Over the course of two years NOW Lunenburg County has been working within our community in response to the Ivany “Now or Never” report. Throughout the course of our work we have organized two large open invitation public meetings, worked with several community initiatives, and gathered data on the economic, social and educational challenges facing Lunenburg County.
With the intention of moving the conversation towards action we then convened a smaller group of 25-30 individuals to develop a definitive action plan focusing on the labour challenges of Lunenburg County. We met as a group in September and have a planned meeting in November to develop these actions steps to moving from “talking the talk” to “walking the talk”. Each individual is in the process of gathering data to add to our previous information to inform this process. Once the actionable steps are completed it is our hope to bring the plan to our supporter list of 300 people to support and help in the implementation of this plan.
The large public meetings were helpful in data gathering, but in the end became a focus of more talking instead of action. As we experiment with ways of moving towards action we believe a smaller group may provide the environment we need to make that next step.
It is our full intent to be inclusive, as the responsibility for Lunenburg County lies on the shoulders of 48,000 people not just a few.
Please continue to support this initiative. We look forward to sharing our progress at our next public meeting in January 2016.
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