Flemming Recognized for Philanthropy and Volunteerism

“Celebrating Jack. If you don’t know why, you don’t know Jack!”

May 3, 2017 – CHESTER – Halifax businessman and philanthropist, Jack Flemming, was feted by the Participants, Staff and Board of Bonny Lea Farm at a surprise party today marking Flemming’s over 30 years of volunteer service and fundraising on their behalf. For more than 30 years Flemming organizing Bonny Lea Farm’s annual benefit golf tournament.

“This is our way of saying thank you for all that Jack has done for us and so many other organizations. If there is something “big” happening in the not-for profit or public sector in Halifax or the surrounding communities, chances are Jack has been involved,” commented Mary Ellen Clancey, Chair of the Board of Directors for Bonny Lea Farm.

Bonny Lea Farm marked the occasion by hosting Flemming, his children and grandchildren for BBQ hot dogs and hamburgers, similar to the lunch golfers enjoy on the 13th hole of the annual tournament. Guests then became an audience for the presentation of “Jack & the Bean Stalk” and “The Wind & The Sun”, put on by the participants. The celebration concluded with a “family photo”.

Recognition was also given to Anne Flinn, of Halifax, for introducing Jack to Bonny Lea Farm all those years ago. The way she tells it, Jack committed to organizing the tournament for one year. But, then fell in love with Bonny Lea Farm and continued to do it until this year.

When asked why he has been so committed to Bonny Lea Farm, Jack had this to say, “If there is one thing to learn in life, it’s that there is more to it than money and things. It’s about people. Bonny Lea Farm is full of extraordinary people. It is very close to my heart and will always continue to be.”

Over the last 30 years, Flemming took the annual benefit golf tournament from one that was a nearly break even event into one that has on average raised $27,000 each year. When you do the math, the contribution of this event and his personal support for the organization has been significant. Bonny Lea Farm will be holding its tournament on September 11 at the Chester Golf Course.

Bonny Lea Farm, located in Chester, supports nearly 50 adults living with intellectual and physical disabilities to learn, grow and succeed through both its residential and six social enterprises.


For more information contact:

Liz Finney, Fund Development Director

Bonny Lea Farm

902-275-5622 ext 241