November 28, 2011

Nord-Aski Regional Economic Development Corp., Hearst

First, Club Soleil des Ainés was formed to provide activities for seniors in Hearst.  Since no expansion was possible there, another association of active retirees, Ateliers des Pionniers et Pionnières du Nord, was created.  They rented an old school for activities not provided by the other organization.

Most seniors took part in both groups.  The executives tried not to duplicate or compete, but then they realized that there was a finite limit of funds.  They assessed a potential merger.

Both organizations decided that a neutral third party would be helpful during discussions.  They approached Nord-Aski REDC, and the manager acted as mediator. 

Club Action was created with membership currently at 645.  Provincial and federal governments approved a grant for 66% of building costs and the municipality contributed land.

“Partnerships made the difference.  We would like to thank Nord-Aski REDC for all their help.  We could not have done it without them” said Pierre Brochu, President of Club Action Hearst.

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