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Rais­ing the Vil­lages Coali­tion to hold county-wide cel­e­bra­tions Oct. 28

The Victoria Standard - - Front Page - VIC­TO­RIA COUNTY

Canada's pop­u­la­tion grew last week as 24 peo­ple be­came cit­i­zens at the AGBNHS

Ev­ery­one is wel­come to come out for two hours of fun and cel­e­bra­tion in honour of the youngest cit­i­zens on Saturday, Oct. 28, 10am - noon in com­mu­ni­ties across west­ern Cape Bre­ton - from Bay St Lawrence to Port Hawkesbury.

In Vic­to­ria County, “Rais­ing the Vil­lages - Maw­iomi w’jit Mi­juwa­jijk” cel­e­bra­tions will be held at the fol­low­ing lo­ca­tions: Bay St. Lawrence Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Bad­deck Com­mu­nity Hall, St Columba Par­ish Hall in Iona, and the Wag­mat­cook Cul­ture & Her­itage Cen­tre.

The cel­e­bra­tion agenda in­cludes a cer­e­mony to of­fi­cially in­tro­duce the region’s youngest cit­i­zens to the com­mu­nity, and op­por­tu­ni­ties for com­mu­nity mem­bers to con­nect with each other through a shared sense of be­long­ing.

The coali­tion has been ex­plor­ing how wel­com­ing com­mu­nity spa­ces that are safe, in­clu­sive, in­ter­gen­er­a­tional, fun and con­nected to ser­vices/ pro­grams can pro­vide a healthy be­gin­ning for all chil­dren and in­te­gral pos­i­tive out­comes later in life.

“Rais­ing the Vil­lages - Maw­iomi w’jit Mi­juwa­jijk” is a move­ment tak­ing place across west­ern Cape Bre­ton spon­sored by the Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Vic­to­ria and In­ver­ness, the Town of Port Hawkesbury, the com­mu­ni­ties of Wag­mat­cook and We’ko­qma’q, Canada 150, Pub­lic Health and the United Way of Cape Bre­ton. For more in­for­ma­tion go to www. rais­ingth­evil­lages.webs.com or search ‘Rais­ing the Vil­lages’ on Face­book.

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