Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Awards to celebrate local social innovators

(HALIFAX, NS)  SEPTEMBER 4, 2018 – The Halifax Assistance Fund (HAF) is partnering with United Way Halifax and Volta to host the second annual Harold Crowell Social Innovation Awards. Online nominations open today and will celebrate the vision, creativity and accomplishments of community champions who are finding new ways to tackle the issues of poverty.

A total of $10,000 will be awarded to the top three finalists, to invest directly into the poverty initiatives, social enterprise, project or program for which they are nominated. Senator Colin Deacon, who led the creation of the Awards for the HAF is pleased to be able to offer the awards for a second year. “We were really impressed by the quality of the nominees last year,” says Deacon. “Our community has many talented social innovators who are finding creative ways to make a real difference in the lives of the people and the organizations they serve.”

Last year, Jessie Jollymore took home the top prize for her work with Hope Blooms and other community projects in North End Halifax. Deborah Dickey, executive director of the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre and Melissa Phillips of Shelter Nova Scotia were also finalists.
Nominations will be reviewed by a selection panel made up of representatives and volunteers from the Halifax Assistance Fund, United Way Halifax and Volta, as well as community members. The awards will be presented on Wednesday, November 14 and a Social Innovation Summit will celebrate the nominees and the potential of social innovation, on November 24. Full details about the awards can be found at https://bit.ly/2wmPkT6

About these awards
The Halifax Assistance Fund, United Way Halifax and Volta are partnering to deliver the Harold Crowell Social Innovation Awards. The late Harold Crowell, a long time Halifax Assistance Fund board member, is widely recognized as Halifax’s original “social innovator”. A key goal of this awards program is to engage individuals from the social sector, business and tech start-up communities to foster an active culture of innovation that has meaningful impact in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

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Media Contact:
Sarah White
Marketing & Communications Officer,
United Way Halifax