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CRRF E-Newsletter
November 2012
Rural Canada: Ready to Grow Conference a Huge Success in Thunder Bay!box_top.gif
Northwestern Ontario was a fantastic setting for the 2013 conference! Presentations from the conference are being uploaded to the CRRF website - Each of the presentations is available free of charge to be downloaded. Please feel free to share presentations to your colleagues who may be interested! The webpage also has a series of photographs from the event and other resources.

CRRF would like to thank our co-hosts: Lakehead University, Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association, and Nishnawbe Aski Nation. Without the knowledge and dedication of these organization the conference would not have been the success it was. We would also like to acknowledge the planning committee for all their hard work over the past year: Rhonda Koster (Chair), Iain Angus, Eric Cline, David Douglas, Ryan Gibson, Heather Hall, Harvey Lemelin, Jessica McLaughlin, Alan Sparkes, and Kristina Baraskewich.

New CRRF Board Elected at AGM

At the CRRF/FCRR Annual General Meeting in Olds, Alberta a new board was elected for 2012-2013. Three new board members were elected to two year terms: Heather Hall (Newfoundland and Labrador), Terri MacDonald (British Columbia), and Sean Markey (British Columbia). These new board members join Bill Ashton (Manitoba), Robert Annis (British Columbia), Matthew Brett (Québec), David Douglas (Ontario), Ryan Gibson (Newfoundland and Labrador), Bill Reimer (Québec), and Nicole Vaugeois (British Columbia). Elections for executive positions also took place at the AGM. Ryan Gibson was elected President, Heather Hall was elected Secretary, and Bill Ashton was elected Treasurer. Each was elected for a one-year term. 

CRRF would like to thank David Douglas, Kate Hall, Bill Reimer, and Nicole Vaugeois for their contributions as board members over the past years.

Lifetime Members Announced

In celebrating our 25th anniversary, CRRF conferred four individuals with a lifetime membership during the conference in Thunder Bay. Each of these members has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the betterment of rural Canada and CRRF. The four members celebrated for their contributions were:
  • L. Peter Apedaile
  • Ray Bollman
  • Heather Clemenson
  • Ken Donnelly
A brief statement of their contributions to rural Canada and CRRF can be found here

Check Out the 2012-2013 CRRF Annual Report

During the conference in Thunder Bay CRRF released its 2012-2013 Annual Report. The report outlines the achievements of the Foundation over the past year, including our 2012 fall conference, rural research endeavours, and policy developments. The Annual Reports celebrates CRRF’s 25th anniversary, while also acknowledging challenges with the current ‘climate’ for rural and regional development. Check out our 2012-2013 Annual Report.

2014 CRRF Conference in Northern BC!

The CRRF rural conference will head west next year! The city of Prince George, British Columbia will play host to the 2014 conference. The conference will be co-hosted by the CRRF and the Community Development Institute at the University of Northern British Columbia.

Become a Member of CRRF Today! 

Now in its third decade, CRRF is a proven rural resource, dedicated to active collaboration, undertaking, facilitating and advocating research for the ongoing development of Canada’s rural communities and environments. As an informal, volunteer run organization dedicated to the welfare of rural Canada it provides a host of benefits to an expanding membership. CRRF offers both a one-year membership ($30) and a five-year membership ($100). Membership runs from January – December. 

Become a member of CRRF today by clicking hereJoin in November or December 2013 to get full membership for the remainder of 2013 and 2014!
Upcoming Events

25 November 2013 
Hosted by Rural Development Institute 

28 November 2013
Hosted by Rural Development Institute 

24-27 April 2014 in Haliburton Highlands, Ontario 

July 30 – August 3, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana Hosted by the Rural Sociological Society 

15-16 October 2014 in Albury, Australia Hosted by the Australian Regional Development Conference 

Building Communities: New Approaches to Governance, Resilience, and Culture as Resources 17-19 September 2015 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island Hosted by the North Atlantic Forum

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