I Love Bridgewater

Where did the “I heart Bridgewater” pins and campaign originate? We were at a meeting introducing ourselves and when it came to Cate she said, “I’m Cate and I love Bridgewater.” Anna who was across the circle and grew up in LaHave, dropped her jaw and said “I’ve never heard anyone say that before!”

This started a big discussion about people’s perceptions of Bridgewater, and  when Anna went to Parkview she’d only pass through Bridgewater on the school bus and didn’t have an opportunity to build a relationship with the town. During the meeting we shared a bit more about the exciting things happening and the idea evolved to make pins that say “I heart Bridgewater”.

Anna, also an artist, took on the task to design the pins. We borrowed a button maker and during the Community Christmas dinner preparation had a group of teens making 500 buttons. We then gave them out to the 400 guests and volunteers at the dinner.

Check out this great video that’s all over facebook! (Video credit: Patrick Hirtle)

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Training for Transition

Five of us just returned from the Transition Network‘s Training for Transition held over the weekend in St Margaret’s Bay. It was hosted by Transition Bay and very inspiring to hear of the great work they are doing there. Marion Moore, Jason Voth, Cate deVreede, Geraline Blijleven and Brian Braganza all participated representing Team Bridgewater!

Among all the great learning, opportunities to connect with people from across the province working on transition their own communities, we were able to share some of the dynamic work going on in Bridgewater.

A special highlight was sharing “I love Bridgewater” pins with Lauren and K8 (former Lunenburg County residents) and having them come around to the notion that after all they were hearing, they could actually love Bridgewater!

Change the story, change the culture!

More to come about Transition in Bridgewater, but for now–Bridgewater is Mulling!

Here’s a teaser: trailer for the upcoming Transition movie