Mission Breakfast Fundraiser
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As a fundraising event, the Mission Breakfast not only supports the critical work of the Brunswick Street Mission, it also serves to build relationships with the business community, and creates an opportunity for meaningful dialogue on addressing poverty.
2016: We celebrated the 10th anniversary of our fundraising event by showcasing the difference we make. We heard inspiring stories and met the people whose lives have been directly touched thanks to your support.
2015: Stacey Bess: Bess taught homeless children in a small shed known as The School with No Name for two years. During that time she discovered by teaching and modeling love, self worth and courage, she could reach children with no home and little hope. Her memoir from that time was adapted into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Beyone the Blackboard.
2014: David Chalk: A serial Entrepreneur himself, David's first business made him a millionaire at the age of 23. He has since launched more than 20 companies in the fields of technology, education, construction, marketing, distribution, manufacturing and retail, and is recognized as one of the world's most gifted minds.
2013: Joe Roberts: In 1989 he was living under a bridge as ahomeless skid row addict. Today he is an author, CEO and internationally sought after professional speaker who motivates and inspires audiences worldwide.
2012: Theo Fleury Former NHL All-Star, Stanley Cup winner and Olympic Gold Medalist and best selling author of Playing with Fire Healing motivator. Fleury helped us understand how a traumatic event early in his life caused a later derailing of his life leaving him nearly destitute and homeless.
2011: Stewart McInnes, a respected lawyer, a senior partner in the McInnes Cooper law firm, a Member of Parliament and a federal cabinet minister, is also a well-known philanthropist and the recipient of numerous awards that pay tribute to his distinguished law career as well as his generous volunteer activities. Stewart spoke of the connection between poverty and business, and made the compelling case that fighting poverty is actually good for business.
2010: Chief Justice Joseph Kennedy. A graduate of St. Mary’s University and Dalhousie Law School, Chief Justice Kennedy rose through the ranks of the judiciary and was appointed by the Prime Minister in 1998 as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. Justice Kennedy provided a unique perspective on poverty in Nova Scotia through the lens of our justice system.
2009: William F. Jones, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Focus: HOPE, locatedin Detroit Michigan. This retired Chief Operating Officer from Chrysler Financial shared the story of Focus: HOPE, a civil and human rights organization founded in 1968. Programs offered include providing food to over 43,000 people per month, training for over 2,740 machinists, and over 5,800have graduated from the Fast Track reading and math skills program, and over 500 from the Information Technology Center.
2008: Frank O’Dea a founder of the Second Cup, he is a well-known and respected entrepreneur, but he had been living on the streets only a few years before. His story of triumph over adversity was incredibly inspiring!
2007: The first Mission Breakfast featured CBC journalist Mark Kelley, winner of two Gemini Awards. Mark spoke of his experiences in creating an insightful documentary which involved him living on the street to obtain a firsthand account of what life on the street is really like.
The Brunswick Street Mission
2107 Brunswick Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada B3K 2Y4
Phone: 902 423 4605
Fax: 902 423 4838