2024 Water for Life Gala
Ways to Support
Video recap of past UNICEF Water for Life Galas.

Check out the video recap of the 2023 Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala, and videos from past galas. 

Join UNICEF for the 2024 Water for Life Gala!

UNICEF Canada’s Annual Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala will take place on April 18, 2024, bringing the Halifax community together to support children’s right to water and sanitation. 

The Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala is an unforgettable evening. The event features 10 amazing and talented local chefs who join together to prepare international cuisine inspired by countries around the world. Each chef hosts a food station, inviting guests to make their way around the room and travel the world in just a few steps.

The Gala showcases inspiring speakers who will share the importance of UNICEF’s work and the impact of your support. Guests can also participate in our amazing auction showcasing over 120 items, while enjoying live music. This is a moving and memorable night where you can join your community to support safe water for children around the world, which is one of our basic human rights.

This past year has been fraught with challenges and crises affecting children and their families, amplifying the need to continue UNICEF’s important work focused on safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The solidarity of the Halifax community in supporting these life-changing programs is more important than ever. The Gala will continue to support WASH projects for the children who need them most.

Through the generosity of many donors, UNICEF leads innovative initiatives to bring life-saving water to children.

Event date

Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 18, 2024.


Halifax Convention Centre
1650 Argyle Street
Halifax, NS  B3J 0E6

Purchase a table

Tables are available as follows:

  • Champion $25,000
  • Advocate: $10,000
  • Collaborator: $5,000
  • Humanitarian: $3,500
  • Individual Tickets: $350

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

2024 Gala Sponsors


Colin MacDonald


The Bakeeff Cruikshank Group & BMO Private Wealth logo
Bell Aliant logo
CIBC & Wood Gundy logo
First Canadian Financial Group logo
MICCO Companies logo
Scotia Investments Limited logo
Steele Auto Group logo


B.D. Stevens
Energy Atlantica
HUB International Atlantic Ltd
J2K Properties
Lindsay Construction
True North Psychological Services, A Division of NuVista Mental Health
Janet Rieksts & Dr. William Oxner


Encore Global 
Halifax Convention Centre 


Event Chair
Jeannine Bakeeff

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 - Director & Assistant Market Leader, BMO Private Wealth
Andrew Inch - Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cresco
Mark Johnston – MD, Psychiatrist, True North Psychological Services
Lori Park - Partner, Atlantic Canada Market Leader, Mercer Canada
Craig Sampson - Principal, Gran Sasso HR

Organizing Committee
Ben Baxter
Daisy Cobden
Alannah Delahunty-Pike
Sean Doucet - Lead Chief
Julie Gibson
Zainab Khaliki
Laura Maynard – Auction Committee Co-Chair
Paige McQuaid
Alice Newbery
Matthew Orrell
Mathieu Ouellette
Wendy Phillips
Caleb Power – Auction Committee Co-Chair
Michelle Power
Colleen Robbins
Joanna Shackleton
Mahnaz Sobhani