Sunday, November 18, 2007

September and October Review

Wellness Expo
Our attendance at the Wellness Expo (previously NS Good Health Show) was the highlight of our fall activities. For a second year, Shivaraj and Kundalini (the owners of the show) made our booth possible by supporting our association. This enabled us to increase our membership and raise the profile of vegetarianism.
The show was held on the weekend of October 19-21 and attracted thousands of health conscious Maritimers. For a second year, thanks to Tarek, we awarded two dinners for two at Tarek's to visitors to our booth that entered our draw. In addition, thanks to Robert Webber, Director of the Yoga Loft, we awarded five yoga classes at the Yoga Loft to another lucky booth visitor.


We launched our new website in May, but as our webmaster soon moved to Toronto, the site sat idle and in need of updating for several months. After posting a request on kijiji, we found two webmasters that are now sharing the responsibility. David Kristof, a Halifax native, and Sudhanshu Singh, a native of India that comes to us via Saskatchewan. Sudhanshu is a lifelong vegetarian. Both have now joined as directors of our association. The recommended restaurants with photos and maps, and an interactive element to our site are the first of many changes that will make the site essential viewing for the thousands of vegetarians living in Nova Scotia or visiting our area.

Membership and Discount Program
We now have a laminating machine, thanks to our treasurer, Jesslyn Fowlie, which enables us to provide laminated membership cards. This is increasingly necessary, as our discount program for members continues to expand to more veg-friendly restaurants (and other shops and services) in the Halifax area and across Nova Scotia.

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