Peace on Earth Society

Peace By Chocolate donates 3-5% of all company profits to the Peace On Earth Society - an organization registered in Nova Scotia that donates funds to peace building projects around the world. The society work started unofficially after the Fort McMurray Wildfires when Peace by Chocolate launched a donation campaign to support all the evacuees and their families through relief organizations.

 

Our family knows what it was like to lose everything, to live in fear and struggle with the uncertainties of how each day may unfold. Since our arrival in Canada, our resilience has grown through the deep, consistent and generous support of people in our home community, from across Nova Scotia and through out country. We will be forever grateful to so many people for helping us secure the feelings of peace back within our hearts and the safety in our home.

 

We believe peace is a noble thing on earth that everyone should be fighting for. Since starting Peace by Chocolate we have always been trying to engage our community and work on the issues that matter.

 

After remarkable support from Canadians from coast to coast, and customers from around the world, Peace By Chocolate grew quickly from its simple roots in a tiny home-based factory in 2016.  Having the chance to use our good fortune to give back has always been on the mind of our family.

 

In the fall of 2018, we formalized our support for peace building projects by having our company register the Peace On Earth Society with the Nova Scotia government to begin the process of creating a registered not-for-profit.  

 

The goal of our founders and staff is to ensure we partner with like-minded organizations and communities leaders to allow us to give back and to support initiatives that helps foster peace and compassion to help alleviate the suffering of others. Our hope is that these initiatives will help deepen the conversations people are having and to help create change in some of the cultural norms currently embedded in our society.  

 

 

How Does It Work?

Peace By Chocolate donates a percentage of product revenue, provides subsidies on select chocolate products and volunteers our personal time to a diversity of peace initiatives. Here is a list of our current approach to peace building;

 

Strategy # 1:  Peace on Earth Society – Community Partnerships

 

Strategy # 2: Peace on Earth Society - Staff Engagement Peace Initiatives 

 

Strategy # 3:  Peace on Earth Society - Support for Community-based Fund Raising Initiatives

 

Strategy # 4:  Peace on Earth Society – Support causes through products

 

Strategy # 1:  Peace on Earth Society – Community Partnerships

 

Partnership # 1:                      Peace Needs Love Pride Bars

Collaborative Partner:            Phoenix Youth, Halifax Nova Scotia

Start Date:                               Fall 2016

Chocolate Products:               Pride Bars 92g and 46g

Donation:                                $ 0.50 - 1.00 / bar

Partner Selection:                   Knowing some of the challenge that exist for people to “come out” and the conflict this sometimes it causes families we wanted to celebrate peace and support this very important community.

 

Phoenix House:                                                                                                                                 Phoenix House Phoenix is a non-profit, community based organization located in K’jipuktuk / Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Since 1987, Phoenix has been dedicated to supporting youth between the ages of 11 and 24, their families, and communities across multiple locations in Halifax.

 

Partnership # 2:                      Nitap Indigenous Friendships Bars

Collaborative Partner:            Paq’tnkek Band Council and the Paq’tnkek Mi'kmaw Nation

Start Date:                               January 2019

Chocolate Products:               Nitap Bars 46g (Five Different Varieties) and the Nitap Box 160g

Donation:                                $ .25 / bar and $ 1.00 / box

Partner Selection:                   The intentional focus on passing on and sharing Indigenous knowledge within the community was an important factor in making the Nitap Program work. The idea that all the activities would be rooted in an Indigenous approach that supports a higher quality of life, resilience, spirituality and well-being fit perfectly with the values Peace by Chocolate is based upon. Start up funds were provided by Peace by Chocolate, and, once the program was running successfully, the community and organizers helped design the Nitap chocolate bars with on-going proceeds supporting the continuation of the program.

 

Paq’tnkek Mi'kmaw Nation:                                                                                                            Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation is located in Antigonish County, 24km east of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The name Paqtnkek, meaning “by the bay”, is a distinction emphasizing the importance of the local bay and its resources to the Mi’kmaw people. Historically, the Mi’kmaw of Paqtnkek has lived by the bay in a harmonious, renewable manner, respecting the local environment while honoring their passion for their century’s old culture.

Nitap – “Nitap” is a Mi’Kmaq word meaning “friend” or “buddy”, and profits from our Nitap line of chocolate products go directly to the Paq’tnkek First Nation to provide funding for Nitap cultural programming for community members through the “Nitap Program”.

 

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Partnership # 3:                      Peace of Mind Bars for Mental Health

Collaborative Partner:            The Canadian Mental Health Association – National Partnership

Start Date:                               October 2019

Chocolate Products:               Peace of Mind Bar 46g (Three Different Varieties)

Donation:                                $ .25 / bar

Partner Selection:                   We all have mental health and it is a key issues affecting all Canadians. We are all connecting to someone who is suffering and working on their mental health. We wanted a national partner that has the depth of experience and reputation for us to work with to help strengthen everyone have access to resources and support to allow them to thrive.       

The Canadian Mental Health Association:

Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada. Through a presence in more than 330 communities across every province and one territory, CMHA provides advocacy, programs and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Canadians to flourish and thrive and have peace of mind.

 

Peace of Mind Bar Promotional Video:      

 

Partnership # 4:                      Welcome to Canada

Collaborative Partner:            Refugee Hub, University of Ottawa – National Partnership

Start Date:                               October 2019

Chocolate Products:               Welcome to Canada Bars 92g and 46g (Six Different Varieties)

Donation:                                $ .50 / bar and $ .25 / bar

Partner Selection:                   We are delighted to have partnered with the Refugee Hub of Canada to help highlight and contribute to their important work. As the various complexities playing out in the world continue to unfold and create situations that force people to flee their home, we want to ensure the story we are telling is one of unconditional love and support.

 

Refugee Hub:

Refugee Hub is housed at the University of Ottawa, the Refugee Hub works to increase protection and rights for refugees by engaging in research, collaborative partnerships, and innovative programming on the community, national, and international level.

We work with citizens, political leaders, policy makers, and civil society to build opportunities and capacity to meet the protection needs of refugees through evidence-based policy and practice.

 

Strategy # 2: Peace on Earth Society - Staff Engagement Peace Initiatives 

 

Peace by Chocolate management and staff quietly volunteer their time and energy to engage in community-based peace initiatives in and around our communities. On an annual basis we have been volunteering approximately 25 hours / month over the past year. These contributions may be as simple of speaking to a group, helping out at local pre-organized event and / or helping lead from behind to ensure the co-ordination of various initiatives go smoothly.

 

One of the most impactful peace initiatives to us personally has been having the honour to listen to and learn from the indigenous leaders and community members from the Paq’tnkek Mi'kmaw Nation. We are very thankful for our time to connect within community members during the Nitap Program.

 

Strategy # 3:  Peace on Earth Society - Support for Community-based Fund Raising Initiatives

 

Peace by Chocolate receives hundreds of donation requests a year and we simply cannot keep up with meeting the demand for the various fundraising events occurring across the county. We do contribute significantly to various groups and organizations through our Peace on Earth Foundation in the following ways: financial donations, chocolate donations, complimentary speaking engagements and / or access to our wholesale website for reduce costs to allow groups to fundraise etc. 

If you would be interested in purchasing chocolate products at our wholesale costs, this may be a great way to raise funds for your event. For more information, please access our wholesale site at: www.peacebychocolatevendor.ca or to place a fundraising order contact our office manager at: office@peacebychocolate.ca

 

Strategy # 4:  Peace on Earth Society – Support causes through products

In 2018, our company launched the Peace bars and portions of the sales of those bars went to support the 2018 Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games. And those bars continue to contribute to our year end donations to the society.


In June 2020, we launched our special edition of the Nova Scotia bars series to support our province that suffered a lot, one tragedy after the other.

Profits from Nova Scotia bar help fund Peace projects across the province that was hit hard by many tragic incidents over the past few months. Donations of the proceeds will be made to The Stronger Together Nova Scotia Fund.
 

 

To Get Involved:

The Peace On Earth Society will roll out in greater detail soon. If you are interested in becoming involved or want to join the organization please apply using the form below.