Friday, 9 December 2016

IABC Maritime Canada and United Way Halifax celebrate 15-year partnership with annual Gift of Giving event


(HALIFAX, NS) December 9, 2016 It's the season for giving. The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Maritime Canada Chapter is kicking off the holiday season with its 15th Annual Gift of Giving two-hour charitable event in partnership with United Way Halifax. Each year, Gift of Giving brings together local not-for-profit organizations and communication professionals. United Way funded organizations brief volunteers on the individual communications challenges they face, and IABC members and volunteers have an opportunity to share free strategic advice on how to tackle the issues.

“Our strong partnership with United Way Halifax is an important part of our organization’s history. This unique event began right here in Halifax in 2001, and now IABC chapters around the globe have adopted the model,” said Sarah Dawson, IABC Maritime Canada President. “Connecting with United Way partners gives our members an opportunity to share their communications expertise for community benefit. It’s very rewarding for everyone.”

Gift of Giving provides United Way funded organizations the gift of collective communications knowledge and expertise. Since 2001, Gift of Giving has helped dozens of local not-for-profits, and provided volunteer opportunities for communicators of all career levels.

“We look forward to this opportunity every year – it’s a special and important part of the holiday season,” said Sara Napier, President & CEO of United Way Halifax. “Gift of Giving is a meaningful way for us to support the strategic needs of our funded partners, and connect with professionals in our city who are inspired by the opportunity to share their talents for good.”

Funded partner communication needs can range from strategic planning, social media, community outreach, crisis communications and branding, attracting volunteers from IABC’s diverse membership base of professional communicators.

“Being part of a smaller, not-for-profit, this event gives our organization the opportunity to sit down with experts in the communications field,” said Anne Louise Desrosiers, The Club Inclusion. “We value the opportunity to discuss, and seek advice on, communications strategies that we otherwise would not be able to.”

Organizations participating in this year’s event also include; Chebucto Connections, Veith House, Adsum for Women and Children, and The Marguerite Centre.

Volunteers make these events possible. IABC is still looking for seasoned communicators to volunteer a few hours of their time. Email us at to participate.

Date: Dec 12, 2:30-4:30PM
Venue: Nova Scotia Power, 1223 Lower Water Street
Sociable: Holiday drinks and networking to follow at Little Oak Bar, 1745 Lower Water Street 5-7PM

For more information, please contact:
Sarah Dawson
President, IABC Maritime Canada
Tel: 902-471-4497

Sarah Gallant
Marketing & Communications Officer, United Way Halifax
Tel: 902-461-3076

About IABC Maritime Canada
The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) enables a global network of communicators working in diverse industries and disciplines to identify, share, and apply the world’s best communication practices. IABC has set the standard for excellence since founded in 1970. This vibrant association has more than 10,000 members including senior communications executives from global Fortune 500 companies, multi-national communications agencies, leading non-profit institutions and universities. IABC serves the collective disciplines of communication professionals through education offerings, certifications, awards and recognition programs, on-line resources, and Communication World magazine. IABC Maritime Canada is the regional chapter for IABC members in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
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About United Way Halifax
United Way Halifax has a long history of making our city a better place to live. We envision our city to be united by compassion, rich in opportunity and free from poverty. Key areas of focus are affordable housing and homelessness, convening groups to reduce citizen isolation, promoting healthy living through physical activity and nutrition, and empowering residents to strengthen their neighbourhoods. In this work we fund a network of community agencies and partner with municipal, provincial, federal, non-profit and private sector organizations.
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