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A day of networking and sharing

A community leadership conference geared towards non-profit groups, business owners and community leaders is set for later this month in Gibsons. Thursday, May 28, from 1 to 5:30 p.m.

A community leadership conference geared towards non-profit groups, business owners and community leaders is set for later this month in Gibsons.

Thursday, May 28, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at Cedars Inn promises to be a special opportunity of networking, learning, sharing and capacity building as various local non-profit groups, business owners and community leaders gather to discuss how they can successfully unite to create a more cohesive community.

The conference has been made possible through Enterprising Non-Profits, an organization that provides grants and resources to non-profits that enhance and strengthen the social enterprise sector and its opportunities.

Participants will enjoy five half-hour relevant and informative presentations with question and answer periods. Panel participants include: moderator Al Mulholland, Community Futures; Glen McClughan, Sunshine Coast Association for Community Living; David LePage, Enterprising Non-profits (ENP); Shelly McDade, Sunshine Coast Credit Union; and Christine Chandler with Community Resource Centre and Habitat for Humanity.

There will also be opportunities to network and visit community booths, share ideas in a special small group discussion session and network during a wine and cheese reception to close the conference.

"We're in an exciting and challenging time," said Mulholland. "Like never before, the effective use of collaboration, synergistic partnerships and creative community development is of utmost importance. As active members and present or future leaders of business, non-profits and local government, the 2009 social enterprise forum provides a venue to become more informed, better connected and encourages us to continue to take action and turn our best ideas into reality."

Participants are encouraged to pre-register for this conference at 604-886-0745 or emailing charlene.sanjenko@gmail.com.

Tickets are $10 or $15 at the door.

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