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CSC-NS VALLEY Newsletter
April 2017
Nonprofit Spotlight
Common Good Solutions (CGS) supports the growth and success of social enterprise across Canada. We’re here to help entrepreneurs, small business owners, non-profit managers and cooperatives define, achieve and measure the impact they have within their communities. 

Tatamagouche Centre welcomes
Josie Baker as Executive Director

Josie Baker brings more than 12 years of work experience in the non-profit sector, working for the past six years with the Cooper Institute, a PEI-based non-profit organization, primarily on issues of migrant workers and seed sovereignty.  She has been active in community organizations serving on boards and in leadership roles.  She is committed to social justice, adult education, community development and engaged spirituality. 

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


Apr 3 - Jul 3, 2017

This course presents inspiring local, regional, and international solutions in community energy, local food, social care, land tenure, and cooperative finance that address current concerns for environmental and social well-being. It introduces the knowledge and practice of co-operation, economic democracy, and the commons and invites your participation in an intensive program of exploration, instruction, dialogue, and practical training in systems change and transition.

Click HERE to register.


Living an Undivided Life
A Courage & Renewal Retreat
based on the work of Parker J Palmer

April 7 2:00 pm to April 9 1:30 pm
Tatamagouche Centre
  • Are you ready to give yourself the time and space to reflect on important questions about your life and work?
  • Are you in the midst of life transitions, feeling at a crossroads in your life, career or relationships?
  • Do you want to make a difference in the world, but find it difficult to sustain your original passion and purpose?
For more information click HERE
Intro to Visual Facilitation

Tuesday, 11 April 2017
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM


Let's combat the glassy eyed, post meeting look and use visual language to help turn confusion, apathy and wasted time into inspired productivity - that adds to your passion, value and mission.
To register, click HERE
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.
The Atlantic Charities Intitiative


The objective of the Atlantic Charities Initiative (ACI) is to support and strengthen the charitable sector in Atlantic Canada and is managed by David Oyler on a volunteer basis.  ACI’s primary objective is to build greater awareness among registered charities of Canada Revenue Agency policy through a free information session titled Charity Fundamentals and is comprised of two presentations:
Obligations of Registered Charities
Fundraising and Receipting for Gifts
The fourth regional Charity Fundamentals is taking place in Halifax on April 19.  For more information and to register:
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
Tapping into Provincial Resources

Registration is now open for the second annual Volunteer Leadership Symposium sponsored by the Kings Volunteer Resource Centre.  The day will begin at 9 am on May 17th at NSCC, Kingstec, Kentville, with a plenary panel on “Tapping into Provincial Resources”.
While there is no cost for the symposium, preregistration is required and early registration is advised.
Workshop topics include:
•          Social Media for Fundraising
•          Social Media – Getting the Word Out
•          Evaluation in the real World
•          What to Consider when you’re Considering a Social Enterprise
•          Board Leadership- Simple yet Elegant
•          Finding and Keeping the Right Volunteers
•          Facilitation
•          Diversity & Volunteerism
To register go to
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 or downloaded at
Have questions? Call toll free at 1-877-434-2136 or visit
The ISANS Workplace Culture Program helps Nova Scotian employers by:
  • raising awareness of the benefits of cross-cultural talents and experience
  • identifying methods by which an organization can improve its cross-cultural competence
  • 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.
Introduction to Workplace Culture
 Spring – Summer – Fall session dates for sessions:
  • Thursday April 6              9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Tuesday May 9                  9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Monday June 5                 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday July 12         9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Thursday August 3          2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday Sep. 12               2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Thursday Oct. 12              9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Wednesday Nov.  8         9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Monday Dec. 11               2:00 – 4:00 pm
 Introduction to the Immigrant-Friendly Workplace
Spring - Summer - Fall  dates for sessions:
  • Thursday April 13             9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Tuesday May 16                9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Monday June 12               9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Thursday July 13               2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Friday August 4                 9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Thursday Sep. 14              2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Friday Oct. 13                     9:00 – 11:00 am
  • Thursday Nov. 9                2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday Dec. 12                2:00 – 4:00 pm

Brand Spring Clean Opportunity
If you're a not-for-profit in Nova Scotia whose brand could use some love, we're looking for you!

Spring signals the start of fresh beginnings, budding changes, and most importantly - growth. In the spirit of Spring we're looking to partner with a local nonprofit to help their brand flourish and thrive in the way it deserves. Our Spring Clean Contest winner will receive a $30,000 branding package, providing the essential platform for future growth & development.

Entries close April 7th, 2017 at 11:59 PM Atlantic time.
For more info, 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.

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.
Emerging Leaders Need More than Leadership Development

They need organizations with a culture that can help them thrive
Guest post at Beth Kanter's Blog by Kari Dunn Saratovsky, Third Plateau

To read more, 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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