On February 7th, 2017 The Arthritis Society Nova Scotia Division hosted the 25th annual Celebrity Roast honouring Michael Donovan, presented by RBC. The event was a roaring success raising more than $230,000 for arthritis education programs, research, support services, and Camp JoinTogether!
Michael Donovan, Executive Chairman of DHX Media, was the roastee for the evening, a position he reluctantly accepted, joking that he thought he was being honoured by a celebrity toast. The Arthritis Society was privileged to welcome Wade Dawe, Harvey McKinnon and Lenore Zann as roasters and Newfoundland’s Mark Critch, host of DHX-produced This Hour Has 22 Minutes, as the evening’s emcee.
Some of the most powerful moments of the evening came from the Arthritis Heroes. The Thornhill family, with three young siblings who live with juvenile arthritis, spoke about their experience with arthritis and Camp JoinTogether – a camp for Maritime children and youth living with arthritis. After a standing ovation, the result of their speech was immeasurable.
Donations were accepted during The Society’s “Send a Child to Camp” portion of the evening and because of the Thornhill’s moving testimony, more than 40 children who may not have been able to attend camp will have that opportunity this summer.
“I was truly moved, truly, by the Arthritis Heroes and the Thornhill family’s story,” expressed Donovan as he took stage near the end of the evening. “The Arthritis Society is an important organization as we have all learned here tonight.”