After a special presentation last week to over 50 invited guests who heard an update on the new think-tank's progress, the Institute of Southern Georgian Bay announced today, that its new website has launched and is now in a position to accept new members on line.
According to President and Founding Member, Don May, "The Institute has been working behind the scenes for two years to define its goals, establish its membership structure and consult with community groups and is now ready to invite Southern Georgian Bay individuals, organizations and companies to join the Institute."
Don went on to say "The Institute has identified four pillars that will become the focus and mandate of the new think-tank: Social Justice, Arts Culture & Entertainment, Business, Entrepreneurship & Innovation and The Environment. The Institute believes the community can promote more collaboration among these pillars in order to reach their full potential."
"For each of the Pillars, it is the role of the Institute to encourage dialogue designed to identify strengths and challenges leading to greater collaboration and ultimately, action to make a real difference in our community."
Vice-President and Founding Member, David Green commented that Southern Georgian Bay, with its 16 towns and villages, represents a "Power Of Place" representing some 100,000 permanent residents and weekenders. Despite the fact that the residents and weekenders of Southern Georgian Bay reside in 5 different townships and two different counties, they see no boundaries between the communities. They see the region as a whole providing an active, healthy, caring and cultural lifestyle for all.
Don May concluded by saying "Various levels of government cannot do the work alone but through increased engagement, the community can empower its greatest strength - the people within Southern Georgian Bay- to make a difference."