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We hope you will enjoy this video invitation for the 2023 Chefs for the UNICEF Water for Life Gala and videos from past Galas. 

Join UNICEF for the 2023 Water for Life Gala!

UNICEF Canada’s Annual Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala will take place on April 20, 2023, bringing the Halifax community 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 showcasing 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.

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 (WASH) – which also enables access to education. 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 all children.

Event date

Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 20, 2023.


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

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

Organizing Committee

Daisy Cobden
Tiffany Cox
Alannah Delahunty-Pike
Sean Doucet – Lead Chef
Lin Frazer
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