“Volunteering has a long and proud history in Halifax and across Nova Scotia. During happy times and hard times our citizens have always given of themselves without question. During the Second World War women made a significant and essential contribution to the war effort at home and in service to their community. This monument is fitting way to mark and honour their efforts and tell this important chapter of our history.”

Halifax Mayor Mike Savage

“I am excited that the volunteer work of woman during the Second World War is finally going to be recognized. My uncle, H.O. Mills (‘Uncle Mel’), and our family were the primary movers behind the Halifax Concert Party, one of the groups that organized to provide entertainment to the armed forces and merchant mariners. The Halifax Concert Party provided more performances than any other group in Canada.”

               Jane MacLellan, niece of H.O. Mills, the primary mover behind the Halifax Concert Party