Social Enterprise & Community Development

Social enterprises are increasingly a tool in the community development toolbox. In November 2018, Drs. Natalie Slawinski and Blair Winsor from the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Harris Centre organized a workshop and a public forum on Fogo Island, Newfoundland,  to present the final results of a research project Continue reading

Experiential tourism?

Experiential Tourism?

A conversation with Dana Blouin of Between a Lake & a High Place.   Not every rural citizen is a fan of tourism as an economic driver. But most rural folks would agree that the sort of experiential tourism advocated by Dana Blouin and her husband, François — tourism that respectfully celebrates local culture, talent, Continue reading

Rural Healthcare Podcasts

Conversations with five leading BC healthcare specialists, each with something to say of importance for rural British Columbians, are presented in the following podcasts.   Dr. Shelley Ross, Co-Chair of BC’s GP Services Committee, discusses healthcare developments that will have an important impact on rural communities in this BC Rural Centre podcast. Her description of Continue reading

Health education is important

Health Education, Rural Needs — Dr. Christie Newton

Health education can play an important role in helping interest students in pursuing a career in some form of rural medicine Dr. Christie Newton is uniquely positioned to speak to this issue. Dr. Newton is an Association Professor and Director, Continuing Professional Development and Community Engagement, in UBC’s Faculty of Medicine’s Dept. of Family Practice. Continue reading

Leslie Carty of the RCCbc

Leslie Carty Discusses RCCbc

Leslie Carty, Executive Manager of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc), discusses the organization, its mandate to improve rural health care in British Columbia, and some of its initiatives in this conversation, recorded at a RCCbc-sponsored rural health partners’ retreat in Vancouver, January 29, 2019.     For more on rural health, visit our Continue reading

Dr. Ray Markham

Dr. Ray Markham — a Conversation

Dr. Ray Markham is a Valemount, BC-based doctor, and the Executive Director of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc). The RCCbc is focused on improving rural health education in British Columbia, and generally working to advocate for rural health in the province. This conversation with Dr. Markham was recorded on January 29, 2019, in Continue reading

A conversation with Dr. Granger Avery

A Conversation with Dr. Granger Avery

Dr. Granger Avery is one of Canada’s most distinguished rural health advocates. A past president of both the Canadian and BC medical associations, Dr. Granger is a clinical professor at the University of British Columbia, and serves as an associate director with the Rural Coordination Centre of BC. He resides in the small Vancouver Island Continue reading

Attracting youth to rural places is vital!

Rural Innovation & Youth Attraction

Rural Innovation & Youth Attraction

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If rural communities are to survive — let alone prosper — in the 21st century, they need to innovate. And through that innovation, attract a new wave of creative, entrepreneurial Millennials to our small towns and rural regions. This audio version of a BC Rural Centre webinar features two inspiring advocates of rural innovation — Continue reading