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Burlington, November 21, 2003 - On November 25th, 2003, 150 representatives of nonprofit and voluntary sector agencies, governments and funders will meet in Oakville to discuss the restructuring of this important economic and social sector. How we care for the most vulnerable in our communities is an issue. How present funding arrangements affect the existing social infrastructure of caring and its capacity to build and maintain human services in our community is central to the deliberations. The role of the social sector in the economy of our community will also be addressed. The event is hosted by Community Development Halton in partnership with the Ontario Social Development Council, the Canadian Council on Social Development and the Halton Learning Foundation.

Regional Chairman Joyce Savoline welcomes the representatives. The issues arising from the seminal cross Canadian study, Funding Matters: The Impact of Canada's New Funding Regime on Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations, is presented by senior policy associate Katherine Scott. A panel of community leaders comment on the impact of these findings on the structure of caring for our communities of Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills. Participants will deliberate on the days discussion to create opportunities to strengthen our nonprofit and voluntary organizations. Community members trust these organizations and view their work favourably. They want them to be vibrant and to contribute to the growth, development and well being of the community.

Funding Matters: A Warning and An Opportunity
Tuesday November 25, 2003 8:30 am- 4 pm
Holiday Inn Oakville Centre
590 Argus Road
Oakville


For further information, please contact:
Dr. Joey Edwardh, Executive Director
Halton Social Planning Council & Volunteer Halton
Email: Joey Edwardh
Phone: 905-632-1975 or 905-878-0955