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CSC-NS Cape Breton Newsletter November 2016
Nonprofit Spotlight


In this Issue: Nonprofit News  Inside the CSC Learning Events Funding Sector Jobs

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Nonprofit News


Important Notice for Charities

Hold The Date – November 17th, 9:30 am – 12 noon

Preparing for Consultations

on Political Activities by Charities

An Information Session & Webinar for Charities

on the CRA Consultation and Submission Process

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

9:30 am – 12:00 noon

To help Atlantic Canadian charities respond to federal government consultations on political activity by charities, the Ecology Action Centre, the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia, Sierra Club Canada Atlantic Chapter, and Dalhousie’s College of Sustainability, are organizing an information session and webinar from 9:30 – 12:00* on Thursday, November 17th at 5793 University Ave., Collaborative Health Education Building, Room 150.

Webinar participation details will follow later this week.

Speakers will include Richard Bridge, Charity Lawyer, and Tim Gray, Executive Director with Environmental Defence. The seminar will include a question and answer session, and provide context to help your organization make a submission to the online consultations. (Deadline for CRA submissions is November 25th, see links below)

You can read more about the Canada Revenue Agency review mandate here and the consultation process here. The CRA is organizing sessions in six Canadian cities including Halifax; no dates yet. We are hoping that there will be good participation by NS charities in the Halifax session. For some more background:

We hope that you will join us! Please indicate if you would like to participate in this information session by emailing before Tuesday, Nov. 15th

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia is pleased to work in partnership with the Ecology Action Centre, Sierra Club Canada Foundation and Dalhousie University to bring this information session to Nova Scotia’s non-profit sector.



Seniors Navigator Project The Seniors Navigator Project, sponsored by the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia and guided by a province-wide Advisory Team, is a two-year pilot project funded by Employment and Social Development Canada and developed in three Nova Scotia target locations. Seniors are engaged as Community Peer Support Volunteers to act as “Senior Navigators” to help rural Nova Scotia seniors (and their families) access the services and supports that maximize independence and increase their capacity to remain living in their home, in their community of choice.   The Project Advisory Team includes representatives of: The NS Department of Seniors, Community Links, NS Seniors Safety Program, NS Advisory Council on the Status of Women, NS Municipal and Community representatives, and NS 211. For more information, please contact: ANNA ROCH Seniors Navigator Project Coordinator Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia 902 825-6280


Inside the CSC


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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Professional Development Conference for Practitioners: Supporting Learning Needs of Adults November 17 – 18, 2016 Holiday Inn, Prince Street, Truro The Professional Development Conference for Practitioners is open to all practitioners and coordinators who are looking for professional development to help them better support under-skilled and under-employed Nova Scotians. In particular, we invite practitioners and coordinators from the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (community-based, adult high school, NSCC), work activity programs, career resource centres, workforce development programs and others. Registration subsidies, as well as reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses, are available for community-based learning network practitioners funded under NSSAL. CLOs must apply and be pre-approved for the subsidies and reimbursement. For more information, click HERE.



LNS Practitioner Training Three New Modules Start on October 30th

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. Register for these modules now: * Integrating Information Technology (IT) Skills Into Your Teaching * Communications: Learners in Transition * Learning Challenges Click HERE for more information and to register.



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






Used Book Sale The Cape Breton Regional Library will be holding a Used Book Sale from Thursday, November 17 at 5:00 P.M., to Saturday, November 26 at 5:00 P.M at the McConnell Library. The sale will run during regular library hours. The Library will be selling thousands of good, used books to make room for new materials. The sale will include adult and children’s books in both paperback and hardcover at very good prices. This is a fund raiser for the Library and all proceeds of the book sale will be used to support the programs and services of the Cape Breton Regional Library. The Friends of the McConnell Library Pre-Sale will be held on November 17 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. This Pre-sale is open to members of the Friends of McConnell Library only. Membership for the Friends group is available at the Library. For more information on the sale, ask library staff or phone 562-3161 or 562-3279. The 10th Before X-Mas: A Library Craft Show Tis the season for a craft fair at the Library! Feeling the Christmas crunch? Looking for those last minute gift ideas? Look no further then your friendly McConnell Library to help you out! This craft fair has free entry and features local artisans with beautiful hand crafted goods. Simply stop by the library anytime between 10:00 am-5:00 pm on Saturday December 10th to check out our vender tables and find the perfect locally made gift for your Christmas list! Feeling generous? Buy tickets on a beautiful Library Christmas basket or Adopt-A-Book for a loved one while you are here!



Louisbourg Playhouse and S&L Train Station Fundraiser – IMO Bill Mullins Saturday, Nov. 26th, 2016 Entertainment, light lunch and small silent auction to take place that evening. For more details ( time, ticket price etc) please call 902-733-2996.

Annual Heritage Christmas Friday, December 2nd Hosted by the Louisbourg Heritage Society, they will be holding their 29th Annual Heritage Christmas at the Louisbourg Playhouse. Doors open at 6:00pm, Showtime 7:00pm. Free admission, rush seating. Good will offering at the door and/or a non-perishable food item for the Louisbourg Food Bank will be greatly appreciated. Please bring your singing voice!

Louisbourg Playhouse will present a ‘Lyrics and Laughter Christmas’.   Join the cast of Cape Breton Lyrics & Laughter for a fun-filled evening (or afternoon) of holiday music and comedy! Lyrics & Laughter’s Christmas shows have become something of a tradition over the years–it’s the best way to get into the Christmas spirit! Colin Grant, Michelle Mills Hollohan, Jason MacDonald, Eric Angus Whyte and Adam Young will be performing some of your favourite Christmas carols and lots of toe-tapping, get-up-and-dance fiddle tunes. We’ll throw in some original comedy for you, too.  And, if that weren’t enough: free tea and oatcakes for everyone! Come celebrate the holiday season with Jimmy, Dan Angus and the rest of the gang, and see what shenanigans they’re getting up to this year!      Tickets are $24.00 (tax incl.) 


Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 pm – Doors open at 6:30 pm Saturday, Dec. 10 @ 2:00 pm – Doors open at 1:00 pm Saturday, Dec. 10 @ 7:30 pm – Doors open at 6:30 pm Get your tickets today by calling (902) 733-3838

J.P. Cormier Christmas Show Saturday, Dec. 17th   Join us for an evening of Songs & Stories from J.P Cormier & Special Guest Decota McNamara.  Ticket prices $30.00 (taxes incl) Get your tickets today by calling (902) 733-3838






Prevention Innovation Fund now accepting a 2nd round of applications! Although it can sometimes seem too large to solve, we know that sexual violence is preventable. With multiple organizations, groups and communities directing prevention initiatives, the responsibility of preventing sexual violence is shared by the collective community. With the long-term goal of reducing sexual violence, we must focus our approaches on ways to stop sexual violence from happening in the first place. This is called primary prevention. The Sexual Violence Strategy will again provide $600,000 in grants for community groups across the province to support the primary prevention of sexual violence. For more information, click HERE.



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.



The Rural Seniors Grant Program Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia,in collaboration with the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, is pleased to announce that we will be awarding small grants to selected organizations working with seniors living in Nova Scotia’s rural communities. Online applications will be accepted between 3rd October 2016 and 30thNovember 2016. Please note that eligible projects are required to match the amount of the requested grant, through cash or in-kind contributions (ex. volunteer hours, donated space or equipment, professional services and other) equal to the value of the grant. For more information with regards to the matching requirements and the process of the 3 part online application can be found on the CFC150 web site link HERE.



New 150 Forward Fund now open! As part of Canada’s 150th celebration, Nova Scotia’s 150 Forward Fund is now open for communities and groups to apply for funding for your community project or event. For more information click HERE



Chronic Disease Fund open! The Chronic Disease Innovation Fund is a $300,000 annual fund designed to address the root causes of chronic disease. Community groups, working in partnership with community health boards, will propose projects that will help Nova Scotians live longer and healthier lives. These will include helping people stop smoking and reduce their alcohol consumption; improve exercise levels; helping people eat more fruit and vegetables; and combatting obesity. Up to $75,000 will be available in each health zone of the province. For more information click HERE



AVIVA Community Fund First launched in October 2009, the Aviva Community Fund asked Canadians to submit their ideas and vote for causes on the competition’s online portal. Canadians overwhelmingly answered the call, proposing over 2,000 ideas, casting more than two million votes in support of causes from every province and territory. It’s back! Click HERE


Sector Jobs


Executive Director Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland County





Nonprofit Jobs in HRM, click HERE.



Executive Director

Veith House Halifax, NS


CSC Consulting Services



The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia provides customized services in board governance and strategic planning to non-profit organizations across the province.


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