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Burlington, September 6, 2001 - An opportunity exists for Halton's voluntary sector to have a voice in shaping the future directions of volunteerism in Halton. The Halton Social Planning Council and Volunteer Centre will host a one day strategic planning conference of interest to area Executive Directors, Manager and volunteers working for non-profit or voluntary organizations.

According to Joey Edwardh, Executive Director of the Council: "Our job as the Council is to support Halton's volunteer community, research issues of social consequence and act as advocates for positive change." In describing the conference, she said: "We need the active participation of members of the voluntary sector. Collectively we know a great deal about volunteerism, much has been experienced over the years as the sector and its volunteers have built community, as we know it and live it today in Halton. This conference will tap into all of this knowledge to explore, make recommendations and develop a plan which address where to go from here for volunteerism in Halton."

The conference entitled "The Voluntary Sector and Volunteers: Building Our Future Together" will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2001. Following the day long conference, delegates are invited to join the corporate sector and stay for dinner and a presentation from the Provincial Government on Ontario's Promise. In attendance will be MPP Cam Jackson and Halton Regional Chairman Joyce Savoline.

Registration kits for the conference are available from the Halton Social Planning Council and Volunteer Centre.


Conference Information and Registration

For further information, please contact:
Darlene Edmonds
Community Development Halton
Email: office@cdhalton.ca
Phone: 905-632-1975 or 905-878-0955