October is Economic Development Month

Jim Louttit Pic 12 Oct 2021.jpgOctober is Community Economic Development (CED) month and what better way to celebrate than to relay stories about Rotarians working to create opportunities by investing in communities.

I was recently asked to author an article for The Rotary Foundation Canada website about CED which I would like to share with you. As part of my article, it was suggested I may want to focus on a Canadian CED project. After research on Canadian CED focused Global Grants, I came across the “Training Indigenous Youth in Safe Water Management”, a project started by the Rotary Club of Guelph, District 7080.

The RC of Guelph, with financial support from other Rotary clubs in southern Ontario, collaborated with an NGO called Water First to produce a great project that not only supports access to safe drinking water for eight First Nation communities but also delivers an internship program for both female and male Indigenous young adults, supporting their journey to becoming certified water operators. These young adults will graduate into meaningful employment providing a positive impact in their communities.

So, instead of me telling you the full story, here are the links to the TRF Canada website for my article and Water First’s website for the story on the meaningful collaboration leading to a great partnership for Rotary.


For more information on the RC of Guelph project or how you can get involved in promoting community economic development, please reach out to me at jvlrotary@gmail.com.

Jim Louttit
Past President, RAGCED
Past Chair, Rotary Action Group Chairs Council
PDG, District 7070 and Member, Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise
Member, Community Economic Development Major Gifts Initiative Committee 2021-2023


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