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Old St. Thomas : A Next Great Save!

We may not have won this year's Next Great Save contest, but your support has helped move us closer to making Old St. Thomas one of Canada's Next Great Saves.

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Finalists selected from 30+ applicants across Canada for the 2024 Next Great Save Contest


Votes for a small community during the annual goose hunt season when many are out on the land


Number of Organizations around the World that have shared support for Old St. Thomas


Unique Visitors to our new website since launching on Next Great Save Day 1


Subscribers to our newsletter since launching on Next Great Save Day 1


Highest reach in a single day on Facebook during Next Great Save campaign


Highest reach of a single Facebook post during Next Great Save campaign

Next Great Save Newsletters

From April 18 to May 6, we issued special edition daily newsletters in support of making Old S. Thomas Canada's Next Great Save. We shared stories, media coverage, music, videos, interviews, updates, announcements, and special messages from committee members and many of our partners and supporters - regionally, nationally and internationally.

May 6 - Final Day Highlights from Next Great Save and Šawelihcikewin Campaign Launch

May 5 - Day 18 Šawelihcikewin Campaign Launch Livestream + Šawelihcikewin website launch 

May 4 - Day 17 Šawelihcikewin Campaign Launch details

May 3 - Day 16 Listen to a message from Metis fiddler, Alicia Blore, and her fiddle interpretation of Stan Louttit's "St. Thomas Reel" 

May 2 - Day 15 Message from Liona Boyd and video of her 1988 concert in Old St. Thomas

May 1 - Day 14 Invitation to Šawelihcikewin Campaign Launch on May 5 @ 2 pm and poster

April 30 - Day 13 Listen to the "St. Thomas Reel" and a message from local musician Stan Louttit

April 29 - Day 12 Message from renowned Scottish-Orcadian musician Kris Drever.

April 28 - Day 11 St. Thomas Restoration - A Legacy project for the Commemoration of "More than 350 Years in the Making: Moose Factory in Omushkego Aski, from Time Immemorial to 1673 to 2023."

April 27 - Day 10 Message a partner: The Multicultural History Society of Ontario

April 26 - Day 9 Message from Elder and Son: the Late Bill Louttit and Leonard Rickard

April 25 - Day 8 Message from a partner: The Trinity Centres Foundation

April 24 - Day 7 The inspiring story of our first fundraising campaign: the "Twelve Apostle Campaign."

April 23 - Day 6 Old St. Thomas in the news - radio and newspaper articles 

April 22 - Day 5 Video and written message from Jennifer Carey-Cool, Director of the Moose Cree Child and Family Well-Being Program, St. Thomas Committee member and Šawelihcikewin Campaign Ambassador.

April 21 - Day 4  Video message from Moose Cree Chief Peter Wesley; video message from former Moose Cree Chief, Norm Wesley; CTV news story & interview with MRHHA Executive Director, Cecil Chabot.

April 20 - Day 3  Video message from Moose Cree Chief Peter Wesley.

April 19 - Day 2  CBC radio interview with Frances Sutherland, Committee member and Šawelihcikewin Campaign Ambassador.

April 18 - Day 1  Summary of our case and promotional video featuring St. Thomas Committee Chair, Rob Faries; and Emeritus Chair, and Šawelihcikewin Campaign Ambassador, Norm Wesley.



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