Georgetown Conference delegates learn about comedian's connection to Burlington, N.L.
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Comedian Shaun Majumder tells the crowd at the Georgetown Conference about his development work in his hometown of Burlington, N.L., as the event wrapped up Saturday.
GEORGETOWN — Every time comedian Shaun Majumder brought people to his hometown of Burlington, N.L., they had a problem because there was nowhere to stay or eat.
That’s when Majumder decided to build a place where people could do those things and create a revenue stream for the community.
“There’s a need. Let’s fix it,” he said.
Majumder was the moderator during the last panel discussion at the three-day Georgetown Conference on rural revitalization.
He said Burlington was the place where he grew up and he got the crowd laughing when he pointed out a woman in the crowd who was his first kiss.
“Just to let you know what we’re doing here is not Shaun Majumder, that fella who’s on TV, finds a little town somewhere in Newfoundland and decides to do something there,” he said.
Unlike most of the projects people at the conference have undertaken, Majumder’s work has a much more public profile thanks to the TV show Majumder Manor that documented it all.
While his opening remarks often diverged from the topic at hand as he peppered it with jokes in what seemed at times like a stand-up routine, Majumder’s strong belief in addressing rural issues still shone through.
Majumder said even after his family moved away from Burlington, he went home a lot because he loved it so much.
“You know, the connection with place,” he said.