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from the ground up


In this episode our host, Jennifer O’Keefe, travels to Second Story Women’s Centre in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia for a conversation with Liz McCurdy, the centre’s Administrative and Volunteer Support Coordinator. 

Jenn and Liz discuss accessing funding for the centre (and the related challenges), barriers for rural women’s participation in public life, creating community, and specific projects and programs led by the centre. 

In our second episode Jenn travels to the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre in Antigonish, Nova Scotia for a conversation with Lucille Harper, the centre’s Executive Director. 

Lucille and Jenn discuss the organization’s history within the region, challenges related to rural women’s access to public services, women’s diverse roles in community-building, and what women are already doing in the region to support each other. 


This project is, ideally, about initiating a conversation about rural women’s experiences, and we want to hear from you.


So please, share, comment, and deliberate about the content you are about to hear online on our page.


We would love to engage with you.

Changing Public Engagement from the Ground Up

is a research project based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia.


We are a local section of a national project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada through a community Partnership Development Grant led by Dr. Barbara Cameron at York University. 


The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) is our community partner. 


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