Rural Leaders Conference Offers Ways to Grow Healthy Communities

first_imgLeaders from agricultural and rural organizations will gather in Halifax to discuss how they can strengthen rural communities in Nova Scotia. The second annual Rural Leaders Conference, Growing Healthy Communities, will be held March 4-6. “The goal of this conference is to promote social and economic health within the rural communities in Nova Scotia,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Agriculture. “It will also create awareness and recognition of the potential for co-operative growth through networking, skills development, resources, community commitment, as well as identifying partnerships that will help grow our communities.” The two-and-a-half-day conference includes workshops, keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and profiles of rural success stories and potential partnership opportunities. Participants will attend workshops and team building activities on a variety of topics to help improve rural communities and strengthen their role in the organizations in which they are involved. Topics being covered include community leadership, buying local foods, rural development, volunteer recruitment and retention, communications, changing demographics, fund raising, teamwork and the keys to maintaining vibrant rural communities. The fee is $150, which includes meals, conference sessions, and is based on shared accommodations. The deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 26. Funding has been provided by the departments of Economic and Rural Development, Agriculture, and Health Promotion and Protection, and Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. For more information, contact Cheryl Chandler at 902-945-2902, e-mail [email protected] or visit