News – Extension Department

Events and updates from the world of the St. Francis Xavier University Extension Department.

Join the Social Innovation Lab Nov. 3rd in celebration of the 90th Anniversary of StFX Extension

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Antigonish Movement and the 90th Anniversary of St. Francis Xavier University’s Extension Department, please join us for a Social Innovation Lab: The Future of Our Collective Work.

The future is changing. Are you ready for it?
Be a LEARNER. Be a CHANGE-MAKER. Be a LEADER.

Social Innovation Labs are designed to be part of an ongoing process—to create space for diverse stakeholders to come together in order to share knowledge, re-define complex challenges, identify opportunities and co-develop and experiment with a range of creative solutions.

On November 3rd, we will lay the foundations for exploring the Future of Our Collective Work, in order to best support Nova Scotians in their desires to lead exceptional lives. We all play a part in our province’s growth and success, and it will be through our collective, collaborative efforts—with each other and others in our communities—that we will be able to shape a future that truly works for all.

Together, we will begin the multi-session process by sharing and celebrating the work happening across our province, reflecting on current work to identify assets and strengths, exploring opportunities for growth and development, and mapping partners and relationships that are crucial to develop as we continue our journey through subsequent social innovation labs.

We welcome you to approach the day with curiosity—bring questions and insights with you. We all have unique experiences that, together, will help us to foster a more resilient, effective and inclusive workforce.

We have the ability, skill, and knowledge within the province to help our communities effectively adapt to current and future changes in work. Come share your knowledge, learn from the success of others, and develop creative solutions to empower communities to co-create a future that works for all of us.

This event is FREE, but you must REGISTER in advance!

DATE & TIME:
Sat, November 3, 2018
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

LOCATION:
Markin Global Complex, Saint Francis Xavier University
4760 Tompkins Lane
Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G2W5


See Tompkinsville Nov. 2nd in celebration of StFX Extension’s 90th Anniversary

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Antigonish Movement and the 90th Anniversary of the StFX Extension Department, we are excited to present a one-night only stage production of Tompkinsville. Created by Lindsay Kyte and coming out of retirement for this special celebration, see the production named in 2016 as one of the best plays in Nova Scotia!

Tompkinsville is based on the real-life story of Father Jimmy Tompkins’ shining the light of education into lives engulfed by socio-economic struggle. He began a library in the vestibule of the rectory, preaching the value of education during Sunday sermons and buttonholing people on the street to borrow his books. Soon all of Reserve Mines was reading. When the mines were operating only two days a week and miners’ wives were skimping to make ends meet, Tompkins ordered a slew of agricultural books for his library.

From the words on the page to hands on the plough, soon seventy-five families had a community garden of ninety acres and a cooperative brooder for chickens. The “University of Reserve Mines” had begun. With money such a concern, Tompkins brought in books about credit unions. Soon Reserve Mines had a flourishing credit union of its own, the first credit union in English Canada.

To learn more about the play, please visit Tompkinsville.

IMPORTANT: Tompkinsville contains some language that is not suitable for younger audiences.

EVENT DETAILS:
Friday, November 2 | 8pm (Doors open at 7:15pm)
Dennis Hall, Markin Global Complex
Coady International Institute, St. Francis Xavier University

TICKETS:
$20 each + HST
See Tickets & Registration for more information.

SPONSORED TICKETS:
Are you a community member or organization in need of a sponsored (no-cost)
Tompkinsville ticket
and/or transportation support for the event?
If so, please contact Marie Kopf of the StFX Extension Department:
mkopf@stfx.ca ~OR~ 902-867-2207.


StFX Extension and Antigonish 4-H invite the community to a special evening with Chris Koch

The StFX Extension Department and Antigonish 4-H are delighted to host Chris Koch, a farm boy who turned world traveller, who is sharing his message globally, “If I can”.

Chris Koch aims to challenge others through sharing his story of overcoming physical disability and learning that anything is possible while growing up on a farm in rural Alberta.

In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the StFX Extension Department and the second annual leadership development conference hosted by the StFX 4-H Society and the Antigonish County 4-H Leaders Council, we welcome all to attend this exciting public event at 7 PM on May 11 in StFX’s Schwartz Auditorium.

For more information, see the StFX Extension Department Facebook page or call StFX Extension at 902-867-2433.

 

 

 


People’s School on Affordable Housing – Summary of Proceedings

More than 60 people gathered in Antigonish on March 24, 2018, for a People’s School on Affordable Housing. Co-hosted by the Extension Department at St. Francis Xavier University and the Antigonish Affordable Housing Society (AAHS), the People’s School brought together people living on low incomes, community groups and concerned citizens, as well as service providers, elected officials and researchers/educators from across the province.

The aim of the People’s School was to build awareness about the current state of affordable housing in Nova Scotia, and to initiate a broader conversation about what communities can do collectively to make a real difference in the lives of people living on low incomes.

The following report documents the process used by the organizers and the outcome of discussions during the day.

Click here to read the report.