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Festival of Trees

The annual Compass Group Canada Festival of Trees (FOT) is the Mental Health Foundation’s signature fundraising event. The event features the Forest of Trees; a seasonal display filled with one-of-a-kind Christmas tree creations donated by local designers, organizations and friends of the Foundation.

The Festival of Trees was launched 28 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.Charles, and his close friend J.R. Shaw, had attended a holiday fundraiser in support of the University Hospital in Edmonton which struck a chord. The seed was planted and after that night, his vision became clear, and our Festival of Trees was born.

The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is incredibly proud of what
Charles, and his family, have achieved. We are enormously grateful to our Festival’s
Founding Father. Thanks to his dedication, Compass Group Canada’s Festival of Trees has flourished into an annual weekend event that has raised multi-millions in support of mental health programs and services across Nova Scotia.


Relive the Fun!

Mental Health Above All

Audrey’s Tree

 

Luncheon Hosts: Kalin Mitchell and Heather Butts of CTV Atlantic

 
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Gala Host: Steve Murphy of Ctv Atlantic

 
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Gala Entertainment : Asia & NuGruv

 
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RBC Black Tie Gala raffles

Santa Steele Raffle Christmas Cash Raffle

A two-year lease on a beautiful 2019 Range Rover Evoque 2.0L!

Colour: Fuji White Interior: Ebony Grained Leather

$5000 sure would come in handy this holiday season. Enter the Christmas Cash Raffle at the RBC Black Tie Gala and your gift giving might just get a lot easier!

 

Air Canada Raffle

 

Two round-trip Economy Class tickets to anywhere Air Canada flies!

RBC Black Tie Gala Auction


Rifflin' Hitch salmon Fishing trip

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Riffin' Hitch has everything you need and more. A short helicopter ride from Happy Valley - Goose Bay will take you over vast, pristine wilderness of Labrador and to the waters of the renowned Eagle River and doors of Rifflin' Hitch. 

Includes a private jet flight to Happy Valley Goose Bay and a private helicopter ride to Rifflin' Hitch.

This PRICELESS once-in-a lifetime adventure will be available for auction at the

RBC Black Tie Gala!

 
 

Festival of Trees is Proudly Presented By 

 
 
 

holiday luncheon sponsor             Black Tie Gala Sponsor                                   

 
 
 

Gala Reception Sponsor

 
 

media partner

 
 
 

Technology Sponsors 

 

Shannex Holiday Luncheon                                                                      RBC Black tIe Gala                           

 
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oUR pARTNERS 

 

tRANSPORTATION PARTNER                bRANDING pARTNER                                  Video Partner                              

 
 

Outdoor Partner                        Gala Gift Sponsor                     PHOTO-BOOTH Sponsor                               

 

DEcor Partner

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Our Festival Friends

 

 

HISTORY

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

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It all started to grow 27 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, Compass Group Canada’s Festival of Trees has flourished into an annual weekend event that has raised millions and millions of dollars since its inception.

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