Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat

Provincial conference for non-profit groups to be held in the capital (09/03/20)

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March 20, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Provincially mandated, non-profit organizations are being invited by the Community Non-Profit Secretariat and the Canadian Red Cross Society to a conference in the capital city on Tuesday, March 24.

Minister of State for Seniors Brian Kenny, who is also minister responsible for the Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat, will take part.

"Our Blueprint for Action document reflected a need for better communication between government and non-profit organizations," Kenny said. "This conference will provide opportunities for individuals and organizations within the voluntary and community non-profit sector to network, share experiences and develop relationships with the government. We are working to improve our relationship with non-profit groups in our efforts to build a more self-sufficient province."

Kenny explained the conference will include a spectrum of non-profit organizations and will bring groups together from various regions of New Brunswick.

There will be a panel discussion entitled, Non-profit organizations - a well run business, which will focus on best practices for training, business tools, governance, planning and social networking.

"Non-profit organizations often operate in silos," Kenny explained. "There are thousands of groups in the province. They often don't know about each other or about the depth and variety of work being undertaken. There are times when they could share the work and resources if they had the opportunity and the information. This conference will bring them together."

The conference will take place at Willie O'Ree Place sports and leisure complex in Fredericton from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. About 50 people are expected to attend. There is no fee to register or attend. Registration is available on the secretariat's website or by telephone, 1-888-295-4545.

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 non-profit sector in their respective regions. Delivering on the Blueprint is the government's response to the task force's report, Blueprint for Action, released in September 2007.


MEDIA CONTACT: Judy Cole, communications, Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat, 506-444-3522.