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Video highlights capturing past UNICEF Water for Life Galas.

We hope you will enjoy this video invitation for the 2022 Chefs for the UNICEF Water for Life Gala and videos from past Galas. 

Join UNICEF for the 2022 Water for Life Gala!

UNICEF Canada’s Annual Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala will take place in person on April 20, 2022, bringing the Halifax community back together to support the world’s children. 

The Water for Life Gala features some of the best chefs in Nova Scotia with food inspired by countries around the world. Participate in our amazing auction that showcases over 120 items to bid on, and enjoy live music and a moving guest speaker who will share the importance of UNICEF’s work and the impact of your support.

Children urgently need our help. The fallout from COVID-19 has reversed years of progress on children’s rights, and has amplified the need to continue UNICEF’s important work focused on safe water, sanitation and hygiene – which also enables access to education. The solidarity of the community in supporting these life-changing programs is more important than ever. 

Through the generosity of many donors, UNICEF leads innovative initiatives to bring life-saving water to all children. To commemorate this special event milestone, view a Chronicle Herald article from the first Gala in 1993.

The full news release announcing the restaurants supporting the Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala is now available.

Event date

Mark your calendars for April 20, 2022.


Halifax Convention Centre 1650 Argyle Street Halifax, NS  B3J 0E

Purchase a table

Tables are available as follows:

  • Advocate: $10,000
  • Collaborator: $5,000
  • Humanitarian: $3,000
  • Individual Tickets: $300

To purchase a table or provide in-kind sponsorship for the Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala, please contact:

Holly Davidson
Manager, National Events
1 800 819 0889 ext. 8204

Donations and cheques for table purchases can be sent by mail to the UNICEF Canada office located in Calgary:

Attn: Holly Davidson
B001, 1716 – 16 Avenue NW
Calgary, AB T2M 0L7

Ways To Support UNICEF's Water For Life Gala Halifax


Make a donation to help bring life-saving water to all children.

Donate Now


A single water pump can change the lives of 150 children in a local community and helps improve overall health and sanitation. The water pump is a gift that will continue to give for up to 10 years, supplying safe water for drinking, handwashing, bathing and household use. A local water source means that girls who typically miss school to collect water will have their right to an education fulfilled, and a chance at a brighter future.

Purchase a Water Pump


A Water for Life Bundle contains 80 bars of soap, 650 sachets of oral rehydration salts, 2,440 water purification tablets, a collapsible water container and a bucket, providing 604 children with the tools to purify water, stay clean and make a life-saving impact for children exposed to waterborne illnesses.

Purchase a Water for Life Bundle

2022 Gala Sponsors

Champion Sponsor


Advocate Sponsors

Alumitech Architectural Logo
Bell Aliant logo
CIBC logo
Lindsay Construction Inc. logo
Micco Companies logo
Steele Auto Group logo

Collaborator Sponsors

Greg Bakeeff & BMO Private Wealth
B.D. Stevens
Concertia Technologies Inc.
Energy Atlantica
Intact Insurance
MOBIA Technology Innovations
Ribbon Communications Canada
RPIA Investment Advisors
Scotia Investments Limited
Stewart McKelvey

Generous Contributors

The Bakeeff Cruikshank Group and BMO Private Wealth logo
Halifax Convention Centre logo
Encore Global logo
Murphy Hospitality Group logo
Phillips Public Relations logo
The Curated Root logo

Event Update

To ensure the health and safety of all of our guests, we would like to share some important updates that have been added to the Gala’s health measures protocol.

Before arriving at the event:

  At the event:

  • Masks are mandatory at the event with the exception of when guests are eating or drinking, or seated at their table. Please ensure you have a mask with you at all times.
  • Where possible, practice social distancing.
  • Practice proper hand hygiene throughout the evening.

We are working hard to ensure the best experience for our guests and greatly appreciate your support. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Holly Davidson, Manager, National Events at hdavidson@unicef.ca or call 1 800 819 0889 ext. 8204. We look forward to seeing you on April 20th!


Photo Gallery

Take a walk down memory lane as you look back at the past 30 years of the Gala. View the photo gallery!

Halifax Gala Impact Report


Honorary Chair

Colin MacDonald - HanMac Capital, Lead Principal

Event Chair

Jeannine Bakeeff - Chair, UNICEF Water for Life Gala

Patrons Council

Greg Bakeeff - Senior Wealth Advisor, BMO Nesbitt Burns
Jeannine Bakeeff - Chair, UNICEF Water for Life Gala
Natasha Benigno Chandler - Vice President, Benigno Group of Companies
Jamie Berryman – Vice President, National Sales, Sysco Canada Inc.
Troy Calder - President, Charm Diamond Centres
Kim Day - President & COO, Steele Auto Group
Mark Faddoul - Senior Private Banker, BMO Private Wealth
Andrew Inch - Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cresco
Brenda Kops - President, Whitko Consulting
Lori Park - Partner, Atlantic Canada Market Leader, Mercer Canada
Christine Pound - Partner, Stewart McKelvey
Keith Skiffington - COO, Office Interiors

Organizing Committee

Daisy Cobden
Tiffany Cox
Ambrose Currie
Alannah Delahunty-Pike
Sean Doucet – Lead Chef
Lin Frazer
Laura Kennedy
Andre LeBlanc
Laura Maynard – Auction Committee Co-Chair
Alice Newbery
Matthew Orrell
Mathieu Ouellette
Lila Pavey
Wendy Phillips
Caleb Power – Auction Committee Co-Chair
Colleen Robbins
Joanna Shackleton