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King & Lightning Summer Schedule

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Summer is here, and that means it's parade season!
King and Lightning have been strutting their stuff in community parades, and hope to see you at their next appearance.
And don't forget to check back this Fall for a full schedule of Fall and Winter appearances from our two gentle giants!

BBQs For Daffodil Place

Over the May long weekend we hosted BBQs in support of Daffodil Place at four of our stores and we would like to thank everyone who stopped by to show their support, to our staff for their hard work, and for the local radio stations that joined us at the stores!
Thanks to your support, we were able to raise a grand total of $1351.90 between the four stores!

Cupcake Day 2015

cupcakedayicon On Monday, February 23rd, Central celebrated Cupcake Day for the 3rd year in a row. All seven stores and our Retail Support Centre participated with staff members baking delicious treats to sell in support of the SPCA.
Thanks to the generous support of our customers and staff, we were able to raise a grand total of $4193.99 for animals in need!
Didn't make it in to the store for Cupcake Day? Relive the fun with these photos from the festivities in support of our furry friends:

3rd Annual Contractor Food Bank Hamburger Drive

On Tuesday, February 17th, the team at Central Windsor took part in the 3rd Annual Contractor Food Bank Hamburger Drive at the Windsor Community Centre!
This year, thanks to your generosity over 300 lbs of locally produced hamburger was packaged and donated to the local Food Bank.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support this cause, and especially to the participating area contractors and team members from the Windsor store... great work!

Let's Give Gavin a Great Christmas

smallGavinRolfeChristmasSignOn Thursday, December 18 K-Rock 89.3's Doug Ralph was at Central in Windsor for a Live Remote to help raise funds for Jackie & Trevor Rolfe's 2-year old son Gavin - a local 2 year old battling Neuroblastoma who is required to travel to Toronto for medical care.
As an added bonus for those who stopped in to support this great cause, Central gave away two $100 Central Gift Cards!
The draw was done live on K-Rock 89.3 FM and you can listen to it here!
In addition,Central also pledged to match the first $1,000 in donations received, and we are happy to announce that members of the community came together to meet this challenge... and then some!
All together, between community donations and our matching funds, a grand total of $3,100 was raised!
We were so pleased to see the community rally behind this cause. Here are a few photos showing their generosity:

King & Lightning's Christmas Parade Schedule

horsesholidayiconKing and Lightning are coming to a parade near you!
Check out their schedule here to see which Holiday parades they will be taking part in this season.

BBQ in Support of Gavin Rolfe at Central Windsor

Gavin RolfeOn Saturday, October 18th Central Windsor, with assistance from Tim Horton's hosted a BBQ in support of Jackie & Trevor Rolfe's 2-year old son Gavin.
Gavin is a local boy who has to travel to Toronto for treatment of his cancer (Neuro Blastoma).
All proceeds from the BBQ were donated to Gavin's family to help cover their travel and medical expenses.
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Contractor Joe Janes stopped by to show his support.
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K-Rock 89.3 FM's 'Uncle Darrin' Harvey came by to help support the great cause, along with Tim Hortons associate Barb Randall, Central Store Manager Neil McLellan, and Sobeys Front End Manager, Marina Manuel.
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Central associate Diana Fisher, Gavin's Grandmother Jenny Rolfe & Grandfather Elmer Rolfe, Central Store Manager Neil McLellan, and Tim Horton's associate Barb Randall.
Thanks to the generous support of our customers and staff $689 was raised!

Fire Prevention Week BBQ in support of Antigonish Town & County Volunteer Fire Departments

On Thursday, October 9th Central Antigonish hosted a BBQ in support of the Antigonish Town & County Volunteer Fire Departments as part of Fire Prevention Week. Thanks to the generous support of our customers and staff $337.85 was raised! In addition, Central will be donating $500 as well!
Steve Benjamin doing double duty as a member of the Central team & the Antigonish Town Volunteer Fire Dept!
Central Antigonish store manager Glen Mooney poses with members of the Volunteer Fire Departments..
Click here to see some photos from The Fire Prevention Week BBQ in support of the Antigonish Town & County Volunteer Fire Departments.


ALSIceBucketChallengeIcon Challenge Accepted!

Central was recently challenged by Steve Melnick to participate in the #ALSIceBucketChallenge, and the team at Central Antigonish decided to get things started off, and take it to the next level.

In addition to pouring LOADER BUCKETS full of ice water on our brave volunteers, we have also held Charity BBQs and have been collecting donations from Associates and Customers to help raise more money for the ALS Society of Nova Scotia.

We are still tallying all of the donations, and will share our grand total with you all soon!
Did you miss out on the fun? Check out our videos below and browse our gallery of photos!

For more information on the #ALSIceBucketChallenge, ALS, and how to donate, please visit:

ALS Society of Nova Scotia

ALS Society of Canada

Thank you for your support!

The Big Bike Ride: Windsor Edition

windsorbigbikeride On Wednesday, August 13th the team from our Windsor Store took on the Big Bike Ride!

This was their third year participating, and was organized by Central Paint Dept Head Wendy Goodine. Can you spot her in this picture?

"Meat & Greet" the Superstars in support of Pictou County Roots for Youth Society

StellartonBBQPosterFinal On Saturday, August 9th Central in Stellarton hosted a "Meat & Greet" BBQ and Autograph Signing with some amazing Canadian Athletes! UFC Superstar Mark "The Machine" Hominick, Two Time Olympic Snowboarder Sarah Conrad, Two Time World Champion and Olympian Karen Furneaux and Current Three Belt Holder in MMA Matt McGrath were on hand to meet customers, sign autographs and take photos.

A grand total of $420 was raised for Pictou County Roots for Youth Society! Thank you to everyone who came out and had a great time with us, and to the athletes for visiting our store for such a great cause!

Did you miss out on the excitement? Browse our gallery of photos from the "Meat & Greet" here!

Antigonish Highland Games Parade

This weekend marked the 151st Antigonish Highland Games, and the team at Central were there to help celebrate... and so were King & Lightning!

The Central Team heading out on the parade route.

Central is a proud supporter of the Antigonish Highland Games, and we had a great time participating in the parade. We were also very excited to win 3rd place for our parade entry! Thank you to all of our associates who helped to make this possible.
Our Parade Walkers - thanks for doing such a great job!

Want to see more? Click here to see a gallery of pictures from the parade!

Golf Tournament in Support of Chedabucto Lifestyle Centre

Chedabucto Lifestyle Centre Sponsor SignCentral recently sponsored a hole at the inaugural Chedabucto Lifestyle Centre Golf Classic held at the Osprey Shores Golf Resort.

The golf tournament helped to raise funds to maintain and operate the Chedabucto Lifestyle Centre which offers physical fitness and sports, as well as social gathering opportunities to the communities within Guysborough County.

Thank you to all who attended and helped to make this such a great event!

BBQ for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Breton

Big Brothers Big Sisters Charity BBQ As part of our Grand Re-Opening Celebration at Central in Port Hawkesbury on Thursday, June 19th we held a Charity BBQ in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Breton. Even in the rain our customers and staff were eager to support such a great cause and $406.60 was raised! Thank you to everybody who came out to show their support!

Tim Horton's Camp Day in Windsor

The team from Central Windsor was happy to help out with Tim Horton's Camp Day on Wednesday, June 4th at the Tim Horton's Wentworth Rd location. Central sponsored the squeegee teams, supplied buckets, windshield wash, squeegees, and friendly associates and customers to lend a hand!

Central associates Debra Lynch & Wendy Goodine working as part of the squeegee team on Camp Day.

Central customer Paul Brown washing truck windows on Camp Day.

Central associate Wendy Goodine helping out at the Wentworth Rd. Tim Horton's location for Camp Day.

Tool Demo Days & BBQ for Moncton RCMP Fund

On Wednesday, June 11th Central Antigonish hosted Tool Demo Days and a BBQ in support of the Moncton RCMP Fund. Thanks to the generous support of our customers and staff $178.31 was raised!


Additionally, Antigonish store manager Glen Mooney presented a beautiful hanging basket from Central Gardens to our local RCMP detachment to show our support.


Click here to see some photos from Tool Demo Days and the BBQ in Support of the Moncton RCMP Fund.

May Sponsorships!

Click here to see the organizations and fundraisers Central gave to for the month of May!

Central Antigonish has been busy!

Our new Antigonish store manager Glen Mooney is delighted to present the receiving organizations' representative with their Central Gift Cards donations. These Cards are used as prizes, or are raffled off by the charity to raise even more funds for their causes.



Flooring associate, Rhonda Rennie got in on the giving action too.








Run for the Wish!


IMG_3588On May 12th, 2014, the crew from HMCS Halifax stayed at Keltic Quay Resort (stay was donated by Central) as they Run for the Wish (Children's Wish Foundation) the length of the province of Nova Scotia.

Central donated six two-bedroom cottages to the runners, giving them luxurious accommodations at Keltic Quay. We hope you enjoyed your stay!

It was a busy weekend at Central!


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Central Gardens opened for the season and we had a special Mother's day event for the kiddies. They were able to come in and plant a special flower to give Mom for Mother's Day!

At Central Antigonish, Ca-r-ma hosted a bbq to help raise funds for our feline friends. The weather didn't cooperate like we had hoped but there was still a GRAND TOTAL of $433.91 raised! We would like to thank all of our staff and customers for contributing to this great cause. Click here to view a nice thank-you note from Marlene Morell, she's the Co-Director for our Antigonish Chapter of Ca-r-ma. Thanks Marlene for the kind words!

Our gentle giants King & Lightening were also at Central Antigonish giving out wagon rides!

Click here to see photos from our fun-filled Mother's Day weekend!


Have you met King & Lightning?


CustomerPettingKingOur gentle giants participate in parades and festivals throughout northeastern Nova Scotia and the valley throughout the year. Click here to see their summer schedule below.


A huge thank-you to everyone!


SPCAAnimalsDrum roll please..... Our GRAND TOTAL is $5,500.00

We would like to thank you, our valued customers and the public and the media for their incredible support. Also thanks goes out to our wonderful stores and sales team with their baking skills for making this fundraiser a huge success again this year!

100% of the proceeds go directly to the Nova Scotia SPCA, to be divided among local shelters on a "most urgent need" basis. Funds will be used for cruelty investigations, adoptions and foster programs and spay/neuter programs.

Click here to see photos from our 2014 Cupcake Day!




Central Windsor is at it again!

WindsorHamburgDriveLast March, 833098 Canadians turned to food banks for help; 32% of the Nova Scotians who were assisted were children. This is why Central was proud to be a part of the 2nd Annual Contractor Hamburger Food Drive, which was started by retired contractor Harlen Schofield last year to give the food banks meat, a food that is crucial for families but which food banks rarely receive.

Yesterday 400 lbs. of hamburger was delivered to the Windsor Community Centre here it was bagged by over two dozen waiting volunteers , all for the local food banks. Among the volunteers were Central Windsor Associates, Municipality of West Hants Warden Richard Dauphinee, Windsor Mayor Paul Beazley, West Hants MLA Chuck Porter, Hantsport Mayor Robbie Zwicker, and representative from both food banks. It was truly a coming together of these communities, all for a great cause.

Thank you for your help and generosity in supporting this, and to all involved in the Annual Contractor Hamburger Food Drive. Together, we're all helping to ensure that none of our community members go hungry.

Click here to see a few photos of the hard working volunteers.


A van for Eric!

VanForEric7CropOn August 31st, we held A Van for Eric Day at our Stellarton store. We fired up our bbq to gain donations through the generosity of people like you and sold raffle tickets, with all the proceeds going towards Eric's cause. We also donated two $500.00 Central Gift Cards to be raffled off.

Thank you to everyone who came out to help make A Van for Eric Day at our store such a success, and thank you to our Stellarton team for your hard work and great efforts! $815.72 was earned that day towards Eric's cause.

We're so proud of our community, and members like you who supported this great cause!

Click here to view a photo gallery!

We had a blast on the Big Bike!



We have a lot of fun getting involved in community events, especially The Heart & Stroke Foundation Big Bike ride. We would like to thank each and everyone of you for coming out and supporting this great cause. Click here to view some photos we took along the way.

Who are you fighting for?


Every three minutes, another Canadian will hear the words "you have cancer" for the first time, and the Canadian Cancer Society along with Central wants them to know that they are not alone.

From April 1st to April 27th all Central Home Improvement stores in Nova Scotia will have the opportunity to support the work of the Canadian Cancer Society by selling Daffodil pins in stores. The cost of the pins are $1.00 each.

Daffodil pins will be available throughout the month of April to engage communities and honour those who have been touched by cancer. Money raised through this fundraising initiative will be used to support the Canadian Cancer Society's programs and services in the province of Nova Scotia.InvernessDaffodil

The success of this fundraising and awareness campaign is entirely based on the support from communities across the province - we couldn't do it without you!

Click here to see more pics of the fantastic job our stores are doing to promote this great cause.

A great weekend had by all!

Central was a participating sponsor at the Atom 'B' Regional Hockey Tournament on February 15th. Store manager, Randy Payne was on hand at the tournament passing out prizes which included Central toques that was given to every player as a participation gift. The Inverness Ravens Atom 'B' Hockey team is shown here wearing their toques.


Thank you for your help!



With the help of you, our valued customers and our wonderful sales team with their baking skills we are pleased to say we have exceeded our goal for raising much needed funds for the Nova Scotia SPCA!

  • Antigonish - $935.59
  • Sydney - $892.65
  • Stellarton - $776.61
  • Port Hawkesbury - $680.00
  • Windsor - $502.00
  • Guysborough - $130.00
  • Retail Support Center - $126.31
  • Inverness - $80.00

For a grand total of $4,123.16! 100% of the proceeds are gone directly to the Nova Scotia SPCA, to be divided among local shelters on a "most urgent need" basis. Funds will be used for cruelty investigations, adoptions and foster programs and spay/neuter programs. Click here to see photos from our SPCA Cupcake Day!

Special announcement for 2013.



In 2012, Steve Smith and Central pledged to raise a total of $1,000,000 over a four-year period for the expansion of Daffodil House in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Daffodil Place provides a safe, comfortable and affordable residence for Nova Scotians undergoing cancer treatment in Halifax. While treatment at home is always the preferred option, the reality is that it is often not possible - and that is when Daffodil Place provides an outstanding facility for patients and their families to help mitigate the severe financial hardship that cancer treatment can inflict upon families. Steve has further committed Central to raising an additional $1,000,000 to be donated to local hospitals in Sydney, Antigonish and New Glasgow which provide cancer care, thereby allowing patients to be treated close to home. Throughout the course of this year, we will be unveiling plans for raising these funds, and we will be asking for your support as well. Our goal is simple - we want to assist those struggling with cancer, and their families, to have the best possible care either at home or away, to reduce the financial stress of treatment and, hopefully, make this terribly difficult situation a little less stressful so that everyone's primary focus is on achieving remission and recovery.

Some of Central's most recent major sponsorships include:

• $125,000 to the Pictou County Wellness Centre

• $17,000 to the 2013 Antigonish Highland Games

• $130,000 to the new hard-surface football/soccer field in Antigonish

• $250,000 to the Coady International Institute upcoming expansion

• $5,000 to the Antigonish Poverty Reduction Coalition