“Hope For Wildlife” Honored In Shining World Compassion Award Ceremony
Ms. Hope Swinimer, Founder and Director of the Hope for Wildlife Society, was presented with the Shining World Compassion Award and a check for US$30,000 in a warm and intimate ceremony attended by local media, friends and volunteers on June 1, Golden Year 10 (2013). The presentation took place at the Society’s rehabilitation headquarters located 40 minutes north of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in the town of Seaforth, which is in close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.
The Award, given by spiritual teacher and humanitarian Supreme Master Ching Hai, paid tribute to the Canadian organization’s extensive services to wildlife including the rescue and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned birds and mammals, a wildlife help line, as well as public environmental education programs. Over 15,000 injured and orphaned wild animals representing more than 250 species have been helped by the Society since 1997. Animals admitted to the shelter receive medical attention, food, housing and the expert care needed to ensure their successful return to the wild. The wildlife haven is operated purely by volunteers who take no financial remuneration for the time and service they render.
Supreme Master Ching Hai stated in a loving letter:
“For connecting people and wildlife in a most positive and transformative way, for endless selfless loving care, and for being an outstanding model of kindness, love and compassion in action, we hereby applaud and celebrate the inspirational work of the Hope for Wildlife Society, its founder and director, Ms. Hope Swinimer, and its warm-hearted staff and dedicated volunteers.”
The Award ceremony was attended by local Halifax Regional Municipality Councillor, Mr. David Hendsbee, and longtime Society volunteer Ms. Allison Dubé, who spoke of the enduring spirit of the Society and its founder. Also in attendance were friends and volunteers of the Society together with members of The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association, who had traveled by car from Montreal for the occasion.
Upon receiving the beautiful crystal award plaque and check, Ms. Swinimer said: “It is such an honor to receive this award and that they [The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association] recognize the compassion of everyone who is involved here at Hope for Wildlife.” When asked what she would do with Supreme Master’s monetary contribution, Ms. Swinimer commented on how rare it was to receive such a significant gift that was not designated for a specific project: “These funds will go straight to where they are really needed; the day-to-day expenses of caring for wildlife.”
Later, Ms. Swinimer wrote the following thoughtful letter to Master.
Dear Supreme Master Ching Hai,
I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank you for your very generous gift to the Hope for Wildlife Society. I am truly honoured to have received a Shining World Compassion Award; at Hope for Wildlife we see compassion on a daily basis but it means so very much to me and the volunteers that our compassion is recognized by others.
I know that Hope for Wildlife is just one of many deserving charities and we are so very fortunate to be the recipients of this award and accompanying donation. You can be certain that this generous gift will go a long way in helping us provide the very best care to injured and orphaned wildlife in Nova Scotia. As our services are in ever-growing demand across the province, we continue to put a strong emphasis [on] education and prevention.
On behalf of myself, the volunteers, and patients – past, present and future – we say Thank-You.
After the presentation, attendees were treated to delicious vegan sandwiches accompanied by quinoa and brown rice salads. Also enjoying the festivities were reporters from The Snap, a local newspaper, and Global TV, who aired a report on the event on the local news at 6pm and 11pm that evening.
Members of The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association reported that it was truly a pleasure and a blessing to meet such beautiful, selfless and kind people. They were grateful for the opportunity to be involved in the event and commented that everything, including the weather, was perfectly arranged for the occasion!
Our sincere gratitude, Ms. Hope Swinimer and the many other devoted individuals at Hope for Wildlife Society, for your commitment to our dear animal friends. May Heaven bless you, and the many beings you help, with much happiness.