It began when we (Judy Adams and Daryl Wood) talked, over many months, about the need for year-round jobs. There was always more - protecting our precious environment, improving our fragile services and improving relationships between the many, diversified groups.
We started talking to more people and Daryl engaged her Leadership colleagues in the dialogue. With their global perspective they offered insights on how other villages around the world were facing and dealing with the same issues. At a Leadership Retreat in March 2009 Daryl had a realization that Tobermory could indeed become a symbol for small town survival. The benefit of objective viewpoints made it seem both natural, and essential, to talk amongst the young families and multi-generations of residents to explore what was really happening.
For The Sake of the Social, Economic and Environmental health of our community - we gathered with our neighbours for two intimate evenings to talk about what is needed and what is wanted. Then, on April 18th over 40 residents attended an afternoon of connection, learning and dreaming about what is possible. We considered the land, the people, the future. Our special guests Ariane Burgess and Leslie Kennedy took us on a journey to uncover what is already working and imagine what might be possible.
November 2009 UPDATE: The journey began and after a very busy summer we are re-emerging. Janet English has joined the team to co-lead managing the new building called The Meeting Place (follow the link above). We also have Noreen Steinacher helping with organizational planning. Judy has stepped aside to fulfill her many personal commitments. AND, there are lots of others who have come forward to be part of regenerating our wonderful community. Updates will soon be appearing on all the project links. The Meeting Place page will continuously be updated with event listings and available services.
It's an exciting time in Tobermory. Join in!
Daryl, Janet, Noreen
For the sake of the Social, Economic and Environmental health of our community - we gathered with our neighbours for two intimate evenings to talk about what is needed and what is wanted.
The result was the Regenerative Group, several project groups and some summaries and reports.
We are always happy to get new volunteers and new ideas to work on these projects. If you would like to get involved in any of the ongoing projects, please contact us at the Meeting Place or the organizer of the project directly.
Summaries and Reports