Community Sector Council of NS


CSCNS Cape Breton Newsletter February 2018


Michael Chender & The Wayside Initiative



Michael Chender shares his thoughts on the Wayside Initiative.  The Wayside Initiative recently facilitated a two day “Systems Change” workshop in Truro in conjunction with the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia. We hope that you will take a few moments to watch this, perhaps share with your colleagues and friends.


Nonprofit News


The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia is pleased to welcome Jessica Farrell to our team as the new Cape Breton Convenor.


Jessica Farrell, CSCNS Cape Breton Convenor,

Jessica Farrell has been working with non-profit organizations in a communications and community engagement capacity for nearly a decade. She has an MBA in Community Economic Development, and has worked with the Nova Scotia Trails Federation, Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association and Dalhousie University. Jessica has built a strong network of non-profit and community stakeholders across Cape Breton and is enthusiastic about helping to build strong and vibrant communities in her region.



Announcement We are pleased to announce that Nicole Cammaert is now taking on a new provincial role as Director, Learning Development and Operations. Nicole will continue to work from her base in Cape Breton and you can reach her at



What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know About Facebook’s New Algorithm


If one of your favorite pastimes is mindlessly scrolling through viral videos on Facebook, your days of doing so are numbered. On January 11, the global social media giant announced some sweeping changes to its most central product — the News Feed.

In the coming months, Facebook will be granting less priority to Pages from businesses and publications and begin favoring posts its ranking algorithm finds to be more engaging — namely those that spark debate and discussion among a user’s friends and family.

Although this is a noble cause, it potentially leaves nonprofits and other mission-driven organizations in a tight spot, because they are considered businesses in the eyes of Facebook. Click Here To Read More.



Community Health Boards, Who We Are and What We Do.   Community Health Boards (CHBs) are a dedicated group of volunteers working together under a legislated mandate to improve the health of our communities.  CHBs are made up of everyday citizens of all ages and walks of life who volunteer to serve as the eyes, ears and voice of their communities. They share information and feedback with Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) about local perspectives and identify factors that influence health, find ways to make communities healthier, and participate in the allocation of grants to promote better health. CHBs are guided by the Health Authorities Act and have a role in engaging communities in dialogue about how we can change Nova Scotians’ understanding about health and health care.  They are committed to a population health approach that aims to improve the health of the entire population by recognizing the many factors that influence our health.  They understand that in order to improve health they must get to the root causes, the factors the affect health which include, but are not limited to, poverty, social status and the physical environment.  They are guided by the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of health “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”     CHBs work with their communities and NSHA to identify, promote and participate in health promotion initiatives, provide guidance to the NSHA on strategies to further engage the community and consult with residents of their communities.  They participate with the NSHA in the selection of Wellness Funds recipients and every three years all CHBs prepare a Community Health Plan. Locally, we developed and now share one made-in-Cumberland Community Health Plan that is effective through November 2019. Our plan includes four priorities; increase economic well-being, increase mental wellness and a sense of belonging, increase healthy lifestyles and supportive environments and increase community engagement and positive relationships.  You can download our plan at: There are 37 community health boards in Nova Scotia with three in Cumberland: Pugwash and Area; Springhill, Oxford, Amherst and Region (SOAR); and, Southampton, Parrsboro, Advocate and Region (SPAR).   Community Health Boards meet monthly from September through June. Pugwash and Area meets the first Thursday of each month from 6 to 8pm, SOAR meets the third Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 and SPAR meets the last Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30.  All of our boards currently have openings for new members so if you are interested in improving the health of your community, we may be a perfect fit for you.  To learn more about CHBS or for information on becoming a member, please contact me, Colleen Dowe or phone 902-661-3406





Looking for Data to Help with Your Project on the Social Determinants of Health?

Does your organization do work on the social determinants of health in Cape Breton? Do you ever struggle to find the data you need to support your strategic planning or a research project, among other things? Laura Syms, a librarian at Cape Breton University, is available to assist. Laura can help you locate public data from a number of sources including the recent census and CMHC, and also tell you about what may not be available. Laura may be reached at or 902-563-1994. This initiative is a partnership between the CBU library and the Building Resilience: A Community Engaged Research Lab, which is funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and also located at CBU. Meeting space is available for community groups while working on their projects. Our meeting room is large enough for about 15-20 people, and is located in the Technology Centre at CBU. To book the space, please contact, or





As a result of the Community Impact Summit, held in March 2017, United Way Cape Breton has established two working committees in the areas of youth and food security. These committees are community lead with representation from a wide range of organizations in Cape Breton. The youth committee chaired by Barry Waldman, Executive Director of EPIC, is focused on developing youth employability programs /support programs. The youth committee’s mandate is to engage youth 13+ to make a healthy transition into adulthood. The food security committee, chaired by Jay McNeil, founder of Full Plate and director of #Bayitforward, is focused on the development of an island-wide food charter. A food charter establishes a shared set of values and principles that will guide food systems in Cape Breton to increase access, promote sustainability, and reduce waste. Both of these committees align with United Way Cape Breton’s strategic plan, which can be viewed by visiting: United Way Cape Breton exists to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action in Cape Breton. United Way Cape Breton’s focus is on funding local programs that help move people from poverty to possibility, enable kids to be all they can be and in turn, create strong communities. United Way Cape Breton has a goal to reduce Cape Breton’s current child poverty rate, by five percent over a five-year period. As such, United Way Cape Breton has prioritized the funding of local youth programs working to reduce that rate. We currently fund 17 local youth programs, helping 2,389 youth.



Save the Date!  June 17-20, 2018



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CAPRE Membership Drive CAPRE, Community Association of People for Real Enterprise is offering memberships. $20 a year. The membership period is January 2018 to December 2018. CAPRE supports people in our community with Intellectual Disabilities who own and operate their own businesses. Our work makes a difference in the lives of those we support and their families. We offer a safe work environment with fully trained support workers who are dedicated to their Entrepreneur in a one on one support environment.  Together the support worker and the entrepreneur work on the business in a person centered focused way using our Logic Model which includes community development, continued learning, personal planning and much more. A business planning team surrounds each entrepreneur and helps with the business as it develops and grows. By becoming a member of CAPRE you will have a vote at our annual general meeting held each year in October.  If you prefer to email the completed form and pay your membership fee through Canada Helps you can do that by going to our website and clicking on DONATE – please indicate your donation is for MEMBERSHIP. Thank you for your ongoing support. Kate Trevors Executive Director Community Association of People for Real Enterprise (CAPRE) Site 1 – 8736 Commercial Street New Minas, NS B4N 3C5 902-681-5005


CAPRE Membership Application Form-Click Here to Download


CAPRE 2017 AGM Report





Mandate Letter Tracker: Delivering results for Canadians


This website provides a status report on all commitments found in the Prime Minister’s mandate letters to ministers. The Prime Minister’s general expectation of all ministers is available here. This site is intended to help Canadians hold the Government accountable. Click here to read more.


Click here to sign up.






Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy Online Consultations

Social innovation is a new solution to a social or economic problem which gives better results than traditional approaches. It can improve people’s quality of life through collaborating with new partners, testing creative ideas and measuring their impact. Social finance is a tool that seeks to mobilize private capital for the public good. It creates opportunities for investors to finance projects that benefit society, and for community organizations to access new sources of funds.

Both social innovation and social finance often involve collaboration across different levels of government, charities and the not-for-profit and private sectors to act on a common social issue. This collaborative approach aims to better support communities and improve the lives of those who need it most.

The Government of Canada made the commitment to develop a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy to find new innovative approaches that improve the well-being of Canadians. Click Here to Participate



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:

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 Have questions? Call toll free at 1-877-434-2136 or visit






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CAPE BRETON UNIVERSITY – FREE CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE Focused on community organization leadership, this course is of particular interest of those who serve of boards, committees or are employed in the non-profit sector. Facilitator: Tom Urbaniak, CBU Political Science Professor Time: Tuesdays, beginning February 13, 7-9pm (for four weeks) Cost: Free (registrants have the option to request a participation certificate for $40) Location: New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation, Cooperative Study Club (Room 104) For more information, or to register, contact: or (902) 563-1226



Tips for Planning a Short Annual Report

Are you thinking about your 2017 Annual Report yet? It’s a task a lot of people put off until after the New Year, but that’s not wise. NOW is when you should be working through those strategic decisions so that you can spend January actually creating the thing and getting it out the door. Click here to read more.





FEBRUARY 15, 2018 9:00am – 4:00pm Cape Breton Regional Hospital George Street, Sydney, NS   In support of: Society of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nova Scotians




Diversifying Funding: Building GREAT Corporate Partnerships


Diversifying funding these days in the Community Sector is critical. Participants in this one-day workshop will explore what corporate partnerships are all about. Objectives:

  • explore what Corporate Partnerships are all about
  • learn how to design a Corporate Partnership Strategy
  • develop a YOU pitch, and practice it
  • learn how to develop a partnership ‘deck’
  • learn how to keep your partnership on track with partnership agreements, fullfillment strategies, and visibility reports

About the presenter: Darin Roche is the Founder of The Partnership Company.  With over 15 years experience in the entertainment industry, as well as a three year term with the Atlantic International Film Festival as their sponsorship director, Darin has the ability and skill set to connect brands to create unique partnerships within the sponsorship marketing industry.  Darin has extensive experience working in the non-profit sector.



Click Here to Register-February 8, 2018 HALIFAX


Click Here to Register-February 12, 2018 BERWICK


Click Here to Register-February 15, 2018 BRIDGEWATER


Click Here to Register-February 20, 2018 SYDNEY





Unama’ki Cape Breton Outdoor Network Winter Gathering 2018 Unama’ki Cape Breton Outdoor Network Winter Gathering – February 23-25, 2018 at Camp Bretondean (Arrive for dinner on the Friday, leave before lunch on the Sunday). This gathering is being modelled on the Ontario “Make Peace With Winter” event, which has been running since 1980. If you need ideas or inspiration, please visit:    To register and/or propose a workshop, please visit  Contact:








EMRACE WINTER – RISE ABOVE THE TEMPERATURE Find out more at Your Heart – Share What You Find!#ExploreCBWinter


7th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2018


7th Annual Hike Victoria Snowshoe fest 2018 – 49 Guided snowshoe hikes offered for Victoria County residents and visitors.


2nd Annual Hello Winter Baddeck 2018


7th Annual Hike NS Summit in Ingonish, Victoria County May 11-13, 2018

Victoria County Active Outdoor Gear Loan Program Est. 2016







Call for Applications for Sexual Violence Prevention Innovation Grants


The province is inviting Nova Scotians with creative ideas on how to prevent sexual violence to apply for grants through the Sexual Violence Strategy.  The grants are divided into streams of up to $5,000 for smaller projects and up to $50,000 for larger ones. They are a commitment under government’s Sexual Violence Strategy. This second round has $600,000 available for a total investment of more than $1.2 million. The grants support community groups and organizations, including youth and underserved communities such as African Nova Scotians, First Nations, and the LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer) community, to reach out to their peers and help put creative prevention initiatives into practice. Projects funded through last year’s Prevention Innovation Fund include the creation of comic books and graphic novels that explore issues of sexual violence, culturally based Mi’kmaq community engagement, work with men and boys, workshops on consent and healthy relationships, and a peer-led, gender-based, anti-cyber violence education tool.  Click HERE for more information.


Building Vibrant Communities Grant

Building Vibrant Communities Grant

Not-for-profits, local governments, businesses and educational institutions all have a role to play in eliminating poverty. They can apply for a grant that builds the capacity of community organizations and encourages collaboration.


Program Goals

Build vibrant communities

Prevent poverty by breaking the cycle

Alleviate the effects of poverty

Enable Nova Scotians to exit poverty


2017–2018 Themes

Food Security – supporting initiatives that provide Nova Scotians with adequate access to food

Youth Transition – enabling Nova Scotian youth to become independent adults

Transportation – helping Nova Scotians to access the transportation they need


Download Program Guidelines (PDF 73 KB)

Download Program Application (PDF 277 KB)



THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING PROPOSALS FROM ORGANIZATIONS INTERESTED IN RECEIVING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE CANADA SERVICE CORPS FOR PROJECTS UNDER THE YOUTH SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES STREAM – LOCAL AND REGIONAL SCALE PROJECTS. DEADLINE: MARCH 13, 2018 AT 11:59 P.M. PACIFIC STANDARD TIME (PST) OBJECTIVE OF THE CFP The objective of this CFP is to fund organizations to promote the civic engagement of youth. Projects will create opportunities for organizations to engage youth in committed service opportunities that address community needs across a wide spectrum of issues and themes important to young Canadians. Themes could include, but are not limited to: building an inclusive Canada, preserving the environment, promoting civic and democratic engagement and strengthening youth mental health. Funding under this CFP will ensure representation and availability of committed service opportunities to all youth across Canada, including those in rural and remote areas. This CFP also includes a sub-stream focused on the reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis peoples. Projects under this sub-stream will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to learn about reconciliation and decolonization. These projects will also identify and address a social issue in the community, allow youth to develop mutual understanding, and establish and maintain mutually-respectful relationships ELIGIBLE PROJECTS Each of the following requirements must be met for projects to be considered eligible for funding:

-All required documents must be submitted with the Application for Funding [1]. For a list of required documentation, please see Apply/Checklist [2]. -Projects must end no later than March 31, 2020. -A minimum of ten service opportunities per year must be created for young Canadians. -Each service opportunity must last a minimum of three months and involve at least 120 hours of service.  -Funding requested to ESDC cannot exceed $500,000 annually up to a maximum of $1,000,000 over the funding period (funding is limited and subject to ESDC’s yearly budget considerations and allocation of funds by Parliament). -In most cases, administrative costs should not exceed 10% of ESDC’s total contribution.                       Projects must clearly demonstrate how they will: -develop innovative [3] and effective strategies to reach out and engage youth, including underrepresented youth groups; -involve youth in the co-creation and validation of meaningful service opportunities that could extend beyond end of the project;  and, -respond to priorities and issues identified within the community.

Additionally, projects under the reconciliation-focused sub-stream must:

-support service opportunities which involve bringing together First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis and non-Indigenous youth to learn about reconciliation and decolonization, identify and address a social challenge in the community, develop mutual understanding, and establish and maintain mutually-respectful relationships


Information sessions will be offered to present details about this CFP. Date: February 7, 2018 -French session: from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) -English session: from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. EST -Session with focus on the Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples sub-stream (Bilingual): from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST Date: February 21, 2018 -French session: from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST -English session: from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. EST -Session with focus on the Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples sub-stream (Bilingual): from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST


Sector Jobs


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.





Pathways to Employment

Job Posting – Accounting Clerk


Job Summary This is a temporary position for approximately 12-15 weeks to cover a leave of absence. The Accounting Clerk plays a pivotal role in the organization and requires someone who is accurate, can work under pressure, meet deadlines and be able to multitask in a fast-paced environment. The Accounting Clerk covers a broad spectrum of functions, ranging from dealing with customers to basic daily accounting functions and office duties. Responsibilities and Duties Performs a range of general clerical, accounting and bookkeeping support functions in an organization. Main Job Tasks and Responsibilities General accounts receivable functions

  • Prepare and submit customer invoices
  • Code, post and receipt payments
  • Prepare and coordinate deposit activities
  • Perform all necessary account, bank and other reconciliations
  • Monitor customer accounts for non payment and delayed payment

General accounts payable functions

  • Check, verify and process invoices
  • Prepare payments for signature
  • Sort, code and enter accounts payable data
  • Analyze discrepancies and unpaid invoices
  • Maintain vendor files

General Payroll functions

  • Collect, confirm and process timesheets and overtime
  • Verify taxes and other deductions
  • Prepare and process payroll
  • Track employee vacation and sick time

General support functions

  • Update, verify and maintain accounting journals and ledgers and other financial records
  • Assist in month end reporting procedures
  • Find and use accounting data to resolve accounting problems and discrepancies
  • Track and audit petty cash
  • Assist with employee expense reports
  • Perform filing and general administrative tasks
  • Liaise with other departments/customers/vendors

Qualifications and Skills Education and Experience

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • 1 – 3 years experience in clerical accounting
  • Associate degree in business or accounting an advantage
  • MS Office and knowledge of accounting software
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting and bookkeeping principles and procedures

Key Competencies

  • Planning and organizing
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem-solving
  • Teamwork
  • Customer service orientation
  • Communication skills
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office and QuickBooks
  • Excellent communication and administrative skills
  • Exceptional organization and time management skills
  • Ability to meet all assigned deadlines
  • Experience with bank reconciliation and tracking credit card transactions

Job Type: Temporary Salary: $19.00 /hour Please send resume outlining your experience relating to the role to



Upstream is hiring a new Policy and Research Innovation Coordinator!

Do you want to help to build a healthier Canada? Do you have a creative and entrepreneurial spirit required to make a meaningful difference for the health and wellbeing of people across the country?

Upstream seeks to reframe public discourse around addressing social determinants of health in order to build a healthier society — we seek to have health be the lens through which decisions are made.

Upstream is seeking a Policy and Research Innovation Coordinator to lead a diverse portfolio of policy, research and engagement projects, and work with a motivated national team.

More on Upstream can be found here: Click HERE to apply.


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Nonprofit Book Review: Social Startup Success

Author Kathleen Kelly Janus


Not too long, I had the pleasure of “walking The Dish” with Kathleen Kelly Janus,  a social entrepreneur, author, and lecturer at Stanford University’s Program on Social Entrepreneurship. She just published a new book, Social Start Up Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up, and Make a Difference. I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy AND have a fabulous walk and talk with her about the ideas. Click here to read more.



Small, But Mighty: A Resource for Small Nonprofit Leaders


In 2015, a group of nonprofit leaders, funders, consultants, and researchers passionate about the need to foster high performance in nonprofit organizations collaboratively developed The Performance Imperative: A Framework for Social-Sector Excellence (PI). Their intention was to create a guide for nonprofit leaders who wanted to ensure that their organizations provided high quality, sustainable results for the people or causes they served. The PI was explicitly designed for nonprofits with budgets over $3 million because those organizations serve the vast majority of people receiving nonprofit services in the US. Strategically, this decision made a lot of sense because undertaking the work of the PI requires significant resources, which are often unavailable to smaller organizations. Click here to read more.





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