Please join us in ‘Raising the Villages - Mawiomi W’Jit Mijuwajijk’ at our Planning for Action summit on Wednesday, January, 24th 2018 in the Bear Head room at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. Everyone is welcome, so please spread the word.

The past year has taken us on a journey of curiosity, learning and growth. The Raising the Villages movement has informed itself of what is working, and what more is needed, thanks to a year of observation and engaging citizens in community conversations across western Cape Breton. We look forward to sharing this data with you at our summit. We have also developed a declaration to guide our collective actions. We will use this knowledge and commitment to create the welcoming communities and spaces our children deserve to connect and belong from the very beginning of life.

Currently in our region, 1 in 3 children are entering the education system with vulnerabilities that can lead to increased lifetime risks for mental and physical health problems, addictions, low literacy, decreased employment opportunities, and poverty. Our goal is to reduce this vulnerability to 1 in 10.

To accomplish this goal, we will have to commit to a unified regional approach that supports families, advocates for the investment needed, and responds to the unique needs of children, families and communities across western Cape Breton.

It is time to be courageous! A new and innovative approach is necessary in order to get ahead of problems, we must learn from past experiences to create a better future for our children and all in our communities. With grace and determination, we can ensure every child has equity from the start, with a welcoming community to call home. Through this movement, we are building the future our citizens deserve - right now.

Please join us in ‘Raising the Villages’ – Mawiomi W’Jit Mijuwajijk!

RSVP to Christine Villneff at 902-258-3220, or by email

We are able to hold our Planning for Action summit due to the generous funding received by Raising the Villages from local municipalities, the Canada 150 Community Fund, United Way Cape Breton, Wagmatcook First Nation, and the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage through the Diversity and Community Capacity Fund. Thank you all so very much!

The Early Years, Starting Strong - creating welcoming spaces to connect and belong.

Warm Wishes,
Raising the Villages Organizing Team


606 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, Cape Breton
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Ticket Price
Free Event
Wheelchair Accessible

Contact Information

Christine Villneff
Health Promoter, Healthy Communities - Public Health
(902) 258-3220

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