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YOU, the award nominated supporter

In Special Events on May 28, 2014 at 10:18 am

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It’s another awesome week here at the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia – we have three standing nominations for the Maritime Philanthropy Awards! Handed out by the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Nova Scotia Chapter, our nominees will mix and mingle at a dinner tonight.

Our organizations couldn’t exist without the help and support of special community members. They are invaluable. Whether they are fundraising, hosting events or volunteering, we can’t thank them enough.

Our President Chris Wilson feels the same way. “The Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia receives virtually its entire budget every year from events and donations by generous Nova Scotians.  This past year we have been particularly lucky to have been the recipient of generous donations of both monies and time and effort from three very prominent and well respected Nova Scotians.”

On behalf of the Society, Mr. Wilson would like to introduce you to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia’s nominees:

Outstanding Individual Philanthropist
“Rob Steele very generously agreed to hold our Evening to Remember at his beautiful home in the Halifax area.  His generosity far surpassed anything we could have expected.  Personal sacrifices he made resulted in an evening that will be long remembered by those that were lucky enough to have attended.”

Outstanding Sponsorship Partner
“Over the past years, our Walk for Memories event has become one of our biggest fundraisers.  The society has come to rely on the event to both bring awareness to our cause and also raise much needed funds.  There is no doubt that without the sponsorship support of Shannex and the personal support of Jason Shannon, the event would not be the success that it has become.“

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
“As President of the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, I would like to thank Justin McDonough for not only his past service with the Board of Governors for the Society, but also his ongoing passion and dedication to raise much needed funds through his extensive involvement as a co-chair for the Walk for Memories and also through his volunteer efforts to speak with donors in the wider community.  Without Justin it would be hard to imagine the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia achieving the successes it has over the past few years.”

Please join us in congratulating and thanking not only our organizations three nominees, but all the nominees of the Maritime Philanthropy Awards who volunteer and donate to a variety of worthy organizations, to make our communities happier, healthier and well supported.

YOU, the fundraiser with a cute support team behind YOU

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2013 at 12:46 pm
Nick, Nick, Kenny & Devin the boys of Fund Development

Nick, Nick, Kenny & Devin the boys of Fund Development

A big part of fundraising is surrounding yourself with wonderful supporters; from volunteers to donors, Board members to co-workers, working together in a respectful, collaborative environment can mean the world of difference to YOU and your job.

But what about when one of those volunteers is your significant other? Are they treated differently?

Today, I would like to tell you about four men who didn’t realize when they started dating their significant others, that fundraising would play such a big role in their lives.

From selling ducks, to dressing like a duck; packing and unpacking events to folding annual mailings in front of the TV at home, these men are truly special volunteers.

Nick (known around the office as “New Nick” because his fiance just joined our department), Nick (now called “Old Nick”), Devin and Kenny make up the better half’s of the Coordinators of Community Giving Dawn and Beth, Director of Fund Development Sarah (me) and Director of Finance Carla.

Since the moment that we were all hired, they have been Society volunteers. And while yes, YOU could say in some cases they have been “Voluntold” I notice each time I see them at events, they are enjoying themselves, they are enjoying connecting with the people we serve and they always give advice on what they think they could do differently next time.

Which considering that they are the volunteers (who unfortunately) get snapped at, directed in hundred different ways and are supposed to be able to read our minds – it is pretty impressive that they come back each year.

“People see the support they give at Society events, but they may not know about the support we get at home,” says Beth. “They make sure during the stressful event times that we have supper and are kept calm.”

Both Dawn and Carla echo Beth’s statement with the fact that they feel they receive “Un-conditional support, without question,” when it comes to volunteering for the Society and our Fundraising initiatives.

And we are lucky to have them, as they give a lot of hours, but also in specialized ways. “Kenny is always our go to A/V volunteer, my Nick builds us event infrastructure as a carpenter,” says Beth. “New Nick” spent the summer in parades and won us an award when he danced throughout one dressed like a duck and Devin has really taken on ownership as a Duck seller and Walk A-Team recruiter at his work.

So if YOU are just entering fundraising, prepare those close around YOU. If YOU are as lucky as us, YOU won’t have a problem.

YOU, and Your Volunteer Committment

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2013 at 12:27 pm



At one of our promo events on the weekend I was extremely privileged to be working with an amazing group of volunteers.  They were enthusiastic, energetic, capable and willing to work.  It made the day so much more enjoyable.  As I stood around looking at the group and thinking about how lucky I am, it got me thinking about how I can get these people back to volunteer at more of my events.  So what makes a volunteer come back and what makes them stay away?  There are lots of articles and studies done on volunteering recruitment and retention, but I am thinking more about how we can make their experiences at the event more enjoyable.  Are we doing enough to provide them with a rich, fulfilling volunteer experience?

For these answers I reflect back to my own volunteer experiences.  I have had some wonderful moments working with people with whom I still remain in contact.  I have built relationships that have led to employment.  But I have also had times that were completely horrendous.

I learned a long time ago, that if YOU want to know how to be successful at something take examples from your life and emulate the positive; but it is just as important to learn from the negative; knowing what not to do. This may seem obvious to most people, but I can tell YOU, I have had experiences similar to this very recently and these are things YOU want to avoid.

1. Do not treat volunteers like your minions.  YOU will always need to ask volunteers to do things for YOU, but there is a right way and a wrong way to do so.  Be patient, not bossy.

 2. Do not take your volunteers for granted.  Don’t just plop them at a station and leave them there.  If YOU notice that a certain volunteer seems keen, eager, and capable, why not try to nurture that into something more?  Why not try to build a relationship with that person so that they feel invested in what they are doing as part of the team.  Talk to them about why they are volunteering and what they want to get out of the experience.  I can’t tell YOU how many times I showed up at an event, was shown my assignment and left there for the day.  I did not feel engaged, I did not feel part of something, I felt isolated and wanted to go home.

3. Do not talk down to your volunteers.  A study conducted by the Statistics Canada in 2010, it states that 58% of people with a university degree volunteer. That means that a lot of the people donating time to our causes are intelligent, capable people with their own set of specialized skills.

The truth is that without volunteer support we would struggle to survive.  Volunteers are a vital part of our success as a not-for-profit organization.  And while we are cognizant to thank them, are we doing enough to make their experience with us a positive one?  I had three volunteers remark on the weekend that this was the most fun they’ve ever had volunteering because it didn’t feel like doing chores.  Was that because of something I did, or did I just luck out being at a fun event?  I’m not sure, but it made me very aware that in future I will work hard to provide them with a similar experience.



Thanking YOU, the Volunteer

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm


A great group of volunteers at the 2012 Alzheimer Duck Derby

Are YOU a volunteer? Are YOU so passionate  about a cause that YOU donate some of your time and talent? If so, YOU deserve a big thank YOU. It’s National Volunteer Week so it’s only right that I dedicate this week’s blog post to our amazing volunteers.

At the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, we know how important it is to make sure our volunteers feel appreciated. To say thank you this week, each department did a short video. Here is our department’s video.

The videos are just one easy idea YOU can use to thank your volunteers. Remember, it’s not enough to just thank them after they help with an event or job and then forget about it. YOU should be thanking them all year!

Think of your office, committee and event volunteers and the support they give YOU. Could YOU have a successful event without them? How about the volunteers that help out every week in the office and have become part of your team?

Volunteers are passionate people who take action and make an impact in our community. They volunteer because they believe in YOU.

How are YOU thanking volunteers this week? Leave a comment and tell us.

YOU, Taking New Steps to Fundraise

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Every October, volunteer canvassers hit the streets to raise money for our annual Door to Door campaign. Equipped with their canvassing kits, route map and enthusiasm to help our cause these volunteers make the time to help others.

Along  with visiting friends and neighbours in the community, our volunteers have found a new way to fundraise  this year. It’s called e-canvassing.

E-canvassing is simply fundraising online by sending emails to friends,  family and supporters asking them for donations. It’s great for someone who is unable to canvass in their community or for those who want to try a new way of communicating with their donors.

The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia makes it easy for canvassers to start raising money online.  As a canvasser, YOU can sign up and create your own fundraising page. Then, people will be able to search you by name and make a donation to your personal page. To visit the fundraising page for canvassers, click here 

“We have seen an increase in funds raised online compared to last year,” says Michele Charlton, Door to Door Coordinator. “It’s great to see our volunteers trying new things like e-canvassing.”

The Door to Door campaign is aimed at raising funds in search of the causes, treatments and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The campaign runs throughout  October and there are many volunteers who help in different communities across the province.

If YOU are interested in becoming a Door to Door volunteer, please contact Michele Charlton at 902 422-7961. Or, YOU can always make a donation by visiting  the website

Thank YOU to all of our Door to Door canvassers for your passion to help those living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. YOU are making a difference in your community, while helping to raise awareness about the many programs and services available for families.