NLC, Tumbler Ridge partner to host workshops for non-profit groups

TUMBLER RIDGE ? The Tumbler Ridge Campus of Northern Lights College will be hosting a pair of workshops designed to assist local non-profit organizations. The workshops – set for Wednesday and Thursday, April 16 and 17 at the Tumbler Ridge Campus – are being hosted in partnership between the District of Tumbler Ridge and NLC?s Workforce Training/ Continuing Education department. ?One of the goals of the Workforce Training department in Tumbler Ridge is to make sure that non-profit groups have the skills and resources they need to succeed,? said Karsten Henriksen, the department coordinator at the Tumbler Ridge Campus, and the district?s chair of the Spirit of B.C. committee. ?As a result, when the opportunity arose to work with the District in hosting these seminars, we thought it was a perfect opportunity to support non-profit organizations in the region which provide invaluable service to the public.? The District of Tumbler Ridge is partnering to host the workshops because of the importance of non-profit groups in the community. ?Non-profit groups contribute a great deal to our community?s quality of life and are essential to the advancement of our local economy. By ensuring that they have the tools needed to succeed, we are also promoting the social and economic well-being of Tumbler Ridge,? said Ray Proulx, the District?s Economic Development Officer. Day one is entitled ?An Enterprising Non-Profits Workshop.? It will be facilitated by Enterprising Non-Profits (enp), a funding partnership that provides technical assistance grants to B.C. non-profit organizations to support the development or growth of their social enterprises. The workshop will define ?social enterprise,? and explain how enp works and how to apply for funding. Participants will be assisted in determining the entrepreneurial values of their organizations, whether they are ready for social enterprise, and the critical issues and steps for moving forward. Registration fee is $25 per person for residents of Tumbler Ridge and includes breakfast, lunch and a copy of The Canadian Social Enterprise Guide. Each participating organization is asked to send one or two representatives. Day two is a Proposal Writing Workshop led by Bob Haugen, NLC?s Continuing Education coordinator at the Dawson Creek Campus. Registration is $35 per organization. Each participating organization is asked to send two participants and a laptop computer. This workshop includes a follow-up review of the proposal, along with feedback provided by the facilitator. For more information or to register, visit the Tumbler Ridge Campus or call 250-242-5591.