Kinsmen Report: December 2018

Season’s greetings, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays everyone! The Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill is as busy as ever, with a lot of projects underway and more in the works for 2019.

The Truro Bearcats partnered with our club for the 6th annual Teddy Bear Toss on December 2nd. The Bearcats scored early in the game against the Miramichi Timberwolves, and 319 stuffed animals were tossed on the ice! That’s a record, and means nearly 1,500 have been collected at the event over the last six years. Once again, the stuffed animals will be distributed through the local Christmas Index Program.

Speaking of the Christmas Index Program, our members were at Wal-Mart this week to do some shopping. We’ve been lucky enough through your continued support to be able to expand the number of families we help each year. As Christmas gets a little bit closer, we’ll deliver the gifts to the selected families, and ensure they have groceries as well. It’s a project our club looks forward to the most each year. Not only is it a perfect way to give back to the community around the holiday season, but it’s also a great night of fellowship.

Brittany Smith, Community Engagement Coordinator for the Atlantic Region with Cystic Fibrosis Canada, and Bible Hill Kinsmen President John Spears.

At our most recent meeting, Brittany Smith, Community Engagement Coordinator for the Atlantic Region with Cystic Fibrosis Canada, spoke with our club. Kin Canada is a proud national partner of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Each year Kinsmen and Kinettes host a variety of fundraising and awareness-building activities in support of the battle against cystic fibrosis. Since 1964, Kin members have raised more than $45 million for cystic fibrosis research and patient care. The Kinsmen Club in Bible Hill supports this cause in a number of ways, including through the Powerplay Program with the Truro Bearcats. Smith presented Club President John Spears with a Certificate of Appreciation for our “outstanding dedication and commitment in the fight to end cystic fibrosis.”

Another way our club supports Cystic Fibrosis Canada is through the Ultimate NHL Road. This is an annual fundraiser, and the grand prize will send you and a guest to three NHL games in three nights: Pittsburgh at Montreal on March 15th, Dallas at Ottawa on March 16th, and Montreal at Toronto on March 17th. Tickets are just $10, are only sold in Atlantic Canada, and just 9,000 have been printed! Contact us on Facebook or by email at for tickets, or contact one of our members.

If you’ve been around Downtown Truro, you’ve probably noticed we still have two KINdness Meters up and running at the Farmer’s Market and by the Marigold Cultural Centre. These parking meters will gladly gobble up your loose change! Money raised is used in a variety of our initiatives throughout the course of the year.

We’re also preparing for our annual New Year’s Eve Dance at Bible Hill Junior High School. DJ Harv will be the entertainment, with a 9 p.m. start time. There’s also a cash bar, and attendees must be 19+. Tickets are $25 each and are available from any of our club’s members or by emailing They’re also available at MacQuarries Pharmasave on the Esplanade.

Finally, there are a few rumblings about our annual Trivia Night. Expect news on this early in the New Year, but it’s never too late to start putting your team of eight together so you can grab a table as soon as they’re available! For details, email

The Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill meets on the first and third Thursday of the month, from September to June, at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglas Street Recreation Centre. If you’re interested in joining us for a meeting, or would like more information, email

James Faulkner is the Communications Director for the Bible Hill Kinsmen.

In the Press: KINdness Meters

It’s been a year since the kindness meters were first installed, and they’ve raised about $2,000 for local charities. (Jeff Gill/Hub Now)

Feeding the meter has become a much more enjoyable task in one Nova Scotia town now that three special parking meters are collecting spare change for charity.

The so-called kindness meters in downtown Truro have collected more than $2,000 for local charitable organizations since they were installed a year ago by members of the Bible Hill Kinsmen.

Kindness meter in Truro

The Bible Hill Kinsmen split the donations between three local charities and they change the recipients every six months or so. (Quinn McCarthy)

Giving old meters new life

There is no paid parking in downtown Truro, so the bright red meters — which are located in prominent walking areas — stand out.

The Kinsmen were able to get the used meters from town officials and repurpose them.

“They actually had some old parking meters still kicking around,” said organizer Quinn McCarthy.

Different approach in N.B.

McCarthy said he first heard about kindness meters in Fredericton, where they were put in place by the local business association to discourage panhandling in the downtown area.

In this case, McCarthy said, the Kinsmen decided to split the money between three local charities — changing those charities every six months or so.

Kindness Meter

Quinn McCarthy first heard about kindness meters in Fredericton, where they were installed to discourage panhandling. (CBC)

Success story

Truro’s kindness meters are currently collecting donations for the Colchester Christmas Index Program, The Salvation Army’s Community Café, and the local chapter of ElderDog Canada.

The first year of fundraising has gone well, McCarthy said. The last group of three charities to benefit from the project received a little more than $200 each.

With files from the CBC’s Information Morning

(Full story also available on CBC’s website)

Kinsmen Report: October

Bible Hill Kinsmen President Peter Taylor, Paul Gillis, Brent Pettis, Ken Wynn, Geoff Hamlin, Truro Mayor Bill Mills, Stephen Hamlin, Mark Thibedeau, Perry Kohler, Perry Kienzle, John Spears (Photo credit: Babineau Photography)

Greetings from the Bible Hill Kinsmen!

Recently we had a cheque presentation to the Town of Truro. Our club is has made a five-year commitment totalling $25,000 to the Parks and Recreation Department in the Town of Truro. The funds will be used to upgrade the playground at Victoria Park.

The Kinsmen have a long and proud history of supporting Victoria Park, going back to the Truro Kinsmen Club. They put in the first outdoor pool there, as well as the Water Spray Park, canteen, and the Kinsmen Playground itself. The Bible Hill Club has since added one of the gazebos when the park was redone, and has continued the tradition of supporting one of the crown jewels of our region through the years. We can’t wait to see what our latest commitment will do to help enhance the park.

Our members also extend a thank you to the community for your generous donations to our Kindness Meters in Truro. We’re coming up on the first anniversary of their installation, and the funds go right back to the community. The three charities being supported through the meters at this time are ElderDog, the Salvation Army Community Café, and the Christmas Index Program.

The club is preparing to hold a New Year’s Dance this year at Bible Hill Junior High School. Despite some confusion from some of our members on what day it should be held, mark your calendar for December 31st. The dance will run from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., with Big Dog 100.9’s Tyler Granter as the DJ (also a Kinsmen!). Tickets are $20 per person and stay tuned on when and where they can be purchased. It will be a lot of fun to ring in the New Year with you! Feel free to email with any questions.

We hold meetings at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month from September through June . If you’re interested in attending at the Douglas Street Recreation Centre, or would like more information, email

James Faulkner is a member of the Bible Hill Kinsmen

Kindness Meters Collecting for the Community

For Immediate Release

May 11, 2016 – Colchester’s kindness just keeps rolling in. In the short time that old parking metres were placed in Downtown Truro to collect donations for local charities and non-profits, cheques have been written to four organizations totalling close to $850. The four groups on the receiving end so far are The Colchester Food Bank, The Truro Homeless Outreach Society, Third Place Transition House and the Christmas Index Program.

“This partnership between the Bible Hill Kinsmen, the Town of Truro and the Downtown Truro Partnership has made excellent use of people’s spare change,” said Quinn McCarthy, project chair with the Bible Hill Kinsmen. “This is money that these four groups would not have otherwise had and every bit counts when trying to serve the community’s greatest need.”

“These are very worthy organizations and we are very proud to continue to support this project,” said Debbie Elliot, Executive Director of the Downtown Truro Partnership. “Keep that spare change coming in!”

“This is a very unique partnership between a municipality, local service organization and business community that has gained regional and national attention,” added Truro Mayor Bill Mills. “It’s a great example of what can happen when groups work together towards a common goal.”

From the months of May to September, three new groups will be receiving proceeds from the Kindness Metres. These are the Boys and Girls Club of Truro and Colchester, Children’s Wish Foundation – Nova Scotia Chapter and the CEC Safe Grad Program.


For media inquiries:
Quinn McCarthy
Bible Hill Kinsmen
(902) 890-6330

Kinsmen Report: February

Hello once again from the Bible Hill Kinsmen!

It’s almost here and we’re very excited to be hosting the 3rd Annual Great Trivia Challenge. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and it’s “all hand’s on deck” for the Bible Hill Kinsmen as we get this event up and running. So mark this date on your calendar: Saturday, February 27th at 7:30 p.m. at the Best Western Glengarry. There are still a few tables left, so get a team together for a wonderful night of fun and a chance to win some great prizes. This year proceeds will go to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation’s “We Care about Cancer Fund” and other community projects. Put on your thinking caps and come and join us! For more information, contact Geoff Hamlin at

While that’s our big event for this month, we’re never idle. The National Day of KINdness is Sunday, February 21st. The Kinsmen are holding an open skate and swim from 3 to 4 p.m. that day at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. Whether you want to strap on your skates, or take a dip in the pool, come on out and enjoy!

We are still running the KINdness meters located throughout downtown Truro, and we’d like to thank all those that took the time to deposit their loose change in helping us support all of our initiatives. We are always “serving the communities greatest needs”.

If you are interested in joining the Bible Hill Kinsmen we hold meetings on the first and third Thursday of the month, from September to June, at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglas Street Recreation Centre. We’d love to see you there. If you’re interested in joining us for a meeting, or would like more information, email

Fernando Afonso is a member of the Bible Hill Kinsmen