Bay Treasure Chest


The Bay Treasure Chest is a weekly 50/50 draw that gives players an opportunity to win cash, while supporting 12 community service organizations in the St. Margaret’s Bay area.

Players register for their number for life.  The cost to play is $2 per week per registered number.  You write your number on the yellow BTC sticker, place it on your toonie and drop it in a treasure chest located in one of the 15 retailers in the Bay area.  In Hammonds Plains, you can register and play at Peppertoni’s PizzaEdible Matters or Sobey’s Express.

Hammonds Plains Community Centre, along with Hubbards Barn and Estabrooks Community Hall, form the Community Centre Hub, one of the seven partners in the Bay Treasure Chest.


Funds at Work

Funds raised through the Bay Treasure Chest support a wide variety of projects and programs run by the seven partners, as well as a Scholarship Program for Charles P. Allen and Sir John A. MacDonald high school graduates and a weekly Honorarium Program for local not for profit organizations.

The following projects at Hammonds Plains Community Centre have been funded in part from funds raised via our partnership with Bay Treasure Chest:


Spring 2017 – Enabling Accessibility

Shaun MacIntyre, HPCC Treasurer; Geoff Regan, MP Halifax West; Steve Rowland, HPCC director; Fred Dolbel, Bay Treasure Chest President; Ken Mitchell, HPCC Vice-President; Meaghan MacKinnon-Pratt, HPCC Secretary; and Anne Marie Evans, HPCC volunteer

Bay Treasure Chest funds are used to maintain and improve the Hammonds Plains Community Centre for long-term community benefit. Keeping a 78-year old building safe, accessible and relevant for a modern, growing community is hard work… made easier with Bay Treasure Chest support.

Recent accessibility improvements include a new low-threshold door with an electric opener, which makes accessing the building from the wheelchair ramp easier. A grant was received from the federal Enabling Accessibility Fund, and together with BTC support made the project possible.


Summer 2017 – Stacking Chairs

Fred Dolbel, Bay Treasure Chest Director, Anne Marie Evans, HPCC volunteer, Matt Whitman, Halifax Regional Councillor District 13

With an HRM District Grant and Bay Treasure Chest funds, Hammonds Plains Community Centre purchased 90 new stackable chairs. This will allow some 1969 vintage wooden chairs to retire and improve the comfort level for facility users. These chairs stack nicely on dollies to improve safety, ease movement and reduce storage space requirements.


Winter 2018 – Lighting and Electrical Upgrade


Hammonds Plains Community Centre, a BTCA partner via its Community Centre Hub, recently upgraded its lighting. Every light fixture inside and out has been converted to LED for energy savings; more potlights have been added inside, with dimmer switches, providing flexible lighting options for events. Bonus: four outlets now have USB ports to keep devices charged. Bright, efficient and keeping you connected! The project was also made possible with a rebate from Efficiency Nova Scotia.


Winter 2019 – Flooring Replacement


Who knows how old the floor is at Hammonds Plains Community Centre?  There’s a dip between the small and large rooms, a bad patch job by the side door, seems are splitting and rising, and the top layer of finish is worn off the whole area.   This project is over 50% funded by funds raised through the Bay Treasure Chest, with the balance from Halifax District Capital Fund and Province of Nova Scotia Community Recreation Capital Grant.   HPCC will be closed December 21 through January 4 for this renovation.


Thank You

We appreciate the efforts of the 200+ volunteers who dedicate their time to make Bay Treasure Chest possible!