Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat

Southeast New Brunswick non-profit regional conference to be held in Moncton (08/10/08)

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Oct. 8, 2008

MONCTON (CNB) - Members of the non-profit sector in the southeast region of New Brunswick are being encouraged by Carmel Robichaud, minister responsible for the community non-profit organizations secretariat, to attend a regional conference this month.

Co-hosted by the Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat and the Volunteer Centre of Southeastern New Brunswick Inc., the conference will take place from 1-5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, in Agrena C of the Moncton Coliseum in Moncton. It is the third in a series of seven conferences being held throughout the province.

"I urge non-profit groups in the Greater Moncton area to attend this conference so that they can share not only their experiences, but also new ideas for being partners with government in improving their service delivery," Robichaud said. "In partnership with the province, the non-profit sector will be able to play an even greater role in helping people, supporting communities, and keeping New Brunswick on track to be self-sufficient by 2026."

Among the goals of the conference are:

"This is an opportunity for our local non-profit organizations, including board members, staff and volunteers, to participate by including theirs voices in developing a stronger relationship with our provincial partners," said Annette Vautour-McKay, executive director for the Volunteer Centre of Southeastern New Brunswick Inc.

Registration is available on the secretariat's website, or by telephoning 1-866-295-4545.

The fourth conference will take place Saturday, Nov. 22, in the northwest region. A full list of conferences is available on the website.

During consultations by the Premier's Task Force on the Community Non-Profit Sector, organizations and people from across the province spoke about the expectations of, and the challenges facing, the sector in their respective regions. The task force released its report in September 2007.

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