By SHERRI BORDEN COLLEY Staff Reporter – Tue. Nov 13 – 5:43 AM
TWO NOVA SCOTIANS whose work has affected the lives of young and old will receive this year’s Canadian Red Cross prestigious Humanitarian awards.The agency’s Nova Scotia office has announced that Ruth
Goldbloom of Halifax will receive its 2007 Humanitarian Award, while Sunyata Choyce of Lawrencetownwill receive its 2007 Young Humanitarian Award.
Both recipients will be honoured Wednesday night at the Red Cross Humanitarian Awards dinner at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax.
“These awards recognize humanitarian activities, celebrate the spirit of community involvement and hopefully, inspire others
to contribute to positive change in their communities,” said Bill Campbell, the agency’s regional director for Nova Scotia.
Ms. Goldbloom, a native of New Waterford, was nationally recognized in 1991 with her appointment to the Order of Canada. She has helped raise millions of dollars for causes including the IWK Health Centre, the United Way, Dalhousie and Mount Allison universities, Symphony Nova Scotia and Neptune Theatre.
She also championed a $9-million campaign to restore and reopen Pier 21 in Halifax as a national site, the gateway to Canada for more than 1.5 million immigrants from the 1920s to the early 1970s.
Ms. Choyce is being recognized as a founding director of the Children’s Overseas Learning Opportunities and Resources, or COLORS.
The youth-led, non-profit organization based in Nova Scotia was established in 2004 and provides resource materials and educational activities to children in more than a dozen developing countries worldwide.
Past Humanitarian Award recipients have included Graham Dennis, publisher of The Chronicle Herald, Secunda Marine president Fred Smithers, Tim Hortons co-founder Ron Joyce, the late Dr. John Savage, the late Charles Keating and retired chief justice Lorne Clarke.
For information on the awards dinner or to order tickets, call 902-424-1422.