Ottawa - The Board of Directors of the Community Radio Fund of Canada is pleased to announce the election of Roger Ouellette as its new President. He is replacing Jean-François Côté, who has completed three consecutive terms, one as president. Mr. Côté was instrumental in raising the profile of the Fund and strengthening the management of the Fund.

Roger Ouellette is a professor of political science at l'Université de Moncton and has extensive skills in the areas of communications, government relations, not-for-profit governance, and community radio. He has been involved with la Société nationale de l'Acadie, la Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada and la Société acadienne d'analyse politique. He was President of Radio Beauséjour CJSE, l’Association des radios communautaires acadiennes du Nouveau-Brunswick, and l’Alliance des radios communautaires du Canada.

Roger is also a founding director of the CRFC in 2007. He joined the current board in 2010 and is looking forward to serving the Fund and the sector for another term as President of the CRFC.

“From town to town, most radio — whether it is public or commercial — sounds just like the radio you find in big urban centres. It doesn’t reflect regional and local diversity,” says Roger Ouellette, the new President of the CRFC. “The programming of each community radio station is produced and hosted by local staff and volunteers from  different backgrounds, all of whom make their own editorial decisions. We are grassroots organizations reflecting the opinions and interests of local communities.”

Roger Ouellette also stressed the importance of diversifying the funding sources of the CRFC, a task which will be his first priority. Bringing new streams of funding into the organization will help the 178 licenced campus and community radio stations secure resources for operating and equipment costs.

According to the new President, ten years ago the Fund was no more than a dream. Now the Community Radio Fund is actively helping community broadcasting reach its full potential as an independent, diverse, and accessible part of the Canadian media landscape.

Jean Malavoy, Executive Director
613-321-3513 (ext. 1) / 613-818-3019 (cell)
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Here it is! We are proud to provide you with the CRFC 2013-2014 Annual Report, which was presented during our 7th Annual General Meeting on November 18, 2014, at the Théâtre de l'Île in Gatineau, Québec.