News

The latest happenings in the Inspiring Communities network. Media or other inquiries, please contact hello@inspiringcommunities.ca. Read our community newsletters here.

News Releases


October 5, 2021 – Northside Community Coalition Launches | The Northside Community Coalition is a group of community members connecting compassion and action by “getting behind” the good work and good stories of the Northside. [more at the link]

September 14, 2021 – 9 Social Innovation Projects Funded | Inspiring Communities is pleased to share the nine social innovation projects that have successfully received WeavEast Seed Grants. [more at the link]

September 5, 2021 – Community Change through Elections | Community change happens in many ways and in our organization. One way people in our organization strove to effect positive change was by running for public office.

July 12, 2021 – Systems Change in a Difficult Time | Showing impact takes a long time. How do you know if what you’re doing is working? Inspiring Communities releases Systems Change in A Difficult Time: 2020-2021 Impact Report. [more at the link]

April 7, 2021 – Inspiring Communities Welcomes New Executive Director, Louise Adongo | (K’jipuktuk) Louise Adongo has assumed the leadership of Inspiring Communities. Louise brings a rich history of leadership and policy development in a variety of government departments and organizations. [more at the link]

January 25, 2021 – Welcome to Wayside | (K’jipuktuk) The longtime dream of a prominent community member who passed away in 2019 has come to fruition: Atlantic Canada has a new way for social innovators to connect and learn. Wayside Learning Community (waysideinitiative.ca) launches formally on February 1, 2021.  [more at the link]

January 2021 – Northside Changemakers Program launched | This program is designed to support participants in growing their skills, connections and hope for the change they want to see and be a part of creating on the Northside. [more at the link]

Inspiring Communities In the News


March 2, 2021 – New Community Program Launches in Halifax’s North End to help cross-cultural learning

Inspiring Communities was proud to be a partner in presenting this Participatory City program with the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre.

July 6, 2021 – NSR Interviewed on Mainstreet Cape Breton (CBC radio)

Jody Nelson talks about Northside Rising’s work and recent community report.

March 19, 2021 – Association fighting for drug users’ rights in Cape Breton

CAPED Chair Giulia DiGiorgio was interviewed about the issues around Naloxone and harm reduction and how things are evolving with substance use in Northside Cape Breton. CAPED is an affiliate group supported with work from Northside Rising.


March 16 – Virtual coffeehouse about naloxone aims to get Cape Breton businesses to keep kit on hand

Our nested initiative Northside Rising is helping Cape Breton businesses learn more about how Naloxone saves lives.


March 4, 2021 – The Last Taboo: Black women talk about abuse and violence

Shelley Fashan is the Community Impact Coordinator with NS GovLab and Inspiring Communities, and leads the Nova Scotia Network for Social Change (NSN4SC.) The Halifax Examiner recently reported on a project she is part of:

Fashan, along with Starr Downey, Nadine Paris, Denise Allen, Deanna Sparkes, and Tara Taylor, are part of a non-profit called The Descendants of African American EnSlaved Living in Nova Scotia. Together, they’re working on a project called The Last Taboo, which is addressing the violence and abuse of women against Black women in Nova Scotia (this project is funded by a Standing Together grant). 


March 2, 2021 – New community program launches in Halifax’s north end to help cross-cultural learning

Inspiring Communities supports this Participatory Cities initiative through providing an embedded developmental evaluator, Tammy Mudge.

“Residents in the north end of Halifax are being given a chance to know their neighbours and their cultures through a variety of activities in March.

Yesterday, the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre (MNFC) launched a four-week-long program, Every One Every Day (EOED), aiming to provide a platform for reconciliation and opportunities for people to cross-culturally learn and share. “