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CSCNS VALLEY Region Newsletter
 August 2017
We have a favour to ask...
Things are cookin' at the Community Sector Council (and not just because of the summer temperatures!) Our recent retreat has given us a clearer focus and our provincial conference is coming up in early October. Please share this newsletter with your community networks so that we can get the word out to more people. Click on the "Share" button at the end of the newsletter. Thanks a million!
Nonprofit Spotlight
The "Many Hands, Many Voices: Working Together for Stronger Communities" Conference website is now live with more information be added daily.

Conference Registration will be open on Tuesday, August 8th with discounts for CSC members. For more information on how and why to become a member check out the CSC website.

To stay up to date on conference happenings, like and follow the Many Hands, Many Voices Facebook page
What We've been up to...
In 2016, CSC-NS asked the community sector:"What are the main issues facing Nova Scotia nonprofits?" Your top three priorities were: 

1. Lack of consistent and/or multi-year funding commitments and a culture of financial scarcity.
2. The need for greater recognition of the value of nonprofits, by public and private sectors.
3. To work more in collaboration, less in Isolation with government, funders, businesses and citizens."

At the CSC, we have been working on these priorities at many levels, provincially, regionally and locally. At the provincial level, we have been building relationships with government staff at LAE, DCS, CCH, the Premier's Office and more. In our conversations, we have been encouraging government representatives and staff to better understand the positive impact the community sector has on all aspects of society -- economic, social, environmental, political, individually and collectively and why there needs to be increased investment in our sector.

To raise awareness of the value of the community sector, CSC-NS has been working on a video to be premiered at our October Conference based on interviews with local organizations and those who benefit from their activities.

To learn more about the CSC-NS activities, read our 2016-2017 Annual Report

Next month, we'll report on the work we have been doing around Collaboration.

CSC-NS Membership Program

If you join the CSC-NS now, you will be entitled to a reduced Conference fee!

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.

Become a member today
Salary Survey for Volunteer Managers/Coordinators
VMPNS is excited to announce we are launching a Salary Survey! We are seeking to create a picture of compensation of volunteer managers in N.S. to help inform the labour market and, to help our members advocate and negotiate for fair compensation. Your title does not need to be ‘Volunteer Manager’ or ‘Volunteer Coordinator’ to participate, just so long as part of your duties include volunteer management/coordination. We encourage you to complete the survey and share the link with your colleagues working in the field of volunteer management in Nova Scotia. The survey is 10 questions long, and responses are anonymous.

Salary Survey Link HERE Thanks for participating!
Message from the Tatamagouche Centre Board

To our friends and allies,
In the summer of 2015 the Tatamagouche Centre experienced a financial crisis. At that time, a decision was made by the Board of Directors to lay off staff and to close the Centre temporarily. This was followed by a first community meeting in August 2015. From that time until late April 2017, the board had been managing the organization from afar without an on-site director.

This has been a difficult time in the history of the Tatamagouche Centre. Historically, the Centre's strengths have been in its work of personal and social transformation, relationship with land, work for social justice, and of deepening our relationship with spirit. The people who have come, participated and led programs, who carried the torch as staff and as board over the years have been the faces and spirit of the Centre.
Read more
Insurance and Risk Management for Nonprofits Webinar

Is your nonprofit and its board of directors adequately protected in case of liability? Find out at our free webinar presented in partnership with Volunteer Canada.

Nonprofit organizations are not immune from potential claims from employees, board members, and volunteers relating to employment practices, fiduciary liability (i.e. administration of employee benefits plan), and financial mismanagement (i.e. board decisions that have adverse financial consequences). At this webinar, Volunteer Canada will show you how, with the right insurance and tools in place, you can manage your organization's risk effectively.

Date: Thursday, August 10 at 1pm Eastern Time / 10am Pacific Time (one hour)
Cost: Free - Space is limited so register early to avoid disappointment.
Audience: Nonprofit leaders, executives, board members, and volunteer managers.

Not sure if you can attend the live webinar? No need to worry - please register anyway! We will email the webinar recording and presentation slides to all registrants the day after the webinar.

Click HERE to register

You are invited to attend:

Issues in Public Sector Evaluation
The Important Debates

August 16, 2017, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Room 3087 – 3089, Kenneth Rowe Building
6100 University Avenue, Halifax, NS

Presented by students in the Master of Public Administration (Management) Program, Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University who participated in an on-line course in program evaluation come together at Dalhousie for their intensive. They will share a summary of their papers which looked into an evaluation issue or evaluation debate. The presentations are organized into four panels with three papers in each, giving you an opportunity to engage in the debate. There will be a reception hosted by the NS CES Chapter providing an opportunity to meet with students.

Although this is presented at no cost, we do ask that you register so we can prepare for the reception.
RSVP to or call 494-6328
We look forward to seeing you on August 16th!
Program Sustainability: Doable or Delusional?

For this month's podcast we spoke with Kylie Hutchinson, principal consultant with Community Solutions, a small Vancouver-based firm that specializes in evaluation and program sustainability planning. Kylie shares key factors that lead to long term success in not-for-profit programs. She draws on the considerable research and findings she presents in her book Survive and Thrive: Three Steps to Securing Your Program's Sustainability, nominated for the Alliance for Nonprofit Management's 2017 Terry McAdam Award. 

For more information, click HERE
Recommended Summer Reading!
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 can be filled online at
Have questions? Call toll free at 1-877-434-2136 or visit

September 13 - 16


The 55+ Games are hosted in Nova Scotia every second year. The events and sports are broken down into three categories: passive, mildly active and active. Although we are crowning provincial champions, the overall motto of the games is Fun, Fitness and Friendship and this will be evident throughout the entire event. So sign up but if you do not want to compete, you can sign up as a non-participant and take advantage of everything else that we have to offer.

Come and join us, there are plenty of friends out there that you haven’t met yet.For more information, click HERE

Recreation Nova Scotia Provincial Conference
For more information, click

Community Health Boards
Wellness Fund
Deadline: October 15, 2017

Each year, the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) designates funds for each CHB in the province to distribute as Wellness Funds (WF).

This fund is for non-profit groups working to improve health in their communities and must address the health priorities identified by the CHBs in their current community health plan. 

Learn more

Do you have any funding sources you would like to share? Let us know.

Looking for great talent? The Halifax
Universities Career Fair
is the place you will find it!

September 26, Cunard Centre
On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, over 1,500 university students and recent graduates will attend Atlantic Canada’s premier recruiting event - the 20th annual Halifax Universities Career Fair.

Organized by Dalhousie University, Mount Saint Vincent University and Saint Mary’s University, the Fair is an excellent opportunity for you to connect with enthusiastic university students and graduates from a broad range of

You can register through the fair's website HERE. Identify yourself as a member of CSC-NS
Also check this out...
Edunova Workplace Vouchers
Are you an employer in Nova Scotia who could benefit from a wage subsidy to hire a recent graduate?
Edunova Workplace Vouchers provide short term wage subsidies to employers in Nova Scotia to hire recent international graduates from the EduNova STAY-NS cohort program. EduNova is coordinating the Workplace Vouchers and providing a wage subsidy of up to $6,400 per graduate hired, to offset and support paid work.

For more information, click HERE
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.
Our Favourite BLOG/Article
Make Room: Addressing the Pressing Need for Intergenerational Leadership in Canada’s Nonprofit Sector
Tom Abel, Christa Romaldi, and Tara Mazurk 

The non-profit sector must consider whether it has created space for young and emerging leaders to flourish. A recent survey of 810 Ontario non-profit executives indicated that 76% were older than 45, and 41% were older than 55. As we prepare for the current generation of sector leaders to be replaced by the next, we must ask ourselves: what is different about their values? What are their unique needs? What new competencies do they bring to the table?

Connect the Sector (CTS) is delighted to partner with The Philanthropist to release a series of articles that begin to answer these questions. Formed in 2012 as an incubated project of the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN), CTS has in recent years coordinated annual fellowships that allow emerging non-profit leaders to engage with pressing issues in the sector. In partnering with The Philanthropist, the current program invites fellows to pair with more established colleagues in examining opportunities for, and challenges to, intergenerational leadership in the sector.
Read 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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