26th annual compass group canada
festival of trees


The Compass Group Canada Festival of Trees is celebrating 26 years of holiday memories!

 Together, we can make an incredible difference in the lives of Nova Scotians living with mental illness and their loved ones.  Join us for a weekend filled with magical moments, top-notch entertainment and exciting prizes.

Both events feature the beautiful Forest of Trees; a sparkling display filled with one-of-a-kind Christmas tree creations from local designers and organizations.  We invite you to share and enjoy this magical time with your friends and colleagues, all in support of Nova Scotians living with mental illness.

Contact festival@mentalhealthns.ca or call Kate Udle, Event Coordinator, at 902.464.3099 with any questions!

Shannex holiday luncheon

Friday, November 24th, 12:00 p.m.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
WTCC Halifax


Saturday, November 25th. 8:00 p.m.
Reception begins at 7:00p.m.
WTCC Halifax

Thank you to THIS YEAR'S sponsors and supporters! 

Festival of Trees was made possible by the generous support and dedication of many. We are so grateful to all our event sponsors and supporters for helping us celebrate 26 years of holiday memories and for helping us change the way people think about mental illness.



Have you ever wondered how the Festival of Trees idea sprouted up?

It all started to grow 25 years ago, when the late Charles V. Keating stepped forward with a vision to create a community of support for Nova Scotians living with mental illness.

Back in 1986, Charles, along with his close friend J.R. Shaw, attended a holiday fundraiser in support of the University Hospital in Edmonton.

Something about the event struck a chord with him. He knew a very important seed had been planted. After that special evening, his vision became clear, and our Festival of Trees was born.

Everyone at the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is incredibly proud of what
Charles, and his family, achieved. We are enormously grateful to our Festival’s
Founding Father. Thanks to his dedication, the Compass Group Canada’s Festival of Trees has flourished into an annual weekend event that has raised over $7 million since its inception.

It’s easy to see, why our roots run so deep!


2016 Photo Galleries