Audrey’s Tree


Audrey Parker


Our hearts were full at our 27th annual Compass Group Canada Festival of Trees as we shared this beautiful video message from the late Audrey J. Parker.

Audrey, a Halifax advocate for changes to Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) law, was a true friend to the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. In fact, she worked with the Foundation and a special group of friends to produce a Chanel-themed Christmas tree before she died on November 1st. Audrey’s hope was to see the tree raise $50,000 and to have it donated to Hospice Halifax.

We are so touched to tell you Audrey’s Tree has raised more than $61,000 (and counting) since Saturday night and will be arriving at Hospice Halifax's temporary location any day now. Our thanks to the J&W Murphy Foundation and other generous Festival guests who helped make Audrey’s dream come true.

We hope you took a few minutes to watch Audrey’s conversation with our President & CEO, Starr Cunningham, as she shared a compelling message of simplicity, slowing down and spending time with those you love.

*Special thanks to Marc, John, Ashley, Graeme and team at RPM PRODUCTIONS