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St. F.X. Extension Department celebrates two major milestones with special events

Lee J. Campbell (left) as Father Jimmy Tompkins, Ian Gilmore as Dancin' Archie, Laura Caswell as Mary Laben, Jeff Schwager as Joe Laben, and Kiersten Tough (seated) as Mary Arnold, during a recent staging of the play Tompkinsville. Stoo Metz
Lee J. Campbell (left) as Father Jimmy Tompkins, Ian Gilmore as Dancin' Archie, Laura Caswell as Mary Laben, Jeff Schwager as Joe Laben, and Kiersten Tough (seated) as Mary Arnold, during a recent staging of the play Tompkinsville. Stoo Metz - Contributed

A staging of Tompkinsville and Social Innovation Lab: Future of Work workshop happening Nov. 2 and 3, respectively

ANTIGONISH, N.S. - A century in the making, the St. F.X. Extension Department is celebrating two major milestones with back-to-back community events.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Antigonish Movement and the 90th anniversary of the department, St.F.X. Extension will be hosting events that honor its history, while also looking towards the future.

Nov. 2, Lindsay Kyte’s Tompkinsville will return to the stage at the Markin Global Complex, at the Coady International Institute, for a one-night only production.

In 2016, Tompkinsville was named one of the best plays in Nova Scotia, in addition to winning two Robert Merritt awards.

Ripe with East Coast humor, Tompkinsville shows the journey of Joe Laben on his quest to get a home for his family - a quest that leads him to become more than he ever dreamed he could be.

The play also focuses on Nova Scotia’s Father Jimmy Tompkins’ role in shining the light of education and the cooperative model into the lives of Reserve Mines’ residents engulfed in socio-economic struggle.

Father Jimmy Tompkins is one of the pioneers of the Antigonish Movement, which emerged as a response to the extreme poverty afflicting Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore; a movement that eventually spread across Canada and beyond.

The principles and practices of the Antigonish Movement still live on today, in part through the work of the St.F.X. extension department (est. 1928) and the Coady International

Institute (est. 1959).

On Nov. 3, at the Markin Global Complex, the extension department in partnership with the

Coady International Institute, will also be hosting the Social Innovation Lab: The Future of our Collective Work.

This day-long, free workshop will focus on the changing world of work and explore what the future of work could look like for Nova Scotia.

All are welcome at this event and every voice matters. Attendees will be encouraged to share their knowledge, learn from others, and work toward solutions to help co-create a future that works for all of us.

Registration is required. To acquire tickets for either event, please visit Eventbrite.ca.

Also, follow along with @StFXExtension on Facebook or Twitter for the latest event updates.

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