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Rural Communities: The Root to Health Symposium, Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition and the 
Haliburton Communities in Action Committee

Minden, Ontario
October 3-4, 2013

Minden Community Centre, 55 Parkside Street

Do you face the simultaneous challenges of dealing with youth out-migration and an increasingly aging demographic?

Is your community juggling to increase local food production and ensure a fair wage for farmers, while providing food for those in need and preserving environmental and natural heritage?

Do you have long travel distances and low population densities, which make it difficult to develop various public transportation options?

Is there an absence of affordable housing options in your community?

Does your limited tax base result in a lack of investment in heritage, culture and the arts?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should join us for Rural Communities: The Root to Health! This event will showcase how a variety of non-profit groups are successfully contributing to local health, sustainability and economic development. It will offer an opportunity to hear about some creative solutions that are addressing rural needs and strategies that can help change a community from one that flounders to one that embraces the future and economic success.

On Thursday evening, following dinner, keynote speaker Wayne Caldwell will present case studies and key lessons on rural economic development that can be adopted and applied by local politicians, municipal staff, and the general public in working to enhance their communities.

Workshops will be held on Friday morning:

  • Rural Transportation Initiatives – Sue Shikaze, Communities in Action Committee, and Kate Hall, Rural Transportation Options (RTO)
  • Economic Impact of Arts – Thom Lambert, The Arts Council – Haliburton Highlands
  • Affordable Housing - Fay Martin, Places for People,
  • Provincial and Local Food Initiatives – Jeff Kohl and Kim Hodgson, Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition

Tours of local attractions and community initiatives will wrap up the symposium on Friday afternoon.

For more information about the symposium and to register, please visit:

This event is sponsored by the Haliburton County Development Corporation, the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit and Foodland Ontario.