Community Development: Not for profit!

Friday, 24 November 2017

Speaker: Mike Coxon

Lecture title: Community Development: Not for profit!

Lecture Summary

communityOur communities and our lives are enriched through the work of non-profit organizations. But what are these organizations? Why do we need them? How are they run? What do they do? Who pays the bills? And what is their future? I will try to answer these questions by taking a look “under the hood” at one local, non-profit organization: Lanark County’s own Mills Community Support Corporation, where I worked as CEO from 2008 until my recent retirement. I will present a brief history and philosophy of the organization from its beginnings in the 1970s, offer stories about some highs and lows of our community development projects, and speculate about possible futures of the non-profit movement in our community.

Presentation slides: Creating the Future

Bio: Mike Coxon

Mike Coxon

Mike did his undergraduate work in Recreation Administration (Waterloo) and graduate work in Rehabilitation Administration (San Francisco) and Adult Education (OISE/U of Toronto). Over the past 30 years, he has been the Executive Director of several organizations which provided community health and social services. He has taught in the Developmental Services Worker programme at Georgian College in Orillia.