SPRINGHILL - The face of many rural communities is changing.
Populations are aging, a shift is occurring in economic drivers and, in some cases, services are disappearing.
The Citizen-Record, along with more than 70 other community newspapers from across Atlantic Canada, is taking a stand against these changes that have the potential to impact our future sustainability.
The Citizen-Record is supporting the Georgetown Conference: Redefining Rural, challenging people
to fight back against the stereotype that Atlantic Canada's best years are behind it.
A community meeting will be held at the teen centre of the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre on Thursday, July 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to share details about this grassroots event.
Citizen-Record editors Christopher Gooding and Andrew Wagstaff will host an overview of the event and discuss how people can be involved in this movement.
Cumberland County delegates Shannon Jones and Heather Spidell will also be there to discuss why they are attending the conference.
The Georgetown Cnference will be held in Georgetown, P.E.I. from Oct. 3-5, with 250 "doers and producers" from rural communities throughout the Atlantic region taking part as delegates. They will leave the conference with an ongoing network and lots of new ideas about specific initiatives and collaborations.
The Georgetown Conference has attracted leading regional, national and international speakers boasting a wide range of expertise such as Zita Cobb, John Bragg, Donna Butt and many others.
Besides attending the event, there are several other ways to have your voice heard. Write letters and share your ideas for the future of rural Atlantic Canada, and tell us how you would like to contribute.