2022 13th Annual Dawson's Lights

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2022 13th Annual Dawson's Lights


History Of Dawson's Lights

In the winter of 2011 a small cub named Dawson captured the hearts of many when he joined a group of 29 cubs that found refuge at NLWS. The unprecedented number put a big strain on our budget and many people reached out to help. Dorothy Avery from Toronto was one of these people and over a few phone calls and emails became an avid NLWS supporter. The idea for Dawson’s Lights was first suggested by Dorothy and was met with great enthusiasm by the NLWS volunteers.

The idea is to sell as many lights as possible and light up a tree. Added to this are online events for 4 weekends before Christmas that offer fun games and of course “bulb sales”. People donate prizes for the online games that are then sent out to the winners around the world.

What started as an emergency idea has become NLWS biggest Fundraiser and provides a good portion of the ongoing costs each year.



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2022 Dawson’s Light


For 13 years this has been our biggest fundraising event of the year. Each year we aim to raise funds for the ongoing costs expected for the next year as well as funds for a special project. The event kicks off on November 26th on our FB page and our Webpage, with special games, auctions and lots of fun each Saturday.

Nov 26
  • We will celebrate our monthly donors by lighting up the trunk of our Christmas Tree
  • First lights will be sold, every accumulated donation of $25 will light a light on the tree, the aim is to light the tree to the top before Christmas eve.
  • Lots of fun caption contests and meet the crew action on FB page
  • 5 special items will be auctioned off on our FB page.
  • Art Contest

Dec 3
  • Release of NLWS virtual tour
  • Lots of fun caption contests and meet the crew action on FB page
  • 5 special items will be auctioned off on our FB page
  • Lightbulb sale and addition to tree
  • Story Telling Contest

Dec 10
  • Youth appreciation day (we celebrate our youngest supporters)
  • Lots of fun caption contests and meet the crew action on FB page
  • 5 bear paw prints will be auctioned off on our FB page
  • Lightbulb sale and addition to tree
  • Superlatives game (“Most likely to”)

Dec 17
  • Website Treasure Hunt
  • Lots of fun caption contests and meet the crew action on FB page
  • 5 special items will be auctioned off on our FB pag
  • Lightbulb sale and addition to tree
  • Buy a gift for our guests for Christmas

Our special project for this year is our Aqua Facility!


Though we have rescued beavers, otters and muskrats we don’t have a good facility to do so. Especially beavers whom we need to keep 2 years minimum, need a better enclosure to grow properly. Due to our cold winters that means we need a warm house with a good size pool to keep the beavers swimming in the cold months. Our current resident beaver “Nanuk” will make several appearances during these 4 weeks to ask your help in getting her a good place for next winter!


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