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January 2017
Nonprofit Spotlight
Lori Cox, Valley Business Leaders Initiative

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.

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
The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit is a manifesto for a culture shift in the nonprofit sector, starting conversations about the importance of individual self-care and WE-care in the workplace.

The Happy Healthy Nonprofit takes off where The Networked Nonprofit and Measuring the Networked Nonprofit left off — helping individuals and the nonprofit organizations where they work how to live and work in more sustainable ways.
For more information or to order the book, click
The non-profit governance guides and sample policies formerly freely available from the Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education have now been moved to Grant MacDonald's website. Most have been updated and some new ones have been added.  Check it out HERE
Effective Communication for Women

Saturday January 7, 2017  
10am - 1pm
Louis Millet Community Complex 
9489 Commercial Street
New Minas, Nova Scotia 

Don't miss this opportunity to take in these free leadership workshops for Women. 
An amazing and healthy lunch will provided and childcare is available by reservation. Register at least 4 days prior to the workshop date as lunch requirements need to be confirmed. For more information contact Helen MacDonald: 

In the workplace, effective communication is the foundation for better job performance and relationship building. After this workshop participants will be more strategic and efficient in their communication. 
Consider the importance of your personal brand. Learn about four distinct communication styles, and identify your preferred style. Discuss electronic communication and social media etiquette, and how to avoid common pitfalls
Leadership Symposium
Saturday January 7, 2017  
8:30am - 4pm
Hantsport Memorial Community Centre 
6 Main Street
Hantsport, Nova Scotia 

Doors Open at 7:45am

Network over breakfast and lunch. 
Keynote speaker Don Bureaux will begin the day. 
You will be able to choose one session from two morning speakers (Susan Carey or Chief Sid Peters) and choose one session from two afternoon speakers (Gary Ross or Pol Vincter). 
Don Bureaux will wrap up the day before everyone goes home. 
Queen Annapolisa - Hantsports own, Eleanor Gallant - to speak at lunch.

$99 per person 
OR, $149 for two people
Click Here To Register
Starting off 2017, Defining Community: Conversations To Build Capacity is partnering with Common Good Solutions (CGS) to host a community networking/meetup session around the topic of Social Enterprise.

NSCC Digby Learning Centre

87 Warwick Street, Digby

Wednesday, January 25, 2017  6:00-8:30

Storm date Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017

*light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Click Here To Register
Charity Fundamentals
February 7, 2017

Thomas H. Raddall Library in Liverpool
145 Old Bridge St
Liverpool, NS

The Atlantic Charities Initiative (ACI) supports and strengthens the charitable sector in Atlantic Canada. ACI’s primary objective is to build greater awareness among registered charities of Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) policy through free information sessions titled Charity Fundamentals and is comprised of four presentations:

10:00am - 11:15am Obligations of Registered Charities

The focus of this presentation is to highlight the responsibilities that accompany registered status such as devotion of resources to charitable purposes and activities, the filing of the T3010 Annual Information Return, and maintaining adequate books. It also highlights the differences between non-profit organizations (NPOs) and registered charities which are often referred to as NPOs.

11:30am - 12:30pm Fee-based Programming for Registered Charities

This presentation covers CRA policy relevant to fee-based and employment-themed charitable programs and how Community Economic Development activities such as social enterprise can operate within the structure of a registered charity. It also highlights how the Canada Revenue Agency identifies and classifies business activities, and the difference between business activities and other allowable activities that have business-like characteristics.

1:30pm - 2:30pm Registered Charities and Fundraising

Topics covered in this presentation include Canada Revenue Agency’s Guidance on Fundraising, reporting of fundraising revenue and expenses, and best fundraising practices, including accountability and transparency.

2:30pm - 3:30pm Receipting of Gifts

This presentation covers Canada Revenue Agency policy and guidance on the issuance of official donation receipts. Topics include determining what is a gift, required information for receipts, establishing fair market value of in-kind donations, receipting for gifts or service, and receipting best practices.
Click Here To Register
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.


Canada Summer Jobs Program

Deadline: January 20, 2017

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities. Canada Summer Jobs:

  • provides work experiences for students
  • supports organizations, including those that provide important community services; and
  • recognizes that local circumstances, community needs and priorities vary widely
For more information, click HERE.

Nova Scotia Co-op Education Initiative
Summer Co-op Deadline: January 27, 2017

The Co-op Education Incentive (CO-OP) provides wage assistance to private sector, government-funded and non-profit organizations offering career-related work experiences for university and community college co-operative students.

Employers pay students a minimum of $15.00 per hour plus 4% vacation pay. CO-OP will reimburse $7.50 per hour to a maximum of 40 hours per week. Employers participating in IRAP and SR&ED are eligible for an “R&D Incentive” and may receive up to $10.00 per hour.

***NEW***Starting with this application period, we will be managing the program in an online platform called Labour Market Programs Support System (LaMPSS).

For more information, click HERE.

Provincial Summer Student Skills Incentive Program
Summer 2017 DEADLINE: January 27th

The Student Summer Skills Incentive (SKILL) offers wage assistance to non-profit organizations that provide quality, career-related summer jobs to students going into university or community college in the fall.

Applications are open once a year, from mid-December to January 27, 2017, through the LaMPSS online information system. 

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.

For the Annapolis Valley Region
(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
Dates for the 85th Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival have been set. Celebrations will be held from May 24 - 29, 2017 with fireworks on Friday, May 26th and parades on Saturday, May 27th. This years’ theme is “Rooted in Tradition.”  
If you are interested in volunteering with the Festival as a Board Member or Committee Member, or as a General Volunteer during event week, the Apple Blossom Office would like to hear from you. Please call 902-678-8322 or send an email to

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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