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Online Auction Update

The 2021 Chefs for UNICEF Online Auction has closed and all the winning bidders have been contacted. We are grateful for the support from the community to continue raising funds to help ensure every child has access to safe water. A huge thank you to our auction donors and everyone who participated.

Safe water is life-saving during a global pandemic, as hand hygiene is the front line of defense in the fight against the virus, 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.

Event Update

Please save the date for April 20, 2022! We are looking forward to sharing details for the 30th Anniversary of the Gala later this year.   

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.

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
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
Gillian Shay

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