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A dynamic youth driven organization, FINALY! empowers youth to be active participants in decision making and implementation. Our involvement in social and economic issues provides an opportunity for youth to build a viable future in Newfoundland and Labrador





June 4-8, 2007 - Regina, Saskatchewan

BREI Conference- 2007 Business Retention and Expansion International Conference

The 2007 Business Retention and Expansion International Conference planning committee, invites you to an exciting and informative international event where you can learn new models, tools and initiatives to intensify the economic vitality of your community. To achieve economic prosperity in the new global economy, new ways of thinking are indeed called for. New investment and new ways of cooperating are required. At this event you will learn new strategies designed to retain and expand existing business and to launch a permanent change in how businesses, communities, governments and institutions do business together now an in the future. We’ve created a world class program that provides an intensive learning and networking experience. With the combination of invaluable learning opportunities and Saskatchewan’s world renowned hospitality, you can expect the 2007 BREI conference to be one of the best ever. Looking forward to seeing you in Regina, Saskatchewan June 4th to 8th - 2007 More info @


August 12, 2007

International Youth Day

The theme for International Youth Day 2007 is “Be seen, be heard: youth participation in development”.  For more information, and to see how International Youth Day has been commemorated for the past seven years, please visit


August 1-4, 2007 - Edmonton, Alberta

REACH OUT, SPEAK UP! Ignite Change Now – Global Youth Assembly 2007

REACH OUT, SPEAK UP! Ignite Change Now – Global Youth Assembly 2007, a satellite project of the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, will be held in Edmonton this summer from August 1-4, 2007. This is no time for silence or laryngitis! Your voice can make a difference! Reach out and speak up at Global Youth Assembly 2007! Join hundreds of other young professionals from around the world to discuss major global issues this summer in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada More info @


June 6-20, 2008

2008 Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference

The Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference brings together Canada's future leaders from business, labour, government, NGOs, education and the cultural sector for a unique two-week experience aimed at broadening their perspectives on work, leadership, their communities, and their country.  Members of the Conference are Canadian citizens from different regions of Canada, different perspectives and different careers. All members share one thing in common: they are high potential individuals expected to achieve senior leadership positions in their organizations and communities. The seventh Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference will be June 6 to June 20, 2008. Applications will be accepted from March 1, 2007 to September 30, 2007.   For more information and to download the registration form consult




April 18 - 21, 2007 - St. John's, NL

Bring It Home: Building Communities on a Rock Foundation

The 2007 National Conference on Community Economic Development (CED) and the Social Economy was organized in partnership with CCEDNet and Futures in Newfoundland and Labrador's Youth (FINALY!).


March 16, 2007 - Clarenville, NL

Rock The Vote

Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy ROCK THE VOTE in Clarenville on Friday March 16!  We had a blast!  Thanks especially to Minister Ross Wiseman and our other speakers who came out to help send the message that each voice matters - no matter how young you are, no matter where you live - you just need to GET INVOLVED to MAKE A DIFFERENCE!  Stay tuned for pictures - we'll be posting soon!

December 20, 2006 - St. John's, NL

Making the Choice to Stay, Live and Work in Newfoundland and Labrador Media Conference

(Photo credit: K. Bruce Lane)

(From left to right, front row: Jill Curran, Rhonda Tulk-Lane. Back row: Stephen Penney, Jamie Baker, Chan Wiseman, Shelley Broomfield, Ray Johnson, Rex Goudie)

On Wednesday, December 20, 2006, speaking from Signal Hill National Historic Site of Canada, Ray Johnson, member of Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers, led a panel of young people who came together to speak out on the issues surrounding making the choice to stay, live and work in Newfoundland and Labrador. 


The panel was highlighted by the involvement of provincial musician Rex Goudie, and also included:

  • Jamie Baker, a 29-year-old member of the Society for United Fisherman
  • Shelley Broomfield, a 27-year-old Inuit Labradorian
  • Jill Curran, the 31-year-old owner/operator of Lighthouse Picnics (Ferryland)
  • Stephen Penney, 26-year-old member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Defence League
  • Rhonda Tulk-Lane, the 30-year-old Executive Director of Futures in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Youth (FINALY!)
  • Chan Wiseman, the 27-year-old President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Young Farmers’ Forum (NLYFF)


The panel spoke out to all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, many of whom are home for the holidays.  Each speaker spoke from their personal experience regarding the issues surrounding a person’s choice to stay, live and work in the province.   


There’s no place like home,” said musician Rex Goudie. “There are no people like the people homeThis is where I can truly be me.  That’s the best part about it.  I wish that everyone who wanted to live and work at home could do so.


“The time is now for each of us to develop personal strategies, in our lives and our businesses and our organizations, that will open the way for all Newfoundlanders & Labradorians to become self-sufficient,” said Ray Johnson, who hosted the event.  “If our youth want to stay and work here, we must work together build a province that can sustain them.” 


A group of grade six students from Mary Queen of Peace elementary school in St. John’s were also in attendance.  In this conclusion, host Ray Johnson pointed out that six of these children had left the room at various times throughout the presentation.  He went on to explain that this represents the 23% decline in our provincial youth population that is expected, through the government’s the best case scenario, by the time these children are ready to enter the work force 14 years from now in 2020.* (see DID YOU KNOW? below)    


This event was presented in conjunction with the following groups: the Community Linkages Concept Committee (CLCC); Futures in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Youth (FINALY!); the Newfoundland and Labrador Defence League (NLDL); and the Newfoundland and Labrador Young Farmer’s Forum (NLYFF). 


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