Capturing Opportunities Awards Celebrate Community Volunteers, Achievements, Corporate Partnerships: Struthers

Jan 22, 2010 | Government News

Nominations Now Being Accepted For 2010 Awards 

Capturing Opportunities, Manitoba’s rural business forum, will honour the achievements of volunteers and corporate partnerships that benefit Manitoba’s rural communities in April, Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Stan Struthers announced today. 

Conservation Minister Stan Struthers

Conservation Minister Stan Struthers

“Manitobans know who the movers and shakers are in their communities, the go-to people who can be counted on to get things done and which companies offer support to community activities,” said the minister. “These are the people and companies who create the success stories that benefit our rural and northern communities.  This will be the opportunity to give them the official recognition they so richly deserve.” 

The annual Capturing Opportunities forum will take place at the Keystone Centre in Brandon on April 22 and 23.  Capturing Opportunities awards are presented at the celebration banquet at the Keystone Centre on Thursday, April 22. 

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 a catalyst 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. 

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

–  Economic Development Innovation Corporate – for businesses whose corporate actions illustrate innovation in community economic development through co-operation with community partners, build on the resources of the community, respond to changes, challenges and/or opportunities, and demonstrate outcomes in rural economic development. 

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

 “Our province is proud to recognize the hard work and dedication of community participants of all ages and from all walks of life, organizations, municipalities and businesses that use their leadership, communication and organizational skills, energy and enthusiasm to bring about the positive changes that make their communities and regions a better place to live and work,” said Struthers. 

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 Thursday, April 1.

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