Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat

Community Perspectives conference to be held June 7-9 (10/06/03)

NB 880

June 3, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The province's first summer institute for non-profit groups, youth, government and private organizations will be held Monday, June 7, to Wednesday, June 9, in Fredericton. About 75 participants have been invited.

The event, called Community Perspectives 2010, will be held by the Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat, the University of New Brunswick's Renaissance College and 21inc. It will provide a forum to identify opportunities to strengthen the non-profit sector in New Brunswick.

"This will be the first event of its kind in New Brunswick," said Minister of State for Seniors Cheryl Lavoie, who is also the minister responsible for the Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat. "Community Perspectives 2010 will be a dynamic event with a variety of experts leading the sessions. 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 stakeholders.

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

Lt.-Gov. Graydon Nicholas will officially open the event at Government House on the evening of Monday, June 7.

Individual workshops begin in the morning on Tuesday, June 8, at Renaissance College and will continue throughout the day.

Further morning sessions are set for Wednesday, June 9, with the community marketplace closing out the program in the afternoon.

"The non-profit sector has grown beyond charity, using new tools and practices to achieve its mission," said Tim Coates, executive director, 21inc. "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."

21inc. is a non-profit organization focused on developing New Brunswick's and Atlantic Canada's new and emerging leaders into the best leaders in Canada.

Based in Fredericton, 21inc. works with young people in their 20s and 30s from all sectors, providing them with tools, networks with peers and established leaders, and confidence to become effective leaders.

Renaissance College provides Canada's first bachelor program in leadership studies. This international class program promotes leadership among youth and strives to provide optimal learning opportunities and experiences for students.

For more information, contact the Community Non-Profit Organizations Secretariat at 1-888-295-4545, 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, executive director, 21inc., 506-444-0554.

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