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Capturing Opportunities Celebrates Community Achievements Through Corporate Partnerships

by NationTalk on February 22, 2009825 Views

Manitoba News Release
February 20, 2009

Province Seeks Nominations For Awards

Capturing Opportunities, Manitoba’s rural business forum, is adding a new award category this year to honour businesses that support community development, Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Rosann Wowchuk announced today.”The new Economic Development Innovation Corporate award will recognize businesses whose corporate actions demonstrate innovation in community economic development through co-operation and community partnerships,” said Wowchuk. “Corporations and local businesses often build on the resources of the community, doing their part to respond to changes, challenges and opportunities.”

The annual Capturing Opportunities forum will take place at the Keystone Centre in Brandon on April 23 and 24.

Nominations are now being accepted for the four award categories:

Outstanding Community Leadership – for individuals who have made significant and notable contributions for the betterment of their community or region who have served as catalysts for positive action and exhibit the highest standards of community leadership, dedication, ability and innovation.

Economic Development Innovation – for organizations or municipalities whose actions illustrate innovation in community development, build on the resources of the community, respond to challenges and opportunities, and demonstrate outcomes in rural economic development.

Economic Development Innovation Corporate – for businesses that co-operate and partner with communities, helping to improve outcomes of rural economic development activities.

Rural Youth Achievement – for individuals, associations or municipalities whose activities enable youth to take action on their concerns.

Award winners receive a commemorative artistic glass award and $1,000 cash to contribute to a community organization of their choice.

Nomination forms are available at any GO Office, by contacting the Capturing Opportunities office at 1-800-933-9863 or online at

Nominations will be accepted until noon on March 13.

Capturing Opportunities awards celebrate and honour volunteers and community achievements, recognizing the hard work and dedication of community leaders, organizations, municipalities and businesses who strive to make their communities and regions a better place to work and live, said the minister.

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