Newcastle hosts sister Newcastles
They came, they networked, they played and then they left. Seventy-seven delegates representing 13 towns and cities called “Newcastle” from around the world, converged on Newcastle, Ontario last week, September 19 to 23, for their bi-annual summit. Countries represented at this year’s summit were: Germany, Denmark, Australia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Japan, South Africa, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, United States and Canada.
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Volunteers are the best
Admit it, we were all a bit skeptical about the Newcastles of the World summit being held locally. And to be brutally honest, most of us did not think the volunteer committee would actually pull off hosting an international conference in the village of Newcastle.
The conference did happen, the 77 delegates have left and the buzz is, this might well have been the best Newcastles of the World summit yet. Good on the committee and everyone who helped pull it off.
The local steering committee are not afraid to say the concept of Newcastles from around the world, getting together to meet and discuss topics of shared interest was easy to sell. Only one member of the committee had ever attended a Newcastles of the World summit, Jen Stychuk was the Newcastle Ontario representative at the 2014 conference in the Czech Republic. They are also not afraid to say that serving on this committee has been hard but greatly rewarding work. Committee members have established great friendships among themselves and visiting delegates.
To have so many international representatives converge in a community of 10,000 for a week long conference, is a once in a lifetime happening. These delegates are leaders in their communities, some representing business organizations in their Newcastles. There were council members including mayors as well as representatives of learning institutions, hospitals and social agencies.
The comment was made more than once during the week that people are the same all over the world. We all share the same challenges and opportunities like aging populations, the theme of this year’s summit. While some countries are grappling with a lack of affordable housing for seniors, other counties seem to have a better handle on this issue. While not all solutions are transferable between countries, much can be learned from shared experiences.
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Sept 30th - Classical Concert Evening at Rehoboth Church, 7:30 pm. Tickets $10 call 905-697-8956
Oct 1st - Newcastle Harvest Festival, 9 am. - 2pm, fun for the whole family with food, music & activities
Oct 1st - Carlos del Junco concert at the Cow Palace, 8:00 pm. Tickets $25 call 905-983-5146
Oct 15th - BOAA Art & Artisans fundraiser, 1-4pm, tickets $100 per person, call 905-697-2856
Oct 15th - Bowmanville Applefest, 9 am - 5 pm, events, food & vendors in downtown Bowmanville
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