Thank you to all of our members who participated in AGM 2011 both in person and on the web. Your feedback and support are much appreciated by the board and staff of CAIC.
This year's theme Building on Our Vision, highlighted CAIC's role as a social finance innovator. CAIC's board was pleased to welcome one of the founding board members of CAIC - Fr. Jim Webb, SJ as our keynote speaker. This provided an opportunity to reflect on the contribution that CAIC's members have made to communities across Canada and will continue to make into the future.
CAIC has a long history of supporting community loan funds as it allows our funds to support micro-finance at a grassroots level. Seth Asimakos, Manager of the Saint John Community Loan Fund explained how his borrowers are becoming stakeholders in their community through new and innovative programs that provide much more than a loan.
This year CAIC brought the AGM to members all across Canada via Web Conferencing. Thank you to those who joined us, stay tuned for next year!
Be sure to mark December 4, 2012 in your day timer for next year's AGM.
We look forward to seeing you.
View the highlights of the 2011 AGM: 2011 Highlights.
Building on Our Vision/Building Community
Thank You to Our Guests
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Fr. Jim Webb, SJ
Fr. Jim Webb is the Provincial Superior of the Jesuits in English Canada. Active in social ministry (1973-1986), Fr. Webb was a founding director of the Jesuit Centre for Social Faith and Justice, Catholic New Times, the Taskforce on Corporate Responsibility, the South Riverdale Community Health Centre and the Canadian Alternative Investment Cooperative.
In 1986, Fr. Webb moved to Jamaica, to continue social ministry, first based at St Peter Claver Church and then at St. Theresa's Church in Annotto Bay. He returned to Canada to serve as provincial superior in 2008.
GUEST SPEAKER: Seth Asimakos,
Manager, Saint John Community Loan Fund
Seth Asimakos wrote the original business plan for the Saint John Community Loan Fund and continues as its manager today. Previous to the Loan Fund, Seth helped develop an immigrant owned worker co-operative in Saint John; prepared refugees and immigrants for the job market; and worked on rural economic development in Nicaragua and Colombia. Seth also served as Executive Director of the Canadian Community Investment Network Cooperative and Co-Director of the Atlantic Social Economy Research Project, housed at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS. He has served on various local boards including Bayview Credit Union, Options Outreach and the Co-operators Advisory Panel. He holds a master's degree in planning and development.
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