Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat

Non-profit groups in northwest meet new minister at regional conference (08/11/27)

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Nov. 27, 2008

EDMUNDSTON (CNB) - Members of the non-profit sector in the northwest had an opportunity this past week to meet the new minister for community non-profit organizations and to hear details of the strategic plan for the sector.

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Brian Kenny, newly appointed minister responsible for community non-profit organizations, took the opportunity to discuss his portfolio and his plans for working with the sector.

"Conferences such as this are wonderful opportunities to share ideas and philosophies with people working in communities throughout the northwest," Kenny said. "I look forward to having another opportunity to meet with non-profit groups in the Restigouche region."

Overall, feedback to the strategic plan from the more than 60 people who attended was positive. Several raised the issue of the need to recruit volunteers.

"Attending these conferences is such an informing experience," Kenny said. "The need for new volunteers is of critical importance to the sector, and this is a goal we can all work toward. Hearing this from the members of the non-profit sector allows us to bring this issue to the attention of government with greater clarity and urgency, and to let the government know how important volunteer recruitment is to non-profit groups around our province."

Kenny also said that there is a desire to meet as a sector more regularly in the region, and that the municipal government plays a major role in bringing the sector together.

The next community non-profit organization conference will be in Campbellton on Jan. 17.

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