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Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala 2021 Invitation


The annual Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala brings together an unparalleled collection of international culinary delights as Nova Scotia’s best Chefs create an unforgettable experience in support of UNICEF’s life-saving work for children.

Halifax’s Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala has been vital in changing the lives of millions of children over the past 28 years by providing clean, safe water to children, their families and their communities.

Safe water, latrines and the practice of good hygiene are essential for human survival, and the foundation upon which development begins. Improving access to these basic needs has a positive impact on the growth and development of children and communities around the world and plays an important role in education.

The Gala’s support of water, sanitation and hygiene programs are a gateway to education for adolescent girls and are especially important during the global pandemic. Children, especially girls, while not directly affected by COVID-19, will potentially bear the greatest brunt of school closures and reduced health care. We must remain committed to continuing our support as access to safe water is more important than ever before.

With the generous support of our community, UNICEF leads innovative initiatives to bring life-saving water to all children and we will continue to make a difference together.


Wednesday, April 14, 2021


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



Tables are available as follows:

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

To purchase a table to the Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala, please contact:

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

Support the Chefs for UNICEF Water for Life Gala Halifax


UNICEF Water Pump

A single water pump can improve 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, hand-washing, bathing and household. 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 girls who typically miss school to collect water will have a chance at an education and 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 treat diseases from waterborne illnesses.


Honorary Chair

Colin MacDonald - Chairman, Clearwater Seafoods Inc.

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.
Steve Bird - Retired, Vice President Finance, Bell Aliant
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
Wendy Phillips
Caleb Power – Auction Committee Co-Chair
Nousha Saberi
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

Halifax Gala Impact Report

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