It’s been a month since we officially launched our project; to tour the country in celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday in search of 150 families to consider creating a life they love in Lunenburg County! The launch was held in the Bridgewater Mall; a perfect location because we've had a lot of interested people walk by, see the camper and even reach out wanting to learn more.
On hand were some of our Lunenburg County Illuminators, as well as people who had a hand in creating the camper, our loyal core team members and our valuable sponsors! We officially announced that the Bank of Montreal Wealth Management and Advocate Media would be our sponsors with more to announce in the coming weeks. It was a great day. There was lots of positivity, validation and enthusiasm.
A young and entrepreneurial group of high school students were there too, to promote their new project; Discounty. This is a card where shoppers get rewarded with discounts for shopping locally. They sold their cards at the event, and if you don't yet have one, I encourage you have a look! It's a great project and local benefits for everyone!
People so willingly and freely gave their advice as to where we ought to go on our tour. “You have to go to the Prairies,” we heard. “Make sure you go to Toronto,” someone else said. “Our housing costs are affordable compared to theirs." And all of the feedback was valuable and will be considered. We want to reach a vast and varied audience; people who live in both rural and urban centres. That means going to towns and villages we well as a few cities.
Some of our most creative residents in Lunenburg County have come to us from cities after sitting in traffic for hours a day, deciding that there were better ways to get to work- that instead of staring at the back of the car in front of them, inhaling their exhaust, that they could instead view the LaHave River, the harbour in Mahone Bay or Lunenburg’s iconic seascape. We want folks coming from cities just as much as we do from smaller communities of similar size to Lunenburg County.
We also heard about what we needed to share while on tour. “Tell people how close we are to international travel,” we heard. “We’re not at the end of the earth like some might believe.” “Tell people about our beaches, and don’t leave out our beautiful nature,” said someone else. “People would die to have access to our forests.” And so I will. I will share with everyone all of our natural resources. And one of our best resources is our people!
And speaking of our people, the Kiwanis Club reached out to me, asking me to speak to their group about the tour. I joined about a dozen people for breakfast and shared our plan and they shared too. They gave me great advice about things I should take on my tour and places I needed to go, some places included towns where their own grown children reside with their families.
And then they gave us a donation for the tour! “It might only be enough for a few lunches and coffees,” they laughed, but it all helps! Every dollar will help us in our attempt to promote Lunenburg County and bring more people here. So the small donations are equally as valuable as the large sponsorships. Thank you, Kiwanis, for not only your donation, but for all the work you do to help make this community so amazing!!
If you belong to or happen to know of a group who wants to learn about this project, please call me at 902-523-5725 and we can chat, I can tell them more about our project and they can tell me more about their group which I'll be sure to share on the tour.
And you too can donate to the project by going to our crowd funding page. We'd be so grateful, and even send you rewards!