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