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Posted: Jun 16, 2017

There were many highlights to this year's event, but three past residents who returned to share their stories definitely had a big impact on the hearts and minds of those in attendance. The young men reconnected with those who were so meaningful to them when they lived in the HomeBridge Community and reflected upon how these connections helped to change their path.

As always, this event combined the required business of an Annual General Meeting with a year-end celebration of the Expressions Program of the Arts. Those in attendance first browsed through an art gallery filled with original pieces created by the youth who take part in the Expressions program. The display included everything from wood burning to photography and incredible graphic art mounted on wrapped canvas. Our guests got to leave their artistic mark as well when they participated in an interactive piece entitled “All You Need is Love”.

 

Nearly 100 people filled the seats of the theatre at NSCC Waterfront Campus when it was time for the event to begin. A young guitarist opened the show with the support of the Music Therapists who facilitate classes as part of the Expressions program. Many other musical performances were staggered throughout the event including two original compositions by youth and a rendition of “Ring of Fire” that included trumpets.

One of the past residents who spoke shared stories about being at the Reigh Allen Centre 18 years ago and how his life was changed by the simple fact that people believed in him for the first time when he came to the HomeBridge Community. Now an Aviation Systems Technician in the Royal Canadian Air Force, he credits the support of Youth Care Workers for his success.

“The Youth Care Workers at HomeBridge want each and every youth to succeed. I would not be the man I am today without some of them that are here today,” he said. “Every youth in HomeBridge can succeed no matter how difficult things are right now. Things will get better. But they can't get better if you don't let them. If I can give you one piece of advice that will help you succeed in life, it's simple, let the Youth Care Workers help you and treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve.”

His powerful words to both the youth in attendance and the Youth Care Workers who he address with the statement “you save lives” inspired tears and a standing ovation from the crowd. The emotions continued when Constable Tammy Lobb of the RCMP's Integrated Vice Unit was presented with the award for “Outstanding Service to Youth”. The stories told about her advocacy and tireless work to protect young people from being exploited through human trafficking proved her commitment goes well above and beyond the call of duty.

  

Two other past residents shared their stories about connections made through the Expressions Program of the Arts and Bridges for Learning. It was very evident just how meaningful these connections are when they teamed up with their past Circus Circle Instructor, Mike Hirschbach for a reunion performance. The banter and comradery among the trio showed a very powerful sense of belonging that some likened afterwards to “coming home”.

The event concluded with a barbeque reception where Board members, employees, youth (both past and present) and guests enjoyed a delicious spread of food and time together. We would like to thank everyone who attended for being part of this special event and especially the young people for their incredible courage and resiliency. All of us at HomeBridge consider it an absolute privilege to be part of your life story.

November 7, 2017         Holiday Orange
November 7, 2017         Community Clean Up
October 19, 2017         Meaningful Change
October 19, 2017         Holidays of Hope
September 20, 2017         Summer Adventures
September 12, 2017         The Auction is LIVE!
August 29, 2017         Youth Farmers' Market
July 17, 2017         Small Doors, Big Impact!
June 29, 2017         Mental Health and Addictions Support
June 27, 2017         Team Depot
June 21, 2017         Chapters FUNdraiser
June 16, 2017         AGM & Expressions Celebration
June 2, 2017         Chapters FUNdraiser
May 9, 2017         Orange Doors are Opening
March 8, 2017         Save the Date!
March 8, 2017         March Break Programming
March 8, 2017         A Different Classroom
January 12, 2017         Holiday Magic
December 8, 2016         Tis the Season
November 28, 2016         Bidding for the Kids!
November 22, 2016         Holidays of Hope
November 22, 2016         Holiday Coffee House
November 2, 2016         Community Clean Up
October 19, 2016         It's Auction Time!
October 19, 2016         Orange Door Results
September 22, 2016         Team Depot
September 13, 2016         Discovering Talent
August 22, 2016         Run for Youth
August 22, 2016         Orange Door Campaign
June 21, 2016         Not Your Typical AGM
May 27, 2016         Orange Door Project Postponed
May 13, 2016         Save the Date!
May 3, 2016         Run for Youth
April 28, 2016         The Last Laugh
April 8, 2016         Ad for Ha Ha's
March 10, 2016         National Child and Youth Care Conference
February 22, 2016         Ha Ha's for HomeBridge
January 28, 2016         Cooking with Love
January 28, 2016         Distance Training at HomeBridge
January 13, 2016         Holiday Spirit
December 9, 2015         New Executive Director
December 8, 2015         Employability Skills
November 26, 2015         Record Breaking Auction!
November 16, 2015         Holidays of Hope
November 11, 2015         100 Men Who Give a Damn! - Halifax
November 11, 2015         The Online Auction Is LIVE!
October 29, 2015         Online Auction Countdown!
October 7, 2015         Community Clean Up
October 7, 2015         Zombie Support HomeBridge
September 28, 2015         Apple Market
September 17, 2015         Zombie Trail Run
September 16, 2015         Back to Class
September 11, 2015         Summer Fun
September 11, 2015         Youth Farmers Market
September 11, 2015         Mindful Creations
July 29, 2015         Expressions Program in the News
July 8, 2015         Orange Door Success
June 10, 2015         AGM & Expressions Celebration
June 2, 2015         Moments that Matter
May 25, 2015         AGM & Expressions Celebration 2015
May 12, 2015         Orange Door Campaign
April 27, 2015         Laughing for the Youth
March 25, 2015         Executive Director
March 19, 2015         Learning Important Future Tools
March 19, 2015         2015 California Wine Fair
February 5, 2015         Ha Ha's for HomeBridge
January 6, 2015         Holiday Magic
December 15, 2014         Holiday Festivities
December 2, 2014         Holiday Coffee House
December 2, 2014         Paying It Forward
November 28, 2014         Auction Success
November 14, 2014         Holidays of Hope
October 1, 2014         Successful Zombie Run
September 8, 2014         Zombie Trail Run
September 8, 2014         The Countdown is on!
August 28, 2014         Young Entrepreneurs
August 21, 2014         Creativity is Contagious!
July 31, 2014         Youth Farmers Market
July 10, 2014         The Orange Door Project
June 19, 2014         Inspired by the Youth
June 4, 2014         LIFT - Learning Important Future Tools
June 3, 2014         AGM & Expressions Celebration
May 28, 2014         "ReMoved" An Incredible film by Nathanael Matanick
May 26, 2014         Orange Door Project
April 28, 2014         Another Successful Ha Ha's
February 12, 2014         Food Fridays
February 11, 2014         Ha Ha's for HomeBridge Returns!
January 13, 2014         Holidays of Hope
December 5, 2013         Holiday Coffee House
December 5, 2013         Auction Raises over $7,500
December 5, 2013         Exciting New Additions
December 5, 2013         Mental Health First Aid Training
November 6, 2013         Youth Community Clean-Up
October 24, 2013         Case Management Coordinator Honoured
October 23, 2013         Hawthorne House Open House and Celebration
September 5, 2013         Holidays of Hope
September 3, 2013         Fundraising Auction Coming Soon!
September 3, 2013         The Expressions Program of the Arts
September 3, 2013         Hawthorne House Open House and Celebration
June 24, 2013         The Youth Stole the Show
May 16, 2013         It`s Show Time!
May 10, 2013         RBC Makes Dinner
April 26, 2013         Hawthorne House Complete!
April 26, 2013         Ha Ha's for HomeBridge
April 5, 2013         Hawthorne House in the News
March 11, 2013         HomeBridge Employees Train in the Art of Tai Chi
March 11, 2013         HomeBridge and IWK/CHOICES Program
March 11, 2013         The Hawthorne House Renovation Project Nears the Finish Line!
February 20, 2013         Ha Ha's for HomeBridge Returns!
January 24, 2013         Bowling for Hawthorne House
January 4, 2013         Hawthorne House Campaign in the News
January 3, 2013         Holidays of Hope
November 29, 2012         HomeBridge Online Auction Raises over $4,500!
November 29, 2012         Atlantic Business Ethics Awards Raise over $4,300!
November 29, 2012         We're 75% of the Way to our Goal!
October 30, 2012         Past Chair Receives Award of Merit
October 23, 2012         Hawthorne House PSA
October 17, 2012         Holidays of Hope
September 19, 2012         Breaking Ground at Hawthorne House
August 30, 2012         The Buskers Come to HomeBridge!
July 20, 2012         Swimming Home for HomeBridge Raises over $9,000
June 20, 2012         The Gordon Foundation for Children and Youth Honours Linda Wilson with Their Service Recognition Award
June 18, 2012         Belief and Blessings 1982-2012
June 12, 2012         Hawthorne House needs your support
June 6, 2012         Bridges for Learning Teacher wins Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Award!
May 24, 2012         Linda Wilson Featured in Bluteau DeVenney & Company's E-zine
May 23, 2012         Everyone Has a Talent to Share!
April 30, 2012         Ha Ha's for HomeBridge Raises over $5,000 for Hawthorne House!
March 12, 2012         The Gordon Foundation for Children and Youth fund
March 5, 2012         HomeBridge Partners with IWK/Choices
March 5, 2012         HomeBridge continues to improve the educational experience of youth-in-care
January 10, 2012         Holidays of Hope
December 6, 2011         Coffee House
November 28, 2011         2011 Business Ethics Awards
September 6, 2011         Back to Class
September 6, 2011         What I Did on my Summer Vacation
September 6, 2011         Free To Be Me
September 6, 2011         Back to Class
June 14, 2011         Adopt-A-Library Program
June 7, 2011         Youth Community Clean Up
June 6, 2011         It's Showtime!
June 6, 2011         HomeBridge Congratulates the Halifax-Cornwallis Progress Club
November 29, 2010         HomeBridge Honoured
October 12, 2010         HomeBridge Chosen as National Site for Youth Stop Smoking Project
October 12, 2010         Telus and the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage Support the Expressions Program of the Arts
September 14, 2010         HomeBridge Accepted into Imagine Canada's Ethical Code Program
September 7, 2010         Youth Stop Smoking Project
May 4, 2010         Exploring Possibilities
April 6, 2010         Dalhousie Medical Student Society Supports Hawthorne House
February 2, 2010         Discovering Food
















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