grant (Branch Manager), Wade Johnston (Executive Director)

Secret Santas

This Christmas was filled with lots of Secret Santas from the community who reached out and help support the children in our care.  Special recognition goes out to RBC Spring Garden Road Branch, Inglis Street School, members from the Halifax Volunteer Group, employees from CRA (Corporate Research Associates), Freemans Little New York, Lisa Levy (Blue Bird Events), Tammy Mercier, Michael Rushe, Daryl Cail and of course, Santa Clause himself.

For the Love of the Children

In December of 2012 Verna Boutilier and her daughter Ann Thompson came to Chisholm to donate a handmade quilt to help with fundraising.  Verna and Ann shared the story of the quilt which was originally hand made by Verna and passed to her daughter Ann. Ann was so touched by the intricate hand embroidery and hand quilt work by her mother, that she returned it to her as a gesture of her love.  The quilt is truly a quilt of their love for each other. In recognizing the importance of the quilt to both of them, Verna and Ann made a decision to donate the quilt to an organization that may benefit in some way to raise funds.  Chisholm was their charity of choice. We are so please to have received this important quilt and will be looking at ways to help raise funds from the raffle of the quilt…for the love of the children.

Anna Thompson, Patricia Myatt (Board Member), Verna Boutilier

RBC Community Partnership

The RBC Spring Garden Branch has supported our “How it Works” Program since the summer of 2012.  The program provides an opportunity for the children in our care to go into the community to learn about how the business operates.  This summer, with the support of Harry Grant, RBC Branch Manager, the children in our program were introduced to banking and learning about how to set up bank accounts.  The children were also supplied with banking materials and a coin set.  Thanks to Harry Grant and the employees of the Spring Garden Road Branch for their support with the “How it Works” Program.

Pamela Hinks (Manager, Small Business) , Harry Grant (Branch Manager), Wade Johnston (Executive Director)

Halifax Volunteer Group Partnership

Since 2011 the Halifax Volunteer Group has been a strong community supporter of our program. The group has assisted with various fund development projects since their involvement with our organization as well as volunteering their time and services during the Christmas holidays.  Chisholm deeply appreciates their commitment to our service and the children in our program.  Members of the Halifax Volunteer Group include: Gail Creelman, Celine Hopkins, Sherry, Alex & Ernie Slate, Mike Gallant, Jeannette Gallant, Robert Isbister, Tammy Baker, Claire Brownell, Joey Elias, Elizabeth Westlake, Ahmed Nadi, Sara Brigley, David, Janet & Jordan Hanley, Marlene Kummer, Velda Waye, Jocelyn Smith, Norma Thompson, Donelda Richard and Patricia Myatt.

Friends of Chisholm Community Reception, September 2011

In September 2011, Chisholm Foundation for Children held its first official fundraising event. The event’s primary focus was to raise awareness of the service provided by Chisholm and raise funds for the Foundation. The event was hosted at the home of Charlene and Ralston MacDonnell hosted the event and hors d’oeuvres were prepared by Executive Chef Luis Clavel from the Atlantic Hotel, who graciously volunteered his services for the evening. The event provided an opportunity for the community to hear about Chisholm’s program with presentations by Chisholm’s Director of Clinical Services, Stacy McRae, as well as one of the program Supervisors, Sean Clarke, providing an update on the integration of HIGH FIVE® in the program delivery of service. Community partners were also recognized as part of the reception. Partners recognized include TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board, represented by Ken Power (Director of Atlantic Canada); Dalplex, represented by Shawn Fraser (Senior Manager of Programs), Heather Reynolds (Rock Court and Outdoor Recreation), and Jan Sebastian-LaPierre (Black Rock Adventures); Atlantic Elver Fishery Inc., represented by Genna Carey; and RBC Foundation, represented by Mervyn Broome (Account Manager Business and Personal, RBC). The Friends of Chisholm Fundraising Reception was a tremendous success, exceeding the $10,000 target set by the Foundation. The event raised $9,500 with an additional $2,500 donation presented by the RBC Foundation to directly support the after-school tutoring program. That was a donation total of $12,000. We’re looking forward to see how we can continue to enhance and support Chisholm and the children we serve through the generosity and support of the community as we go forward. 


Fred MacGillivray (Chisholm Foundation for Children Chair), Stacy McRae (Director of Clinical Services)