We used to remember


I have lots of conversations across the generations from my 97 year old neighbor to my 3 year old grandson and everyone in between. The older people remember a time when ‘everyone knew everyone’ and if the community decided they needed a school or a park, people would show up with wagon loads of lumber and food and hammers and build a school or a park on the land donated by one of the citizens. This is a totally foreign concept to those under thirty. If a community needs something now, we say “They should….” And we wait to see if they do or don’t.

There are good reasons for this in some cases, but not nearly as many cases as we think. If we make our dependence too high on “they”, the “We” becomes diminished. When “We” doesn’t have to do anything but pay taxes and complain, “We” also doesn’t have the need to interact with neighbors. In … Read the rest

Get Involved

The Happy Community Project in Hants West continues to make a big difference for our community. There are over 200 people all pitching in to make projects where people can come and do things together.

What is exciting is that every day, more and more people are hopping onboard or asking how can they get involved. Our community has come alive with energy. Most people want to make a difference for their community and many are looking to the Happy Community Project as a way to do that.


We started off with some really big projects like Community Market, Community Garden, MAKERS, Ellershouse Breakfast, Tour de Hants, Youth Hangout and Avon Regional Food Centre. Each of these projects is already real or coming into reality. So we at the Core Group have been asking ourselves some questions about ‘what’s next?’.

How can we include more people in participating in the Happy Community Projects? After all, we are at our … Read the rest

In Just three months, this community has done more than most do in years

50 People turned ‘we should’ into ‘we did’.

50 people rolled up their sleeves and got a lot of stuff done on January 10th. 100 more people are helping them. What are they doing and how are they doing it?

Here is a short list ( well actually, it’s an amazingly long list of ‘we shoulds’  turning into ‘we did’)

The Collaborative Project Leadership conference

On February 6th at the Windsor Library, 30 people will share ideas, make connections and connect to resources – space is limited to 30 so register early if you are a doer or leader for one of the projects or want to start a project.

Youth Hangout Project

8 youth showed up and did an awesome job of developing the basic ideas for a Youth Hangout Project. This project is led by the youth for the youth. On January 26th 7:00 to 8:30 at Windsor Community Center, youth will come together and Read the rest

Minutes for Farmers Market Jan 10

Minutes of Meeting

Happy Community Project – Farmers Market
January 10, 2018

Adrienne Wood
Holly Lothian
Katie Andrews
Jamie Cornetta
Tara Gibbon
Monique Wood
Regrets: Catherine Manning, Steven Bouman, Kayie Godon


1) Summer Student Grants
2) Market Manager Training Video
3) Location
4) Public Washrooms
5) Not for profit discussion
6) Meeting with Keltie Butler
7) Call for Vendors
8) Follow-up meeting

Old Business:

There was a discussion regarding the existing Windsor Farmers’ Market co-operative and future of this co-op. It was decided to move forward separate from this. Jamie shared existing bylaws.

1) Summer Student Grants, START Program Employment

A provincial grant and federal grant are available for summer students. The deadline for these grants are January 26 and February 2, 2018. The START employment grant is also available. Due to the pressing deadlines for the summer student grants, it was decided to wait until next year to investigate these options.
The START program does not give … Read the rest

A new year – a new beginning with new hope

A meaningful life is the foundation for happiness. When we have the power to make a difference, when we choose to make a difference, we feel good, no matter what else may be going on. The good news is people everywhere are waking up. We are recognizing  that we have the power.

This was clearly brought to light in West Hants / Windsor in 2017. After years of disappointing political results, the community chose new representation. But we weren’t just satisfied with trusting a new group of politicians with their ‘they shoulds…’. Our community has moved past ‘they should…’ and fully embraced ‘we should….’ in recognition of our own responsibilities and power as citizens.

And we have discovered ‘we can…’

‘We can make the kind of community we want – an economically vibrant, culturally rich and socially connected community.’ And so West Hants / Windsor has launched a series of projects that are on their way to reality. Coincidently, the … Read the rest

The Happy Community Project Rocks

There is so much happening, it’s hard to know what to say or where to begin. The Happy Community Project has leapt to a whole new level. Here are some of the highlights.


We launched in West Hants / Windsor Nova Scotia on October 19th in a new way.  What’s happening is simply awe-inspiring. The goal is the same, create more robust wellbeing and resiliency for communities. The way we do that is strengthen every citizens sense of belonging through stronger social connections.

What’s new is in West Hants / Windsor is we have approached this in a new way.


We started with a bang. We invited every citizen to be part of the Happy Community Project. And they showed up and decided what they wanted to do for their community. Citizens came up with the ideas and  they are putting the ideas into action.

Ideas … Read the rest

The Happy Community Project Continues Momentum

It’s been a few weeks and I thought it was time to give you an update, but first, thank you. I am truly grateful for the support and interest you have given to the Happy Community Project. It is through your interest and support that the happy Community Project is such a success.

We are launching the first Pipeline Projects in Sackville and Windsor

We have partnered with Sobey’s School of Business with their Pipeline Project – a process for guiding people with passion and caring to create a business that solves social problems for communities and pays them with profits. on November 8th  in Sackville and November 9th in Windsor will be launching the Pipeline project with candidates who want to make a difference and get paid. If you are interested, here are the details.

Enactus creates the Happy Community Project App

An Enactus group of 6 brilliant students from Saint Mary’s University have adopted the … Read the rest

Partnership with Sobey’s School of Business

The Happy Community Project has partnered with Sobey’s School of Business.


The Happy Community Project generates ideas for how we can make communities stronger and more socially connected. Ideas are cheap, they only count if they are put into action. And so the Happy Community Project creates Action Groups that take great ideas and turns them into projects where people can do things together.

The Partnership Makes Projects Financially Sustainable

Some projects require financial support and the best ones are when they are financially sustainable. In this way, the project is not dependent on handouts, but generates its own revenues.

The Sobey’s School of Business has partnered with the Happy Community Project to create financially sustainable Action Projects. Sobey’s School of Business uses a process that takes an idea from general concept to a profitable business. They call the process PIPELINE.

How It Works

In the PIPELINE process, Community members decide on a problem they want to solve for … Read the rest

A Good Idea Picks Up Steam

The goal of the Happy Community Project has always been to scale up the process so any community anywhere in the world will have access to it. To do this, we have been making some important strategic partnerships.

The process of the Happy Community creates Action Groups where citizens get to know each other by doing things together. What better way to do this than in a financially sustainable and entrepreneurial way.

The Sobeys School of Business has partnered with the Happy Community project to bring their Pipeline process to all our Happy Community Project. This is a great opportunity where Ross Arsenault and Carl Archer of Saint Mary’s University bring resources, skills and ideas to create entrepreneurial solutions for social problems.  In the process, the community has great new resources to come together around. We are proud and excited to launch the Pipeline initiative this fall in our Happy Community Projects.

There is more

We are looking at … Read the rest

What is Happening at Happy Community Projects

As summer slows down, the Happy Community Project picks up speed. The goal of the Happy Community Project is to enable every community to develop the foundation for Happiness, no matter what happens.

Hurricane Harvey in Texas, brush fires in California, forest fires in British Columbia and Manitoba all show us the limitations of depending on government and other NGOs to solve our problems. They also show us our capacity to take care of each other and our inherent instincts to do so.

This ability to take care of each other becomes stronger

When we practice looking out for each other every day in our daily lives, our communities become stronger and more resilient. That is what the Happy Community Project is about. We create simple projects where people can do things together with and for each other.

So Here is What is happening in the Happy Community Project.

Sackville is launching the Plant Exchange

The first Plant Exchange is Read the rest