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Community Futures Ontario recognizes the Local Initiatives Program as the winner of the prestigious Members’ Choice Award.

The Local Initiatives Program (LIP) was created and is administered by the Haliburton County Development Corporation (HCDC), and provides funding and advisory services to Not-for-Profit Organizations in Haliburton County. The purpose of the LIP is to strengthen Haliburton County communities by supporting community economic development projects that are incremental (new initiatives or enhancements/additions to existing activities) and strive to enhance the resiliency and vibrancy of the community.

HCDC has supported 150 community projects involving over 450 partners and organizations.

Congratulations to Haliburton County Development Corporation for the success of the Local Initiatives Program! Thank you to the Sponsor of this Award: Sharon Wilson, the Benefits Lady.


Each year, Community Futures Ontario, a government funded program to facilitate rural economic development, recognizes the successes and impact of Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs). In 2023, they presented four awards: Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Outstanding Youth Entrepreneur Award, Award of Excellence for Community Economic Development (CED), and Members’ Choice Award. The Members’ Choice Award combines nominees of all categories and is voted on by our members and the communities of the nominees.


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From left: Patrick Kennedy (Haliburton CDC), Sharon Wilson (The Benefits Lady), Patti Tallman (Haliburton CDC), Heather Reid (Haliburton CDC)