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Community

At Gordon Stirrett Wealth Management, we believe in giving back to our community. We support a variety of organizations that help make our community vibrant, equitable and healthy.

Some of the causes we have supported include:

Halifax Central Library

Halifax Public Libraries

It’s been truly remarkable to see the overwhelming response to the new Halifax Central Library. The inspiring design, community meeting spaces, and collection of books, digital media and technology resources attract people of all ages and from all walks of life.

We are proud to support the mandate of the library to increase literacy and create opportunities for our citizens through a donation of $50,000 that will help provide materials and programs throughout the Halifax library system.

Margaret’s House

Many people fall through the cracks for a variety of reasons, including unemployment due to physical and mental illness. Fortunately, there are strong community and volunteer groups to provide grassroots support.

One shining example is Margaret’s House, a Dartmouth-based centre that provides lunch and dinner to those in need. Run by the organization, Feeding Others of Dartmouth (FOOD), the house where the meals are served is named after one of its original patrons, Margaret Savage.

Every day a troupe of dedicated volunteers prepares warm meals for roughly 100 people, making a real difference in their lives. We commend them for their efforts, and are pleased to support their work with our financial contribution.

Hospice Society of Greater Halifax

We are very proud to support a cause that helps people when they are most fragile. The Hospice Society is working toward the first, stand-alone hospice facility in Greater Halifax, which will provide end-of-life support for patients and their families, making a difficult time a little easier.

Gordon With the Salvation Army

The Hospice Society has worked hard to establish the community and financial support to develop a ten-unit building on Francklyn Street in Halifax, which is scheduled to open in 2017. Gordon Stirrett Wealth Management has contributed over $15,000 to the cause.

Halifax Grammar School

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Ensuring that young people become community focused is an important goal behind the $100,000 we committed to develop the Community Service Award with Halifax Grammar School.

Students at the Halifax Grammar School

The Award provides $1000 to student-led projects that demonstrate the ability to leverage the money to raise awareness or funds for the cause of their choice.

Students have performed an impressive array of impassioned projects with the award. From a local initiative to get underprivileged children more active by providing free skates and skating lessons, to helping to make it safer for girls around the world to get an education.

One of the most heartwarming initiatives may be the ongoing meal service the students are providing to families that make use of the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax, which offers a comfortable place for families of patients at the IWK.

Started in 2008, the Award continues to see a range in scope of the projects presented by the students. We are eager to see how they will continue to take advantage of this opportunity to build their project management, leadership, fundraising and event planning skills to support the causes they believe in.

Nourish Nova Scotia

Nourish Nova Scotia

One of the simplest ways to help kids learn is to make sure they are well nourished. We’ve donated $10,000 to Nourish Nova Scotia to help them provide healthy food in schools across the province.

Started in 2012, Nourish Nova Scotia gives kids a solid start with nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack options in schools throughout the province. The group works closely with the volunteer-run programs in each school. Last year, they supported 4.5 million breakfasts! Their programs are also helping children learn lifelong healthy food and eating habits, creating a brighter future for physically as well as mentally.

This kind of grassroots initiative is essential to foster healthier and happier kids who can reach their full potential. We are very pleased to support these efforts.

I am Potential

There are a few tough years between elementary and high school. And if kids don’t have access to support or role models, they can start to lose their way. I am Potential tackles this issue head-on with a program that connects students to university, new career options and positive adult role models.

I am Potential was developed by Kevin Jolly, the man behind the Start2Finish program at St. Joseph A. McKay Elementary School for the last seven years. The new program picks up where Start2Finish ends, and keeps up the momentum by providing unique experiences for at-risk students in grades 7-9.

At the centre of the program is hands-on learning in a university environment. In its inaugural year, youth built wooden samurai swords using hand tools donated by Lee Valley Tools at a space provided by the Engineering faculty at Dalhousie University. Future projects will involve Lego-robotics, theatre and medicine with university student volunteers.

Gordon Stirrett Wealth Management is proud to be the Founding Sponsor of this important community program.

The Power of Music

Making music can provide a range of benefits, including mental agility, self-confidence, and the joy of working with others. We are very proud to contribute to two programs that help all people—regardless of income—participate in this valuable activity.

The Halifax Music Co-op provides lessons, leadership and a place to play and perform with other musicians of all ages and talents. Sistema Nova Scotia offers lessons and instrument rentals to children and youth who couldn’t otherwise afford them.

These two organizations work passionately to unite and support the community of amateur musicians and ensure that the joy of music spreads far and wide. We are proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the Halifax Music Co-op, and the Founding Sponsor of Sistema Nova Scotia.

The Salvation Army

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Gordon Stirrett Wealth Management has a long history of supporting The Salvation Army, providing over $150,000 to their range of programs to help the less fortunate.

Gordon With the Salvation Army

In 2009, we committed $100,000 to add a new five-bedroom unit to the Centre of Hope on Gottingen Street. (See Gordon at the opening ceremony held in 2011.)

In 2010, we also participated in the Stocking Stuffer Campaign, raising over $53,000 to help The Salvation Army continue their important work with the men, women and children in our community who need it most.

Start2Finish

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Gordon Stirrett Wealth Management has committed $50,000 to the unique after school program of Start2Finish. The program helps kids increase their physical activity, adopt healthy eating habits and improve their grades and self esteem.

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The funds support the Start2Finish program for four years at St. Joseph's – Alexander MacKay Elementary School. The program includes a healthy snack, running, and tutoring for kids who may not otherwise have access to these services.

Students involved in the program in other communities have benefitted from the program through better grades and improved literacy, higher fitness levels, increased confidence and lower incidences of youth crime.

Up and Coming Athletes

Enya

We admire a lot of the qualities that help athletes reach their goals. Discipline, focus, dedication and hard work are attributes that all of us can aspire to – and they are abundant in the emerging athletes we support. We are proud to have contributed over $30,000 to help these three young Nova Scotians pursue their dreams.

Enya Pouliot, a 12-year-old gymnast, is already competing at the national level. Mature beyond her years, the Bedford student trains 25 hours each week, while maintaining her straight A grades. She will compete in her first international competition in Belgium in the fall of 2014, and hopes to participate in the Canada Games after that.

Custio Clayton

Custio Clayton has his eyes on the big prize: Olympic gold. The 23-year-old boxing middleweight's fierce presence in the ring belies the soft spoken Dartmouth family man outside the ring. Custio faced a tough blow in his first appearance at the Olympics in 2012, where he finished in 5th place after a controversial loss in the quarter finals. That setback made him even more determined to make it to the podium in 2016.

Austin Denman

Early mornings on the water and long hours at the gym are common for Austin Denman, the sprint kayaker from Dartmouth. A recent recipient of the prestigious Ricoh Sport Award, he holds the national record for the junior men's K1 200 metre. Austin is part of Canada's national kayak team and is training for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Good luck to all these athletes!

Live Art Dance

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This year, we're proud to support arts and culture in our community by being Season Sponsor of Live Art Dance.

Dancers

Through a series of performances by regional, national and international dancers, Live Art Dance brings some of the world's top dancers to Halifax audiences.

Pre- and post-show discussions with the dancers and/or choreographers provide the audience with a deeper understanding of the theoretical and philosophical inspirations behind the performances. And workshops with the performers provide exceptional opportunities for local dancers to work with some of the world's top names in dance.

Parker Street Food Bank – Emergency Fund

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We are honoured to contribute $10,000 to Parker Street Food Bank’s Emergency Fund. Families that rely on Parker Street Food Bank don’t just need food. Sometimes they face unexpected costs such as heating oil, prescriptions and school supplies as they struggle to make ends meet for their families. Parker Street provides a range of programs and services that address key aspects of poverty, and their Emergency Fund creates a safety net for families whose needs go beyond t heir next meal.

Ride For Dad

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Prostate cancer is no laughing matter, so it’s great to see a fundraiser bring some fun and attention to this worthy cause. Ride For Dad is a national initiative that uses motorcycles (and some other motorized vehicles) to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer. The Halifax Ride For Dad event is scheduled for June 7, 2014. Last year, national events raised over $3 million for prostate cancer research. As Presenting Sponsor of the local event, we're hoping Halifax supporters can help make that amou nt even greater!

Harmony & Hope

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We are honoured to be the Presenting Sponsor of Harmony and Hope, a night of music designed to raise funds for cancer research.

Featuring the sounds of the Dalhousie Medical Professions Chorale and the internationally-recognized Chester Brass Band, Harmony and Hope honours the spirit of those who fight against cancer through a collection of traditional and modern music. All proceeds of this annual event go to the Canadian Cancer Society – Nova Scotia Chapter.

Shakespeare by the Sea

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Gordon Stirrett Wealth Management has been working with the team at Shakespeare by the Sea since 2007, helping to make sure that as many people as possible enjoy this unique Halifax tradition.

Actors

Shakespeare by the Sea brings entertaining theatre to the historic setting of Point Pleasant Park, a Halifax landmark. With over 10,000 attendees per season, Shakespeare by the Sea is among the city's most loved cultural traditions.

Along with our financial contributions, we have also sat on the Board, and helped with strategic financing of the organization. In addition, we have helped to promote the event through the development and funding of advertising campaigns, as well as distributing tickets to our large network of clients and colleagues throughout the region.

NSCAD Starfish Award

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We are proud to be the Silver Sponsor of the NSCAD Starfish Award, a top honour for an up and coming NSCAD student. The Award celebrates top talent across ten visual arts disciplines at the university.

Shine Academics

shine-academicsHelping students meet their full learning potential is a key focus of Shine Academics and their afterschool support program at the North End Memorial Library. Through our financial support, Shine is able to provide free tutoring, as well as the use of a variety of learning tools such as iPads and software, to help students excel in their schooling.