2013 Year in Review: Huge turnout for All Hands on Deck

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Published on September 11, 2013

All Hands on Deck rally, Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Mariners Centre. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 11, 2013

All Hands on Deck rally, Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Mariners Centre. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 11, 2013

All Hands on Deck rally, Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Mariners Centre. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 11, 2013

All Hands on Deck rally, Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Mariners Centre. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 11, 2013

All Hands on Deck rally, Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Mariners Centre. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 11, 2013

All Hands on Deck rally, Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Mariners Centre. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 11, 2013

All Hands on Deck rally, Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Mariners Centre. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 11, 2013

All Hands on Deck rally, Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Mariners Centre. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 11, 2013

All Hands on Deck rally, Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Mariners Centre. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 11, 2013

All Hands on Deck rally, Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Mariners Centre. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 11, 2013

All Hands on Deck rally, Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Mariners Centre. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 11, 2013

All Hands on Deck rally, Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Mariners Centre. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on September 11, 2013

Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood speaking at the All Hands on Deck rally, Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the Mariners Centre. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

By Tina Comeau
THE VANGUARD
www.thevanguard.ca
 
SEPT. 11, 2013: Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood put out a call for All Hands on Deck to the residents of Yarmouth and at the Mariners Centre on Wednesday evening, Sept. 11, 2013, around 400 people heeded her call.

By Tina Comeau

THE VANGUARD

www.thevanguard.ca

 

SEPT. 11, 2013: Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood put out a call for All Hands on Deck to the residents of Yarmouth and at the Mariners Centre on Wednesday evening, Sept. 11, 2013, around 400 people heeded her call.

People turned out to brainstorm ideas to get Yarmouth ship-shape for the future, and, in particular, when ferry service resumes here next spring. And many of those who couldn’t be there in person sent along their support and commitment for the effort through letters and emails.

This rally was not about talk. It was all about action. (You can view a video from the Sept. 11 meeting here.)

If the idea is to paint murals in the downtown, Mayor Mood said then people need to volunteer to paint the murals, to donate the paint, to donate the brushes.

If the idea is to have people volunteering to be helpers and ambassadors to assist tourists, then people need to submit their names to do so. If people want to see streets cleaned up, than they need to step forward to adopt them she said, not wait for someone else to do the job.

And at the rally people were doing just this.

There were hundreds of ideas generated during a 20-minute break-out session that involved people sitting at nearly 50 tables. In the end, each table was asked to present their one top idea.

The people at the meeting weren’t just residents or businesspeople of the town, they came from all over Yarmouth County and, in some cases, from well beyond our county borders – people who have moved here from other provinces or other countries and have made Yarmouth their home and believe in its potential.

As the rally concluded, people were invited to step up and sign up to help make some of the ideas into reality, or to make monetary or in-kind donations to achieve these goals.

Whether the donation was $25 to help purchase a bench in memory of a loved on, or $10,000 to fund a beautification contest, Mayor Pam Mood said the donations were all equal and all valuable because they came with the same sentiment – to make Yarmouth a better place to live in, to do business in and to visit.

“That’s what tonight is all about. What can you do, not what can your neighbour do, but what are you willing to do,” the mayor said.

The All Hands on Deck movement has been widely recognized since that Sept. 11, 2013 meeting in Yarmouth. It's been the subject of presentations at conferences and other events. Communities in other parts of the province and the country have taken notice of the effort.

 

Organizations: Mariners Centre

Geographic location: Yarmouth County

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