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CSC-NS VALLEY Newsletter
February 2017
Nonprofit Spotlight
Tim Crooks-Phoenix Youth


Nova Scotia Community Sector Conference
An exciting opportunity for the Community Sector to come together and celebrate our unique impact on our communities and identify resourceful and innovative ways to move forward together!

June 6 & 7, 2017
Membertou, Cape Breton
The DEADLINE for Nominations is February 24, 2017. 
Click HERE for details.
Sexual & Reproductive Health Week
February 12 - 18, 2017

Having the right language, skills, and tools to create an affirming and inclusive environment can help ensure that all patients feel safe accessing the services they need. Check out tips on how you can make a difference HERE and join the conversation! #SRH2017 #pillowtalk #CDNhealth #SOGIE

Basic Income NS -- Get Involved!
Basic Income Guarantee-Nova Scotia (BIG-NS) advocates for all people to have a basic income at a level that provides for the necessities of life including food, clothing, and shelter, and other resources that facilitate social engagement such as access to travel and means of communication. We believe a basic income should do more than just keep a person out of poverty it should guarantee that person the ability to participate as a full citizen in society, with dignity and security. Are you interested in volunteering for BIG-NS and helping to form a Nova Scotia-wide network of BIG activists. Here are some ways you can get involved:
1. You could organize a local chapter of BIG-NS in your own community. Your chapter could plan local initiatives and network with other BIG groups throughout Nova Scotia to work in a coordinated manner. 
2. We are collecting signatures for a petition to present to the Provincial government.  You could download the petition HERE and collect signatures. 
3. Your local group could meet with city or regional councillors in your community to discuss passing a similar (to the HRM) resolution.
For more information, please contact Pierre Stevens at
Telephone: 902-220-0344
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 at no 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 are available online at and Town of Windsor, 100 King St.
Have questions? Call toll free at 1-877-434-2136 or visit

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
A Heads-up from Skills Online!
Do you want to learn new skills or upgrade your knowledge? If so, then is the place for you. 

This online training platform gives you access to thousands of courses all at no cost to you (the Department of Labour and Advanced Education has pre-paid for access to the training platform and the courses). Topics include: Microsoft office, Financial Literacy, Customer Service, Leadership, HR and many others.

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. Workshops will be held in March and April in the communities of Halifax, Kentville, Digby, Yarmouth, Liverpool, Amherst, Stellarton, Antigonish, Port Hawkesbury, and Sydney. Watch for the upcoming schedule announcement to register for this free workshop!
Upcoming webinar
Food Insecurity Measurement in Canada:
Interpreting the Statistics

February 8, 2017 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm EST

PROOF and the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) are putting on a free webinar on food insecurity measurement in Canada with a focus on reporting, interpreting, and using food insecurity statistics from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS). We hope you can join us. Please share widely.
Register HERE.

Just in case you are going "stir crazy",
here's some info from Hike NS

Winter Guided Snowshoe Hike Series
Hike Nova Scotia encourages and promotes hiking, walking and snowshoeing throughout Nova Scotia.
Over 50 guided snowshoe/hike events across NS:
Click HERE for more information.
Digby Marketing Study Group – Session II     February-2017
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 in town of Digby)
  • Meet inspiring local people
  • Share your challenge and get fresh ideas
  • Improve communication skill
  • Get a newsletter regularly to keep yourself motivated
This month we will discuss about the basic structure of business and how to increase your sales. This short video clip gives you some idea about the content.
Previous videos and more information are available on this blog.
Contact Yuki if you are interested. You are welcome to subscribe the news letter only even though you can’t attend the regular study session.
Free sessions and resources for this year but it will become a charged course in the future. Don’t miss this opportunity!
Contact: Yuki Inoue
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.
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.

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.

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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