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June 8, 2010

Rural Ontario Rejoices

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“It is a good day for rural Ontario,” says Jim Whaley, Chair of the newly formed Rural Ontario Institute (ROI). “It is also a new day.”

The ROI celebrates the past, present and future at its official launch party, along with nearly 100 attendees, on Tuesday, June 1, 2010. Through the amalgamation of The Centre for Rural Leadership (TCRL) and The Ontario Rural Council (TORC), the ROI was created to address and provide support for the key issues facing rural Ontario.

The new institute will capitalize on the relationships and strengths that existed between the two former organizations.  This will produce a unique resource for rural Ontario. “As we all know, rural Ontario is blessed with many opportunities,” says Chris White, Mayor of the Township of Guelph/Eramosa. “But it is also facing some significant challenges.” The hope for the ROI is that it will become an important player in strengthening rural Ontario.

Formed in 2010, the ROI is a not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to provide rural leadership development and to engage stakeholders in order influence rural policy development. It is a catalyst for dialogue and collaboration, contributing to healthy rural communities. It will provide leadership training, stakeholder engagement and third-party program delivery.

For more information about the organization, click here.

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