HLSL Social Economy 101 Presentation in June Inspires Passion

A vibrant online audience of  15 individuals attended the HLSL Social Economy 101 presentation in June. Helena Burke, representing the Social Economy Initiative (SEEnet) of the Regional Development Network (RDN), began by providing a comprehensive introduction to social enterprises, how they work, and several successful examples of non-profit social enterprises throughout the province. “The primary objective of this session was to inspire individuals in our community to explore social economy approaches, fostering a more inclusive and sustainable society,” emphasised Anja Kreysch, Assistant Director of Social Economy at HLSL.


Kreysch then delved into four ongoing projects situated in the Lower Saint Lawrence region, primarily focusing on Metis and Rimouski:

  • Leggatt’s Point Tourist Complex Centre project aims to design an innovative and sustainable site that incorporates the Presbyterian Church, its presbytery, and the surrounding lands;
  • The Rimouski Eco-Neighborhood project envisions the establishment of an intercultural, intergenerational, and socially diverse community;
  • The Little School of Grace project serves as an end-of-life doula initiative, offering emotional, spiritual, and practical support to individuals and their families during the final stages of life;
  • The Horse Rescue project endeavors to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome horses that have been neglected, abused, or abandoned, providing them with a safe and nurturing environment.

If any of these projects pique your interest, we encourage you to reach out to us. All these projects are in need of volunteers. Requirements?  Passion, ideas, and a bit of time. For more info, please contact Anja Kreysch at 

Helena Burke
Manager of Regional Development
Responsable du développement régional