The Atlantic Regional meeting took place this past weekend at the lovely retreat venue, the Tatamagouche Centre, in rural and picturesque Nova Scotia (www.tatacentre.ca)! And if the location wasn’t inspiration enough, chapter delegates from many Atlantic chapters braved a spring storm to come together to learn and share stories and ideas (especially regarding the federal election), and build upon the great work already being done in the region.
Over one and a half days we covered a lot! On Saturday we “skyped in” Dylan Penner, media officer with the Council of Canadians, and using Googledocs we drafted a media release regarding the drilling in the gulf of St. Lawrence (which I will attach to this blog once it’s completed). Saturday evening we were joined by members of the local stop fracking committee for a screening of Burning Water, followed by a late-night discussion on hydraulic fracturing in Nova Scotia. On Sunday we had a presentation on health care by Adrienne Silnicki, the Council’s new health care campaigner (if you recognize the name it’s because she’s formerly the Atlantic Regional Organizing Assistant). We ended our weekend with a discussion on the new draft visioning statement and some brainstorming of creative action ideas on areas of Council and regional priority.
The participants brought so much creativity and passion to this weekend- I left feeling invigorated and inspired by all of the great work being done in the Atlantic!! Thanks goes out to all who participated!