The Great Big Dig

The Great Big Dig for the IWK

November 12, 2022
Halifax Convention Centre

The Event

On behalf of The Kent Great Big Dig for the IWK, we are excited to welcome you back in person! The region’s most anticipated and exciting fundraising event will return on November 12th, 2022. The Great Big Dig event brings you an unforgettable evening of food, entertainment, amazing auction items, prizes, and great company.

The last few years have been a global challenge; however, here in the Maritimes, we have thrived within our community; supporting one another through the pandemic while continuing to support the IWK. As you know, the continued generosity of the community and our sponsors have allowed The Great Big Dig to substantially impact the lives of children, youth, women, and families in our region even during the height of the pandemic.

The Purpose

Each year the Great Big Dig raises money for vital pieces of medical equipment for the IWK and this year is no different! Below are a few examples of what our event will be funding.

Babylog Ventilator
The Babylog Ventilator is a life-saving piece of equipment that will be used in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to support the breathing of critically ill babies. This specialized ventilator supports breathing through a tube inserted into the baby’s lungs. It allows the baby to be supported immediately post-birth to when they are ready to breathe independently. This ventilator will let the care team transport very sick babies to the operating rooms in the safest possible way.

C02 Monitors
These new C02 monitors will allow the care team to measure the CO2 levels in a baby’s blood painlessly through their skin. This technology will allow the baby’s respiratory support to be increased or weaned non-invasively rather than doing more bloodwork. Bloodwork on infants involves poking and squeezing the baby’s heal, which can be quite painful. Access to these monitors will allow the NICU care team to minimize and potentially eliminate hundreds of painful procedures for critically ill babies each year.

Evening Schedule

6:30PM Reception & Silent Auction
7:30PM Dinner & Main Stage Entertainment
10:30PM After Party With The Mellotones

The Sutton Place is pleased is pleased to offer Kent Great Big Dig attendees a special room rate of $169 based on availability. Call 1-866-378-8866 and quote Web Group Code: GBD2022 or click here for more information and booking (same code applies).

Title Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors


Rene Cox
Event Chair
Iron Maple

Jennifer Parkhill
Event Coordinator
Parkhill Events

Mike Johnson

Allison Deveau
Toromont Cat

Brian Paquette
Design Build Solutions

Stephanie Sancton

Sarah Alguire
Volunteer Coordinator

Jeremy Stewart
Marco Group

Christina Bradshaw

Hillary Forsyth
IWK Foundation

Liz Rigney

Victoria Stanhope
Stanhope Simpson Insurance

Jackie Healy
Parkhill Events

Dan Rudisuela

Vivek Tomar

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