Who We Are
The Canadian Progress Club was founded in Toronto in 1922 and has clubs from St.John’s, NFLD to Vancouver BC. Progress members seek the advancement of the communities in which the individual clubs are located. Progress is entirely Canadian in concept and development. Each local club conducts its own affairs and its own charitable projects. Progressians are men and women from all walks of life who enjoy hands-on involvement in charitable activities. In particular, members are proud of their contributions in the area of underprivileged children, and of helping to foster the cause of the physically, mentally and socially handicapped people of Canada through service to the community. "It's Great to Be a Canadian/Soyons Fiers d'être Canadien" is the motto of the Canadian Progress Club.
In 1988 a group of dynamic women formed the Halifax Cornwallis Progress Club, a Chapter of the Canadian Progress Club. Although a chapter of the national body, our Club is a separate entity and sponsors local charities besides the Canadian Progress Charitable Foundation/Special Olympics. The Club’s main charity is Phoenix Youth Programs, a shelter and crisis centre for homeless youth, both female and male, and supports other local charities on an annual basis through our Charitable Grant Program. Past recipients of grants have included: Special Olympics Nova Scotia, Homebridge Youth Services, Alice Housing, Adsum House and other community organizations.
CPC Halifax Cornwallis members are committed to enhancing the quality of life in the community in which we live, most notably for women and children. Since 1989, we have supported Phoenix Youth Programs annually from the proceeds of our largest fundraiser the Progress Women of Excellence Awards. The awards honour the work of 19 women who make a significant contribution not only to our community but to their profession. In 25 years we have nearly 1.5 million dollars for Phoenix Youth Programs.
We also host Girl’s Night Out, Get Up and Dance and many other small fundraisers throughout the year to help with our other efforts. Each year we give out grants to several charitable organizations in our community.
Community Service is also a large part of what we do. With over 1,300 hours per year in volunteer work by our members we are able to contribute to a variety of organizations. You might find our members volunteering at Special Olympics events, helping to feed the hungry at church dinners, singing Christmas carols to the Veterans at Camp Hill, cooking or baking with Phoenix Youth, or filling Christmas stockings for those in need.