The Atlantic Canada Great Ideas Exchange invited submissions telling about “a Great Idea that has made a difference in your community or in rural Atlantic Canada. The idea can be big or small. It may be related to the economy, the social sector, or to services available in the
community.” The call for submissions indicated that there would be one criterion: “that the Idea has made a sustainable difference.”

In the short space of ten days, between September 13 and September 23, 2013, there were 29 responses, describing with pride and enthusiasm “Great Ideas’ that have been  turned into change-making initiatives in communities throughout Atlantic Canada.  The complete collection of 29 submissions appears here, and it speaks well of the community spirit and enterprise of people throughout Atlantic Canada.

The overall quality and diversity of the submissions was such that five were selected for presentation at the Georgetown Conference, and a further three named to receive ‘Honourable Mention’.

The five submissions that will be featured in the ‘Atlantic Canada Great Ideas Exchange’ at the Georgetown Conference are:
All Hands on Deck, Yarmouth, NS
Industrial Mall Acadie Nord, Caraquet, NB
Integration and Retention Success Story, Rural PEI
Community Development and Sustainability, Inverness County, NS
Welcoming Community Cooking Classes, Carbonear, NL

The three submissions selected for ‘Honourable Mention’ are:
3rd Annual Growing Our Community Event, Sackville, NB
Making Community Connections, Bay St. George, NL
The Wharf Rat Rally, Digby, NS

The Georgetown Conference appreciates all 29 submissions and what they say about “Redefining Rural” in Atlantic Canada.