Why an Interview,,,

Over the years we have been able to meet and talk with some very interesting people. They have shared with us their knowledge and have provided us with a great deal of insight as to how and why festivals and events work and why they are so important to our communities and to the Province of Ontario. With this in mind, we decided that we wanted you to meet and hear from some of the wonderful people who work so hard to provide us all with such wonderful Ontario Festivals and Events! We are pleased and proud to present "THE INSIDE SCOOP"!

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Communities in Peril… (Part Two)

 I remember a story about a small logging town on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The major employer decided to pull out of the town. The town’s people were devastated! However, instead of giving up, they rallied together to see how they could save their community. They developed a survival plan and strategy. With the help of a small government development grant, they hired artists to paint murals on side of several town buildings. Each mural depicted the town’s heritage. They needed to attract people to visit the town and see the murals, so they asked the artists to paint one anomaly in each mural. They offered a prize to the first person to identify all of the anomalies. The promotion and murals worked! As a result visitors from all over the world came to the small town! The town is now one of the most successful tourist areas in Canada. It continues to grow and prosper. So much so that when the logging company wanted to come back, the town’s people said no! Now the town not only attracts visitors but it attracts investment and wealth, all because there were a few farsighted individuals who wouldn’t give up! It’s a great story and one that should inspire any community facing hardships! Your community does not have to wither up and die! It just needs a few individuals with spirit, determination and imagination to lead the way, to make a difference!

By the way, if you want to find out more about the “Little Town That Did –Chemainus” go to http://cullin.org/cbt/index.cfm?section=chapter&number=4.

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