Trees for a Brighter Future 2020

Des Sapins pour un Avenir Plus Brillant

On Friday, December 4th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Inclusion Advocacy SENB (IA SENB) will host an evening dedicated to raising money and awareness towards securing appropriate supports that enable individuals to live, learn, work, and participate with dignity as respected, valued and contributing members of their community.

You are cordially invited to attend the 16th annual Trees for a Brighter Future experiential online event featuring online auctions, raffles, fun activities, door prizes, dinner and entertainment that you can enjoy with your family and friends from the comfort of your home! 50/50 raffle tickets are 1 for $2, 3 for $5 or 7 for $10.

Take this opportunity to gather your bubble friends and family, get dressed up in your holiday gala best or your favorite ugly Christmas sweaters (see below for a fun contest), order dinner in from one of our local restaurant partners, register to bid on our online Auction items, and show your support for people who have an intellectual, developmental disability (some of the most vulnerable and at risk members of our communities)!

The event will LIVE STREAM via our A/V provider SSi!

Ticket holders will receive the hyperlink by email on Friday, December 4, 2020.

Scroll down to see the Silent Auction link, Items for Sale including the "Home for Christmas" Raffle tickets and the songs you can vote on to be played live, Suggested Donation Levels, Our Annual Impact, Entertainment, Local Dine-at-Home Offers, Best Festive Attire Contest, and Sponsors!

Avez-vous vos billets? Have you got your tickets yet?

Looking for a little wining and dining outside of the awkward office party?

The perfect opportunity to celebrate the festive season with colleagues and partners or friends and family from the comfort of your home. Get your crew (COVID-19 compliant), and join us to support a great cause!

At times like these, when we come together great things happen, and we know that this will be no different.

We are so grateful for your ongoing support and cannot wait to bring this stunning online gala to our community.


Silent Auction! Encan Silencieux !

Ouverture de l'encan/Auction opens:

Vendredi 27 novembre à midi

Friday, November 27th, at 12:00 pm

Fermeture de l'encan/Auction closes:

Dimanche 6 decembre à 20 h 30

Sunday, December 6th, at 8:30 pm

L'encan silencieux est ouvert au public - il n'est pas nécessaire d'avoir un billet pour le gala pour y participer. Tous les profits seront remis à Promotion de l'inclusion SENB.

Silent auction is open to the public to bid - no gala ticket required. All proceeds go to Inclusion Advocacy SENB.

To view the AUCTION TREES before December 4th, check out the Facebook event Trees for a Brighter Future / Des sapins pour un avenir plus brillant

Go right to the silent auction and check back often as we're adding more items daily:

Click here to buy your tickets!

Our Annual Impact


individuals from birth to seniors, and their families served in South East New Brunswick


direct advocacy consultations held in 2019


meetings conducted toward securing funds through grants and community fundraising efforts in 2019


hours of adult literacy instruction in 2019

Hear it from them:

"My name is Dorothy  this is how Inclusion Advocacy has helped me, by writing a letter to my social worker to tell her I have been coming to class for 7 years and helping me contact N.B. Housing I attend adult learning classes, I have improved my reading, spelling writing math skills. I have learned to use computers. Classes get me out of the house and give me a chance to socialize and make new friends and gives us a chance to help each other. I am proud that I live alone with no supports. I am starting to talk to people when there is something bothering me."

"Our child has had minimal contact outside of our home since graduating high school over 5 years ago. Until we found IA SENB. He now attends school and actual sessions there, where he has real conversations with his peers while at the same time broadening his horizons and learning new things. IA SENB has so much to offer him that we as parents alone cannot. We now look towards the future with hope and are encouraged that he may well achieve his dream of having an apartment, a job and a support dog."

"Living with a disability is challenging, but I like to use it as a teaching tool for others. I was born with Cerebral Palsy and I use an electric chair as my legs and feet to get me to where I’m going. Having a disability wasn’t my choice, however, I do choose to help people understand that we are the same as everyone else. We may do things differently, but at the end of the day we get the job done.

I grew up with two siblings that didn’t have disabilities and my family taught and treated me like I was no different than anybody else. I was told by the education system I would never graduate high school let alone go to college. When people doubt my abilities it only makes me more determined to be successful and prove them wrong. Not only did I complete high school, I also graduated from college and have a successful career. People never thought I’d be able to live on my own, but here I am. I have supports that come in to help me with the basic needs that most people take for granted such as, showering, dressing, using the bathroom, and preparing meals. I am just like you; I want all the same things, including my independence. I just need a little help along the way. That doesn’t mean you have to pity me; let’s face it, I don’t know anything different.

Disabilities vary from person to person, some are invisible and some visible and stick out like a sore thumb! It’s hard for a lot of people to get past my chair and see me as a person, especially when it comes to employment opportunities. I became tired of people not taking me seriously. Many potential employers see a disability and are afraid it will create more work for them and simply look the other way. Also, most buildings aren’t actually accessible so I had to take matters into my own hands and started a small business of my own.

Life is hard enough when you don’t have a disability, but it’s even more challenging when you do. We have to prove to people what we are capable of and that’s why I became a vocal part of the community and sit on committees and boards. The public needs to know what people with disabilities can bring to the table.

I didn’t get to where I am today because I sat back and had it handed to me. I am where am because I fought for everything I have. I also had the support of my family and Inclusion Advocacy when things got really tough. I can honestly say I look forward to the day when people don’t see the disability, but rather the ability of the person. One day you may be in the same position so take a chance on someone with a disability, you may be surprised at what we have to offer."                                                                 (Kourtney)


Cocktail/Mocktail Demo with Amber Richards

Join our livestream to learn how to mix our specially curated #IASENBTreesforaBrighterFuture signature cocktails alongside Amber Richards of Amber Effect Events!

Let's all try this together!

Get prepped early by picking up our signature cocktail essentials in advance. Check your email for the shopping list!


Patrick Hardy


Patrick is a self-employed graphic designer by trade, and an artist at heart. He traveled Canada in his early 20's, from east to west and back and was influenced by the art of the Haida, Kwakwaka’wakw or Kwakiutl, Nuu-chah-nulth, Coast Salish and other First Nations from the Pacific Northwest.

Originally born in Montreal, where he lived for 28 years, and where he met his future acadian wife, he moved out here in Moncton to marry her. They had a son Samuel in 2006, and he was diagnosed on the autism spectrum in 2009. 

Patrick wanted to raise autism awareness and gather funds for Autism Canada at the time. In 2012, he started selling his art giving 10% of the proceeds to Autism Canada. In the first year, he mustered a total amount of 3000$ for autism Canada.

In 2016, he started creating a book series, designed for children between the ages of 4 to 8, entitled "My friend Sam", which explains what it is to live with an autism spectrum diagnosis on a day to day basis.

To create the art pieces, Patrick usually use ink pens, gel pens for color and in some cases soft pastels. He also use acrylics for large paintings, but prefers the control of the pen rather than the paintbrush.

The art can be viewed at

The book series at:

Santa Claus

Bring the kids so they can chat with Santa!

Marshall Button


Bruised Orange

“Peel my layers, fill my cracks, pay attention, What’s in between? The healing can’t start ’til after the bleed” (Oh No Oh No)

These lyrics exemplify Bruised Orange’s laidback and thought provoking approach to song writing. This Moncton based roots outfit, made up of Roger Cormier and Steve Long, has refused to wait for storms to pass but rather chose to dance in the rain. This is honest working class music intended to strike a chord in the hearts of anyone listening.

Bruised Orange

Vote for a song in the 'Items for Sale' above and Play it Forward!

CK Swett

A California native

and Duke University graduate, CK began his career in the auction

world in 2006, and has worked at Christie’s, Phillips and Heritage during the intervening twelve years. In 2016, he founded Lot 1 with former Christie's colleague,

Charles Antin, in order to better address the critical importance of

not-for-profit fundraising.


CK's charity auctioneering

efforts since 2010 have yielded more than $100 million across nearly 500 events that support everything from school children in Malawi and veterans returning

from Iraq and Afghanistan to public schools in Manhattan and the American

Cancer Society. Hailed by the New York Times as having

"managed to shake up the staid world of auctioneering," CK set the world auction record for boxing memorabilia in February 2012, selling the gloves Muhammad Ali wore during his 1965 fight against Floyd Patterson for $1.1 million on behalf of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. 

When not convincing bidders to raise their paddle one last time, he is often found swimming, playing chess on his phone,

or singing enthusiastically off key.


Local Dine-at-Home Offers

We are proudly collaborating with our innovative food & beverage supporters to bring some of our favourite food to you at home on December 4th! 

Monk10 orders must be placed by Thursday, December 3, at 2:00 p.m.


*Note these options will only be available in certain regions.

The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse

Order take-out from The Old Triangle and 15% from each order will be donated back to Inclusion Advocacy SENB!

Call (506) 384-7474 or email to place your order by Dec. 3rd. Ready for pick up Dec. 4th (or delivery could be arranged).

Maple Chicken Curry Penne

· Fresh chicken breast, tomatoes, onions, and garlic tossed in a delicious maple curry cream sauce. Topped with Parmesan cheese and served with garlic toast.

o $19

Add a bottle or a case ('s COVID) of Magnetic Hill Wine:

  • 2019 Lodestone White-Crisp white wine similar to a Pinot Grigio made from 100% NB grapes $27.50 ea.
  • Evangeline Blanc- Off-dry, Fun and Fruity white wine made from Strawberries and Rhubarb $22.50 ea.

Corned Beef Cabbage Rolls

· Comfort food at its finest! Corned Beef, pureed carrots, and champ all wrapped up in cabbage and smothered in a tangy apple cider sauce.

o $15 

Add a bottle or a case of Magnetic Hill Wine:

-2019 Lodestone Red- bold rich red wine similar to a Merlot but made from 100% NB grapes $27.50 ea.

-Bay of Fundy Blue- Off-dry, Fun and Fruity red wine made from Wild Blueberries $22.50 ea.

Hummus Board

· Spicy hummus, sun dried tomato hummus, and spinach and artichoke hummus served with naan, carrots, cucumbers, celery, Kalamata olives, marinated mushrooms, pickled beets, and tzatziki sauce.

o $15

Add a bottle or a case of Magnetic Hill Wine:

  • 2019 Lodestone White-Crisp white wine similar to a Pinot Grigio made from 100% NB grapes $27.50 ea.
  • Evangeline Blanc- Off-dry, Fun and Fruity white wine made from Strawberries and Rhubarb $22.50 ea.

Monk10 Eatery & Taproom

Order take-out from Monk10 and 15% from each order will be donated back to Inclusion Advocacy SENB!

Call 506 801 1410 to place your order before 2pm Dec. 3rd. Ready for pick up Dec. 4th, 3pm.

Boite de Marché Box $175 Feeds 16

6 pc. House Made Chorizo Sausage

6 pc. Beef Bavette

1 Whole Chicken Portioned

12oz Pork Belly Rice, 12oz Cubed Root Vegetables,

12oz Lemon Herb Potato, 12oz Sliced Peppers & Onions,

Seasonings & Sauces,

Recipes & Meal Cooking Instructions

Holiday Box $200 serves 6 people

Turkey Roll with Cranberry & Sausage Stuffing,

Smoked Butter Mash Potato, Honey Braised Carrot,

Green Bean & Corn Hash,

Holiday Brioche Bread Pudding With Chantilly Creme,

2 Bottles Wine, Heating Instructions

Charcuterie & Cheese Box $175 serves 6 people

Sliced House Cured Meats, Chef's Curated Cheeses,

House Made Pickles, House Made Relishes, Mustards,

Parmesan & Black Pepper Crostini,

1 bottle wine, 1 bottle Prosecco

Gala Date Night Box $130 serves 2 people

Chef’s soup of the day for 2 + M10 mixed green salad for 2 +

Choice of:

Seared pork medallions, mushroom forestière on sauteed greens


Pan fried Atlantic Cod, Black garlic sauce on a bed of grilled baby bok choy


Cornish game Hen, Tomato ragout with Onion cippolini

All served with Smoked butter mashed potatoes, M10 sauteed winter vegetables, Brioche bread pudding for 2 with Caramel sauce, Chantilly cream

1 bottle of wine

Greco Pizza Restaurant

Order take-out from Greco Pizza and $5 from each Share & Care order will be donated back to Inclusion Advocacy SENB!

Customers can either call the stores at 310-3030 and request to order the Share & Care deal for IA SENB OR order online and use the promo code SHARE&CARE.

*For this to work, order your pizza and garlic fingers at regular price. If you order more than 3 toppings, the discount will still apply but you will be charged for the additional toppings.

15” pizza with up to 3 toppings and a 12” garlic fingers for $25.99

Valid November 30th to December 6th

*This is only available at the following locations – Killam Dr, Mountain Rd, Riverview and Dieppe. 


Best Festive Attire Contest

We want to see YOU dressed in your best festive attire!

Enter our Best Festive Attire Contest by posting a photo of yourself or your family all dressed up in your holiday gala best or your ugliest Christmas sweaters to Instagram and Facebook!

Tag and follow @inclusionadvocacySENB and @amber_effect accounts, plus use the event hashtag #IASENBTreesforaBrighterFuture.

You will be entered to win an exciting prize and your photo will be featured on both our Instagram and Facebook accounts. The contest closes Friday, December 4, at 11:00 p.m. AST. The contest winner will be notified by Instagram and Facebook direct message on Thursday, December 10th!


Vote for a Song & Play it Forward

Vote on a song you want to hear Bruised Orange perform during our 'Trees for a Brighter Future' Experiential Online Gala! Each bid is $5 and all proceeds support Inclusion Advocacy SENB; thank you in advance for playing it forward! The Top 3 songs with the most bids in the 'Items for Sale' section above will be preformed live, during the event! Learn more about Bruised Orange in the Entertainment section above.

Avez-vous vos billets? Have you got your tickets yet?

Organized by
Inclusion Advocacy SENB
Inclusion Advocacy is a local non-profit, registered charity, dedicated to protecting the rights and promoting the interests of individuals with intellectual disability and developmental disabilities, and their families in South East New Brunswick. . We are an association working with partners to build community and to enhance the lives of children, youth and, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families by supporting abilities, promoting action and advancing rights, responsibilities and social justice.
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