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Press Release: Nova Scotia takes the leadership by proclaiming the first-ever Recognition Day for The Invisible Champions of the Nonprofit Sector!

Press Release


Day of recognition and awards acknowledge strength of nonprofit sector

Awards aim to shed light on Nova Scotia’s invisible Champions

October 14, 2020, HALIFAX – Nova Scotia is the first province in the country to mark a Day of Recognition for the Nonprofit Sector.

Today, the flags of Province House are flying in recognition of the 6,000 nonprofit organizations and 20,000 people who work in them across Nova Scotia. Twenty nonprofit professionals and organizations are being recognized for their exemplary contributions to our communities with the Bhayana Family Foundation Invisible Champions Awards. This is the fourth year for these peer-nominated awards in Halifax. New this year, the awards have been expanded province-wide and encompass both nonprofit organizations and registered charities. The United Way, the Bhayana Family Foundation, the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia and the Provincial Government hosted a virtual event celebrating the Day of Recognition.

President and CEO of United Way Halifax, Sara Napier, says Nova Scotia’s nonprofit sector has gone above and beyond during these trying times.

“Throughout the pandemic, we have seen an outpouring of compassion, dedication and love from nonprofit organizations, staff and volunteers. Their tireless efforts and commitment to community are inspiring and deserve recognition.  It is great to see Nova Scotians virtually come together to celebrate and recognize the achievements of these 20 Invisible Champions.”

Raksha Bhayana says those who work in nonprofits get very little recognition for all of their dedication and hard work. “Nonprofit Champions work out of the limelight driven by a mission to help others. They provide value beyond money, transforming lives while moving the economy forward. Nova Scotia has created Canadian history by putting a spotlight on these Invisible Champions.”

Award winner, Tova Sherman, CEO of reachAbility is grateful for this Day of Recognition and humbled by the award and believes everyone has a part to play in helping those most vulnerable in our communities.  “The $1000 award will be going directly to training my entire staff on cultural competency and inclusion of all people, not just those with disabilities.”

Nonprofits contribute $1Billion in Gross Domestic Product to the economy annually and in terms of employment are similar in size to the transportation and financial services sectors.

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About the Bhayana Family Foundation: Incorporated in 2006, the Bhayana Family Foundation partners with United Ways across Canada to close the recognition gap for the human service sector. Their contributions to our society’s well-being – and to our economy – are well-documented and immense. Yet all too often, the sector and its dedicated professionals are overlooked and undervalued. Our focus is to strengthen the roots of the community-the Invisible Champions of Canadian Communities.