The September 9th meeting was held at the Dryden Native Friendship Centre (DNFC) where DNFC Executive Director, Sally Ledger provided us with a brief report on the result of their first strategic plan and an overview of their new 2015-2020 plan. 
 
Before doing the 2015-20 plan, DNFC did a survey involving over 40 questions among three main groups: members and clients, community members at-large and community partners such as the Dryden Regional Health Centre, Police services and Chamber of Commerce. 339 responses were analyzed.
 

Community Survey of Priorities on a Scale of 5

 
The top five areas of priority as a result of a survey done are cultural activities, education and training, health services, affordable housing, and advocacy.
 
Forty people participated in the Strategic Plan building process. The 1984 Mandate, and 2010 Values and Vision Statements were reaffirmed; however, four new strategic Directions were created: Infrastructure and Capacity Building, Cultural Competency, Youth Leadership and Skills Development and Partnership and Enhanced Programs and Services.
 
DNFC presently employs 14 full time and four part time staff with assets of about $250,000 and administers a budget annually of one million dollars
 
While DNFC’s main aim is to support First Nations (FN) people, there are many users of the facility that are not FN.
 
Leger indicated that over the next five years, it is her hope to develop the second .level of the building that they are in now
 
 
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