If 2017 was any indication, 2018 is going to one terrific year! We've made some solid connections throughout the community, the business community and with the folks we met across the country while on tour last year. These connections are important, as they could lead to new residents for Lunenburg County.
In fact, there are well over 300 people who filled out our survey, who told us they wanted to learn more about creating a life they love in Lunenburg County. Every single day we hear from people who we met or who heard about our community through the media attention we received while on tour. They want to know about the employment opportunities, real estate and business opportunities. They want to know about our schools, our lifestyle and everything that we have to offer. We chat with them to help them get a sense if Lunenburg County is the right community for them; we answer their questions, send them links and connect them with the folks they need to talk to.
We learned that some have, in fact, taken us up on the invitation to move here. But there is still more work to be done. We’ve not reached our goal. It will take time. It will take effort. And it will take our entire community working together to get it done!
Some people in Lunenburg County are still unclear as to why we went on tour. Here are some very sobering facts which support why we need people to move here...
In 2026, 1 on 4 Nova Scotians will be over the age of 65; just 10-years later that number will increase to one in 3. Why does that matter? If we do nothing, more schools will close, our talent pool of workers and professionals will continue to shrink, municipal and provincial services will be cut, businesses will suffer with fewer customers, and the lifestyle we all love so much will be at risk.
We shared this evidence and our learning in a 10- stop local tour, visiting communities within Lunenburg County, from New Ross to Hebbs Cross, New Germany to Lunenburg. We’ve shared our documentary and engaged in a discussion about what we’ve learned and how we can all make an impact. If you were not able to come to one of these community events, please take 16-minutes and watch it by clicking here. We talked about simple ways we can all welcome newcomers. We’ve also shared with the business community what people need in order to move here. Things such as offering benefits and listing jobs on their websites to further send the message that we are open for business in Lunenburg County.
And perhaps one of the most exciting moments occurred when we received a NOW Nova Scotia Good News Awards from the Chronicle Herald! We were only 1 of 6 to receive the honour this year, and while we weren't the lucky recipient of the $20,000 grand prize, our 4-minute pitched informed those in the audience of our work and received enthusiastic support.
We also learned that access to healthcare is important and while not having a family doctor is not unique to Nova Scotia, attracting more doctors and healthcare professionals to the area is something we can all play a role in. And so, together with Doctors Nova Scotia, we are inviting the community to a public meeting where we are asking the question, "How can we organize to make Lunenburg County an attractive place for physicians to practice?” It’s an issue that we cannot solve alone, but we can and will do something to help build a strategy to attract doctors. Please join us at the Mahone Bay Legion on February 13th at 6:30pm. Hope to see you there.