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CSCNS Valley Newsletter
March 2017
Nonprofit Spotlight
Hasmeet Singh Chandok:
Maritime Bhangra Group

Hasmeet Singh Chandok of the Maritime Bhangra Group takes a moment to speak with the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia. All monies raised from the Maritime Bhangra Group's dancing is donated to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick charities. To learn more, click HERE
What if you didn't exist?
We don't blow our own horns much in the community sector in Nova Scotia -- we're usually too busy doing the work and besides we're Maritimers! We at the CSC want to hear about the difference you make. Share your answer to the question "What if you didn't exist?" on our Facebook Page HERE and we'll share it with all of us.

CSC-NS Membership Program

To reinforce its sustainability and accountability, CSC-NS is developing a membership structure. A membership structure will strengthen the voice of the non-profit sector by representing a diverse cross-section of organizations in every region of the province.

 Learn More
Become a member today
Skills Online Local Learning Labs!

Working to strengthen communities across the province while building a vibrant and adaptable non-profit sector workforce, the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia along with the Department of Labour and Advanced Education (Workplace Initiatives Division) is excited to launch a cross-province roadshow.

This 10-community workshop features an overview of the Province of Nova Scotia’s Workplace Initiatives Program to assist organizations to be competitive employers and build on the skills we need to succeed in the workplace. We’ll then shift into a learning lab to focus specifically on the multitude of online training programs offered through Skills Online – an online training platform that provides access to thousands of courses all at no cost to you (via the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. Skills online topics include:
  • Microsoft Office
  • Financial Literacy
  • Customer Service
  • Leadership
  • Human Resources
  • Many more!
Join us for a presentation and demo of the platform; you’ll learn how to navigate the site, take courses and create your own private learning network.

There is no cost to register. Please bring laptop, tablet or smartphone to access during the lab portion of the workshop. Should you need access to a laptop please let us know at time of registration as we have access to a few devices for each session.

Workshops within the closest geographical proximity to non-profit organizations operating in the
Valley Region are:
Kentville March 09, 2017-Click here to register
Digby March 20, 2017-Click here to register
Leading Innovative & Engaging Youth Programs
March 16-19, 2017
Thursday 5 pm to Sunday 2 pm
Tatamagouche Centre
Excellent training opportunity for anyone who is interested in high-level training in youth engagement and program planning to enhance their abilities as youth workers, mentors, social workers, employment counsellors, teachers, volunteers or recreation staff.
Click HERE to register
RCF Looking for new Board Members
By putting resources into the hands of people who are making a difference in rural Nova Scotia, RCF is making lasting change in rural communities across the province. RCF works to strengthen Nova Scotia's rural communities by providing project funding through grants that support capacity building and allowing community groups to create innovative opportunities for growth and development.

If you are interested in joining the board, please submit an expression of interest click
Deadline for expression of interest is May 6, 2017, with new board members appointed at the Annual General Meeting on June 7, 2017.
Digby Marketing Study Group – Session 3
Do you know the 4 basic skills to develop a business?
This non-profit study group, that started January 2017, is for anyone interested in marketing.
Being a part of this group, you can:
  • Join the monthly study session (usually in an evening for 2 hours)
  • Meet inspiring local people
  • Share your challenge and get fresh ideas
  • Improve communication skill
  • Get a newsletter regularly to keep yourself motivated
We are focusing on the result. There is lots of work to expand your perspectives in each study session. You can share your challenges with people who have been there. You can help others who have problems by sharing your ideas.
Previous video clips and information are available on this blog for free.
Yuki if you would like to be on the mailing list to receive farther information regularly.
Free sessions and resources for this year but it will become a charged course in the future. Don’t miss this opportunity!
Yuki Inoue
For the Annapolis Valley Region
(West Hants, Annapolis and Kings Counties)
Valley Restorative Justice is a community based organization providing restorative justice services which promote peace and healing within communities affected by incidents of criminal harm. This is achieved by supporting and encouraging people using restorative justice processes where facilitated dialogue provides opportunity for understanding and the resolution of harm experienced.
** Volunteers are now needed for the following roles:
  1. to facilitate restorative justice sessions
  2. to join the Board of Directors of the sponsoring
body of Valley Restorative Justice Society
*** All the necessary training is provided.
For more information, contact
Valley Restorative Justice
P.O. Box 621, Kentville, Nova Scotia, B4N 3X7
Everyone deserves a warm home.
We all deserve to be comfortable in our home.  For homeowners who qualify, the HomeWarming team provides a free comprehensive energy audit and works with you to determine the energy efficiency upgrades that make the most sense for your home.  Then the team takes care of managing sub-contractors to have the upgrades completed atno cost to you.  Am I eligible?  You can apply if:
(Line 236 from your Tax Notice of Assessment)
1 person
2 to 4 people
5 or more people
  • Your combined family income is under the levels shown in the chart to the right
  • You own a single-unit home/mobile home located in Nova Scotia and can provide proof of ownership
  • You live in your home year-round, it is your primary residence, and you do not plan to sell in the near future
  • Your home has not previously received upgrades through HomeWarming or the Low Income Homeowner Service.
Applications can be filled online at or downloaded at
Have questions? Call toll free at 1-877-434-2136 or visit
Early Bird Special Offer!
Register HERE by February 28th
Registration price includes 18 holes of golf with cart, snacks, lunch, beverages and a 3 course steak dinner for each player. Net proceeds from NSPGI 2017 will be used to benefit adult learners in Nova Scotia. Read more HERE

Help us change lives with literacy!

Take Your Grant Proposal to Lunch
Saturday March 25th 10 am- 2pm NSCC Kingstec
Facilitator- Brenda Wallace-Allen

Pack a brown bag lunch and bring the grant proposal you are working on (or would like to be working on) to a workshop where others in the same situation will discuss challenges, strategies, and solutions to grant proposal writing.  Brenda has decades of experience writing grant proposals and still finds it fun!  

Harness Your Strengths
Wednesday, April 5 7 pm-9 pm at NSCC Kingstec Campus. Workshop Facilitator: Anne Murray 

This workshop will offer an understanding and appreciation of our unique strengths. Learn how to apply your strengths in all aspects of your life, including academics, relationships, career, volunteering, and leadership. There will be a $12.00 cost to this workshop in order to take the Strength Finder online questionnaire. 

Mark your calendars for the Volunteer Leadership Sympoisum!  
Wednesday, May 17 9 am- 3 pm at NSCC Kingstec Campus 
The symposium is free to attend, stay tuned for more updates at our website  Our online registration form through Eventbrite will be launched in late March.  
Space for these workshops are limited and pre-registration is required by contacting the Kings Volunteer Resource Centre 902-678-1398 or email:
Housing Networking
April 3, 2017
 Bridgetown Firehall
31 Bay Road, Bridgetown, NS
Click Here to Register

VBLI Economic Summit 2017 

It  will take place April 3, 8:30am-3:00pm at the Old Orchard Inn. Click here or follow the link below to view the event.
The state of our local economy, what we need to improve, and how and when we'll do it are key messages at this event. 
Special guest speakers will be Ray Ivany, President and Vice Chancellor, Acadia University, and Jeff MacLean, President, Michelin North America (Canada), Inc.
We would be greatly appreciative if you could help us spread the word about the Summit.  Below are graphics which can be used in newsletters, social media platforms or your website. 
If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at 902-788-1176 or  
April 28-30, Tatamagouche

A celebration of hiking culture, the Summit will include best practices, stories, networking opportunities and hikes.The deadline for registration is April 24, 2017. Learn more and register, click
*NEW* Rural Vitality Grants Program
The Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia is pleased to invite Nova Scotia’s rural municipalities and Mi’kmaq bands to be part of a partnership aimed at supporting local efforts that are building a sustainable future for rural Nova Scotia.

The focus of these grants is community building. We are seeking proposals for initiatives that develop connections in rural Nova Scotia and start dialogues that will last beyond 2017. Priority will be given to proposals that highlight inclusion.

Interested? Click HERE to complete an expression of interest.

Nonprofit HR innovation stories
HR management practices within the nonprofit sector are changing rapidly. Shifting demographic, economic, technological, and social trends are reshaping the landscape of HR from how we develop talent to how we structure office environments. We’re on the lookout for stories that are shifting the status quo under these four themes.
  1. Managing flexible work arrangements
  2. Outsourcing
  3. Staff development and succession
  4. Adjusting to a new labour force.
Enter HERE and you could win up to $500 towards a team-based professional development opportunity for your nonprofit organization.
Invest In Your Business.  Invest In A Graduate
Available to companies of 100 employees or less, start-ups, non-profits and social enterprises.
Would you like some financial help with the next person you hire? The province’s Graduate to Opportunity program helps small businesses hire recent university and college graduates by providing salary support for the first two years of employment -- 25% the first year, 12.5% the second year -- for new jobs paying at least $30,000.
The process is quick and easy:  complete applications are normally approved within days.

Find out more
HERE, or call 902.424.6000.
Keeping up with jobs in the community sector is a big job! Fortunately, there are other people who do this for us.
The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia, in partnership with, is pleased to offer this employment resource that focuses solely on the nonprofit sector.  We encourage employers to populate with employment opportunities and for employment-seekers to utilize this valuable service.

Click HERE for more.
Because Nonprofits Are Messy!
Beth Kanter: "I’m a huge fan of Joan Garry’s blog and podcast. I consider her the “Dear Abby” of the nonprofit world, dispensing practical and brilliant advice to nonprofits with her wonderful sense of humor.   Joan has been an executive director, board member, donor, and volunteer – so she brings to her consulting and educator practice so much perspective and wisdom.   She has packed all that into her new book, “Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership.”

To read the whole post, click HERE

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia provides customized services in board governance and strategic planning to non-profit organizations across the province.

Click here for more information
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