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Challenge Nova Scotia

Challenge Nova Scotia

For four years in a row, Premier Stephen McNeil has called on students at NSCC to develop a solution to a social issue facing the province through Challenge Nova Scotia. The pan-provincial event is influenced by the One Nova Scotia Coalition's Report: We Choose Now - a Playbook for Nova Scotians

The intent: draw on the energy, creativity and entrepreneurial minds of NSCC students to build a vibrant future for Nova Scotia.

Students are given 12 hours to solve the problem, and create a 90-second video outlining their solution. In addition to cash prizes, the top three teams also have their videos presented to the Premier for consideration.

This year's challenge:
What could we do differently to address challenges such as attracting more family doctors to Nova Scotia, alleviating emergency room pressures, or creating greater continuing care access?

Click on the tabs below to watch the first, second and third place video submissions, and read a Q&A with the winning teams' leaders.

First Place

Proposal

Miranda Bouchard, Daniel Hoffmann, Torri Dexter and Becky Hill of Kingstec Campus proposed expanding responsibility levels for nurse practitioners and launching incentive and seniority-based posting programs aimed at increasing medical care access in rural areas.

Q & A with team leader Miranda

Why did you sign up for Challenge NS?
Participation was a requirement for my group's Community & Program Development class, but we didn't have to submit the video we produced. We submitted our video because we wanted to share our ideas in hopes that they would be heard.

Why is this event important?
It gives students an opportunity to be innovative and pragmatic, as well as an opportunity to be heard. It challenges each group to join together and work as leaders while simultaneously working to better our province.

Why do you believe the Premier has opened a direct line of communication with students?
We, as students, are the future of this province.

What do you wish people knew about NSCC?
NSCC is an inclusive environment that promotes practical learning. It gives you a real handle on what you'll be doing in your future career. Each class is directly related to what you will be experiencing after you've graduated.

Second Place

Proposal

Ashley Clark, Daniel Cox, Leah Thibault and Andrew Bromby of the Institute of Technology Campus proposed the creation of a coalition between doctors across the Atlantic Provinces as a means to share resources.

Q & A with team leader Ashley

Why did you sign up for Challenge NS?
My teacher brought up the idea. I loved being given a chance to learn something new and valuable and the idea of putting it on my future applications.

Why is this event important?
It's important to have young people thinking about the future. It's also a useful way to teach students the valuable skills of teamwork, leadership, coping with disappointment and dealing with tight deadlines.

Why do you believe the Premier has opened a direct line of communication with students?
Putting work, like this, in the hands of people who live with the policies that the Premier and other members of government put in place is a great idea. It encourages engagement in our society and politics, and also builds entrepreneurship and leadership.

What do you wish people knew about NSCC?
We are a school full of passionate people who are working incredibly hard to reach our goals. We are learning from and working alongside teachers who want nothing more than to see us succeed, and a staff who builds a community full of activities, support and wonderful shared spaces.

Third Place

Proposal

Kenneth Cleary Samuel Swinamer, Griffin Oomen-White, Colin Arenburg and Ashley Gamble of Kingstec Campus proposed modernizing the 811 system and increasing the duties of nurse practitioners.

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