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National event introduces delegates to Interlake gems

 by Twyla Siple, Interlake Spectator

Community Futures invited 51 delegates to discover Manitoban highlights as part of their seventh tri-annual conference. Organizers took their guests out on mobile workshops to explore three regional gems that Manitoba has to offer, located in the Interlake, just outside of the city on June 7.  Pictured: CF delegates in Oak Hammock Marsh enjoyed a guided canoe trip on June 7.

Community Futures invited 51 delegates to discover Manitoban highlights as part of their seventh tri-annual conference. Organizers took their guests out on mobile workshops to explore three regional gems that Manitoba has to offer, located in the Interlake, just outside of the city on June 7. Pictured: CF delegates in Oak Hammock Marsh enjoyed a guided canoe trip on June 7.

A Canadian grassroots-driven program created to strengthen rural and northern community’s economies across Canada held its tri-annual national conference in Winnipeg June 5 to 7.
 
Community Futures, an organization that focuses on enabling entrepreneurship and assisting in community economic development,  brought together approximately 450 people, including delegates, spouses, sponsors and guests from the 269 CF organizations across Canada to Manitoba for the Seventh CF National Event.
 
They gathered at the Royal Bank Convention Centre in Winnipeg with an opening ceremony on June 5 and a closing gala on June 7, according to Executive Director, Jason Denbow.
 
“It’s mostly for sharing and education sessions,” Denbow explained. “Workshops where they can learn a little more about how their counterparts work across the country. They really learn a lot by coming together to share.”
 
As part of the conference, organizers invited guests out to mobile workshops to explore three highlights that Manitoba has to offer, located in the Interlake, just outside of the city.
 
Community Growth Settlement Officer, Eugene Zalevich of the Interlake Pioneer Trail Corporation, Interlake Immigrant Settlement Services and CF East Interlake Inc. said that 51 delegates from all across Canada were invited to join tours to either Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, or Narcisse Snake Dens and the municipality of Gimli on June 7. 
 
“We are definitely proud to highlight Manitoba,” explained the East Interlake’s CF branch General Manager, Tammy Dziadek, who has worked for the organization for 24 years. “We get to highlight (these) three gems in our region, so we’re quite excited about that. People from all across Canada get to come see (them).”
 
There are three CF based out of Manitoba’s Interlake. One in Ashern, one in Riverton and one in Selkirk, according to Denbow.
 
CF supports local economic growth by assisting entrepreneurs with business plans, providing information and business loans. A standard loan they make available to entrepreneurs with and without disabilities can be up to $150,000.
 
For more information, visit cfmanitoba.ca.


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