EMOTIONAL TIES PULLING PEOPLE TO RURAL
Dr. Laurie Brinklow is co-ordinator of the Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island, the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability and a board member of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF).
Brinklow is hopeful of the future of rural P.E.I. and thinks the island is on the right path.
New technologies, renewable energy and the strong sense of community are some of things she cites as reasons for the resiliency of the island.
While the province isn’t immune to similar challenges faced by other provinces, such as outmigration and a decline in traditional industries such as agriculture, Brinklow says there’s a strong emotional connection to P.E.I. that makes people want to live here.
“There’s such a strong sense of community, a sense of identity, in Prince Edward Island.
“I’ve lived in many provinces in Canada and I found that in P.E.I. there’s just something special about this place that attracts people, makes them want to come back and settle. A lot of it has to do with the rural landscape, the ocean, the lifestyle, and the quality of life.”