Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill makes a historic donation

February 19th, 2020 – The Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill is marking 100 years of Kin Canada in a big way. Club members have decided to make two large pledges, one of them the largest single donation in the 45-year history of the local club

The first is a gift of $100,000 over 10 years to the Douglas Street Recreation Centre in Truro. The funding will be used to help with the creation of additional green space, playground equipment and renovations to make the space more inviting to the general public. The second donation is a pledge of $25,000 over five years for the Colchester Community Workshops Foundation for the expansion of the Workshops’ space at the former Halliday’s building, now called Delaney House.

“We wanted to do something big to mark 100 years of Kin and help the community as much as possible,” said Club President Quinn McCarthy. “The pledge to Douglas Street Recreation Centre will allow for renovations and upgrades that can be enjoyed by everyone in the local area. The commitment to the Workshops Foundation will ensure an important community organization is able to get the space it sorely needs to expand its programming. It’ll mean a lot of work for our 25 members, but we believe it will have a large impact. These donations match up perfectly with Kin Canada’s motto of ‘serving the community’s greatest need.’”

The cheque to CCWF will be presented on Friday, February 21st at 12 pm (168 Arthur Street in Truro). A cheque will then be presented to Douglas Street Recreation Centre (40 Douglas Street) at 1 pm, with a flag-raising to follow to mark 100 years of Kin Canada. All are invited to attend.

For more information, please contact:

Quinn McCarthy
Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill
(902) 890-6330


The Bible Hill Kinsmen recently presented the Slate Youth Centre with a donation of $3,000 as part of the proceeds from the 3rd Annual Colchester Book Fair. The group was our partner this year and helped make the event another huge success.

Pictured, from left to right, are Slate Youth Centre Director Crystal Crossan-Zak, Tanner Altenkirk, Emma Crossan, Peter Altenkirk, and Kinsmen Book Fair Committee Chair Stephen Hamlin.

Also, as our kin year has come to an end, we’ve also made a number of other contributions to other local groups for various initiatives set out by the club:

  • Bible Hill Canada Day Committee – $500
  • CEC Safe Grad Committee – $1,000
  • Challenger Baseball Program – $500
  • Hal Rogers Endowment Fund – $500
  • MS Supercities Walk – $1,000
  • Truro Homeless Outreach Society – $1,000
  • Slate Youth Centre – $3,000
  • Truro Boys & Girls Club – $1,500

In all, that puts our donations in 2017-18 at $34,980! Again, we thank you, the community, for supporting our events throughout the year and helping to ensure we meet our objective of “Serving the Community’s Greatest Need”.

2018 Great Trivia Challenge Donation

From left to right: Kinsmen members Allison MacDonald, Perry Kohler, and project Chair Mark Thibedeau, CNWRC Executive Director Tracey Dorrington-Skinner, Kinsmen Peter Taylor and Brent Pettis, and CNWRC Office Manager Michaela MacLachlan.

The 5th Annual Great Trivia Challenge was a huge success earlier this month, and today the Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill presented a cheque to this year’s major recipient: the Central Nova Women’s Resource Centre (CNWRC). These proceeds are targeted for the Girl Power Summer Camps.

On hand for the donation were (from left to right): Kinsmen members Allison MacDonald, Perry Kohler, and project Chair Mark Thibedeau, CNWRC Executive Director Tracey Dorrington-Skinner, Kinsmen Peter Taylor and Brent Pettis, and CNWRC Office Manager Michaela MacLachlan.

As anyone who attended the event can attest, the volunteers from the CNWRC were a huge part of the evening and ensured we were able to have our most successful trivia night to date. Thank you for all of your support.

The rest of this year’s proceeds will be distributed back into the community through various Kinsmen initiatives.

Kinsmen Report: February 2018

Hello from the Bible Hill Kinsmen!

The 5th Annual Great Trivia Challenge is just days away and we can’t be more excited. More than 40 tables of eight people each will be at the Best Western Glengarry to test their knowledge of random facts and information. Proceeds of this event will go towards the Central Nova Women’s Resource Centre’s Girl Power summer camps, which offer empowerment activities, science experiments, recreation and physical activities, arts and crafts, and support for young women in our area.

Once again, the community has come out in a big way to support the event and for that we say thank you. From teams entered, to prizes donated for the silent auction, to a number of other ways to pitch in, you continue to make this a showcase event. We hope everyone involved has a great time this Saturday.

In conjunction with the Heritage Day holiday, our club was able to secure the Rath Eastlink Community Centre for an hour in honour of the National Day of KINdness. It sounded like one and all had a great time on February 19th, whether that was one the ice in the rink, in the pool, or making use of the climbing wall.

Capping off a busy month was a night of fun and fellowship at the Best Western Glengarry with the celebration of Founder’s Night. The evening marked the creation of our club and the 98 years since the founding of Kin Canada. One of our long-standing members, Glen MacKenzie, was presented with a Lifetime Membership award, which is the highest honour we can bestow. Caught off guard, and with his family sneaking in from around the province, the smile on his face spoke one thousand words. Glen’s commitment to the club and the community are something we gladly acknowledge, as we have with all past Lifetime Membership recipients, and look forward to his continued involvement as a member of the Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill.

The Bible Hill Kinsmen’s partnership with the Truro Junior A Bearcats has continued once again this year with the Power Play Program. Now in its 16th year, the club donates $100 for each Bearcats home game and up that to $200 if the team scores a powerplay goal that night. A charity is chosen for each home game and they rotate throughout the season. The presentation of funds will be held in the pre-game ceremony on March 9th as Truro host Yarmouth.

We’d love to see you at one of our meetings. The Bible Hill Kinsmen 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. If you’re interested in joining us for a meeting, or would like more information, email

James Faulkner is Communications Director for the Bible Hill Kinsmen.

Donation to Children’s Wish Foundation

Bible Hill Kinsmen Treasurer Allison MacDonald (far right) presents a $500 cheque to Lloyd Berliner (centre) representing the Children’s Wish Foundation at the recent Wishmaker Walk in Truro on October 14th, 2017.

Also pictured are local wish child Jax Gaudet (left), and Scotiabank employees who made their own donation at the event.

In the Press: Scotia Pool Donation

Pictured, from left to right, are Kinsmen President Peter Taylor, Ewan MacKinnon, Cara MacKinnon, and Garrett Smith, a lifeguard at Scotia Pool. (Jeff Gill – Hub Now)

The Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill recently donated around $2,300 to Scotia Pool for the purchase of 44 life jackets of various sizes. Thanks to Jeff Gill at Hub Now for the photo and coverage.

In the Press: Community rallies following theft at Boys and Girls Club of Truro and Colchester

Peter Taylor, President of the Bible Hill Kinsmen, Amanda McNea, Boys and Girls Club of Truro and Colchester, and Keith Gillis, owner of G&G Computers (James Faulkner)

The community has been quick to rally around the Boys and Girls Club of Truro and Colchester.

A thief hit the group’s building on Victoria Street in downtown Truro.

Staff arrived Tuesday to find the door unlatched and a number of items missing from the computer room.

The stolen items include a television, gaming systems, and games.

On Wednesday, the Bible Hill Kinsmen and Keith Gillis, owner of G&G Computers, arrived to help replace the missing items.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact Truro Police.

(Full story also available from Big Dog 100.9/Cat Country 99.5)