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.
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.
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.
In this module, practitioners will learn teaching strategies to help learners deal with challenges and achieve their educational goals.
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
Volunteer Leadership Symposium
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
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: https://tpr2017eventbrite.ca. Early registration recommended.
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:
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 PlaidforDad.ca 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 HEREto 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 WorkinNonProfits.ca, is pleased to offer this employment resource that focuses solely on the nonprofit sector. We encourage employers to populate WorkinNonProfits.ca with employment opportunities and for employment-seekers to utilize this valuable service.
VOLUNTEERS (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:
to facilitate restorative justice sessions
to join the Board of Directors of the sponsoring body of Valley Restorative Justice Society
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.”