2023 People’s Choice for Community Impact Award


Sponsored by MRSB, this award recognizes a business that has earned an engaged and loyal following and support from the community.

Blooming House

Blooming House is dedicated to improving the lives of women experiencing homelessness. Open daily from 4pm to 8am, Blooming House operates an emergency shelter in Charlottetown providing shelter, food, clothing, laundry and transportation to those in need. 

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Blooming House’s top priority is to provide safe, accessible housing to women seeking shelter. Its presence within the community has given countless women access to an increasing number of services available including a team of dedicated individuals working to transition women to their own secure housing options following their time at the shelter. The impact of this organization within the social and economic landscape of Charlottetown is significant.

Blooming House works closely with many other local NGOs to serve the vulnerable community and is constantly collaborating with other organizations to provide care and support for its guests.

Blooming House opened its doors for the first time on January 25, 2019. Prior to opening, there were few options for women seeking sage overnight emergency shelter. To date, the shelter has provided over 4,000 bed nights to 170 women, support over 30 women as they transition into stable housing, and countless others as they continue their journey towards independence and success.

Confederation centre of the arts

Confederation Centre of the Arts offers a rich variety of arts and heritage programming and welcomes thousands of visitors through its doors year-round. The Centre features world-class musicals at The Charlottetown Festival, revolving exhibitions at its gallery, interactive learning experiences, and more. As a community hub, it offers live entertainment, visual art, educational programs, and heritage tours.

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The Confederation Centre has earned an engaged and loyal following through its various community programs and initiatives such as Frontline & Centre, a tribute to frontline workers during the pandemic; Arts in Colour: Stories from Black Island Artists, a panel discussion featured Black artists; Art Lotto, a fundraiser to support Island artists and arts education; and more.

The Centre’s newly launched Lou MacEachern Community Partnership Program is a partnership that allows other local organizations to have access to the Centre’s facilities and resources. Some of these partnerships include Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors, Black Cultural Society, United Way of PEI, Art In The Open, and the P.E.I. Symphony Orchestra. The Centre also works closely with a number of tourism partners to promote the cultural offerings of Prince Edward Island.

Community partnerships and collaborations like these demonstrate the Centre’s efforts to enhance its presence in the community and positively impact the social and cultural wellbeing of the Greater Charlottetown Area and the province as a whole.

Special olympics pei

Special Olympics PEI is dedicated to enriching the lives of Islanders with intellectual disabilities through sport. Its vision is that sport will open hearts and minds towards people with intellectual disabilities and create inclusive communities.

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Special Olympics PEI has been an accredited chapter of Special Olympics Canada for 35 years and has athletes and volunteers who have been involved since the very beginning. It is because of these first members, who helped advocate so strongly for the importance of the movement, that the organization has been able to evolve into the Special Olympics we know today.

Special Olympics PEI always makes an effort to be good stewards of the community. Special Olympics PEI hosts events locally, shops locally, and partners with local businesses, knowing how important it is to give back to the community who supports the organization.

The annual Enriching Lives Gala, Special Olympics PEI’s signature fundraising event, has become a must attend event in Charlottetown’s social calendar and sees many repeat supporters each year.

Through its community partnerships with organizations like Hot 105.5 & Ocean 100, Tim Hortons, and VOLUME18, the Special Olympics brand is strengthened, allowing for amplification of its mission, vision, and values. These partnerships, and this ongoing work, help to make Special Olympics a leader in inclusion and benefit the social and cultural well-being of the Greater Charlottetown Area.

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