Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat

Community Perspectives 2010 a first of its kind in New Brunswick (10/04/21)

NB 579

April 21, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A forum aimed at strengthening the province's non-profit sector will take place June 7-9 in Fredericton.

Community Perspectives 2010, the province's first summer institute, is being hosted by the Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat, the University of New Brunswick's Renaissance College, and 21 Inc.

The institute will provide a forum for non-profit groups, youth, government and private organizations to learn from each other and identify opportunities to strengthen the non-profit sector.

"Community Perspectives 2010 will be a dynamic event with a variety of experts leading the sessions," said Minister of State for Seniors Brian Kenny, who is also minister responsible for Community-Non-Profit Organizations. "Panel discussions, workshops, practical training and the sharing of best practices will give participants the tools they need to better serve their communities for a more self-sufficient province."

The sessions will focus on social innovation and the social economy, building and balancing relationships, community inclusion networks, working with government and the non-profit sector, public engagement, youth involvement and dialogue, and growing an organization. A community marketplace will offer participants a room for browsing, networking and talking with presenters and key stakeholders.

"The marketplace will allow participants to obtain additional information and establish new contacts in a less formal or structured environment," Kenny said. "It will be a great way to complete the two-day program."

Lt.-Gov. Graydon Nicholas will officially open the event at Government House on the evening of June 7. Individual workshops begin the next morning at Renaissance College and continue throughout the day. Further morning sessions are set for June 9 with the community marketplace closing out the program in the afternoon. About 75 participants will be invited to attend.

"The non-profit sector has grown beyond charity, utilizing new tools and practices to achieve its mission," said Tim Coates, executive director for 21 Inc. "Community Perspectives 2010 is our attempt to ensure leaders, both emerging and established in non-profits and government, have the new skills and knowledge to continue to be important and effective parts of our community."

21 Inc. is a non-profit organization focused on developing Atlantic Canada's new and emerging leaders into the best leaders in Canada. Based in Fredericton, 21 Inc. works with young people from all sectors, providing them with tools, networks with peers and established leaders, and confidence to become effective leaders.

Renaissance College, at the University of New Brunswick, operates Canada's first undergraduate program in leadership studies.

For more information, contact the Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat at 1-888-295-4545 or e-mail info.nonprofitsector@gnb.ca.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Judy Cole, communications, Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat, 506-444-3522; Tim Coates, 21 Inc., 506-444-0554.

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