GNP Community Place

where people, health service, and community come together - Looks Like Social Enterprise

GNP Community Place - community, health, food hub

There is a very special Community Place on the Great Northern Peninsula (GNP) that believes in people, place, and community.

In this episode of Looks Like Social Enterprise, co-hosts Kim Todd of Guide to the Good and Nicole Dawe of Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador talk with the 'community broker' of GNP Community Place, Joan Cranston, and Andy Hornsell of Social Enterprise Solutions.

Video:  Looks Like Social Enterprise - GNP Community Place

November 22 2023, St. John's  /  Edited by Kim Todd / Produced by Guide to the Good


GNP Community Place is centre at Port aux Choix, on the west side of the Great Northern Peninsula, about 1/2 of the way up the GNP if you start from Norris Point.

Where space is big and populations are small, access to health care services like physiotherapy, acupuncture, and massage can be challenging. Yet, these and other services are vital contributors to wellness.

In 2022 GNP Community Place began offering health services with visiting clinicians. That was the beginning.

In the video Joanie explains how that very beginning is instrumental to measuring the impact and outcomes that GNP services bring to residents. Along with health care, there are other services and opportunities.

In 2023, with $25,000 in support from the Investment Readiness Program, Joanie built a team to explore the options to build a thriving community centre and social enterprise to expand the health and wellness services, and create space for the community to flourish around. Based on the success of other similar spaces, including the Old Cottage Hospital at Norris Point , GNP Community Place can become a thriving health and community centre, and whole lot more. 

Andy is a consultant with social enterprise solutions, and he talks about how GNP Community Place is space to create a perfect 'third place' where health service, community, a food hub can come together.

The story streamed at the end of November of 2023, and Nicole gave a vibrant shout-out to 'Giving Tuesday' which marks the start of the giving season.  

The Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador is a Grower with Guide to the Good.  Looks Like Social Enteprise is a project of CFNL and Guide to the Good featuring recipients of the Investment Readiness Program (IRP) in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Funded by the Government of Canada, the IRP supports social purpose organizations as they contribute to solving pressing social, cultural and environmental challenges across Canada. Its goal is to help social purpose organizations build their capacity to participate in Canada’s growing social finance market and prepare themselves to be able to take on investments. 

Funding for the Investment Readiness Program is provided by the Government of Canada and facilitated by the Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador as part of the Community Foundations of Canada network. 

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Looks Like Social Enterprise is an original livestream series that profiles Social Enterprise in Newfoundland and Labrador. A project of Guide to the Good and the Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador.