Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat

Regional conference of northwestern non-profit groups to be held in Edmundston (08/11/07)

NB 1652

Nov. 7, 2008

EDMUNDSTON (CNB) - Members of the non-profit sector in northwestern New Brunswick are being invited by the municipalities in their region and the Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat to attend a regional conference in Edmundston later this month.

Carmel Robichaud, minister responsible for the secretariat, said the conference will be an opportunity for non-profit groups in Madawaska and Restigouche counties to share their experiences and ideas for ways to collaborate with government to improve their service delivery.

"New Brunswick's non-profit sector plays a key role in empowering people to be self-reliant and enabling them to be part of our province's efforts to be self-sufficient by 2026," Robichaud said. "Our government wants to be a stronger partner of the non-profit sector to ensure that it will continue to be a source of support for all residents and communities of New Brunswick."

The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the New Brunswick Community College, Edmundston campus. This is the fourth in a series of seven conferences being held throughout the province.

Among the goals of the conference are:

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

The fifth conference will take place Jan. 17 in the Restigouche region. A full list of conferences is available at http://www.gnb.ca/0012/CNPO-OCSB/Conference/index-e.asp.

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.

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