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Funds raised through the Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Galas have made a difference in the lives of children living in Uganda. We hope you will enjoy this video of Shadrack Omol, Deputy Representative UNICEF Uganda as he shares his gratitude for the Gala donations. 

Look back at videos of past Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Galas.

You can also view our photo gallery that will take you back to when our Gala started in 1993.

COVID-19 Update

UNICEF Canada has made the decision to cancel the Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala that was to take place in Halifax on April 14, 2021.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact, as well as Public Health recommendations for physical distancing measures, we know this is the right decision.

This virus is a painful reminder of the global challenges facing families and children around the world. UNICEF stays committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure every child, everywhere has the opportunity to lead a healthy and safe life.

Despite the cancellation of this year’s Gala, we remain committed to raising funds to help ensure every child has access to safe water. Safe water is life-saving during a global pandemic, as hand hygiene is the front line of defense in the fight against the virus. As well, safe water reduces waterborne diseases and improves a child’s survival and development. A local water source also means girls who miss school to collect water will have a chance at an education.


The online auction link will be live from Wednesday, April 14 at 12:00 p.m. to Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 9:00 p.m. AST at www.unicefhalifaxauction.ca

Support the Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala Halifax


UNICEF Water Pump

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 clean water for drinking, handwashing, bathing and household use. This is particularly important during a global pandemic, as we know that hand hygiene is the life-saving front line of defense in the fight against the virus. Additionally, 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. Clean water saves and transforms lives!


UNICEF Water for Life Bundle

A Water for Life Bundle contains 45 bars of soap, 490 sachets of oral rehydration salts, 3,281 water purification tablets, a collapsible water container and a bucket, providing 135 children with the tools to purify water, stay clean and make a life-saving impact for children exposed to waterborne illnesses.

Halifax Gala Impact Report


Honorary Chair

Colin MacDonald - HanMac Capital, Lead Principal

Event Co-Chairs

Jeannine Bakeeff - Community Leader
Melanie Nadeau - CEO, Center for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship

Patrons Council

Greg Bakeeff - Vice President and Wealth Advisor, BMO Nesbitt Burns
Jeannine Bakeeff - Community Leader
Jamie Berryman – Vice President, National Sales, Sysco Canada Inc.
Troy Calder - President, Charm Diamond Centres
Kim Day - President & COO, Steele Auto Group
Troy Harnish – Director of Sales, Rogers Communications
Andrew Inch - Manager, Corporate Affairs, Municipal Group of Companies
Brenda Kops - President, Whitko Consulting
Nicole Langille - Principal, Free People Marketing
Melanie Nadeau - CEO, Center for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship
Lori Park - Partner, Atlantic Canada Market Leader, Mercer Canada
Christine Pound - Partner, Stewart McKelvey
Keith Skiffington - COO, Office Interiors

Organizing Committee

Laurel Boyle
Daisy Cobden
Ambrose Currie
Alannah Delahunty-Pike
Sean Doucet – Lead Chef
Natalie Irwin
Laura Kennedy
Nicole Langille
Andre LeBlanc
Brenda MacPhee
Laura Maynard – Auction Committee Co-Chair
Sarah Meade
Jennifer Murray
Matthew Orrell
Mathieu Ouellette
Lila Pavey
Wendy Phillips
Caleb Power – Auction Committee Co-Chair
Joanna Shackleton


Local UNICEF committee volunteers Caleb Power and Laura Kennedy returned from a field trip to Uganda in October 2018 where they saw first-hand the impact the Halifax community is having in providing clean water and sanitation infrastructure in secondary schools across Uganda.

Uganda field visit

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