Symphony Nova Scotia Gives Back to the Community

Halifax/K’jipuktuk, NS – The 2023/24 season marks Symphony Nova Scotia’s 40th anniversary and in celebration of this momentous year, the Symphony is distributing upwards of 1,000 complimentary tickets to volunteers across the Halifax Regional Municipality.

This special Volunteer 40 program recognizes how important volunteering is for communities to thrive. Statistics Canada has reported that volunteer hours in Canada would equate to 2.5 million full-time jobs, year-round, illustrating the need for volunteer contribution. Volunteers support a wide range of causes from health care and education to the arts and sports. Volunteering specifically enables charities and non-profit organizations to deliver services and programs for the benefit of fellow citizens and can often fill the gap in areas with fewer charitable or non-governmental organizations or groups.

“Halifax Public Libraries is delighted to have been chosen to participate in the Volunteer 40 program of Symphony Nova Scotia,” says Heather MacKenzie, Volunteer Services Manager with Halifax Public Libraries. “This exciting community-focused initiative does two important things – it recognizes the valuable gifts of time and caring our volunteers give every day to make life better for so many community members AND enables more people to enjoy the wonderful musical gift that the Symphony gives to the community with every performance. A BIG thank-you to Symphony Nova Scotia for allowing us to provide this very special Volunteer Appreciation gift of a Natalie McMaster concert to some very lucky volunteers!”

“We are grateful for the support this community has provided the Symphony over four decades,” says Symphony CEO Chris Wilkinson. “We couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to give back than by celebrating and recognizing the volunteers who make our community such a great place to live. It will be a pleasure to welcome them at our concerts this season.”

Other participants in the Volunteer 40 program include Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Shelter Movers, Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, Brigadoon Village, Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, IWK Health, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, Canadian Red Cross, Atlantic International Film Festival, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Ronald MacDonald House Charities Atlantic, Make A Wish Atlantic Provinces, and Phoenix Youth Programs.

About Symphony Nova Scotia

Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotia’s orchestra, championing symphonic music in the province for 40 years. With a home base in Halifax/K’jipuktuk and performances across the province, Symphony Nova Scotia is proud to be a vibrant, vital part of Nova Scotia’s rich cultural community. From sold-out orchestral concerts to free family events, youth and seniors’ activities, and educational partnerships, Symphony Nova Scotia creates unforgettable experiences with truly great music. Visit to learn more.


For more information, please contact:

Carol Kehoe
Director of Marketing and Communications, Symphony Nova Scotia
[email protected]