Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Community plan gets support from Region
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 11 Oct 2006, p. 10

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After more than a year of public consultation and research, a community plan that supports Halton's nonprofit and voluntary sector is ready. The initiative, which received support from the Region's health and social services committee recently, was crafted to help move the sector from potential crisis mode to long-term sustainability. Created by the Chairman's Roundtable on the NonProfit and Voluntary Sector, the plan contains 15 recommendations that respond to current trends and issues, ranging from raising awareness about the importance and value of volunteerism to reducing the competitive environment around fundraising. Regional Chairman Joyce Savoline applauded the document, calling it a "made-in-Halton solution." "It is truly one-of-a-kind," she remarked. "I think it (the plan) was a real passion for all of us. It was really a hands-on group." Burlington Councillor Joan Lougheed spoke about the public forum recently held to present the roundtable's findings and recommendations to the community-- an event that was attended by over 300 people. In addition to endorsing the plan, the committee also supported having Savoline request meetings with applicable federal and provincial ministers to review the plan and seek support for the actions within it. Another community forum will be held November 1 to launch the plan.

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Community plan gets support from Region