Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (MTRI) : Institut de recherche du Mersey Tobeatic


MTRI is a non-profit co-operative with a mandate to promote sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity conservation in the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve and beyond through research, education, and the operation of a field station.

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New Horizons Project:  Seniors Interviewing Seniors - Valuing and Sharing Rural Narratives

In 2014, Seniors Interviewing Seniors: Valuing and Sharing Rural Narratives provided seniors an opportunity to participate in a community-based project that helped to preserve the oral history of western Annapolis County and Queens County.  Through sharing their memories and anecdotes, seniors gave a comprehensive overview of the past lifestyles, communities and biospheres of these counties.  This information is important to record as it is in danger of being lost as our population ages.  The project also addressed concerns regarding the isolation of seniors by encouraging their social participation and inclusion.  The participants felt respected as their knowledge, observations and opinions were sought.  The information that seniors shared gave valuable insights that MTRI and others with interests in the biosphere and history of the area can use in future research and initiatives.


Click here to view a compilation of the interview transcripts.











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Photo Credit:  Amanda Lavers




Photo Credit:  Wesley Pitts


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