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Shipbuilders Giving Back this Holiday Season

We are so fortunate to live and work in Nova Scotia. We recognize the importance of giving back to community organizations that make life better for those in need. We are grateful for the generosity of our team members to the important work of the organizations below.

Christmas Daddies

Friends of Bill Murphy, Halifax Shipyard, and Unifor MWF Local 1 members raised over $15,000 in support of the Christmas Daddies Telethon, which provides toys, food, and gifts for children and families in need across the Maritimes. Their fundraising efforts include an ongoing bottle drive, company contributions, donations from local businesses, and individual donations from Unifor members.

The tradition was established by Bill Murphy, a retired Halifax Shipyard employee who passed in 2018. Bill is remembered fondly at Halifax Shipyard, especially for his humble generosity as he raised a remarkable $100,000+ for Christmas Daddies over 37 years. Now, his legacy is carried on by Friends of Bill Murphy, Unifor MWF Local 1 members who fundraise in his memory.

Back row left to right: Ronald MacIsaac, Charles Bowman, Kevin Crouse, Blair Ross, Steve Nash, Kevin Leblanc. Front row left to right: David Roy, Alonzo Stockley, Dave Leblanc

Toy Drive

Irving Shipbuilding and Unifor MWF Local 1 partnered up for their fourth annual toy drive. This year, their contributions were donated to Adsum House and Bayers Westwood Family Resource Centre, two community organizations that work to provide a safe place for families and children.

From left to right: Lauren Andrews, Denise Watters, Koren Beaman
From left to right: Dana Dauphinee, Kenzie Wadden

Annual Turkey Donation

A long-standing tradition at Irving Shipbuilding, some employees choose to donate their annual holiday turkey to community organizations across Halifax and Dartmouth. This year, we are proud to donate over 350 turkeys to 18 shelters, food banks, and family resource centers serving those in need.

From left to right back row: Parker Larson, Lauren Andrews, Alan Ferguson, Scott Jackson, Brady Etheridge-Toope, Bruce MacGregor From left to right front row: Jim Rennie, Gail Chouinard, Jess Dalton, Kate Horne, Stephanie Maritz

Feed Nova Scotia

Through many food drives and fundraising initiatives during 2022, JDI IT Halifax raised over $2,180 for Feed Nova Scotia and sorted 8,735 items of food.

The AOPS Program Management team, with the help of the entire 5th-floor at Halifax Shipyard, raised $1,500 for Feed Nova Scotia. Through the months of November and December, employees participated in an assortment of fundraisers including chili day, Step challenge, jeans day, bake sale, World Cup challenge, and a 50/50.

Thank you to the contributions of JDI IT, the AOPS Program Management team, and 5th-floor friends. Many families in need will benefit from your generosity.

From left to right: Ethan O’Neil, Alex MacDonald, Tom Daley
From left to right: Ashley Baker, Feed NS staff, Vera Blake


The AOPS Project Engineering team hosted ‘Themed Fridays’ for the Manufacturing Engineering Department throughout the year to raise $665 for Adsum House. Each Friday, the Department would be encouraged to dress up in accordance with a different theme (i.e. Black Friday) and contribute to the donation jar. The team also participated in collecting toy donations for the Irving Shipbuilding and Unifor annual toy drive.

Mulgrave Park Caring and Learning Centre

Irving Shipbuilding teams including Supply Chain, Human Resources, Communications, Production Planning, Production Resources, AOPS Program Management Legal, and Defence Trade Compliance worked together to raise more than $700 for the Mulgrave Park Caring and Learning Centre. Employees purchased toys, books, and holiday gifts for children in need.

Left to right, Michele Beaton, Julie McCord

Feed Nova Scotia – Marine Fabricators

Through fundraising efforts and a company match Marine Fabricators donated $667.00 to Feed Nova Scotia.

IWK Children’s Hospital– Woodside Industries

For the third year, Woodside Industries worked together to raise funds for the IWK Children’s Hospital. This year, through a draw and a company match for, they team raised more than $1,000. In years past, an employee at Woodside was greatly impacted by kindness and dedication of the IWK staff while their child was patient. The support they experienced at the IWK inspired them to want to give back as an act of appreciation for the important work they do.


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