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An archive of Community Development Halton media releases dating back to 1999.

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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

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Burlington, February 13, 2002 - The Halton Social Planning Council is pleased to announce that Ann Coburn has joined the Council as the Director of Volunteer Halton. Ann comes to our community from Volunteer Hamilton where she has many years of experience as a manager of volunteer services. Of particular importance is her work in integrating diverse communities and youth into the volunteer experience. Also, she is a member of the Canadian Volunteer Centre Training Network where her experience as a trainer brings important insights about volunteer screening, a necessity given the complex times in which we live. Her knowledge of the sector and her passion for volunteerism will be an important asset to the Council and our community as we respond to the fact that one million fewer Canadians are volunteering today than in 1997. This is a worrisome trend when the quality of life in our community is based on the thousands of hours of time given generously by men and women, young and old, to the many types of activities and social and health services that make us a prosperous and caring community. Ann's knowledge of the non-profit sector and the challenges facing it as it attempts to nurture and maintain this important Canadian tradition of volunteerism will contribute much to our community.

 


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

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Burlington, February 11, 2002 - The Halton Social Planning Council and the Peel-Halton-Dufferin Adult Learning Network have released the study, A Profile of Literacy Skills and Needs for Halton. This study provides a description of literacy skills as measured by the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS), provides a demographic and socio-economic profile of the different geographical areas using 1996 Census data and provides an information base necessary for the planning and development of a system of literacy services that addresses the changing needs of learners in Halton Region.

This study clearly establishes that the region of Halton follows trends documented in the research on literacy. Strong relationships exist between: literacy skills and age; literacy skills and education; literacy skills and income; literacy skills and employment. The findings show that 1 in 5 Halton adults (18 years of age and over) do not have a high school diploma. This particularly affects the population groups aged 45 and over. Also, according to the International Adult Literacy Survey, approximately 50% of those working in different occupations and industries within Halton do so using low literacy skills (IALS Levels 1 and 2). This means that they have serious difficulty dealing with printed materials and most likely identify themselves as people who have difficulties reading (Level 1) or they can deal only with material that is simple and clearly laid out, and material in which the tasks involved are not too complex. They read, but not well. (Level 2)

"People today need more advanced literacy skills than ever before to cope with the changing pace of society both at home and at work," said Sue McCormack, Executive Director of the Peel-Halton-Dufferin Adult Learning Network. "This report will help to raise awareness about literacy skills and needs in Halton, and will assist local literacy providers in their outreach and planning activities."

Ted Hildebrandt of the Social Planning Council concurred, stating that, "Literacy is an essential skill in building a competitive labour force in a changing world based on information and knowledge. This report establishes the important link between literacy and economic and human development." This report will contribute to the deliberations throughout our community as we work together to create informed citizens and build a labour force relevant for the future.

A copy of the full study is available electronically or by contacting the Council's office.


For further information, please contact:
Ted Hildebrandt
Halton Social Planning Council
Email: thildebrandt@cdhalton.ca
Phone: 905-632-1975 or 905-878-0955

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Burlington, November 13, 2001 - Success is the only way to describe the recent day long conference held by the Halton Social Planning Council and Volunteer Centre. Entitled The Voluntary Sector and Volunteers: Building Our Future Together, the Open Space style session brought together representatives from agencies, non-profit organizations, police services and government to strengthen the community's voluntary sector.

Joey Edwardh, Executive Director, of the Council, advises that "Our role is to support the efforts of our local agencies and organizations. This conference brought together a wonderful cross section of people, and collectively, we identified issues and mapped out a blueprint for building competencies to strengthen our sector. The voluntary sector is vital to the prosperity and well-being of the community."

It was clear that the conference garnered support from all levels of government. Minister of Citizenship Cam Jackson provided a morning welcome to delegates. His Ministry provided the funding for the program under the umbrella of the Community Summit initiative. A lunch hour address was given by Halton Regional Chairman Joyce Savoline who noted that "...the collective process that participants were engaged in spoke to the importance of the program and the contributions of the voluntary sector towards building a healthy community." Chairman Savoline also gave a keynote address at dinner.

The evening program, which included guests from the corporate sector, was dedicated to a presentation on Ontario's Promise.

For more information about the voluntary sector in Halton and how to participate in future planning processes, please contact Joey Edwardh, at the Halton Social Planning Council and Volunteer Centre at 905-632-1975.


Documents

Book of Proceedings of November 8, 2001 Conference
Letter Accompanying Book of Proceedings
Summary of November 13, 2001 Follow-up Meeting to Conference


For further information, please contact:
Dr. Joey Edwardh, Executive Director
Community Development Halton
Email: office@cdhalton.ca
Phone: 905-632-1975 or 905-878-0955