Healthy Communities: Using Public Engagement to Improve the Places We Live and Work

What makes a healthy community?

From access to transportation, to the availability of good, local food, to cultural and heritage experiences that resonate with a broad group of Canadians, community and university partnerships are expanding the definition of what constitutes “wellness” within the places we live and work.

Join session chair, Josh Smee, Chair of the Board of Directors for the St. John’s Farmers’ Market Cooperative, as he shares the story of how a grass-roots community organization grew, evolved, and, eventually, opened the beautiful new St. John’s Community Market space.

We’ll also hear from Robert Nolan, Chair of Happy City, City Councillor Maggie Burton, and Dr. Daniel Fuller, Canada Research Chair in Population Physical Activity, Memorial University, about improving health through data-driven policy and design, and intense community collaboration, with a focus on transportation.

Finally, Karen Raymond, a Partnering and Engagement Officer with Parks Canada, will share her experience developing and delivering an initiative that reaches out to new Canadians and connects them with Parks Canada places, heritage and culture.

This session will involve participants in the People, Place and Public Engagement Conference, and is also open to students and anyone from industry, government and community who would like to explore these issues with speakers from St. John’s and from across the province and the country.

The session will run from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. October 26, at the St. John’s Community Market, 245 Freshwater Rd.

This is a free session. To RSVP, please email Cherie at and specify that you’d like to attend the community wellness session.


People, Place, and Public Engagement

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000