Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat

Regional conference planned for non-profit groups in southwest region (09/03/26)

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March 26, 2009

SAINT JOHN (CNB) - Members of the non-profit sector and groups in southwestern New Brunswick region are invited to attend a regional conference in Saint John on Saturday, March 28, at the Kent Theatre, 24 Coburg St., Saint John. Minister of State for Seniors Brian Kenny, who is also minister responsible for the Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat, will take part.

"I look forward to meeting and sharing information with the hardworking non-profit groups from the southwest region of our province," Kenny said. "This will be the last in a series of seven regional conferences to engage our stakeholders in the implementation of our strategic plan."

The conference will be co-hosted by the Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat and the Human Development Council.

"We've had good participation and feedback from all regions," Kenny said. "Our overall focus has been on enabling the non-profit sector to work with us as we move toward our goal of self-sufficiency."

Discussions will focus on the Delivering on the Blueprint document; partnerships between the non-profit sector and government; training and professional development for non-profit organizations; and on the progress being made by the secretariat.

Registration is available on the secretariat's website, www.gnb.ca/volunteer, or by telephone, 1-888-295-4545.

During consultations by the Premier's Task Force on the Community Non-Profit Sector, organizations and individuals from across the province spoke about the expectations of and the challenges facing the 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.

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

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