How it began

The Social Marketplace Society was imagined in late 2018 by Roberta Hibbert of Beaver Bank, Nova Scotia.

The local Welcome Wagon representative pulled together husband Don, children Scott, Sarah and Sabin as well as a few like-minded volunteers to hold the first Social Markets. The idea was to create a local, social shopping experience whereby a piece of every dollar spent at the market would go to a local non-profit or fundraiser, in turn strengthening said community. Win-win-win.

Roberta partnered with local Square Roots’ (Enactus, Saint Mary’s University chapter) organizer Jason Craig of Sackville Community Food Garden. Square Roots would have a table at the Social Market to sell vegetable & fruit bundles. Sheryl Dubois and Rick Carruthers volunteered on behalf of Square Roots, Lower Sackville; they agreed to facilitate a Square Roots table at the Social Markets. Sheryl was quickly swept away by the idea – to enable and promote social spending by providing a Social Market. She signed up in February 2019 to help Roberta promote, fund and grow the Society.

These were the first Social Markets.

  • November 2018, Brown Hall, Beaver Bank, Nova Scotia
  • January 2019 hosted at Sackville Legion, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia
  • February 2019 at the Lion’s Club, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia
  • March 2019 hosted at http://brownhall.ca/Brown Hall, Beaver Bank, Nova Scotia

A special Earth Day event held on Monday, April 22nd, 2019 included the the delivery of more than 100 Rain Barrels to Acadia Park for our very successful Truckload Rain Barrel campaign. Join us for the Earth Day event in collaboration with Sackville Community Food Garden. Thank you to Acadia Recreation Club in Lower Sackville for their support.

In June we held the last Social Market for the 2018-2019 season and added a Beaver Bank Bikes event. Ending the season at Brown Hall in Beaver Bank was special for us – we held the first on there.

What we do

Simply, the Society promotes local, social spending. Why not give purchasing power an extra boost? Get great products, pay low prices and provide a social service. All in one purchase.

How we do it

Every month we hold a Social Market.

The Social Market has everything you would expect to find at a market, right down to the vegetable bundles from Square Roots, except at a social market some or all proceeds are donated to a particular cause or non-profit.

Tables are FREE to vendors and admission is also FREE. Everyone-friendly! Always an activity for children, canteen, spot to sit a minute. More than a market, it is a social market.

While the Social Marketplace Society is volunteer-driven we do incur costs. We hold fundraisers and offer advertising opportunities. For more on advertising opportunities please contact info@OurSocialMarket.ca and mention “advertising.”

Support the development of Social Markets in other communities. Want to set up a Social Market in your community? We’d love to help. Contact us.

Our Social Market News is a publication produced by the Social Market Society. The purpose of the publication is to promote local, social spending; engage visitors of the Social Market; promote non-profits; encourage community spirit and finally to produce an advertising venue attractive to local non-profits and businesses.

How to get involved

Volunteer with us.

Book a table at future Social Markets.

Sponsor a venue.

Sponsor an edition of My Smart Art Book.

Contact us: info@OurSocialMarket.ca