The Great Big Dig

The Great Big Dig for the IWK

Saturday, October 28, 2017  | 
The Cunard Centre, Halifax

The Event

Welcome to The Kent Great Big Dig – The region’s most anticipated and exciting fundraising evening for the IWK Health Centre. The Kent Great Big Dig is an event that has raised over 2.8 million dollars in the past 13 years! This year’s event promises to carry on the tradition of success and generosity by raising over $250,000 during an unforgettable evening of food, entertainment, spectacular auction items and prizes. This year the funds from The Kent Great Big Dig will go towards purchasing a piece of much needed equipment for the IWK Health Centre.

The Purpose

This year, funds raised will go towards the purchase of two new compact portable ultrasound devices for the IWK’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Nephrology department.

The PICU currently shares an ultrasound machine with the anesthesia team in the Operating Room. With their own device, the PICU will be able to integrate the ultrasound into the daily diagnosis and treatment of patients. The use of the device will be varied, ranging from minutes to hours-long patient assessments, to locating small veins with minimal attempts, allowing instant access to life-saving medications.

At present, Nephrology patients who require ultrasound-guided kidney biopsies are booked through the ultrasound department. With a departmental ultrasound, Nephrology will be able to reduce the wait times for 60 per cent of kidney biopsies by performing ultrasound-guided biopsies on the unit.


Port Cities

For Port Cities, the sum is definitely greater than the parts, no matter how great those parts are. They were three of the East Coast’s brightest rising stars, all hailed as formidable songwriters and performers, each with their own promising solo careers. But that was then. Now, each brings distinct strengths to bear to create a sound that’s different from anything that they’ve done on their own, or anything you’ve heard from the rich East Coast before. Breagh Mackinnon, Carleton Stone and Dylan Guthro are Port Cities.

Signal Hill

Signal Hill is a four man acoustic rock band from St. John’s, Newfoundland, currently based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Since 1991 they have toured Canada and beyond, to places such as the Dominican Republic and Moscow, Russia. Winning the best band and best cover band several times in the The Coast (Halifax) reader's poll, as recently as 2013, Signal Hill has been a mainstay in the east coast music scene for years. The formula is simple: great songs you know and love, solid, rich four part vocal and acoustic guitar arrangements, and miles and miles of energy!

Evening Schedule

6:30pm Reception & Silent Auction Viewing
7:30pm Dinner & Entertainment
10:30pm After Party

The Westin Nova Scotian is pleased to offer Kent Great Big Dig attendees a special room rate of $135 based on availability. Call 1-877-993-7846 or 902-496-8585 or click here for more information and booking.

Formal Attire | Complimentary Parking

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Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors


John Flemming
Event Chair
Ocean Contractors

Jennifer Parkhill
Event Coordinator
Parkhill Events

Adam Newhouse

Allison Deveau
Atlantic Cat

Brian Paquette
Bird Construction

Christina Bradshaw

Dan Rudisuela

Duane Saulnier
Grant Thorton

Elizabeth LeClair
IWK Foundation

Graham Langill

Jackie Casey
Parkhill Events

Jeremy Stewart
Marco Group

Liz Rigney

Sarah Alguire
Parkhill Events

Stephanie Sancton

Victoria Stanhope
Stanhope Simpson Insurance

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