Asset management essential to small town sustainability
In Saskatchewan, many of our communities rely on volunteer boards to run our facilities. The rink, the pool, the park, and so many other amenities rely on volunteers to contribute endless free hours of labor for fundraising, and general management. These groups of people are passionate about their cause, and are known to raise huge amounts of money so that the rest of the community can enjoy the amenities the town, village or hamlet has to offer. So great has our community dependency become ...
Musings on an overcast day
Some days I get a little discouraged because overall people seem sort of unhappy. Not all people, and certainly not all the time, but more often then not, and over things I don't understand. So, in interest of creating a little light, I thought I'd share with you some things that I love about growing up in small town Saskatchewan in the sixties and seventies. 1.I used to take a note to the grocery store and pick up things for mom, and cigarettes for dad and tell them, just put it on the b...
A Neglected Asset?
So, this morning I was bopping around the kitchen, making french toast, enjoying the morning off with the mister, listening to classic rock on the radio. Smoke on the Water came on the radio, and before I know it, I'm dancing for real...full of joy!! Smoke on the Water...wow...WOW, the first song I ever learned on dad's electric guitar. First song a lot of us learned on guitar I think. Dad didn't actually play, as far as I know, but the guitar was his. I have it now. I remember sitting i...
What if we smaller population communities worked together, I mean really worked together? What if we could set aside rivalries that go back generations and start looking at practical solutions? What if we could create our own economies through partnerships, businesses that complement each other, social enterprises and entrepreneurship? What if we could create a multi-community development corporation that put all of the communities on the same side, instead of competing with each other...
Municipal Council's Role in Community Economic Development
For some, it seems obvious that municipalities take a leadership role in community economic development. The assumption is, that 'they' should be doing 'something' to make sure the town has all it needs to grow economically. There are resources. SEDA, SUMA, Community Futures, and any number of programs, entities, and consultants exist to provide supports. But...but...consider these. points: 1. The training that Administrators get in order to be Administrators does not include anything a...
Why Municipalities Should Work Together
Small towns have so many things going for them in terms of quality of life, clean air and water, and relative safety. If you read anything I've written before, you will know that I am indeed a fan of all things small town--from community events that are unique to the community that developed them, to local newspapers, to community fundraisers, to the availability of locally sourced food...yup, I'm a big, big fan. We could make it better, though, if communities worked together, and yet, f...
When Christmas Came to Our House
1. We had a Santa Day at the theatre that featured a free movie, followed by a long line up to sit briefly on Santa's knee. We got a brown paper bag filled with candy...chocolates filled with creamed orange, raspberry and pineapple flavors, some hard candy, a candy cane and a fresh Christmas orange in green paper. 2. We prepared for months for the Christmas Play and Christmas Concert. We rehearsed songs while our teacher clunked out the tunes on a generations old upright piano, deftly s...
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