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“Building Community” on Display at Public Library

by NationTalk on March 1, 2012119 Views

Exhibit explores the Social Economy in Northern Ontario

(Sault Ste. Marie, ON – March 1, 2012): “Building Community: Creating Social and Economic Well Being” , an exhibit exploring the Social Economy in Northern Ontario will be on display at the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library from March 6 – 9, 2012. The exhibit illustrates the breadth and depth of the social economy in Northern Ontario, an aspect of the economy which is sometimes overlooked yet plays a key role in creating jobs, particularly for those facing barriers to employment and community-based leadership. “In an early study, we identified that the non-profit sector alone contributed over 1400 jobs to Sault Ste. Marie’s economy, and generated annual revenues of over $75 million” says Steffanie Date, one of the researchers formerly employed on the project and now Executive Director of the Sault Youth Association.The exhibit features organizations such as Penokean Hills Farms, the Sioux Lookout Anti-Racism Committee, the Hiawatha Players from Garden River, a Northern Ontario crafts exhibit, and research into supporting local agriculture. The project results from five years of research conducted by Algoma University’s Community Economic and Social Development (CESD) program and NORDIK Institute, in collaboration with the Centre for Cooperative Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.

“This exhibit is about where we live, work and play”, says Dr. Gayle Broad of NORDIK Institute. Community members are constantly organizing themselves to deliver services, create jobs, and develop more inclusive ways of working together. Co-operatives, credit unions and non-profit organizations keep communities sustainable, inclusive and engaged.”

Funding for the research and exhibit panels was provided in part, by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Other funders included the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund’s Youth Internship Program, Canada Summer Jobs, the Ontario Crafts Council, the Sault Ste. Marie Community Development Corporation, and Human Resources Development Canada. The funding provided research experience to over 25 students and youth interns, several of whom have gone on to post-graduate studies, and many others who are now employed full-time in Northern Ontario.

The exhibition will be located at the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library – Main Library. An opening reception will take place on Tuesday March 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library Main Library. There will be a panel of guest speakers, a chance to explore the exhibit and refreshments. The event is open to everyone.

About Algoma University
Algoma University is committed to offering an undergraduate education experience unlike any university in Ontario, offering a wide variety of program options. Algoma University also offers accelerated diploma-to-degree programs in Business Administration in Brampton, and two degrees, including a Bachelor of Social Work, in Timmins. As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Algoma U is committed to respecting Anishinaabe knowledge and culture. To learn more about Algoma University, visit www.algomau.ca.

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Media Contact:
Kevin Hemsworth
Divisional Director of External Relations
Algoma University
705.949.2301 ext. 4120
kevin.hemsworth@algomau.ca

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