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National Trust for Canada Launches This Place Matters Competition
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Contributed By: National Trust for Canada
Email The Author: lbalde@nationaltrustcanada.ca
Website: http://nationaltrustcanada.ca

Ottawa, ON, October 4, 2016 – Take up your tablets, click on you cell phones and head to your computers! The National Trust for Canada is pleased to announce the launch of the 2016 This Place Matters competition. This online, social media-driven competition allows Canadians to vote and donate to save places that matter to them.

Fourteen communities from across the country are participating in this national crowdsourced competition with the chance to win $40,000. In addition to earning votes, participating community groups can use this innovative web platform to raise money for their projects and gain access to training and tools to help them run a successful campaign.  Canadians are invited to visit www.thisplacematters.ca to view the participating projects and vote for the project that resonates with them.

“We are thrilled to have such a diverse group of projects all vying for funds to improve their main streets and their communities,” said Natalie Bull, executive director, the National Trust for Canada. “Canada’s traditional main streets and downtowns have enormous potential, and main street is where art, culture and small businesses thrive. We wish all the communities luck and are excited to see which projects resonate with Canadians.”

The goal of the National Trust’s This Place Matters competition is to fuel local projects that bring together community partners and community members, especially youth, to improve the vitality of Canada’s main streets. This Place Matters is made possible by the generosity of the RBC Foundation.

2016 This Place Matters competition participants include:
 
Save Lock One- Port Dalhousie, Ontario
Downtown Door to Door- Williams Lake, British Columbia
Batiment 7- Montreal, Quebec
Fogo Island- Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador
Renewed and Rewritten: The Story of the Kentville Library- Kentville, Nova Scotia
Williams Street- Dalhousie, New Brunswick
Find Your Place Downtown-  Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Rue Prinicpale- Saint Basile, New Brunswick
Lethbridge Main Street Project- Lethbridge, Alberta
173 Charlotte Street- Sydney, Nova Scotia
This Waterfront Matters- Sydney, Nova Scotia
Mills Street Clock Tower- Almonte, Ontario
Neechi Commons- Winnipeg, Alberta
Diversifying Our Stage- Nelson, British Colombia
We are grateful for the input of our This Place Matters Jury:  Shannie Duff, Charles Ketchebaw, Ali Piwawar, Matthew Rowe and François Varin.
 
Projects are in two categories; Town Spotlight (projects in populations of 50,000 or fewer) and City Beacon (projects in places over 50,000 in population). Projects include creating community spaces, renovating heritage places and improving public amenities.
 
Canadians can vote for and help fund one or more of these community projects at www.thisplacematters.ca. All visitors to the website can vote once a day, every day for each project they support until November 15, 2016.

For more information on the competition, visit www.thisplacematters.ca.

About the National Trust for Canada:
The National Trust for Canada leads and inspires action for places that matter. Our sites, projects and programs engage Canadians, enhance local identity, and bring heritage to life. Visit us at www.nationaltrustcanada.ca.


Posted: October 4, 2016
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