Smiling Land Foundation

Smiling Land Foundation

November 09, 2009 07:00 ET

Smiling Land Foundation-Rockin' Big Night: Get Ready Toronto, Newfoundland Invades Again

TORONTO, OTTAWA--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2009) - A group of passionate Newfoundland and Labradorians are asking you to plan to sleep in the morning after the Rockin' Big Night, an unforgettable concert and reception December 5th at Toronto's Masonic Temple. All proceeds from the event benefit the Vera Perlin Society and the Stella Bury Foundation in St. John's, NL.

Presented by Smiling Land Foundation, who last year brought you The Great Big Give, this event will be the best kitchen party west of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, featuring performances by Newfoundland and Labrador's own, The Fables and Shanneyganock.

Rockin' Big Night

Where: Music Hall at the Masonic Temple (Northwest Corner of Davenport and Yonge)

When: Saturday, December 5th, 2009 (Doors open at 8pm)

Who: The Fables and Shanneyganock

Smiling Land is the product of seven proud Newfoundland and Labradorians who have come together to do something to benefit the province they love and share the spirit of the Rock with the rest of Canada. In 2008, Smiling Land hosted a wildly successful fundraiser for Daffodil Place, a cancer treatment centre in St. John's.

"We're excited to do something positive for our home province and to build on what was a great success last year; we are hoping for a great turnout again this year." says Seamus O'Regan. "This event is about bringing people together and giving back."

About Smiling Land Foundation:

These seven Newfoundland and Labradorians are accomplished and successful individuals in their fields and have worked both in their home province and abroad. They share a love of home and a desire to give back in keeping with the best of Newfoundland's tradition of strong community.

About Vera Perlin Society:

In 1954 Vera Perlin established Newfoundland and Labrador's first classroom for children with developmental disabilities. Today, the Vera Perlin Society delivers career development, employment, community living and administration programs.

The Perlin Centre houses the Society's programming. Proposed renovations will reinvigorate the program and the people it serves, providing a quality home to a much-needed service.

About Stella Bury Foundation:

For 30 years, Stella Burry Community Services (SBCS) has provided counseling and support in a caring atmosphere to marginalized youth and adults, assisting them to develop skills enabling greater autonomy and responsibility for their own lives and to become contributing members of society. With operations situated in St. John's, NL, SBCS serves the entire province with programs that do not exist elsewhere. The organization has been recognized many times both locally and nationally for its work.

Smiling Land Foundation is:

Jennifer Bishop

Jennifer Bishop is a partner in the Business Law Group at the law firm of Miller Thomson LLP, a full service national law firm established in 1957 with offices located in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Markham and Montreal. She specializes in corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on private business transactions including mergers and acquisitions and divestitures. Jennifer is the national chair of Miller Thomson's Women's Leadership Initiative, and is a member of the board of the directors of Live to Give Relief (Dress for Success) and actively involved in fundraising for the Doug Philpott Inner-City Children's Tennis Fund.

Alan Doyle

Alan Doyle is a singer, songwriter from Petty Harbour, Newfoundland. He has produced music for recording artists like Russell Crowe, and The Irish Descendants. He has been the principal music composer for television shows like, "Hatching Matching and Dispatching" and films such as, "Young Triffie." He is best known, however, as the lead singer in the multi-platinum selling band Great Big Sea. Along with his band mates, Alan has sold well over 1 million records and become a major draw at concert venues and festivals in Canada, the US, and Europe.

Allan Hawco

A native of the Goulds, Newfoundland and is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Allan Hawco is one of the country's most exciting young actors.

He has starred in some of the most interesting and acclaimed of recent television dramas including ZOS: Zone of Separation, an eight-part series about the life and death struggle to enforce a United Nations-brokered ceasefire in a middle European country. (Movie Network, 2008). The political thrillers H2O (CBC, 2004) and its sequel Trojan Horse (CBC, 2007) and the World War II drama Above and Beyond (CBC, 2006). He has also just finished shooting a half hour drama pilot for CBC, Republic of Doyle. Hawco wrote, starred and was executive producer of the project.

He appears in a supporting lead in Sir Richard Attenborough's Closing the Ring (2008 nomination Best Film, Irish Film and Television Awards) with Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine.

In 2005, Hawco co- founded and is Artistic Director of The Company Theatre and starred in its inaugural production of Tom Murphy's Whistle in the Dark which met with rave reviews.

Chris Henley

Mr. Henley is the founder and President of Henley Capital Corporation, a limited market dealer specializing in mergers and acquisitions, financing and advisory investment banking services to both public and private companies. He has spent the last 25 years in industry and investment banking financing and advising public and private companies covering the full range of industry sectors and market capitalizations. He is currently a current or former Board member of Transition Therapeutics Inc.; Ontario Transport Capital Corporation -- the developer of Highway 407, the first all-electronic highway in the world; the Advisory Board, Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University of Newfoundland; and the board of directors of the Limited Market Dealers Association of Canada. Mr. Henley is also actively involved in a number of annual charitable fundraising initiatives such as The Ultimate Jet Set Experience and is a board member of the Future Focus Foundation and the Smiling Land Foundation. Mr. Henley holds a B.A. from Memorial University, an MBA from Dalhousie University and has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management in Toronto. In 2006, Mr. Henley received the internationally recognized professional designation ICD.D.

Seamus O'Regan

Seamus O'Regan is the co-host of CTV's Canada AM. He is from St. John's, Newfoundland, and was raised in Goose Bay, Labrador.

He serves on the Boards of The Rooms and The Company Theatre group. He is also an Honourary Advisor to Shallaway -- Newfoundland and Labrador Youth in Chorus.

Tim Powers

Tim Powers is Vice-President of Summa Communications. Originally from St. John's, Newfoundland, Mr. Powers began his career as an assistant and advisor to the Honourable John C. Crosbie, then Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. Thereafter, he acted as advisor to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. Mr. Powers also served as the Director of Policy and Research to the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.

Mr. Powers has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Master of Arts degree (Atlantic Canada Studies) from St. Mary's University, and a Master of Sciences degree (Media and Communications) from the London School of Economics. Mr. Powers has also studied Public Sector Management at Harvard University.

Currently, Mr. Powers serves as a lecturer in the Faculty of Communications at the University of Ottawa. Mr. Powers is also a media commentator, appearing frequently on CTV, CTV News Channel and BNN.
Paul Sparkes

Paul Sparkes is the Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, CTVglobemedia.

A graduate of Memorial University, Sparkes is the President and Founding Member of the Smiling Land Foundation. He is also President of the CHUM Charitable Foundation and serves on many Industry and Charitable Boards, including the Banff Television Festival Foundation, the digital television channel Animal Planet, and the One X One Foundation. As part of his involvement with One X One, Sparkes is the leading board member of the First Nations School Nutrition Program, a national outreach initiative designed to provide First Nations children who live in poverty with a school nutrition program.

Prior to joining CTVglobemedia in 2001, Sparkes enjoyed a distinguished career in public service. From 1998-2001 he served as Director of Operations to then Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon Jean Chretien and prior to that, he was Special Assistant for Atlantic Canada in the PMO (1996-1998). Also, he served as Executive Assistant to two Premiers of Newfoundland and Labrador; the Honourable Clyde Wells and the Honourable Brian Tobin.

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