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November 2016
Nonprofit Spotlight
Seniors Navigator Project

The Seniors Navigator Project, sponsored by the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia and guided by a province-wide Advisory Team, is a two-year pilot project funded by Employment and Social Development Canada and developed in three Nova Scotia target locations. Seniors are engaged as Community Peer Support Volunteers to act as “Senior Navigators” to help rural Nova Scotia seniors (and their families) access the services and supports that maximize independence and increase their capacity to remain living in their home, in their community of choice.
The Project Advisory Team includes representatives of: The NS Department of Seniors, Community Links, NS Seniors Safety Program, NS Advisory Council on the Status of Women, NS Municipal and Community representatives, and NS 211.

For more information, please contact:

Anna Roch
Seniors Navigator Project Coordinator
Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia
902 825-6280

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
Professional Development Conference for Practitioners:

Supporting Learning Needs of Adults
November 17 - 18, 2016
Holiday Inn, Prince Street, Truro

The Professional Development Conference for Practitioners is open to all practitioners and coordinators who are looking for professional development to help them better support under-skilled and under-employed Nova Scotians.

In particular, we invite practitioners and coordinators from the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (community-based, adult high school, NSCC), work activity programs, career resource centres, workforce development programs and others.

Registration subsidies, as well as reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses, are available for community-based learning network practitioners funded under NSSAL. CLOs must apply and be pre-approved for the
subsidies and reimbursement.

For more information, click HERE.
LNS Practitioner Training
Three New Modules Start on October 30th

Whether you are an experienced educator or if you are new to adult learning facilitation, the Practitioner Training and Certification Program is for you! It will greatly enrich your teaching and learning experience.

Register for these modules now:
* Integrating Information Technology (IT) Skills Into Your Teaching
* Communications: Learners in Transition
* Learning Challenges

Click HERE for more information and to register.
The non-profit governance guides and sample policies formerly freely available from the Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education have now been moved to Grant MacDonald's website. Most have been updated and some new ones have been added.  Check it out HERE
Defining Community:
Conversations To Build Capacity  
Season II

Digby and area holds a great deal of pride in the accomplishments of the Defining Community: Conversations To Build Capacity participants this past year.  Engaged participants demonstrated hard work and dedication as they strived to achieve excellence in providing improvements to the local Digby & area community.

Defining Community organizers are beginning a strategic planning process and feel it is critical to obtain meaningful input from the community before the plan is developed. Only with your participation can we ensure that this plan reflects our community.

Defining Community invites you to attend our upcoming Defining Community: Conversations to Build Capacity November 9, 2016 at the NSCC Digby Campus (87 Warwick Street) to work with other community members on this endeavor.  Doors open at 6pm, event begins at 6:30pm and ends at 8pm.

This is the second season of the monthly Defining Community conversations.  If you participated last year we hope to see you again.  If you didn't participate last year we welcome you to come.

Click Here To Register
We are excited to welcome you to our first “Conversations for the Common Good” meetup and networking event at Volta on November 9th. We'll be talking about social enterprise as a tool for Community Economic Development along with members of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNET) Nova Scotia Chapter.

Meet like-minded community leaders and learn about the resources available to bring your idea to life.
Andy Horsnell, co-founder of Common good Solutions, Vice Chair of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada, Chair of the Centre for Local Prosperity, Director and Secretary of the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia will be leading the discussion.
*light snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Click Here To Register
The Workplace Culture Program helps Nova Scotia employers by:
Raising awareness of the benefits of cross-cultural talents and experience
Identifying methods by which the organization can improve its cross-cultural experience

Improving the ability to retain immigrant employees
Immigrants entering the workforce are a source of labour market growth. They bring benefits such as innovation, determination, and connections – to potential partners, suppliers and customers. Retaining talented immigrant employees brings competitive advantage and is a key factor in becoming an employer of choice.

Building A Culturally Competent Workplace will increase your capacity in the following:

  • awareness raising
  • stereotypes and how to get beyond them
  • how to understand and benefit with immigrants in the workplace.
Click Here To Register
Volunteer Conference 2016


November 25 & 26, 2016
Ramada Plaza Park Place, Dartmouth
240 Brownlow Avenue, Dartmouth, NS B3B 1X6 CA 

The volunteer conference is a celebration of the tremendous contributions of the volunteers in the region. Now in its 16th year, the Volunteer Conference gives residents an opportunity to participate in training, networking and learning that help them become more effective in their work and provide strong volunteer capacity in the region.

The 2016 conference includes:
* A wide selection of interactive sessions
* Dynamic and experienced speakers
* Lunch and refreshments
* Networking opportunities
* Participant welcome packages
* Community showcase

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - We have some exciting new workshops planned and lots of great presenters! Register today.


1. LOCATION CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS. New location is the Ramada Plaza Park Place in Burnside, Dartmouth.

2. POSSIBLE BRIDGE CLOSURE. Due to The Big Lift, there could be potential closures of the Macdonald Bridge taking place the weekend of the conference.  To ensure you have the most up-to-date information, please check their website for the weekly schedule of closures (as well as Macdonald Bridge shuttle info if you are walking/biking), or download a free Big Lift app at  You can also follow them on Twitter @HHBridges or @BigLiftHFX.  For Halifax Transit service, they have their schedule (and any alternate routing for when the Macdonald is closed) at

Any questions about the conference, please contact: or call Darren at 902.490.4865

Risk Management Through Screening in Organizations Working with Vulnerable People

November 30th, 2016
Wu Welcome Centre
512 Main Street, Wolfville

Facilitated by Lorraine Street

This workshop will focus on how organizations can develop a screening program that:

(1) meets the
requirements established by relevant legislation and caselaw, in relation to paid and unpaid positions, and

(2) identifies screening mechanisms that are effective.
Prevention Innovation Fund now
accepting a 2nd round of applications!
Although it can sometimes seem too large to solve, we know that sexual violence is preventable. With multiple organizations, groups and communities directing prevention initiatives, the responsibility of preventing sexual violence is shared by the collective community. With the long-term goal of reducing sexual violence, we must focus our approaches on ways to stop sexual violence from happening in the first place. This is called primary prevention.

The Sexual Violence Strategy will again provide $600,000 in grants for
community groups across the province to support the primary prevention of sexual violence.

For more information:

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.
Employers say the financial incentive is making a real difference and their recent grads are bringing enthusiasm, creativity and skill to the workplace. 
Find out more
HERE, or call 902.424.6000.
The Rural Seniors Grant Program
Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia in collaboration with the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, is pleased to announce that we will be awarding small grants to selected organizations working with seniors living in Nova Scotia’s rural communities.

Online applications will be accepted between 3rd October 2016 and 30th November 2016. Please note that eligible projects are required to match the amount of the requested grant, through cash or in-kind contributions (ex. volunteer hours, donated space or equipment, professional services and other) equal to the value of the grant.

For more information with regards to the matching requirements and the process of the 3 part online application can be found on the CFC150 web site link
New 150 Forward Fund now open!
As part of Canada's 150th celebration, Nova Scotia's 150 Forward Fund is now open for communities and groups to apply for funding for your community project or event.
For more information click
Chronic Disease Fund open!
The Chronic Disease Innovation Fund is a $300,000 annual fund designed to address the root causes of chronic disease. Community groups, working in partnership with community health boards, will propose projects that will help Nova Scotians live longer and healthier lives. These will include helping people stop smoking and reduce their alcohol consumption; improve exercise levels; helping people eat more fruit and vegetables; and combatting obesity. Up to $75,000 will be available in each health zone of the province.

For more information click
AVIVA Community Fund

First launched in October 2009, the Aviva Community Fund asked Canadians to submit their ideas and vote for causes on the competition’s online portal. Canadians overwhelmingly answered the call, proposing over 2,000 ideas, casting more than two million votes in support of causes from every province and territory. It's back! Click HERE
Executive Director
Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland County
Volunteer Service Coordinator
Red Cross

Event Services Coordinator
Bluenose Marathon

Halifax, NS
Coordinator-Atlantic Region
Kids-Help Phone

Halifax, NS
Bilingual Youth Educator
Clean Foundation

Dartmouth, NS
Youth Worker
Phoenix House

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Nonprofit Jobs in HRM,

Executive Director

Veith House
Halifax, NS

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