The Canadian Red Cross is a humanitarian organization born from the desire to help those in need. It is in this spirit that the Canadian Red Cross in Nova Scotia recognizes and celebrates the contributions of local humanitarians, with the annual Humanitarian Award and Young Humanitarian Award. The 2015 recipients are respected community and business leader Paul Kent, and university graduate student Emily Pelley.
Kent was nominated for the award by the Greater Halifax Partnership where he spent five years as president and CEO. For those who know Kent, it was not surprising that he was selected for the 2015 award as he has spent many years fundraising and providing support to organisations such as the Parkinson’s Society, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Mental Health Foundation, Salvation Army, and Mount St. Vincent University, plus organizations involved in the arts, education and soccer. His recent retirement in light of a rare, progressive neurological disease called Corticobasal ganglionic degeneration (a Parkinsonian disorder), has motivated Kent to focus on his attention on mobilizing support for this health condition.
“Paul Kent sees his journey with a challenging medical condition as a means to build awareness for related research and education,” said Ismael Aquino, provincial director of the Canadian Red Cross. “His passion for helping others and doing so in a way that draws on both his personal life experience and his business acumen is an inspiring example of the power of humanity.”
Emily Pelley is and accomplished and inspiring young leader. She is working toward a doctoral degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax studying the issue of child trafficking in armed conflict. Pelley is also a project manager at the Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts Network at Dalhousie and has worked with other groups such as the Canadian Red Cross, Teachers Without Borders, Shiloh University Church, and Networks for Change.
“Issues such as child trafficking and misuse including as child soldiers in conflict are a global concern and Emily’s determination to raise awareness in Canada and beyond are things we commend and support,” said Aquino.
Kent and Pelley will receive their awards on Wednesday, November 18, at the 2015 Humanitarian Awards dinner at the Cunard Centre, Halifax, with proceeds supporting Canadian Red Cross programs and services in the province. For more information or tickets visit www.redcross.ca/humanitarianNS or contact Samantha Warshick at 902-424-1427 or email: fundraisingNS@redcross.ca