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ARGOOD 270Community Foundation Grey Bruce kicks off its 25th anniversary year with a community invitation to spend an evening with a Canadian thought leader.

On Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. at East Ridge Community School in Owen Sound, Arlene Dickinson, one of Canada’s most renowned independent marketing communications entrepreneurs, will give a lecture on youth in a changing work culture, women in business, entrepreneurship, and her own story in relation to community philanthropy.

Stuart Reid, Executive Director of the Foundation, said, “Arlene Dickinson will be the perfect speaker to kickstart a conversation about the future of our community. She will inspire young people to step into leadership with commitment and creativity.” This event is generously sponsored by RBC Future Launch and will be the culmination of a day of activities for young people around the release of the Foundation’s Vital Focus on Youth report.

We’re excited to be working with Community Foundation Grey Bruce to deliver on the promise of RBC Future Launch,” said Dan Woods, Regional Vice President, Central Shores Market, RBC. “RBC Future Launch is a decade-long commitment to helping Canadian youth prepare for the jobs of tomorrow. We are committed to acting as a catalyst for change, bringing government, educators, public sector and not-for-profits together to co-create solutions to help young people better prepare for the future of the work through 'human skills' development, networking, work experience, and mental wellbeing supports.”

The Foundation also acknowledges the support of community partners including BDO, Grey County Business Enterprise Centre, the Institute of Southern Georgian Bay, and media partners Integra Design Group, Bayshore Broadcasting, and Grey Bruce Boomers. Tickets for the Arlene Dickinson talk are $40 for adults, $10 for youth (under 29), and can be purchased online at www.communityfoundationgreybruce.com.

Arlene Dickinson is best known to Canadians as one of the venture capitalists on the award-winning series Dragons’ Den, and her new CBC prime-time series Under New Management. She is the author of two bestselling books – Persuasion, and her most recent bestselling release, All In. Her success and leadership have been recognized with multiple honours and awards including Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, as well as being recognized with PROFIT and Chatelaine magazine's Top 100 Women Business Owners Awards. She also sits on numerous public and private boards, and is dedicated to giving back to her community and country.

Created in 1994, Community Foundation Grey Bruce has a mandate to strengthen Grey and Bruce communities through endowment building, grant making, and community partnerships. For more information and to support the Community Foundation Grey Bruce, visit www.communityfoundationgreybruce.com or call 519-371-7203.