Feb. 25, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The formation of an advisory committee to help government strengthen its partnership with non-profit groups in New Brunswick has been announced by Premier Shawn Graham and Brian Kenny, minister responsible for the community non-profit organizations secretariat.
"I commend these residents of New Brunswick for agreeing to volunteer their time, knowledge and experience toward our cause," said Graham. "Their advice and input will be instrumental in the success we want to achieve in our partnership with the non-profit sector."
The eight-member committee includes chairman Roger Lessard of Pokemouche, with the Youth Priority Centre; Debbie McInnis of Moncton, with the United Way in the Greater Moncton and Southeast region; Mary Ann Coleman of Waterford, with the New Brunswick Environmental Network; Murray Doherty of Chipman, with the Chipman-Minto Lions Club and Chipman Youth Centre; Luc St. Jarre of Saint-Jacques, with the Université du Troisième âge du Nord-Quest; Carlo Roy of Dalhousie, with the Restigouche Sport Development Council and UCT Restigouche Council 781; Linda Haché of Bathurst, with the Fédération d'alphabétisation du Nouveau Brunswick; and Sheree Allison of Miramichi, from Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Club.
"This volunteer committee will assist us with the development of strategies and policies as they relate to the Delivering on the Blueprint recommendations," said Kenny. "Bringing this committee together is an important step forward in implementing our plans to engage and support non-profit organizations in building a more self-sufficient province."
Members of the committee will serve a two-year term, with a maximum of one renewal of two years.
The secretariat has also been working on establishing multi-year funding agreements 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 can be used as a resource for non-profits; and hosting regional conferences to help develop regional networks and build the relationship between the non-profit sector and government.
More information is available on the secretariat's website, or by telephoning 1-888-295-4545.
MEDIA CONTACT: Judy Cole, communications, Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat, 506-444-3522.