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community-featureFeedback from 47 local community conversations will be presented as part of a national research project, A 1000 Conversations to Shape our Future. Grey Bruce was selected to be a rural site for the research project in collaboration with Tamarack an Institute for Community Engagement, The aim of the project is to raise the profile of community within Grey Bruce and allow us to gain insight into the policies and programs that will fuel a social movement for change.
Local community conversations were held from June – December 2014, as over 400 people came together to talk about community and share their experiences. As well as interested individuals, representatives from various sectors representing not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, faith communities, senior groups, citizen groups, youth and arts and culture took part.
The input reflects a genuine passion for building healthy communities across Grey Bruce with several themes emerging. People have shared that they want "vibrant communities... that encourage young families to move here... growth and prosperity... things to do for all ages... jobs... transportation systems... affordable homes." Participants have also said they enjoy Grey Bruce because it "is a safe place to live... beautiful environment... retention of the rural lifestyle... cooperate and accept people."

A community group called thwelcome-featuree Welcoming Communities Initiative, with the support of the Grey Bruce Inclusive Communities Committee, is holding an open  community meeting on Tuesday April 21st at 7:00 pm at the Ginger Press, 848 2nd Ave. East in Owen Sound.
"We've had two very successful Forums that brought people together to look at what is needed to make Grey Bruce a region that welcomes and supports newcomers, and now it is the time to move forward with the recommendations," said Joan Irvine, a member of the initiative.
Across Ontario many communities accessed federal and provincial funding to assess newcomer needs, build strategies to attract and retain newcomers, and invest in services and regional coordination. Although that funding window has now closed, the need for action in Grey Bruce is more important than ever to make our region competitive. We need to bring investments, businesses, young
people, new immigrants and diverse newcomers to the area, and the Welcoming Communities approach has proven success. Strategic plans at Grey County and the City of Owen Sound recognize the importance of bring newcomers to the area to offset our declining and aging population.

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Local farmers and food producers want to supply you with the best of their best. Their challenge is to create a system that brings you what you want to eat in a way that is sustainable and fair to both producers and eaters.
To this end, you are being invited to participate in a survey about your family's likes, needs and patterns in food shopping and cooking. Where do you buy your food? What do you consider in making your choices? How interested are you in prepared foods? The Grey Bruce Centre for Agro-ecology, a farm-based co-operative, will use the community's answers to create an on-line ordering system that will bring local food right to your neighbourhood, maybe even right to your door. Fresh, convenient, packaged to suit your household at competitive prices – that is the goal. From veggies and baking to coffee, pantry staples and prepared meals, the local grocery distribution system can provide a wide variety of food options.
Your answers to the survey linked here will help local producers provide the right mix for our Grey-Bruce eaters. All the submissions will be confidential, but you will have the option to sign up for updates as the distribution project unfolds toward a launch as early as this fall.

movie-night-featThere is only one organization in Bruce and Grey brave enough to invite 350 teens to spend from midnight until 7:30 am watching movies and eating bottomless pop and popcorn....to raise funds for children and youth projects....that organization is the United Way of Bruce Grey!
Friday April 24th, at the Galaxy Cinemas Owen Sound doors open at midnight.......
The Starlight Film Festival celebrates its 12th year with 4 timely movies (14A rating) all designed to keep everyone awake all night long.
At a cost of $20 a ticket this event is one of the United Way's largest fundraising events of the year. All proceeds from the event go to supporting children and youth projects throughout the county – youth supporting youth.

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