Jan. 22, 2009
CAMPBELLTON (CNB) - About 50 groups representing non-profit organizations in the Restigouche region gathered in Campbellton recently to discuss how their sector may be strengthened in partnership with the government.
"In many instances, the contribution of the non-profit sector can be the glue holding communities together," said Brian Kenny, minister responsible for community non-profit organizations secretariat. "These groups know the strengths, challenges and needs of the communities they serve and they work hard to make things happen for the benefit of our society. The government understands the importance of the work being done by these organizations at the grassroots level. By working together, we can build even stronger communities for a more self-sufficient province."
During the conference, participants suggested that non-profit groups collaborate within their own sectors to share resources and achieve common goals. They expressed a need to improve the recruitment of volunteers, especially among seniors and youth, as well as recognition for volunteers who donate their time and talents to their communities.
"Among the goals of the Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat are to promote respect for volunteer work and sustain a culture of volunteerism in our province," Kenny said. "We will be awarding the New Brunswick Family and Community Volunteer Awards through the secretariat in the spring. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 6."
The secretariat has also been working on establishing multi-year funding for non-profit organizations; reviewing the funding application process to reduce red tape; identifying options for better insurance rates and programs for non-profits; developing a website that may be used as a resource for non-profit organizations; and setting up an advisory committee to provide further input, from region to region, to the secretariat.
The conference was the fifth in a series organized to discuss the Delivering on the Blueprint document, which is the government's response to the Premier's Community Non-Profit Task Force report, Blueprint for Action.
The next conference will take place on Saturday, Feb. 21, for non-profit organizations in central New Brunswick. Registration is available at the secretariat's website, www.gnb.ca/volunteer, or by telephone at 1-888-295-4545.
A list of conferences is available on the website, as well as information on nominations for upcoming volunteer awards.
MEDIA CONTACT: Judy Cole, communications, Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat, 506-444-3522.