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Employment Ontario partners with municipalities, county to explore the local cultural, tourism and economic impact of Alice Munro's Nobel Prize

Wednesday August 6th, 2014

August 6, 2014

Wingham, ON – The Alice Munro Partnership Group announced today the launch of a 15 month project exploring the labour market opportunities in tourism, retail, construction, education and literacy as a result of Ms. Munro’s Nobel Prize win.

Alice Munro is the first Canadian winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature.  Born in Wingham, Ontario she currently resides in Clinton, Ontario and Comox, British Columbia.

The community is already active in the promotion of Alice Munro’s work and the ongoing contributions she makes to the international literary world and is acutely aware of the positive economic impacts those promotional activities have had. 

“Culture and tourism are growing industries that not only offer great potential for jobs and investment but also give us the opportunity to showcase Ontario,” says Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.  “I’m proud that Employment Ontario is supporting efforts to better understand the local economic benefit of sharing Alice Munro’s incredible talent to the world.”

“The global magnification on Alice Munro and the area due to the Nobel Prize presents us with new and innovative economic opportunities and avenues of possibilities” says Neil Vincent, Reeve of the Township of North Huron.  He went on to say that “here in Alice Munro country, Alice made the ordinary seem extraordinary in her writing and she definitely promoted where she came from and lived in her writing”.

“The work being done over the next year through the Labour Market Project,” says Warden Steffler, “will help build audiences and interest in our existing cultural assets, for example, the Alice Munro Writers and Readers Festival and the Alice Munro Literary Garden.  It will also enhance the profile of the County as a whole, as well as the excellent cultural experiences and products that are available in Huron County.”

Mayor James Ginn of the Municipality of Central Huron said, “Central Huron Council is proud to be a partner.  This study will allow us to develop a plan to promote Alice Munro’s literature and Huron County in the most respectful and appropriate way.”

“We are very proud of the Alice Munro Heritage in this area, “said Mayor Paul Gowing of the Municipality of Morris-Turnberry.  “Due to this project, the Municipality of Morris-Turnberry envisions economic growth and partnerships that will greatly enhance the area.”

About Alice Munro Partnership Group
The Partnership Group includes the Township of North Huron, Municipality of Morris-Turnberry, Municipality of Central Huron, and the County of Huron.  The project is funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities and in part by the Government of Canada.

For more information or to request interviews, please contact:
Alyson Nyiri, Project Co-ordinator
Alice Munro Partnership Group
519-357-3550 ex. 28 (office)   519-357-8483 (mobile)  anyiri@northhuron.ca