April 2016 newsletter


Photo courtesy John Sell

As green shoots and early flowers begin to appear through the last tinges of frost, Engage is beginning a new cycle of activity. In the coming months we will be sparking province-wide conversations, supporting and connecting community-based groups who are taking action, growing a provincial network of leaders and change-makers, and contributing to partnerships that lead to systems change. Coming up first—a conversation about what we think and how we feel about our province and its future.

Attitude problem? Really?


The Now or Never report concluded that as Nova Scotians we hold ourselves back with attitudes of “division, distrust and discouragement.” Is that really true?

Starting this Monday, April 11, and continuing for the next month, Engage is partnering with CBC Radio’s Mainstreet program to find out what we really believe. Are we as Nova Scotians willing to change? Do we like this place? Are we unified as a province? Do we agree that growing the economy is our most important goal? And who do we trust to lead the changes we need? We will be highlighting a different question each week—in a CBC blog and radio show, and on the Engage Facebook page. We will also be kicking off each segment with results from surveys we conducted over the past year. 

Be ready to be surprised. Like us on Facebook and follow the conversation. 


Let’s Face Tomorrow Together


 Come help shape the future of Amherst!

April 27, 6:00-9:00 pm
At the Amherst Regional High School 

If you live, work or play in Amherst, join us for a roll-up-your-sleeves session about the issues we all care about. The six themes of this public forum are age-friendly community, business growth, retention and attraction of 18-30 year olds, revitalizing downtown, trails, recreation and active transportation and tourism growth. We will identify the actions and community champions required to tackle the challenges in each of the theme areas. Everyone is welcome even if you weren't among the 225 people who attended the first event. Co-hosted by Engage Nova Scotia and the Town of Amherst.

Register now 

Workshop: Transforming Differences into Progress


with Kathy Jourdain and Jerry Nagel
April 15, 9:30-12:00, Halifax Central Library
Last chance to register. $35.

Collaborating, working together across difference...it all sounds good. But what happens when we get stuck? Find out how to help groups recognize and move through different ways of seeing the same problem.

Learn more and register.

The medium is the message

StaG2.jpgMany thanks to all the people who gave input into our planning, including those who showed up for an online conversation on March 21, from across the province. When asked why they had joined the webinar, 75% said they were there because they wanted to find ways to “work with others who want to catalyze change” and “be connected to a provincial network of people and projects.” So people are ready to get connected and get to work, and online technology gives us one more way to do that. After the call, Danny Graham was overheard saying, "If I can figure out this (online) stuff, anyone can."

You’re beautiful, Nova Scotia!

Been on a road trip to your special place recently? Captured the mood of the season in your own backyard? Help us feature a different part of our beautiful province each month in our newsletter and on the Engage Facebook page. Send us your photo, let us know where it is and who took it, and we’ll be happy to give you and your special place a shout-out to the Engage network. Thanks to John Sell of Halifax for this month's banner photo. 

The census is coming...

You can complete your online questionnaire online, starting May 2. Census data is used for planning services, decision-making, and allocating transfer payments to provinces and municipalities. For more information: www.census.gc.ca. To apply for a census job, click here.

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Find out who else is stepping up to build stronger communities. Learn about tips and tools for generating new community solutions and new economies. Show off your region. Go to Facebook and click “Like.”

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