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Burlington, April 27, 2001 - Each year, the Halton Social Planning Council and Volunteer Centre holds a provocative forum to educate and promote discussion. This year is no exception! On May 31st at 7:00 pm, award winning Globe and Mail journalist Andre Picard will speak at Indigo Books and Music. The site is particularly appropriate, as Picard has authored several books, most recently, Critical Care, an insightful look at the nursing crisis.

It is not by chance that Picard was asked to be the keynote speaker for the upcoming event. In keeping with the United Nations declaration that this is the "International Year of Volunteers", Picard will share with the audience, his experiences and reflections on the challenges endured by those who give selflessly of their time and talents. The upcoming forum entitled "Building Civil Society: The Contribution of the Voluntary Sector" sets the tone for Picard's talk which will focus on his experiences during his year of research in 1997 when he won the Atkinson Fellowship Award. Picard travelled across the country, interviewing hundreds of charitable agencies and published an eight part series "A Call To Alms -- The New Face of Charities In Canada".

Picard's address promises to spark discussion as he challenges the voluntary sector to tell their own stories of experiences and rewards for the purposes of promoting the value and contributions of today's non-profit agencies.

Admission to the forum is free but RSVP's are requested. Please contact the Halton Social Planning Council and Volunteer Centre at 905-632-1975.


For further information, please contact:
Joey Edwardh, Executive Director
Community Development Halton
at 905-632-1975