With funding from Employment and Social Development Canada, the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Affordable Housing in Nova Scotia initiative will connect affordable housing organizations through a series of county meetings to learn more about the SDGs that relate to housing. Three webinars and five People’s Schools provide opportunities for deeper discussion about how the SDGs can inform and inspire action in our communities. A digital map is also being developed that will identify organizations whose work aligns with the SDGs as it relates to affordable housing in Nova Scotia.
St. Francis Xavier University (StFX), located in Antigonish, NS, is characterized by its historic commitment to quality education and leadership development. StFX established an Extension Department in 1928 with a mandate to support the revitalization of the communities of Northeastern Nova Scotia through a people-centered approach to development, an approach that became known globally as the Antigonish Movement. Grounded in the values, vision, and principles of the Antigonish Movement, the Extension Department has, over the decades, expanded its geographic scope, and evolved in the design and implementation of innovative programs to strengthen community capacity to address key issues of the day.
As part of StFX’s efforts to migrate the work of the StFX Extension Department and the Coady International Institute to the Coady Institute, Extension’s work now appears as Community Engagement. We remain committed to Moses Coady’s vision of creating “a full and abundant life for all.” In collaboration with our partners and the groups we work with, we develop and support strategies to address both the challenges and opportunities they encounter. Our approach recognizes each organization’s strengths, which can be used to mobilize its assets for meaningful change.
- Kelly Schnare
- Research & Engagement Coady Institute