Growing Social and Economic Development in the Labrador Straits

Covid-19 restrictions occurred at a time when the organization (SLDA) was in the midst of organizational review of membership and governance structure. The pandemic has seriously affected and delayed the process of increasing a well-informed membership.

Regular project meetings, membership meetings, and Board of Director meetings were either cancelled, delayed, less frequent. While virtual meetings were used for Board of Directors meetings, the available internet service was too slow to allow for effective meetings. Training programs and social/recreational gatherings planned by our Seniors Services office were either cancelled or curtailed.

Prior to Covid-19 restrictions, SLDA was rapidly moving in a positive direction. At present, the organization is attempting to rebound from the negative effects of the pandemic.

SLDA has submitted a proposal to the Community Services Recovery Fund:

The Community Services Recovery Fund is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support charities and non-profits as they focus on how to adapt their organizations for pandemic recovery. Now more than ever, charities and non-profits are playing a key role in addressing persistent and complex social problems faced by all communities. The Community Services Recovery Fund responds to what charities and non-profits need right now and supports organizations as they adapt to the long-term impacts of the pandemic.

The SLDA proposed project is entitled, "Growing Social and Economic Development in the Labrador Straits". The project will strengthen, promote, and provide a wider capacity for the Southern Labrador Development Association (SLDA) to become a fuller voice to lead the Labrador Straits in overcoming the deepening social and economic concerns of the region. The project will strengthen and significantly increase membership and corporate sponsorship and thereby allow SLDA to fulfill its mandate more vigorously.