Share the Wow!

Thomas and Smith
Candace Thomas of Stewart McKelvey and Mills and Jane Smith of Beacon Securities, Co-Chairs of the Halifax Central Library Capital Campaign 

Library Fundraising Campaign Off to an Incredible Start

(Halifax, NS)--On Wednesday, May 14, Halifax Public Libraries kicked off their Halifax Central Library fundraising campaign with a resounding wow of announcements.

The Library’s “Share the Wow” campaign is already stacked high with nearly 67% of their total raised.  This remarkable beginning is due to an assembly of notable members of the Halifax community making transformative and outstanding gifts.

“We are overflowing with pride and excitement,” said Jane Smith of Beacon Securities and Co-Chair of the Halifax Central Library Campaign Council.  “The level of support has been remarkable already and we are eager to make our new Central Library a source of inspiration—inside and out.”

The Halifax Central Library Campaign’s bright and energetic brand design, Share the Wow, was unveiled and its fundraising goal declared.  The Library is looking to raise $6.4 million, its portion of the Municipal Government’s contribution to the total project costs and to more books and materials.  

The reason for the healthy start to the campaign was made apparent when three of the transformational gift donors were recognized: The O’Regan’s Automotive Group ($1 million) and two other contributors Emera Inc. and Marjorie A. Lindsay, who each pledged $500,000.

“My great granddaughter already has her own library card at just 10 months old,” said Marjorie Lindsay.  “I see the joy she gets from reading and singing with her parents and I want all children to have the learning and play opportunities that great libraries provide.  This Central Library is the most exciting thing for Halifax in a very long time and I am incredibly proud to support it.”

“My father greatly valued education and community,” said Sean O’Regan of The O’Regan’s Automotive Group.  “The new Central Library will be a community place open to everyone.”

Also honoured by the Campaign Council were five of the donors of outstanding gifts: Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank, The Windsor Foundation, and the Halifax Youth Foundation.

“The businesses, people, and foundations who have already committed to the extraordinary vision of Halifax Central Library have been exceptional in their contributions,” said Candace Thomas of Stewart McKelvey, Co-Chair of the Halifax Central Library Campaign Council.  “Like me and the other members of the Campaign Council, our donors see great value in the many impact areas of the new library—such as education, literacy, technology, the environment and inclusion.  We are extremely grateful to them for bringing us over half way to our goal.”

People wanting to Share the Wow by making a donation to Campaign for Halifax Central Library are invited to go to, call 490-5763, or visit any of the Halifax Public Libraries’ 14 branches.  Additional news and information about the new Library is located on



Kasia Morrison
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
Phone: (902) 490-5852
Cell: (902) 476-8605