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May 2017
Nonprofit Spotlight
CSC-NS Receives 211 Believers Award

On April 26, 2017, the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia received a "211 Believers" Award from 211.

The 211 Awards Committee was impressed with the efforts
the Council put forward in facilitating and arranging a series of 211
workshops for the non-profit sector. These workshops not only allowed
211 the opportunity to build on  the value of its relationship with
the non-profit  sector,  they also enabled 211 to undertake critical
research into how the sector views the 211 service and ways in which
the 211 service  can grow and improve going forward. The committee also
felt that inviting 211 NS  to join the Council in hosting  the 2017
Annual conference afforded 211 a significant opportunity
to further broaden the awareness and the value of 211 throughout the
sector,  thus contributing to sustainability.


THANK YOU! We received a resounding response to our recent Survey Monkey questionnaire with regard to developing content and testing our theme selection for our upcoming conference on cross-sectoral collaboration, “Many Hands, Many Voices: Working Together for Stronger Communities.” Congratulations to Raye Leier whose name was drawn for participating in the survey. Raye has won a copy of “Happy, Healthy Nonprofit” by Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman.


In essence what we heard from you was that our five main theme areas are extremely relevant for developing capacity and partnerships. You told us that telling your organization’s story in a compelling way is vital as is learning different ways of collaborating for stronger impact. There was a strong sense that organization’s want to learn how best to deal with money and power while in collaboration, and how to build a leaderful culture within the sector and our organizations. You also learned that it is important that we hear the stories of successful collaboration AND failed attempts and lessons learned along the way. And lastly, but perhaps most importantly, you told us that working inclusively across diversity is one of the keys to building stronger communities.


Our Conference design team is working hard at designing an agenda that is powerful, relevant, filled with learning and networking opportunities, and that challenges us to continue to revision a new narrative for Nova Scotia’s future while working generously together to strengthen our sector, and build stronger communities.


We will be seeking proposals from the sector that highlight recent or active cross-sectoral collaborations – the good, the bad, and the ugly! More information on this call for conference proposals will be forthcoming in the next few days.

Please continue to save the dates of October 3-4, 2017. Registration will open in mid-June.

Caregiver Awareness Month is here! 

Caregiver NS is excited to bring you four interconnected campaigns involving a new section of our website, Nova Scotia's libraries, caregiver stories, and posts each day on Facebook and Twitter using #CGAware2017.

Join the conversation on social media and visit our website often to see how these campaigns unfold.

Get their Spring newsletter
HERE and you'll find articles on forgiveness, fidget mats, vaccinations, and more. Plus a delicious, staff-tested carrot cake recipe.

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.

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Become a member today
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.

These three modules start on May 28th:

Integrating Information Technology (IT) Skills Into Your Teaching
You'll have the opportunity to learn new teaching technologies and find ways to enhance your students learning with resources and programs you’ll find on the internet.

Communications: Learners in Transition
This module is recommended for practitioners working with learners in Levels II and III who are making a transition to further education or training, and need to apply their communications skills to more academic and complex reading material and writing assignments.

Learning Challenges
In this module, practitioners will learn teaching strategies to help learners deal with challenges and achieve their educational goals.

Register HERE for one or all modules now!

During this half day workshop, you will practise the basic techniques of finding the best high-potential social enterprise idea to pursue. We’ll help you generate new ideas, while also considering the skills or assets already at your disposal. We’ll also use a tool to pick the best ideas for further consideration.

Date: Friday, May 12 from 1-5 pm

Fee: $100 per non-profit - for up to 5 seats (space for 3 orgs only)

Location: Art Happening, 757 King Street in Downtown Bridgewater, NS

Facilitator: Lisa Lowthers of Common Good Solutions at 902.698.1161 or

In advance of the workshop, we ask that you complete the following in order to get the most out of this session:

  • The FREE Readiness Assessment workshop at under the “Explore” section.
  • Come to the session with an idea or two in mind.
Click Here To Register

Volunteer Leadership Symposium
Kingstec, NSCC
Wednesday May 17th, 2017
9:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
Proudly brought to you by the
Kings Volunteer Resource Centre


Registration and Networking - 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M.


Plenary Panel - Tapping Into Provincial Resources

Suzy Teubner                      211 Nova Scotia
Andrea Redmond                Non-Profit Sector Division, Department of Community                                              Services, Province of Nova Scotia               
Kylene Mellor                      Association of Volunteer Management Professionals                                                 Nova Scotia
Arlene MacDonald              Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia
Julia Harrison                      NSCC, Nonprofit Leadership Program
                                            Q & A Session 
    Workshops Include:
  • The Essential Social Media Ninja Tricks for Fundraising
  • Social Media - Getting the Word Out/PR 
  • Getting Closer to Where You Want to Be: 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
  • Tips and Tricks for Facilitating Meetings and Events 
  • Diversity and Volunteerism
The symposium is offered at no charge.  However, pre-registration is required and space is limited . Register at: Early registration recommended.
Learn more HERE.
Common Concern: Standing Together as Global Citizens will enable us to reflect on the seismic shift in recent times of the global political landscape - evidenced in the election of a demagogue to the most important political position in the world, volatile referenda and electoral results in Europe, and racist, war-mongering, misogynist and anti-planet discourse, including here in Canada. Together we will explore what role Atlantic Canadians engaged in promoting social justice locally and globally can play in countering these forces that threaten the values of global citizenship - human rights, democratic participation, rule of law, public deliberation based on dialogue and access to accurate information, and environmental sustainability.

Join us for panel discussions, capacity-building workshops and keynote addresses from Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada, and Alice Mugisho Musimwa, coordinator of Human Rights Advocates for East and Central African Association for Indigenous Rights.

We'll also celebrate an emerging leader in global citizenship, host a silent auction and musical performance Friday evening at the Gala event.

Registration HERE: Early bird rates until May 24:
Non-member: $185
Member: $150
Student / youth: $75

We're accepting workshop proposals HERE until May 12!
Check out this new twist on “jeans day”. This Father’s Day season, boost team spirit at your workplace with Plaid For Dad in support of Prostate Cancer Canada Atlantic!  It’s a fun, easy opportunity to combine team-building and charitable giving in a one-of-a kind dress-down day at your workplace to raise funds for the 1 in 8 Canadian men and their families impacted by prostate cancer. 
With everyone going plaid on June 16th, workplaces Canada-wide will make donations then share memorable photos online using the tag #PlaidForDad.  Learn more and register your workplace by visiting or calling 902-420-1444.
*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.
(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
All right, “color-blind” colleagues,
we need to have a talk

In my work and travels I’ve met some really incredible people doing amazing stuff. Every meeting, every trip restores my faith in our sector, as well as replenishes my office’s supply of pens and chapsticks from various exhibitors at conferences.

But once a while, I encounter people who are “color-blind,” who say things like:

  • “Vu, I love what you say about nonprofits needing to be more inclusive. You know, I have a grown son who has diverse friends. And he has never once referred to his friends by their skin color characteristics. Not once. I think it’s wonderful that he just doesn’t see color.”
Read more 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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