Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat

Regional conference of non-profit groups to be held in Campbellton (08/12/29)

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Dec. 29, 2008

CAMPBELLTON (CNB) - Members of the non-profit sector in the Restigouche region are being invited by the Restigouche Sport Development Council and the Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat to attend a regional conference in Campbellton in January, 2009.

"These regional conferences are an important opportunity for both the secretariat and the non-profit sector as a whole," said Brian Kenny, minister responsible for the secretariat. "By meeting, we are ensuring that our ideas are shared. The non-profit sector is an important part of our province. We hope that we are able to empower the sector so that it can help New Brunswickers become self-reliant. That in itself is an important step toward our goal of self-sufficiency by 2026."

Carlo Roy, treasurer of the Restigouche Sport Development Council, and co-host of the conference, said that the conference will be of particular benefit to non-profit organizations in the region.

"These conferences are a wonderful opportunity to enable networking between non-profit organizations, as well as the provincial government," said Roy. "We will certainly all benefit by improving the socio-economic situation of our region."

Among the goals of the conference are:

The conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan.17, at the Memorial Civic Centre in Campbellton. Registration is available on the secretariat's website, or by calling 1-888-295-4545.

This is the fifth of seven conferences being held throughout the province. The sixth conference will take place Feb. 21, 2009, in the central region. A full list 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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