(October 2, 2011, Halifax, Nova Scotia) - Nine winners, and 27 finalists were celebrated at the 2011 GO Awards for their commitment and passion, in front of a sold out crowd last evening.
Themed ʻCelebrating our Cityʼs Historyʼ, the FUSION Halifax signature event took place at the World Trade and Convention Centre. More than 60 nominations were received for the nine categories ranging from innovation and sustainability to urban design and FUSION member. Winners received custom made NovaScotian Crystal awards.
“The GO Awards are about peers recognizing and celebrating peers, “ said Monica Njoku, Chair, 2011 GO Awards. “Itʼs inspiring to celebrate our finalists and winners. Whether in the budding stages of their careers or established and making great strides in their respective industry, itʼs about moving our city forward.”
The GO 2011 Award Winners are *: Urban Design Award - Francis Fares; Humanitarian Award - Julie Chamagne; Metropolitan Award - Jennifer Church; Ignite Arts & Culture Award - Rose Zack; Health & Wellness Award - Andrew Russell; Newcomer Award - Rany Ibrahim; Sustainability Award - Richard MacLellan; Innovation Award - Dr. Christopher Barden, and FUSION Member of the Year Award - David Finlayson.
“Itʼs been an outstanding year for FUSION Halifax. We have connected more members, from all corners of our city in new and different ways,” said Jennifer Berry, Chair, FUSION Halifax. “The GO Awards showcase our members and others in the community who are passionate about creating change, professionally and personally.”
Guests enjoyed the sounds of Nova Scotiaʼs gypsy swing band Swingology, a medley of tastes including a savory spoon wall, mini-donair station, local desserts and an all Nova Scotian bar. The celebration was bullfrogpowered with 100 per cent green electricity, meaning that Bullfrog Powerʼs generators inject renewable electricity onto the grid to match the amount of electricity GO used.
Funny man and GO host Adam Delorey began his career in Calgary but at first chance, relocated back to his home province of Nova Scotia. He has appeared at comedy festivals such as Funnyfest – Calgaryʼs comedy festival, and Rocky Mountain Comedy Festival. The evening was capped off with an after party at Windows.
The GO Awards were established in 2010 and designed to recognize young movers, shakers and difference makers. All categories are designed to recognize people ages 20 to 40, except for the Metropolitan and Urban Design awards, which are open to all HRM residents.
Sponsors of this yearʼs gala included: NSBI; AML Communications, Your Rogers Authorized Dealer; Province of Nova Scotia; McInnes Cooper; Scotiabank; NovaScotian Crystal; Halifax Regional Municipality; Office Interiors; Atlantic Lottery; Medavie Blue Cross; The Chronicle Herald; 101.3 The Bounce, haligonia.ca; Chester + Company; Fusion Print; Michelle Doucette Photography; World Trade and Convention Centre; Ticket Atlantic; Wines of Nova Scotia; Waterfront Development; Nova Scotia Archives; Stutz Cider, and Bullfrog Power.
FUSION Halifax is an organization created by and for young people who are inspired to make their city a better, more sustainable place to live, work and play. Through its nearly 2,500 members, volunteer committees and dynamic networks, FUSION Halifax showcases existing opportunities - and unleashes new ones - that encourage civic and community engagement.
FUSION Halifax runs on the strength and energy of volunteers and with the generous support of organizations. For more information or to join, visit www.fusionhalifax.ca.