Mahone Bay Centre was a perfect setting for NOW Meets last week. This former school has been converted into a true community centre. The mix of business, education, recreation, culture and arts activities that are hosted in this facility continues to make the space relevant and meaningful to our community. This historic and beautiful building represents so many of the things I love about Lunenburg County – the history, the craftsmanship, the importance of place and the people who are dedicated to making this a vibrant, exciting place to live. It is a symbol of “the possibilities”.
The third NOW Meets, attracted more than 40 people, with about one-third of the attendees new to a NOW event. These events are intended to connect, support and illuminate people in our community who want to change the conversation about our future. I find it refreshing and energizing to meet people who don’t just talk about what a better future for Lunenburg County could be. They are already making it happen or they are willing to take action that supports “the talk” and get things done.
The two speakers who presented, Will Martin and Laura Uhlman, are great examples of folks living and working in our community who stepped up and responded to the statement…”someone should do something”. Their individual stories of leadership are inspiring as they explained their motivation for becoming involved, their fears and challenges. Will Martin works in the forestry sector and Laura and her family have housed homeless people for many years. We can all take a lesson from their example about the power of one person to make a difference and lead change!
The Ivany report was the final straw for me, and provided a prod to get involved with others who were prepared to address the economic and social challenges facing Lunenburg County. I look forward to our October 15 Now Lunenburg County 2.0 event. This will be a time to consider our next six months and what actions will contribute to creating a better future for Lunenburg County.
A BIG THANK YOU
Thanks must be extended to Lynn Hennigar and her team from Lighthouse Media Group who sponsored the evening’s event including the food. The appetizers represented a smorgasbord of the “great eating” to be found in Mahone Bay. Food was supplied by Maetus Bistro, Valentino’s, The Mug & Anchor and Kedy’s Inlet Restaurant.
What are the risks of change? What are the risks of staying the same? Join us on September 18th, 5-7pm in Mahone Bay.
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