Mayor Suzan Hewatt, Rochelle Longvall & Randy Morse — Attracting Young People to Rural Communities: “Escape the City” & the Village of Kaslo

Suzan Hewatt, mayor of the small, isolated Wrest Kootenay village of Kaslo was joined on this panel by BCRC’s communications director, Randy Morse, and Rochelle Longvall, who with her husband Jean-Michel was one of the winners of the BC Rural Centre’s Escape the City contest.

Together the three described the challenges inherent in attracting young, urban entrepreneurial people to small towns, some of the prerequisites for any small town wishing to do so, and how a novel initiative like Escape the City has helped Kaslo do just that.

Inspirational stuff for rural and remote communities and regions concerned about the “greying” of their communities!