QueenPins was started in Spring 2016 by a group of women from Halifax with the mission to raise funds for a local cause while networking with other powerful women.  The event came together at lightning speed. In around 30 days the event was planned, marketed and executed. The inaugural event in May 2016 hosted over 100 women business leaders and raised funds for the Canadian Women’s Rugby Team. Building on the momentum of that first event, we’ve held another two in support of Junior Achievement Nova Scotia and Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia. 

Save the Date!

Fall Fundraiser: November 16th, 2017

So, what goes on at QueenPins?

We don’t just network. We provide a well rounded experience for all involved. Yes, we get out there and make business and personal connections. But we believe it’s just as important to showcase local business owners at exhibitor booths, host inspiring and educational speakers, and give back to the community. Our events are a platform for women and the people who support them to network, learn, and engage while supporting local causes.

The Queen Pin Award

The Queen Pin is an award given to a woman who has demonstrated extraordinary effort to improve her community.

Cherryl Oake: First Queen Pin Award Recipient

Cherryl Oake’s path to volunteer extraordinaire started with a simple desire to solve a problem for one family. When a girl she knew visited a new Syrian friend’s home and remarked that the family had almost nothing – only the barest kitchen necessities and very little furniture – Cherryl sprang into action. With her first callout for help on Facebook, she was able to furnish that home, but soon discovered three more families in need. Within ten days, they too had beds, couches, tables, chairs, and kitchen supplies. The rubber really hit the road when Cherryl learned of scores of government-sponsored Syrian refugee families in need in Spryfield. “I thought oh my god, we have to do something,” she says. “I put out another call and said this is serious.” After collecting donations of goods and money, Cherryl and a couple of other volunteers rented a truck and through Easter Weekend of last year delivered furniture to 19 families in two buildings.

To date, Cherryl has helped more than 50 Syrian families build comfortable Canadian homes. “I’ve made a lot of friends, and seen the pictures and heard the stories, but you can’t even imagine what they’ve been through,” she says. “When I first started working with them, I learned you have to have tea or meal. I’ve learned to say, ‘Thank you, I’m full’ in Arabic,” she smiles. “They’re just amazing people, so resilient, and I just have so much respect for them.”

On April 20th , QueenPins will proudly present Cherryl Oake with the first ever QueenPin Award. “You don’t do these things for awards, for sure,” says Cherryl. “And I didn’t do it by myself for sure. But it’s wonderful! It’s great to be acknowledged. The families are happy.”

Our Cause

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Eating Disorders Nova Scotia exists to break through the isolation experienced by people affected by eating disorders. They provide one-to-one, group, and online peer support from trained peer mentors who have lived experience with eating disorder recovery. They fight stigma through education, and by encouraging honest dialogue about mental illness, recovery, and social and cultural attitudes. They collaborate with policy makers and key stakeholders to advocate for better early intervention and accessible treatment options. And they inspire hope and empower people affected by eating disorders to find recovery and strength, and to share that strength to build stronger, community-based support for people affected by eating disorders. Read more about them by visiting www.eatingdisordersns.ca

 

Do you know a cause worthy of QueenPins’ support? Complete a Cause Expression of Interest to be considered for our next event!

What are you waiting for?

Be inspired by the words of accomplished and community-minded business women as they tell personal stories of reinvention, success, and prosperity.

Network with peers who support women and women-led businesses in your community, and learn more about how QueenPins can make a difference in your life and your business.