“We look around rooms like we are today at the Lido Theatre, there are experts in this community who understand the specific needs of this region, and are able to respond most appropriately, “ Minister McRae said. “If government can help assist in that manner, I’m glad to be here to help.”
One of Minster McRae’s primary topics of discussion in regard to social innovation was that of the province’s new website, a platform for like-minded individuals.
“We want to make sure people are aware of what is going on in their community; what opportunities there are, what ways we can share skills, share resources,” Minister McRae said. “…It will only be strong if we have more and more people participate. It is not going to be owned by government in such a way that we are the only contributor; we need to have everybody from across the province.”
Some other topics Minister McRae touched on includes the power of not-for-profit organizations sustaining their own funding, the power of social innovation coming from recent graduates, a wide array of provincial initiatives, as well as the importance of the province forming strong relationships with local representatives.
Local representatives speaking to the crowd includes North Peace Savings and Credit Union, NEAT, and Mayor Lori Ackerman to name a few.