Project Description

CNOY 2023

Nelson CARES Society Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers are very grateful for the enormous community support for the Coldest Night of the Year fundraising event that took place on Saturday, Feb 25th. 

A record-breaking $97,038 has been raised so far with donations accepted until the end of March. 

The funds raised by the teams, individuals, and sponsors stay in the community to fund the Ready for Home Program operating out of Ward Street Place. The Ready for Home program supports those residents to navigate healthcare, government documents, and many other challenges that allow them to remain safely housed.

“If donating to a Coldest Night of the Year team or walker was something you meant to do, now is your chance to get us to this momentous goal. The $100,000 goal is painfully close. Head to” says Stephanie Myers, Fund Coordinator for Nelson CARES Society. 

Nelson CARES Society wishes to thank everyone involved in making the event such an overwhelming success, including their 2023 Lead Sponsors: Nelson Home Building (also for the stage truck), BC Housing, Urban Legends, and Buddy’s Place. 

Substantial Supporting Sponsors are Kootenay Co-op, Columbia Basin Trust, Urban Systems, and CitySpaces Consulting Ltd. The Kootenay Co-op and Selkirk College donated the ingredients for the chili dinner. 

Event Sponsors were Bowick Electric, Martin Hospitality Group, Kootenay Glass & Mirror, Derek Diener & Melanie Ward of Dominion Lending Centre mortgage brokers, Lasca Construction Design, Hemlock Homes, InLand Allcare, The Blindman, NSDA Architects, Mistiso’s Place Vacation Rentals, Ellenwood Homes, Nelson Ford, and Cartolina. 

Media Sponsors were Kootenay Co-op Radio and Vista Radio, 103.5 The Bridge.

Photo’s Courtesy of Barbarich Photography


With the holiday season fast approaching we will be spending time with our family, friends, and co-workers, this is the perfect time to start your Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) fundraising team.

Nelson CARES Society is thrilled to be hosting the 9th annual Coldest Night of the Year on Saturday, Feb 25th. This family-friendly walk raises funds for the Ready for Home program which operates out of Ward Street Place and helps residents remain housed and navigate the myriad of social support resources required to achieve a quality of life.

This year the event will be returning to an in-person event. The community will gather at Central (Wildflower) school for either a 2km or 5km walk around town to finish at St. Joe’s Gym for a warm bowl of chili. With this return to an in-person event, there will be numerous volunteer positions from event site setup, teardown, food service, and route safety marshals.

Nelson CARES invites you to create a CNOY team with your friends, family, co-workers, book clubs, gy- goers, choir, or classmates. It is a great way to gather for the good, raise some funds and support the community.

Tens of thousands of Canadians will take to the streets for CNOY with events taking place in 150 cities, towns, and communities across the country. By walking together in the chill of the night, participants will better understand the experience of being on the streets during a cold Canadian winter, while raising funds to aid the work of Nelson CARES and the Ready for Home program in providing much-needed support.

The funds raised here stay in this community to support our most vulnerable citizens. Nelson always shines bright, and we smash our fundraising goal every year. We are hoping that this year will be no different.

Big thanks to the sponsors who have already signed up to support this event and their community: Hemlock Homes, Bowick Electric, Hume Hotel & Spa, Mistiso’s Place Vacation Rentals, Inland Allcare, Dominion Lending – Derek Diener and Melanie Ward, and The Blindman.

Head to to start your team or donate. If you are a business and are curious about sponsoring this event, please reach out to

Please check out the facebook page: Coldest Night of the Year: Nelson, BC and the Instagram page: coldest_night_nelson.

Please contact the Coldest Night of the Year coordinator

Stephanie Myers

Cell 250.505.7410


Please Join us and show your respect to all individuals in our wonderful community.

Head to, and sign up to walk, volunteer or donate. and thank you!


Coldest Night of the Year Press Release

December 5th, 2022|Comments Off on Coldest Night of the Year Press Release

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CNOY 2022 Update

March 7th, 2022|Comments Off on CNOY 2022 Update

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