Alice Housing brings home prestigious Donner award

    HALIFAX, Nov. 21 /CNW/ - Emera is pleased to congratulate Alice Housing,
who were recently recognized nationally with two awards; the William H. Donner
Award for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services and Excellence in
Provision of Basic Necessities Award presented by the Donner Foundation in
    The Donner Awards is Canada's largest and most prestigious awards program
and is considered the benchmark for evaluation and recognizing excellence in
service delivery for non-profit organizations across the country. Alice
Housing of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Peterborough, Ontario, shared the $20,000 William H. Donner Award for
Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services, the award for the highest
performing agency overall. Alice Housing was also recognized for excellence in
the provision of basic necessities, earning a $5,000 prize.
    "Winning the top award this year from the Donner Foundation is a true
testament of the great work this little organization does" says Joanne
Bernard, Alice Housing's Executive Director. "The work we do with women and
children who leave family violence is challenging but very gratifying to the
staff and Board of Directors. We are particularly proud that we are the only
organization east of Ontario to win the overall prize in the history of the
Donner Awards."
    Emera Inc. partnered with Alice Housing earlier this year in support of
their Healing the Bruises program for children who have been exposed to family
violence in Nova Scotia.
    "Emera is thrilled to see Alice Housing rewarded for the exceptional
programs and services that they offer to women and children in our community,"
says Chris Huskilson, president and CEO of Emera Inc. "We have always been
proud of our partnership because of the innovative services they provide and
the hard work of the staff."

    About Alice Housing

    Alice Housing is second-stage non-profit housing for women with or
without children. We offer a safe non-judgmental environment for women leaving
abusive relationships who have identified their own need for ongoing support
and counselling.
    In our ongoing commitment to meet the needs of women and children who
have fled domestic abuse, Alice Housing now offers third-stage housing for
women who have met the second -stage criteria and have identified the need for
ongoing support. Here, women can stay for an extended period of time as they
continue on their path of renewal and hope for the future.
    With 16 second-stage housing units and 3 third-stage units located
throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality, Alice Housing is the largest
organization of its kind in Atlantic Canada.

    About Emera Inc.

    Emera Inc. (EMA-TSX) is an energy and services company with $4.8 billion
in assets. Electricity is Emera's core business. The company has two
wholly-owned regulated electric utility subsidiaries, Nova Scotia Power Inc.
and Bangor Hydro-Electric Company, which together serve 600,000 customers.
Emera also owns 19% of St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited, which serves
more than 50,000 customers on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia and 25% of
Grand Bahama Power Company which serves 19,000 customers on the Caribbean
island of Grand Bahama. In addition to its electric utility investments, Emera
has a joint venture interest in Bear Swamp, a 600 megawatt pumped storage
hydro-electric facility in northern Massachusetts; a 12.9% interest in the
Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline; a 7.4% interest in Open Hydro and Emera Energy
Services which manages energy assets on behalf of third parties

For further information:

For further information: Joanne Bernard, Executive Director, Alice
Housing, (902) 466-8459,; Sasha Irving, Director,
Corporate Communications Emera Inc., (902) 428-6685,

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