The Courage to Give Back Awards are not your ordinary awards banquet. The awards recognize and celebrate extraordinary individuals in our community. These individuals not only take on their own day-to-day challenges and personal barriers, but they make the time to give back to our community while they inspire others to do the same. We want to share their personal stories and recognize their conviction, courage and contributions through an inspiring and uplifting evening.

All funds raised through the Courage to Give Back Awards will go directly to enhancing and growing the programs and services Family SOS offers.

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A Night in Denim and Diamonds, 2019:

Not your average casual Friday…

On Friday, February 1st, 2019 at the Cunard Centre in Halifax our 13th annual awards celebration, A Night in Denim and Diamonds, in support of Family SOS’s programs and services for children, youth and families will take place. As a guest, you will experience our pre-event reception featuring tastings of local spirits, an exceptional silent auction, a delicious 3-course dinner, inspiring stories of those who are making a difference in our community, an exciting entertainment lineup, and incredible prizes. Suit up in your Canadian Tuxedo for an exceptional classy, yet casual gala.

Our Ambassadors

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We are pleased to introduce Dr. Rustum and Gracey Southwell as our Courage to Give Back Awards Ambassadors for 2019. Rustum and Gracey have been champions of economic diversity, entrepreneurial development, capacity building in marginalized communities, and community development since arriving in Halifax from the Caribbean Island of Saint Kitts over 40 years ago. Rustum is the CEO of the Black Business Initiative and sits on several boards of community entities, while Gracey is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a demonstrable dedication to community development. Family SOS is overjoyed to welcome Rustum and Gracey to the Courage to Give Back Awards team.

Read more about Gracey and Rustum Southwell here.

Past Ambassadors 

Each year, we honour an inspiring community leader by naming them the Ambassador of the Courage to Give Back Awards. We open the call for nominations, seeking an individual who selflessly gives back to their community, despite any personal challenges. Our Ambassador is a mentor, a visionary, and an inventor, who encompasses the values of Family SOS: family, children, youth, and community. 

Our past Ambassadors include:

Elizabeth Newman, 2018 | Phil Otto, 2017 | Dr. John Anderson, 2016 | Brendan Maguire, 2015 | Danny Graham, 2014 | Colin MacDonald, 2013 |

Fred Connors, 2012 | Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard, 2011 | Wadih M. Fares, 2010 | Eleanor Humphries, 2009 | Dennis Campbell, 2008 |

Mickey MacDonald, 2007 

Thank you to our sponsors!

We are so thankful to our amazing sponsors and friends that express their Courage to Give Back by supporting this important event!