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  • Title: Welcome to the Foundation for Rural Living
    Descriptive info: .. Building A Culture of Rural Philanthrophy.. Skip to content.. Jump to main navigation and login.. Jump to additional information.. Nav view search.. Navigation.. Home.. Programs.. 2011 Rural Development Officer Program.. Rural Social Enterprise Project.. Steps to Leadership.. Collaborations.. Learning Centre.. Contact.. Search.. You are here:.. Message from the FRL Board.. Our Mission.. Evolution of FRL.. Board of Directors.. Staff.. Sensational Elora RDO Cynthia with Food Bank Donation.. January 11, 2012.. FRL announces wind-down of its operations.. Dear Friends, Colleagues, Community and Funding Partners, and Rural Stakeholders:.. For over the past 12 months, the Foundation for Rural Living (FRL) has been engaged in a comprehensive strategic planning process.. This process has involved outreach to key stakeholders through surveys, key informant interviews (Nov 2010 to Jan 2011), and a key stakeholder meeting (May 2011).. And it is through this process and after much dialogue and thoughtful deliberation that we are writing to let you to know that FRL will be divesting itself of all program delivery effective Friday, February 3, 2012.. Shortly thereafter we will be voluntarily revoking our charitable status and closing down FRL.. Read more: Message from the FRL Board.. Rural Social Enterprise Project: Documenting the Learning.. Enterprising nonprofits have a long standing presence in  ...   that deserves the attention of funders, regional capacity builders and policy makers.. This and other key learnings are captured in the attached document,.. Please feel free to pass it on.. We extend our thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the RBC Foundation, and our community partners, for making the work of investing in rural Ontario possible.. Foundation for Rural Living, on behalf of the RSEP Collaborative.. C.. Lang Consulting.. Eko Nomos.. Huron Business Development Corporation.. PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise.. Perth Community Futures Development Corporation.. Wellington Waterloo Community Futures Development Corporation.. Read more: Rural Social Enterprise Project Transition.. Collaboration and Partnership.. FRL collaborates with organizations and individuals who exemplify our core values of integrity, philanthropy, partnership, citizenship, empowerment, fairness, and a demonstrated commitment to advancing the nonprofit sector.. Read more: Collaborations and Partnerships.. 2011 RDO Program.. FRL is pleased to provide the 2011 RDO Final Report to Stakeholders.. Final Report to Stakeholders.. Appendix A.. Appendix B.. Appendix C.. Read more: 2011 RDO Program in Partnership with RBC.. Additional information.. Close info.. FRL Annoucements.. FRL announces wind down of its operations.. RSEP: Documenting the Learning.. RSEP Transition.. FRL's RDO Program in partnership with RBC: Final Report to Stakeholders.. Privacy Policy.. Sitemap.. © 2011 Foundation For Rural Living..

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  • Title: 2011 Rural Development Officer Program
    Descriptive info: FRL Announcements.. What's New.. 2011 Program Overview.. 2011 Community Partners.. 2011 Community Mentorship Program.. 2011 Learning Program.. Available RDO Positions.. 2011 Eligibility.. 2011 FAQ.. Past Projects.. Program Outcomes.. FRL Board Member Bob Cummings (left) and Ontario Trillium Foundation Board Member Dr.. Devkumar Sainani at the Rural Social Enterprise Project Launch.. 2011 RDO Program in Partnership with RBC.. The 2011 Rural Development Officer (RDO) Program.. in partnership with RBC.. was a collaborative initiative that brought FRL together with rural non-profit and voluntary organizations and unemployed individuals.. Eligible individuals.. were placed in work placements with rural non-profit, charitable and community-based organizations (Community Partners).. This allowed Community Partners to build their human and resource capacity so they can achieve their mission.. At the same time, the program created  ...   professional and business networks within their host organization, geographic community and beyond.. Through involvement in a hands-on work placement in a non-profit, participation in FRL's Learning Program, networking activities and ongoing support, individuals developed additional skills and knowledge that upgraded their resumes and connected them to their communities.. All of these activities led to increased access to opportunities and successful employment for the majority of the RDOs.. For the Community Partners an “extra pair of hands” instantly boosted their Human Resource capacity.. Through the Learning Program staff and/or volunteers within the organization, as well as RDOs, gained new knowledge in core areas.. Cultivating this type of culture of learning and leadership ultimately spills over to others within the organization and community, leading to long-term sustainability..

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  • Title: Rural Social Enterprise Project
    Descriptive info: Project Overview.. What is Social Enterprise?.. Workshops.. Consultations.. Partners.. Workshop Materials.. Resources.. FRL Site Visit to Everdale.. Rural Social Enterprise Project Transition.. After months of partnership cultivation, development and stewardship, FRL has successfully transitioned the essence of our 2010-2011 Rural Social Enterprise Project (RSEP), social enterprise capacity building program, to new partners and collaborations.. Specifically, two new initiatives are currently evolving, and spinning off other related partnerships and projects.. A Rural Social Enterprise Constellation is forming through the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) with FRL's support.. Building on our work from the RSEP, partners building the new constellation submitted a province wide proposal to the Ontario Trillium Foundation in Fall 2011 focusing on capacity building and knowledge transfer for rural social enterprise in four regions - Huron/Perth, Greater Simcoe County, Peterborough/Kawarthas/Durham and Thunder Bay region.. Regional partners are also on the lookout for other local funding opportunities to convene social enterprise meet ups, host  ...   being protected from spambots.. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tel: (416) 642-5786 x5.. FRL also brokered a relationship with the Canadian Community Economic Development Network's Ontario Region (CCEDNet-Ontario) and other community organizations resulting in a second partnership that brings the interests of rural social enterprise into a province wide initiative.. The project, proposed to the Trillium Foundation in November, aims to build links between urban and rural social enterprises through online resources, webinars, and sharing of effective practice.. One effective practice, the convening of regional stakeholders to plan social enterprise investment strategies, is an important focus for rural community partners engaged in the proposed CCEDNet partnership project.. With the aim of encouraging and attracting greater investment in rural social enterprise, the CCEDNet-Ontario partnership carries forward FRL's fundamental mission of promoting greater investment in rural.. For more information on the CCEDNet Social Enterprise Project please contact:.. Paul Chamberlain, Program Director.. Tel: (416) 760-2554..

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  • Title: Steps to Leadership
    Descriptive info: Anita Hayes presenting at 2011 RDO Orientation.. In 2008 three key rural organizations – Foundation for Rural Living,.. 4-H Ontario.. and the.. Rural Ontario Institute.. , – partnered to create a five-year action plan to address leadership and capacity building gaps in rural Ontario through the Steps to Leadership project.. Funding for this project is provided in part by  ...   offers organizations and communities in rural Ontario the opportunity to build the next generation of leaders and provide current leaders with relevant skill-building opportunities through a series of accessible program opportunities and resource tools.. For more information about Steps to Leadership please contact Alicia Evans at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.. or visit.. www.. stepstoleadership.. ca/..

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  • Title: Collaborations
    Descriptive info: Funding Partners.. RSEP Collaborative.. RDO Program Community Partners.. Collaborations and Partnerships.. We invite you to.. contact us.. if you know of an opportunity for collaboration or partnership between FRL and an organization you work with.. Our current programs and operations are supported by a number of funding, community, and collaborating partners, who we would like to acknowledge and recognize here.. The Rural Social Enterprise Collaborative.. 2011 RDO Program Community Partners..

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  • Title: Learning Centre
    Descriptive info: Overview.. Community Mentorship Program.. Rural Social Enterprise.. RSEP Workshop Materials.. RSEP Resources.. RDOs at 2010 Summer Learning Program.. Learning Centre Overview.. FRL's Learning Centre builds the capacity and sustainability of rural nonprofit and voluntary organizations through carefully designed education programs.. It aims to:.. Link experts with those who most need support.. Facilitate networking, mentoring, and peer-to-peer support.. Develop resources and toolkits to support skill development within rural nonprofits.. Address barriers of size and scale, isolation, distance and geography.. The Learning Centre provides educational oppurtunities to FRL's.. Rural Development Officer Program.. , with a focus on resource and fund development.. Through workshops, conferences, and the.. , FRL's Learning Centre provides RDOs  ...   of the Learning Centre, and contributes to the resilience and resource development capacity of rural non profits by building the specific knowledge, skills and supports needed for the development of social enterprise in a rural context.. In order to meet the learning needs of individuals, organizations and communities, FRL will continue to make avaliable workshop materials, reports, toolkits, and links to other resources on this section of the website as they become available.. If you know of a particular resource that you think could be featured here, or have questions about the material already on the site, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots.. , FRL's Learning Centre Coordinator..

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  • Title: Message from the FRL Board
    Descriptive info: 2011 Orientation Meeting.. For over 30 years, we have worked in collaboration with public, private and philanthropic sectors partners, and staff and volunteers of community-based organizations to build the capacity of the rural charitable and nonprofit sector.. Our programs and collaborations have produced important outcomes over these years, and we are honoured to have contributed in some way to:.. incubating emerging rural initiatives some of which have evolved to become incorporated charitable organizations in their own right,.. acting as a vehicle to receive and disseminate charitable donations in support of rural relief.. establishing a baseline of knowledge on the rural charitable sector,.. building the knowledge and skills of volunteers and staff of rural charitable and nonprofit organizations in resource development so they could become more resilient, more sustainable, and better respond to the social and economic priorities of their communities,.. influencing funders, policy makers and program delivery agents to re-frame how they relate to rural charitable and nonprofit organizations,.. acting as an intermediary to leverage provincial and national resources and assets to grassroots rural charitable and nonprofit organizations,.. injecting the needs of rural community-based organizations to mainstream provincial national and even international dialogue and policy development,.. building a culture of rural philanthropy through our beliefs, values and programs,.. promoting authentic leadership and collaboration through our behaviour, through our relationships and through our work.. It is our greatest hope that through you, our friends, colleagues and partners that our efforts to build sustainable rural capacity to enhance the quality of  ...   all those who thought enough of our vision, our mission, our organization, and our people to help us make our work more meaningful, more impactful, and more relevant to those we served.. We also want to thank our staff, Anita Hayes, Grace Gruber, Jennifer Girvin, Melissa Bosselaar and James Finlay for their unwavering contributions of knowledge, skill and energy to FRL, and in particular for their authentic leadership and their integrity in the face of this difficult decision.. Their demonstrated commitment to our vision, mission and programs, to our stakeholders and our community and funding partners serves as inspiration to all those who have had the privilege of working with them.. The remaining weeks of operations are as important to FRL as ever.. Know that Anita, Grace, Jennifer and Melissa will continue to support our constituents through the final weeks of our programs.. For those of you interested in reading about all FRL has achieved this year, final program reports will be posted to FRL’s website by Friday, February 3, 2012.. Lastly, we want to express to you all what an honour it has been to be FRL’s Board of Directors and to have been entrusted with this organization.. This decision, though difficult, is tempered with the knowledge that the essence of our work will be carried forward by those who have shared our vision.. In partnership,.. The Board of Directors of the Foundation for Rural Living:.. Eugene Lammerding.. Douglas C.. Jack.. Dennis Deters.. Gary Davison.. Mary Feldskov.. Bob Cummings..

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  • Title: Our Mission
    Descriptive info: RDO Colleen at Elgin County Library.. Mission and Values.. Mission.. FRL advances the rural nonprofit and voluntary sector and builds sustainable rural capacity to enhance the quality of life of rural citizens.. We work with the volunteers and staff of rural nonprofit and voluntary organizations to build their knowledge, skills and capacities.. Our goal is to increase the sustainability of their organizations to meet the increasing demands for their important community programs and services.. Our Beliefs and Values.. We believe that the public, private and philanthropic sectors share an integrated responsibility to each other and to Canada’s environmental, social, cultural and economic landscape.. We value each sector’s role in building a vital Canadian society and we value working together across all three sectors.. In our behaviour, in our relationships and in our work, we espouse:.. Collaboration.. Citizenship.. Leadership.. Empowerment.. Diversity.. Integrity.. Authenticity.. Fairness.. Respect.. A culture of philanthropy.. We believe that the nonprofit and voluntary sector makes an integral contribution to Canada’s environmental, social, cultural and economic landscape.. We value the nonprofit and voluntary sector’s contribution to Canadian society.. We believe that the nonprofit and voluntary sector is built on a culture of  ...   on a number of integrated factors including the environment, access to healthcare, quality of education, a vibrant social and cultural life, and a prosperous economy, and that these factors are common to urban communities as well.. We value multi-dimensional solutions that transcend boundaries of place and circumstance.. We believe that rural communities fundamentally recognize what they need to thrive and we believe that a sustainable rural nonprofit and voluntary sector that has the capacity to respond to community priorities is integral to the vitality of rural communities.. We value dynamic rural nonprofit organizations that create innovative solutions to the evolving priorities of its community.. We believe that passionate people with knowledge and resources create success.. We value people; their leadership, their contributions of time (both paid and volunteer), knowledge and skills, and resources (both financial and in-kind).. We value their contributions and celebrate their achievements and successes.. We believe that FRL empowers people in the rural nonprofit voluntary sector through a foundation of support, knowledge and resources to act on their vision of a vital rural community.. We value this responsibility in fostering rural citizens and nonprofit organizations to build vital rural communities..

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  • Title: Evolution of FRL
    Descriptive info: Awards of Rural Excellence.. Evolution of the Foundation For Rural Living.. For over 30 years, the Foundation for Rural Living has been committed to enriching the lives of rural citizens:.. 2009.. FRL’s Rural Development Officer (RDO) Program, launched in October 2009:.. Invests in rural people.. Invests in rural community-based organizations.. Invests in rural economic and social outcomes.. Increased number of RDOs to 30 and Community Partners to 29.. Expanded geographic reach in Southwestern Ontario.. The number one issue facing more and more Canadians and their families is Job Creation.. To help address this issue, FRL has created the Rural Development Officer (RDO) Program, an innovative program that:.. Invests in people who are seeking to re-enter the workforce.. Invests in building the human and financial resources of rural-community-based organizations towards achieving important community outcomes.. The RDO Program places unemployed individuals as Rural Development Officers into Work Placements with rural charitable, nonprofit and community-based organizations across Southwest Ontario.. These Work Placements provide RDOs with opportunities to:.. Build their knowledge and job-related skills.. Gain current work experience to add to their resumes.. Practice transferring existing skills into new applications in the nonprofit sector.. At the end of their placement, RDOs have recent work  ...   a field mission to China as part of the process of formulating a coherent legislative and policy framework on rural development in China.. 2004.. FRL launches the Rural Philanthropy Resource Network - now the Rural Development Officer Program.. 2003.. FRL commissions first-ever rural charitable sector research.. 1999.. FRL launches the Awards of Rural Excellence Program.. 1998.. FRL acts quickly to form the Ontario Rural Relief Fund.. Over $500,000 was directed to support disaster relief after the 1998 Ice Storm.. 1997.. FRL is one of the first organizations to support the efforts of the Farm Museum, a volunteer-driven initiative formerly operated by the Province of Ontario (Country Heritage Park).. 1991.. FRL funds an Emergency Task Force on Agriculture to review.. the problems in Ontario agriculture.. From the Task Force’s recommendations, the provincial government develops a short-term financial bridging program for farmers.. 1984.. FRL is a founding partner of Agricultural Leadership Trust.. As a registered charity, FRL establishes trusts and endowments to receive large capital donations in support of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP).. 1979.. Two years after initial thoughts by members of the OFA on forming a charitable foundation, the Foundation for Rural Living (FRL) is incorporated as a charitable organization..

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  • Title: Board of Directors
    Descriptive info: Feel Good Niagara Show Raffle Prize.. Eugene Lammerding, Chair.. President of the Dufferin Federation of Agriculture and past Board Member for The Co-operators, Eugene is a passionate advocate for both the agriculture and rural communities in Ontario and was instrumental in the development of The Ontario Rural Council.. Jack, Past Chair.. A Barrister Solicitor, Douglas was born and raised in Fergus, a small rural community, and is recognized as an active community member.. He recently chaired the successful community capital campaign for the Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex.. In his professional career, Doug has a particular interest in the veterinary and agriculture sectors and serves in a number of advisory roles.. Gary Davison, Vice Chair.. Gary currently farms in the Niagara Peninsula on the north shore of Lake Erie.. His agricultural and rural industry activities are broad and varied and he has been an active community member for many years.. Gary has been a member of the board of Agricultural  ...   chaired the Guelph and Wellington United Way.. Mary Feldskov, Secretary.. Mary is the Manager of Communications and Membership for the Alliance of Ontario Food Processors, and a Past President of the Junior Farmers’ Association of Ontario.. Mary and her husband Steve and young daughter, Audrey, live in Elmira where she volunteers with her church and the Elmira Curling Club.. Bob Cummings, Director.. Bob applied his experience as a farmer and feed-mill owner and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture to his business portfolio as Broker, Robert C.. Cummings Real Estate Ltd.. From his corporate office in Tara, Ontario, Mr.. Cummings serves clients across Canada and internationally.. When asked why he wanted to join the FRL Board, Bob replied, I believe that both economic development and community development are important components of prosperous rural communities.. I work with successful businesses in my career and I wanted to find a way to bring that expertise to support community-based organizations as well..

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  • Title: Staff
    Descriptive info: Grace Gruber, Program Manager.. FRL owes much of its organizational capacity to a core group of hardworking and talented staff.. Their diverse backgrounds and shared dedication to our vision make FRL's programs and projects possible.. Contact information for all staff can be found.. here.. Anita Hayes, Executive Director.. Anita Hayes began her foray into the nonprofit and voluntary sector over 15 years ago as a volunteer in program delivery within the social service sector.. ·.. Contribution to community and a desire to make a difference were her motivation then and remain at the heart of her commitment today.. It is not surprising then that Anita has chosen to work with the Foundation for Rural Living, (FRL) a charity that advances the rural nonprofit and voluntary sector, builds sustainable rural capacity and enhances the quality of life for rural citizens.. Anita joined FRL in September 2000 as the Coordinator of Community Relations.. In January 2006, she became FRL’s Executive Director.. As Executive Director, Anita works in partnership with FRL’s Board of Directors to develop the vision, mission, mandate and strategic directions for the organization.. Since becoming the Executive Director of FRL, Anita has promoted the role of the rural nonprofit and voluntary sector in building vital rural communities and has been invited to speak to both national and international audiences including: Community Foundations of Canada National Conference (Saskatoon 2006); National Peoples Congress of China (Beijing 2007); Senate of Canada; Standing Committee on Agriculture Forestry (Ottawa 2007); and Canada-China Legislative Co-operation Project Delegation (Guelph 2008).. Grace Gruber joined FRL in 2008, bringing with her a long history of work in the nonprofit sector as well as a strong background in human resource management.. She was born and raised in rural Alberta, and believes that the rural way of life holds similar challenges and opportunities across Canada.. Passionate about supporting grassroots initiatives, Grace is continually excited by the opportunities created through FRL’s connection to rural communities.. Prior to working at FRL, she served two terms as an elected official in the role of Trustee for Parkland School Division, where she held the office of Chair for four years.. Grace's work in the nonprofit sector also includes a long-standing relationship with the Pembina Institute, a national nonprofit environmental organization.. Grace received a Human Resource Management Certificate (with Distinction) from the University of Alberta in 2008.. This training, combined with her role in union negotiations while with the School Board, and her HR Management experience while at Pembina, has given Grace a wide breadth of experiences that she is now  ...   groups to good use at FRL.. As a semi-professional musician Jennifer keeps busy singing with her country band and participating in musical productions with local musical theatre companies.. Melissa Bosselaar, Project Coordinator.. Melissa Bosselaar joined the Foundation for Rural Living in November 2009 as the Project Coordinator for the Rural Development Officer program.. In 2006, Melissa received an Honours BA in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, and then moved on to complete the Post-Graduate Diploma program in Human Resources Management at George Brown College.. She is an active member of the Human Resources Professional Association of Ontario and has received her Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation.. Prior to joining FRL, Melissa worked as an Employment Centre Advisor, where she had the opportunity to assist individuals adversely affected by the downturn in the automotive sector.. The experience allowed her to recognize her passion for helping others transition back into the workforce and secure meaningful employment opportunities.. Raised in a rural community supported by a strong agricultural and manufacturing base, Melissa recognizes the value of support networks in enhancing local community growth and sustainability.. She sees her work at FRL as an opportunity to help provide this support to rural communities while putting her HR experience and aptitude for helping people re-enter the workforce to good use in FRL’s RDO program.. She embraces every opportunity for professional development and works to learn continuously from those around her.. James Finlay, Finance.. James started his accounting career in 1996, acquiring his first diploma in Canada.. He then moved to the UK where he gained his accounting designation.. Whilst in the UK he also obtained his Certification with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, an organization committed to fighting fraud worldwide.. After his return to Canada he worked in both the manufacturing and charity sectors before starting Finlay Associates, a small business providing accounting services to clients in the manufacturing, nonprofit, and service industries.. James is deeply committed to the nonprofit sector, and has volunteered for over 18 years in a diversity of roles including Probation Officer, Income Tax Officer, Treasurer and Board Director.. He is currently a volunteer Director with Hamilton Extend A Family, an organization which works to help children with developmental, physical, or emotional challenges.. James has also been appointed by the Ontario Government to the Trillium Grant Review Team for Hamilton.. James has memberships with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Institute of Internal Auditors, The Guild of Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Accountants and has a Fellow Membership with the Association of Accounting Technicians..

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