Advocate ‘Shines On’ at Festival of Trees

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Advocate will ‘Shine On’ with a Christmas tree in the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia’s annual Festival of Trees which begins this weekend.

As in the past, Advocate is the centrepiece for the Forest of Trees. This year, the theme of the tree is Shine On.

During the start and at the height of the COVID-19 health pandemic, Advocate launched a successful Shine On campaign, aimed at shining a light on all of those making a difference in our communities during the pandemic.

This is why the Advocate Media Shine On Tree was created: Nova Scotians understand the art of living beautifully.  In our darkest days we find a way to shine on, to share our light and sparkle even if it hurts.  The Advocate Media “Shine On” Christmas tree symbolizes the strength and resiliency we have all demonstrated in the past year.  Despite the appearance of fragility, blown glass can be resilient and strong. Our tree is adorned with two complete collections of  NovaScotin Crystal holiday ornaments representing our special bubble in Atlantic Canada.  Twenty-two of the 42 blown crystals are etched with a heart that resonates with the love and memory of the beautiful lives we lost on a very tragic day in April.  The year 2020 will be remembered for many reasons but the most brilliant will be for the ways that we continue to be Nova Scotia Strong and to Shine On.

The Shine On tree joins others, like one adorned with Dr. Robert Strang’s famous ties, St. FX pride, DIY Mom’s mid-century modern stylings, and Old Fashioned Christmas décor by Parkland at the Gardens seniors. The Festival of Trees is presented by RBC over the course of three weeks in November.

Branching out for its 29th year, the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia’s is offering a COVID-safe version featuring all the elements of previous gatherings. Beginning Saturday, Nov. 14th, the Advocate Forest of Trees will be welcoming guests to The Doyle at 1511 Queen Street, near the corner of Spring Garden Road. Getting back to its roots, the Forest will be open to the public seven days a week Monday through Saturday 4-8 p.m. and Sunday 4-6 p.m. Admission is free and donations are welcomed.

The featured trees will be up for bid at the Foundation’s Online Auction beginning November 21st at Mental health supporters will also find the popular cake and wreath auctions from past events, plus dozens of exciting auction items including local getaways, experiences, and gift cards. This technology is sponsored by St. John Ambulance – providers of Mental Health & Wellness in the Workplace training.

November 21st also marks the launch of the inaugural Shannex Resto Festo. More than 30 participating eateries are donating a portion of one day’s proceeds to mental health from November 21 to 28. Nova Scotians are invited to show their support to the local hospitality industry while creating a conversation about mental health over a meal. View the Shannex Resto Festo schedule at

#FOT2020 culminates with Steele Auto Group’s Steele the Spotlight for Mental Health featuring Chantal Kreviazuk, an online concert streaming live November 28th at 7  p.m. The broadcast will be hosted by Nancy Regan and rounded out with inspiring stories from Nova Scotians who’ve been touched by the Foundation’s important work. Tickets begin at just $35 with gourmet food and wine delivery packages available featuring Kitchen Door Catering, Boxed Bites and Bishop’s Cellar paired wine.

Learn more and get your tickets today at