Rodd Grand Yarmouth celebrates World Mental Health Day with Food 4 Thought family event

On World Mental Health Day, October 10th, Rodd Hotels & Resorts and the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia will be hosting a thoughtful, thankful gathering at the Rodd Grand Yarmouth. Food 4 Thought is an event centred on four courses, prepared by four families, with four fundamentals of mental health support in mind: family and friends, community, peers, and healthcare providers.

The event is made possible by KC Hospitality and Harm Geurs Design. Proceeds will support the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.

I am so proud to co-create ‘Food 4 Thought,’ says Kris Crundwell, “Working with Starr and team at the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is a blessing, along with having the ability to bring the organization and Rodd Hotels & Resorts together in Yarmouth for a unique culinary event. The event will bring community together and bring awareness to mental health in the communities we live and work in.”

Leading up to the event, Rodd is inviting families from across the province who love to cook, spend time together, and have a mental health connection to apply to take part. Four families will be chosen to receive a one night stay at the Rodd Grand Yarmouth on October 10th and join chefs in the kitchen to prepare one of four gourmet courses: soup, salad, main, or dessert. Each family will also have the opportunity to share their mental health story with guests. Family applications are due September 11th. They are available for download at  

“Thanksgiving weekend is a perfect time to focus on food, family and fun. The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is thankful for Rodd Hotels & Resort’s support and leadership. We’re excited to change the way people think…and eat,” says Starr Dobson, Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia President & CEO.

Food 4 Thought will be a family-friendly event. Tickets are $75.00 each, and free for children under 10 years old (up to two children per family, reduced rate for additional children). The Rodd Grand Yarmouth is offering an $80.00 room rate for guests in celebration of Rodd Hotels & Resorts eightieth anniversary.

Mark Rodd, CEO Rodd Hotels & Resorts looks forward to hosting the first Food 4 Thought event at the Rodd Grand. “We are pleased to support a great organization and cause for Nova Scotians. Rodd Hotels & Resorts is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year and have been a longstanding community supporter in Yarmouth.”

“The staff is excited, as is the community of Yarmouth and surrounding areas,” says Robert Waite, General Manager, Rodd Grand Yarmouth. “This event will bring a stronger awareness to mental health issues in Atlantic Canada and our community.”

Tickets for Food 4 Thought are available by calling the Rodd Grand Yarmouth at (902) 742-2446, or by emailing Robert Waite at

Rodd Hotels & Resorts also recently launched a year-long campaign in support of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.  A portion from every room booked at Rodd Hotels & Resorts for business or leisure travel in the Maritimes will be donated to the Foundation when guests use the promo code “MHFNS2015.” For more information, visit:


Food 4 Thought
Saturday, October 10, 2015
7:00 pm
Rodd Grand Yarmouth

Tickets: $75.00 each
Free for children under 10, up to two children per family. Special price of $19.00 plus tax for each additional child.
Guestroom Rate: $80.00 plus taxes for event attendees

Tickets are available by telephone: (902) 742-2446

or by emailing Robert Waite, General Manager:

For more event details or sponsorship, please contact Kris Crundwell by calling (902) 401-4122 or emailing

Family application, sponsorship opportunities, and more information online at:


About the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia


The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is a registered charity dedicated to improving the lives of Nova Scotians living with mental illness and their loved ones.  We raise funds for vital programs and services that help make this possible, province-wide.

About Rodd Hotels & Resorts


For over 80 years, the Rodd Family has been welcoming guests from all over the world to their renowned hotels & resorts throughout New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, you'll find a hotel or resort that best fits your needs. 




KC Hospitality is a nimble boutique consultancy which pulls together specialists on a per project basis. Team leader is long-time hotelier Kris Crundwell. Our core business has been assisting hotels grow their revenue, and increase brand equity. I have now aligned my skillset with Hotel Site Selection Services, an associate with HPN Global. As a global third-party meeting planning company, HPN knows corporate and association events from every angle, from conference attendees and organizers to hotel owners and operators. HPN Global conference planning resources allow you to maximize your time and budget while producing your best events ever. A strategic event solutions company that is fast, dependable, and — best of all — provided at no cost to our clients.


About Harm Geurs


As an award winning graphic designer, Harm Geurs has been working in the industry since the birth of the internet, and before the explosion of social media. He has been involved in launching some of the the biggest brands in Canada, and one of his passions is helping make a real difference in the community.  






Colleen Fraser
Communications Coordinator
Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia
T: (902) 464-3210

Kris Crundwell
Hospitality Professional
Conference Hotel Site Selection
T: (902) 401-4122

Robert Waite
General Manager
Rodd Grand Yarmouth
T: (902) 742-2446