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YOU, Recognizing the “Special” in Special Events

In Uncategorized on September 23, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Race Day Thank You Photo with text

I’m writing today’s blog post with mixed emotions. I’m breathing a little easier this week as my big event, the Alzheimer Duck Derby is over. Yes, I’m a little relieved but it’s also bittersweet. There is so much build up to the day of the event and then all of a sudden the months of planning, organizing, and promoting is done.

I’m happy to say we had a great day on the Halifax waterfront with sunny skies and 24 degree weather. Thank YOU, Mother Nature!

I have been coordinating the Duck Derby for six years, and I learn something new every year. If you’re an event planner, YOU know having a successful fundraising event takes time, hard work and a great team. Anyone can put on a special event but not everyone can make it special.

It’s easy to measure your success by the financial goals that YOU or your board set. It’s so important that YOU reach these goals, especially in not for profits. However, there are important parts of events that can’t be measured in numbers.

I’d like to challenge YOU, when you’re evaluating your next event to look for other ways to measure success. What was the overall feeling of the event? Did YOU create an atmosphere for attendees and donors that will make them want to come back next year?

At the Alzheimer Duck Derby we did!

I talked to one person after the duck race and she said the best part of the event was the good feeling she had when she stood on the boardwalk with hundreds of others watching the ducks make their way down the Harbour. She said as she looked around, she felt a real sense of community and happy to be making a difference for families living with dementia. If YOU are successful in making people feel good, YOU know you’re doing something right.

The Alzheimer Duck Derby sponsors each had their own role to play the day of the event.  Be sure to keep them engaged and if they’re talking about plans for next year, give yourself a pat on the back because YOU know they’re happy about coming back. Keep maintaining those meaningful relationships with your sponsors because they’re so important!

Keep and eye and ear out for new opportunities. A local company was so impressed by what they saw at our Duck Derby that they asked if they could become a sponsor next year! That’s awesome! A word of advice, YOU never know who is watching, so always be looking for these opportunities.

Our rubber racer ducks are packed and we’re wrapping up the Duck Derby for another year, but we still have a lot of people to thank. So, a BIG thank YOU to our sponsors, community partners, sales teams, volunteers, spouses and partners, families, Alzheimer Society staff and everyone who adopted a duck for the Alzheimer Duck Derby and helped us create something special. Together we raised funds for Nova Scotians living with dementia in our communities!

I’m going to be stepping away from the blog for a few months as I change my role at the Society, but don’t worry, I’ll be back! I’m moving, and thankfully I have the opportunity to continue my Fund Development work from my hometown in Antigonish County.  I’m also excited to be on the ground promoting the programs and services we offer and helping others learn more about dementia and the ways that the Society can help.


YOU, Keeping Your Sales Teams Engaged

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2014 at 3:18 pm

BMO Metro managers

YOU might be wondering why we’re focusing on sales teams in our blog post today. In fundraising, charities often rely on the support of volunteers and corporations to help them reach their fundraising goals.  I think it’s important that today I mention the many volunteer and sponsor sales teams that help make the Alzheimer Duck Derby a success.

We call them sales teams because they help adopt ducks all summer long leading up to the Alzheimer Duck Derby on Sunday, September 21. This year, we have 40 sales teams all over Nova Scotia. As the Coordinator of the Duck Derby, I have the privilege to talk with them, keep them engaged and thank them for everything they do.

Not only do our sales teams help us reach our fundraising goals, they help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and educate Nova Scotians about the ways the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia helps  families living the dementia journey.

How do YOU keep sales teams engaged?

  • Set them up with the tools they need to succeed.
  • Make it fun! YOU can create a friendly sales competition between the teams and offer a prize to the top sales team.
  • Communicate with them regularly. Every two weeks send out fundraising tips, motivational messages, pictures, videos etc.
  • Do a half way check-in and call each sales team leader. Calling is much more personal than sending off an email.
  • Send them a fun video like this
  • Thank them! They are donating their time and raising important funds for your cause.

Do YOU have some tips YOU can share about keeping your sales volunteers engaged? Leave a comment below.

If YOU are interested in selling ducks this summer for the Alzheimer Duck Derby, please contact Beth Jackson at 902 422-7961 or email Or, YOU can adopt your duck and be entered to win great prizes here.

YOU, the bridge player and supporter

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2014 at 3:40 pm


Recently, Beth wrote a piece titled YOU, and the longest day of the year, detailing the Longest Day, a fundraising event organized by the Alzheimer’s Association. The event was held on Saturday, June 21st, the first day of summer, and a long and fun day it was.

With four bridge clubs participating in Nova Scotia, and YOU, the people that came out to support The Longest Day, over $3,000 was raised for families living with Dementia.

Kathie Macnab, a supporter of the Alzheimer Society and owner of the Bridge Studio in Halifax contributed as host of the event. Over the course of the day, the Bridge Studio sat over 83 tables, or approximately 330 bridge players. The day started briskly at 6:30 am with a turnout of 22 players, out of which 15 came in pyjamas. The biggest game of the day consisted of 15 tables, totalling 60 players. The day running from 6:30am-10:30pm was an overall success!

Not only did people participate in a game, but supporters like Nancy Fraser and Sheena Mackenzie, from the Bridge Studio, contributed to the long day with food to keep the players nourished and helping them keep a sharp mind during the game.

With the support of Kathie Macnab and YOU the players, over $2,000 was raised for the Alzheimer Society just at the Bridge Studio. The raised money will go through the Canada Bridge Federation Charitable Foundation to Alzheimer Society Canada which will then be distributed throughout the individual provinces.

Kathie hopes to make this event even bigger and better next year. Thanks to Kathie, all of the other organizations, and YOU for making The Longest Day a success.


YOU, and the longest day of the year

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2014 at 3:10 pm

intheloopSPRINGCANADAPOST_final-5New friends are always made across the bridge table!
– Kathie Macnab, The Bridge Studio in Halifax

The longest day of the year is coming up! Yes, June 21 is the first day of summer, also known as the summer solstice.

What will YOU be doing on the longest day of the year? YOU may basking in the sun, but hopefully you’ll be raising awareness and funds for families living with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Longest Day is a major fundraiser organized by the Alzheimer’s Association. From sunrise to sunset, thousands of teams sign up to do an activity they love while raising money for persons living with dementia.

How can YOU get involved? This year, bridge clubs across Nova Scotia are participating in The Longest Day. Each club will hold games throughout the day, bringing the bridge community together to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

This idea was inspired by the American Contract Bridge League who continue to sponsor The Longest Day in the United States because playing games like bridge is good for the brain.

I’m not an expert on bridge, but I know someone who is! Kathie Macnab is a major supporter of the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia and teaches classes at the  Bridge Studio in Halifax. Kathie is leading The Longest Day fundraiser at her club on June 21.

“Bridge is a game of logic and there are guidelines to remember, but each hand is a puzzle,” says Kathie.  “Any player can solve the puzzle, but the depth in which you look at the hands will vary from your expertise. Playing bridge simply keeps your mind sharp.”

Along with keeping your mind sharp, bridge players can also enjoy the social aspect of the game, which is another important way to maintain your brain health. So, if YOU are looking for a way to support families living with dementia in your community and challenge your brain, sign up to play bridge at one of these local clubs.

The Bridge Studio in Halifax. Call Kathie at 902 446-3910 for more information.

Truro Duplicate Bridge World. Call Bob at 902 639-1364 for more information.

Halifax Bridge World. Call Linda at 902 454-4098 for more information

Bridge Acadien in Tusket. Call Yves at 902 742-3306

Funds raised in Nova Scotia, stay in Nova Scotia to fund local services, education for families and research.

Thank YOU to all of the local bridge clubs for your dedication and support. YOU are helping those living the dementia journey.

YOU, raising awareness and funds in Cape Breton

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Cb lifestly show

If YOU live in Cape Breton there is an event coming up that may interest YOU! The first ever 50+ Lifestyle Show will be in Cape Breton on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Centre 200 from 10 am-5 pm.

The Lifestyle Show is expected to attract over 1,500 people throughout the day.  At this event, YOU can visit many exhibits and speak with professionals that provide products and services in: assisted living, health and wellness, anti-aging, financial planning and so much more.

The Alzheimer Society’s Education and Outreach Coordinator of Cape Breton, Catherine Shepherd will be at the event to answer any questions YOU may have about dementia, the programs offered in Cape Breton and how YOU can keep your brain healthy.

It’s just $5 to attend and $1 from every entry fee will be donated back to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

Thank YOU to Lynn Day of Dayly Events for organizing this event and raising awareness and funds for those living the dementia journey.

To learn more about the event, please visit the website or YOU can like the event page on Facebook

YOU, the Athletic Fundraiser

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2014 at 12:09 pm

The PRO Game

We all love a good game of hockey! We’re Canadian and we can’t help it, eh?  Today’s blog post is about a great group of men who turned their love for hockey into an event to benefit local charities.

This event is called the PRO Game. The PRO Game is a marathon hockey game taking place on May 9 and 10 at the Dartmouth Sportsplex. Over 40 hockey players will hit the ice for 24 hours to have some fun, get some exercise, and most importantly raise money for three local charities.

The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia is honoured to be one of those chosen charities. The PRO Game chose the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia because one of their members lost a family member to Alzheimer’s disease, and they are always looking for new charities to support.

Ken McCormick is one of the players who organizes the PRO Game. He ensures the PRO Game is a success and motivates players to fundraise.

“I send out weekly leader boards listing the players pledge performance from highest to lowest and highlight anyone who made a significant increase in donations that week,” says Ken. “Some of the guys will reply to everyone on the email and set up a fundraising challenge.”

All of the players involved in the event are friends, which makes for a really fun and competitive game. The players train and work hard on their cardio and get on the ice as much as possible in preparation for the big game.

The players are in all different stages of their hockey career. This year,Ken is excited to have 2007 Stanley Cup winner, Joe DiPenta and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice participating in the game. Also included in the star lineup are Roddy MacCormick, Toronto Maple Leafs NHL, Mike Kelly, Philadelphia Flyers NHL, and Steve Widmeyer, Moncton Hawks AHL.

When Ken was asked what he is most looking forward to at this year’s game, he said: “I’m excited to play hockey with my buddies, share some laughs, and help out our community.”

Thank YOU to all of the PRO Game players for your amazing support. To make a donation to the PRO Game players, click here.

YOU, the Nursing Home Fundraiser

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Wolfville Walk

The Wolfville Nursing Home staff and residents have a beautiful day for their Walk on June 6, 2013

Our annual Walk for Memories® event is over but there’s another aspect of the Walk that is in full swing. It’s called the Nursing Home Challenge. Nursing homes across the province are invited to take part in this challenge that raises funds for families living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and awareness in the community.

In 2012, 24  nursing homes across Nova Scotia held walks at their facilities. While some facilities get the whole community involved and walk a designated route around town, others choose to walk a shorter distance or even just around the driveway. After a nursing home signs up, a package with fundraising ideas, customized pledge sheets and promotional materials is sent to help them plan their walk.  Some popular fundraising activities include: bake sales, silent and live auctions and of course barbecues. Each nursing home is encouraged to do what works best for them.

“The Nursing Home Challenge is a major part of our Walk for Memories® event,” says Sarah Lyon, Director of Fund Development at the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. “The support we receive from the nursing homes helps raise important funds for families living with dementia and fund research into finding a cure. No matter how big or small, every nursing home plays a part in our success and we’re very grateful for that.”

For the past nine years, the Wolfville Nursing Home has won the challenge. With a dedication to our cause, hours of preparation and support from the community, they continue to make their walk a huge success. Thank YOU to the residents, employees, volunteers and the community for continuing to support us year after year.

The 2013 Nursing Home Challenge is underway!  Some facilities have held their walks in the  spring and there will be many more this summer.  Who will win the Nursing Home Challenge this year?

Do YOU work at a nursing home and would YOU like to become a part of the challenge? Contact Dawn Boudrot at 422-7961 ext. 258 or email for more information or to sign up today.