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Please join Family SOS as we celebrate our 12th Anniversary of Honouring Extraordinary Individuals in our Community.


Friday, February 02, 2018

5:30 pm Reception

6:15 pm Call to Dinner

40th Birthday Celebration to commence after the awards dinner.


Cunard Centre, Halifax

961 Marginal Road

Halifax, NS B3H 4P7  


Tickets: $175

Table of 10: $1,750


To purchase tickets visit: https://couragetogivebackawards2018.eventbrite.ca or call 902-455-5515.





Master of Ceremonies - Heidi Petracek



Co-host and producer of CTV Morning Live, Heidi Petracek has been bringing her energetic, witty and engaging personality to radio and television for more seventeen years.


Heidi started her career as a television news reporter in her home province of Saskatchewan, before moving on to work in Calgary, Toronto, Corner Brook, and St. John’s. Over the years, she has worked in both radio and television as a news reporter, host, producer, and writer.


She is a highly-skilled communicator who has interviewed hundreds of people including Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis, Canadian rocker Kim Mitchell, baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar and Col. Chris Hadfield. Heidi has also interviewed countless people across Canada who simply have compelling personal stories to share.


She has reported on many key events in Canada – from federal elections and floods, to the collapse of the Atlantic fishery, the immediate aftermath of the 9-11 attacks, and Moncton shootings in 2014.


On CTV Morning Live, Heidi plays an active role both producing and hosting.  She not only informs the morning show audience but she also interacts with them via social media – keeping track of trends and breaking news. 


Heidi regularly lends her talents to fundraisers for Maritime organizations such as The IWK Foundation, Christmas Daddies, Adsum House and the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia to name a few.


Heidi was recently named “Media Person of the Year” by the Tema Conter Memorial Trust for her coverage on PTSD among first responders in Canada.


When she’s not in studio or booking guests for CTV Morning Live, Heidi enjoys playing the French horn, cooking and spending time in the great outdoors. 



Taylor Zupiter- Circus Performance Artist

Taylor Zupiter is a hula hoop and circus performance artist, dancer, face and body painter and costume designer. After attending Baythorn Arts School and Etobicoke School of the Arts from 2003-2011 where she studied musical theatre, she began her circus and flow arts performance journey in 2014. When she’s not busy twirling her hula hoops, spinning on a cerceaux, or dancing, she is working towards being a social worker that bridges art with social justice and community development.




Scott "DJ Skills" Rideout

Meet True North DJ Services front man Scott "DJ Skills" Rideout! With performances from Vancouver to South Africa and having been named the Canadian Wedding DJ of the year in 2013 as well as 4 time gold winner in "The Coast", Scott's fresh approach to song selection & eagerness to keep people moving has made him one of the most sought after DJs in Halifax's wedding & special events industries. Get ready for some classic party favorites and a few surprises mixed in along the way!



Entertainment - Jayden Austin

Jayden Austin is a young, creative and versatile hip-hop artist from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Born in Sackville he moved at an early age into the city centre where he moved from apartment to apartment regularly. After living in the city all of his life he had adapted to the busy streets way of life. At the age of thirteen Jayden moved from Halifax to Timberlea, a small suburb on the outskirts of the city. This not only shaped him as a person, but it changed his style of writing and music. After leaving the city and entering the suburbs he realized the huge divide in his city that was often overlooked. After facing many adverse situations throughout his life he decided it was time to start telling his story through music, he began releasing his songs via YouTube. After attending the ARTpreneurs program hosted by Youth Art Connection in the Summer of 2017 he learned the basic business skills to succeed in the music industry. After this he released his first single on Soundcloud and Youtube named "The Come Up". From there he would go on to perform at the Emerge Festival, ARTceleration, and Music Nova Scotia Week.

Jayden now has three releases (The Come Up, Heartless and No Love) and he is currently working on his EP "This Is Jayden Austin". He has upcoming collaborations with artists such as Shay Pitts, MAJE and Yohan Black. He is also working with many producers including Jordan Metro, Keke Beats and Clint Snow. Jayden’s future plans include being a motivational symbol of hope and spread his sound globally while staying true to his Canadian roots. 





Recipient Panel Interviewer  - Kanaar Bell



Kanaar Bell is a 4th year psychology student with a minor in business at Saint Mary's University Halifax. Originally from Calgary, AB; at age twelve, he moved to Oshawa, ON with his mother and sister where he discovered his passion for football. This passion provided him the opportunity to move to Nova Scotia and study at Saint Mary's University.

As a student leader involved in many community engagements and campus initiatives, he has found new passions in life. Kanaar loves meeting new people and is motivated to support others through their personal struggles with mental health as he has personally experienced the impacts of neglecting such issues on an individual, family, and community. As one of Family SOS's youth workers he has proven to be a mentor for our children, and youth alike.

As co-interviewer for “Our Journey of Voices” Kanaar is able to delve into the life stories of others to uncover events (milestones) that built them into the person they are today. He and his partner, Andreas Robinson, started this interview series to highlight the power of storytelling. Through "Our Journey of Voices 2017", interviewees are able to stand in their truth and communicate their guiding philosophies to empower youth. We are thrilled to have Kanaar leading our panel discussion with our incredible recipients at the 12th Annual Courage To Give Back Awards on February 2nd!