Nov. 4, 2008
MONCTON (CNB) - Opportunities for members of the southeast region non-profit sector to be partners with the New Brunswick government are being explored as a result of discussions that took place at a recent regional conference.
More than 100 members of the non-profit sector convened at the Moncton Coliseum for the Oct. 23 conference, co-hosted by the Volunteer Centre of Southeastern New Brunswick Inc. and the Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat.
Carmel Robichaud, minister responsible for the secretariat, said the conference enabled secretariat staff to meet members of the sector in the southeast region and begin the groundwork to form key partnerships with various non-profit organizations.
"New partnerships between non-profit groups and the provincial government will ensure that the non-profit sector will continue to be effective in supporting the people and communities of New Brunswick," Robichaud said. "Through these partnerships, more New Brunswickers will be empowered so that they can be self-reliant and be part of our province's efforts to become self-sufficient by 2026."
The event was an opportunity for participants to network; discuss the Delivering on the Blueprint document, the government's response to the Premier's Community Non-Profit Task Force report entitled Blueprint for Action; share their experiences and exchange ideas on improving service delivery; receive updates on the progress of the secretariat; and pose questions to the minister. It was the third in a series of seven conferences being held throughout New Brunswick.
The secretariat also sponsored and took part in the Hands Up Expo, held in Moncton Oct. 24-25. More than 5,000 attended to explore volunteering opportunities in the southeast region.
"The Hands Up Expo was an excellent opportunity for us to meet with many potential volunteers and non-profit organizations throughout southeastern New Brunswick," Robichaud said. "Our staff were very busy, and the thousands of people who turned out demonstrates the strength of volunteerism and the non-profit sector in this corner of our province."
During consultations by the task force, 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.
The fourth conference will take place Saturday, Nov. 22, in Edmundston. People wishing to attend may register on the secretariat's website or by telephoning 1-866-295-4545.
A complete list of conferences is also available on the website.
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