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Save-the-Dates: Healthy Rural Communities Symposium

[Ed: updated June 20, 2013]

Minden, Ontario
October 3 & 4, 2013

A "Healthy Rural Communities" symposium will be held on October 3rd & 4th, 2013 in the village of Minden, Ontario, located in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands. The symposium will be co-hosted by the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition and the Haliburton Communities in Action Committee.

The focus of the symposium will be on common challenges faced in rural areas when it comes to creating healthy communities, and will show how rural communities can overcome these challenges and build on their strengths by highlighting various projects from within Haliburton County that demonstrate success. The symposium’s overarching theme is economic development and the workshop and local tour themes are: 1) Arts & Culture, 2) Local Food Security, 3) Affordable Housing and 4) Transportation.

The program will feature Keynote Speaker Wayne Caldwell, Director, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, Guelph University, as well as a Plenary Presentation on Rural Capacity Building. This is also a great time of year to view the Haliburton Highlands’ fall colours, and the event coincides with the annual Haliburton County Studio Art Tour - so you may want to stay for the weekend in order to take advantage of these opportunities!

For more information please visit as updates on the planning and program will be posted as they are confirmed.