The Canadian Women’s Club’s 7th annual Food Festival & Charity Auction $60,000 – raised, an unprecedented success!

Nearly 300 Canadians and friends attended the event at the Mount Guy Rum Visitor Centre on April 17th. Together, they spent over $60,000 to help those in need. The Club is grateful to the 140 businesses and artists who donated various products and services – the items or gift certificates were sold through the auction or given as food & drink samples to participants.

This unprecedented success was possible because of various products and services donated which were sold through the auction or given as food & drink samples to participants. The name of their donors was presented on a large flat screen continuously during the event, distributed to our membership list, and published on few publications including our website.

{CLICK FOR BIGGER} Especially, the Club wishes to show appreciation for the professional entertainers who also volunteered their time – thank you to the Barbados Culinary Team, the Zig-E band, and our auctioneer!

As a registered non-profit organization run by volunteers, the CWC have no salaries to pay, so no overhead to maintain. Consequently, 100% of the money raised from your donation goes directly to support 22 local charities. The CWC’s Community Service Committee is currently completing its due diligence process so the funds can be disbursed over the coming year.

The highlight this year was Ottawa Senators & Bert’s owner Eugene Melnyk who donated a chance to be a “Senators Owner For A Day”. Hockey fans spent $20,000 on the opportunity to meet with the team coach, players and watch the game from the Owner’s box… all with first-class treatment!

The Food Festival & Charity Auction is a tradition of the CWC that people look forward to every year – a unique opportunity to meet interesting people, discover new businesses and contribute to keeping the people of Barbados safe and happy! Since 1922, Canadian women have spent countless hours on raising and spending funds to help those in need through local charities. To volunteer with them, donate or participate in social events, visit

The event chairperson Annie Bertrand would like to add a special thank you to the volunteers who helped before, during or after : Anne Lam, Annette Sandiford, Breanne Byrne, Breda Blazevic, Candace Henry, Cathy Gauthier, Christine Sandiford, Claudia Cuellar, Debbie Marion, Denise Chase, Hilda Nagai, Jacqui Kovacs-Cuke, Julie McNicoll, Kristin Boland, Lorraine Haynes, Maggie Griffiths, Marina Balac, Martha Berry, Melissa Pierre, Monica Tawas, Penny Smith, Renae Aselstine, Sharon Dalinda, Sheila Wilkinson, Stephanie Acoca, Suzanne Gauthier, Tanya Foster, all those members selling advance tickets and particularly, Beverley Ryan.

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