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Canada 150 Skating

Hey Canada! On Sunday, December 10, 2017, let’s skate from coast to coast to coast! We are at home on the ice so let’s lace up together to enjoy our favourite winter activity and to celebrate the completion of the Canada 150 year.

We invite communities across the country to join together in a nationwide skating party!

Anyone can organize a skating event in their community…including YOU! AND, if you organize an event for your community, you can apply for a $1,000 microgrant to help cover the costs! How? Through the Canada 150 Skating Fund!

For more information on this great grant, go to the link below:

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OMAFRA has just introduced a new awards program that we think you’re going to like. It’s the new Rural Ontario Leaders Awards or ROLA for short.

The program recognizes leaders among rural residents, communities, businesses and organizations, and their work in improving the quality of life and economic well-being of rural Ontario.

Recognizing leadership in rural Ontario is important to this government. That’s why we’re celebrating the achievements of those who are dedicated to helping build a stronger rural Ontario.

The awards will also help to raise the awareness of rural Ontario’s ability to foster a competitive and innovative business environment, and help recognize the essential contribution of rural Ontario to the provincial economy.

One award will be provided in each of the following streams;

• Individual Award (25 years of age and older)
• Individual - Youth (24 years of age and younger)
• Community (Municipality or Indigenous community)
• Business
• Not-for-profit/non-government organization
Award winners will be recognized by the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the Honourable Jeff Leal, at a special presentation during the next Rural Ontario Summit in February of next year.

To help make the awards a success, we need your help. We need to know who in your community or organization has demonstrated strong leadership that supports rural economic development with any of the following outcomes:

• Training and skills development;
• Entrepreneurship and local employment;
• Strong social infrastructure; or
• Civic engagement

Help us to recognize leaders in your community who have helped to improve the quality of life and economic well-being of rural Ontario, by nominating someone today.

Nominations will be accepted until November 15, 2017.

The link for the nomination guide is here:…/servlet.EmailAttachmentD…