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Ten Percent Shift tour of the Kootenays spreads the “Local First” message to hundreds

The tour held nine events in seven communities in six days, attracting hundreds of Kootenay residents to hear how making a ten percent shift in consumer spending to local first can bring enormous benefits to local communities.

Our message is simple: if we can all pull together and adopt a new way of thinking about how we spend our dollars, we can make a huge difference and make local economies—and the communities they support—more sustainable and more resilient.

From Castlegar the tour moved on to Grand Forks to attend a community celebration put on by the CUPE locals and the HEU. They’d rented the recreation facility and offered free swimming to all. Nearly 200 Grand Forks kids enjoyed a free swim, as well as hotdogs and caramel corn.

On Monday the tour moved on to Nelson for two Shift presentations. On Tuesday the tour moved on to Nelson, and presented the Shift to the Nelson Rotary Club’s breakfast meeting.

From Nelson the tour traveled to Creston for a noon presentation to the Chamber of Commerce, and an evening reception featuring local food and drinks.

The final event of the tour was a luncheon in Invermere on Thursday hosted by the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club.