TV documentary introduces ‘Come From Aways’ saving struggling communities

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
Published on January 2, 2015
The Great Enlightenment Buddhist Institute Society from Taiwan has put down roots and bought farmland in Little Sands, P.E.I. 

HALIFAX - Many rural communities throughout the Maritimes are in trouble.

Their local economies are struggling and young people and families are moving west to find work. But where some see despair and decay, others see unbridled opportunity. These optimists arrive from all over the world and with a variety of backgrounds but they all share one thing in common - the desire to restore and revitalize struggling communities. 


Whether it’s a Bay Street money manager finding new ways to market a historic town, a golf pro with a desire to create a world class golfing destination, or an ancient religious culture opening doors to new ideas and new markets. These newcomers bring the passion, experience, and resources needed to help Maritime towns reinvent themselves and create new opportunities for economic growth.


Come From Away is a half hour documentary that travels to Little Sands, Prince Edward Island, Guysborough, Nova Scotia, and Inverness, Cape Breton to explore how three groups of new arrivals are revitalizing local communities.


The documentarywas written and directed by filmmaker Brian DuBreuil (Blue Beach Fossils) and created and produced by Edward Peill from Halifax-based Tell Tale Productions Inc. 


“In each of these stories, there is that underlying tension between those who welcome the newcomers with their new ideas, vision and jobs, and those who worry about the changes happening in their community,” DuBreuil said in a news release. “As one newcomer told us, 'in a big city people don't know your business, but in a small town you live in a glass house and everyone knows your business, for good or bad.’”


Come From Away will have its world broadcast premiere on CBC Television’s Land and Sea on Jan. 4, at 12 p.m.