Celebrate Women's History Month

October is Women’s History Month in Canada! It’s a time for Canadians to celebrate the achievements of women and girls throughout our history and recognize the trailblazing women who have shaped our country and way of life.

Make your mark

When women and girls bring their passion, energy and talents to everything they do, there is no stopping them!

Looking back over the past 150 years since Confederation, countless women have done exactly that: harnessed their power, found their voice, and claimed their place in our country’s proud history.

Because of their efforts and those of the many women who have followed in their footsteps, we’ve made amazing strides toward gender equality and women’s empowerment over the past 150 years. But there is still more work to do: barriers still exist, and sexism and discrimination continue to impact and shape the lives of too many Canadians.

Change is possible, but we can’t do it alone.

As we look to the future, we must lift each other up so that everyone has the chance to claim their place and reach their full potential. Together, we can create a Canada where every woman and girl has the chance to let her unique power shine through and make her mark.


Today, women, girls, men, and boys continue the quest for equality and inclusion in all areas of Canadian life.

Honour their actions and celebrate the courageous women and girls who inspire you to #ClaimYourPlace.

Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #ClaimYourPlace and share photos, videos and words of inspiration. Share your stories of finding your voice on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Tell the world how you #ClaimYourPlace!

Our Community's Voice

Nova Scotia's community sector addresses the importance of collaboration, the impact that results and how it strengthens the community sector's overall voice.

Wendy Johnston(Northern Region Convenor) and Dana Perry(Valley Region Convenor) have put together "Our Community's Voice" with the cooperation of numerous people in Nova Scotia's community sector.  The video was shown at the recent Many Hands Many Voices conference in Cape Breton.  We encourage others to use/share this story as a tool to help others understand the importance of the community sector and its contribution to the betterment of life in Nova Scotia.

Storytelling-Many Hands Many Voices Oct 3-4, 2017

At the upcoming Many Hands Many Voices Conference (Oct 3-4) in Membertou, Cape Breton various stories of collaboration will be featured.  Some of the storytellers are highlighted here.



Many Hands Many Voices Conference Registration is Open

October 3-4, 2017, Nova Scotia NGO's, community sector volunteers, staff and supporters will gather in Membertou, Cape Breton, NS for the Many Hands, Many Voices Conference.  We, the staff of the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia hope you will join us for this gathering.

You can register at the Many Hands, Many Voices Conference website:




Halifax Pride 2017

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia's staff wishes everyone a safe and positive experience celebrating Pride this year.  Halifax's Pride parade will include Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who made the following comments;

“It’s something I take very seriously to engage with citizens celebrating our extraordinary diversity in this country,” Trudeau said. “[It’s] not just diversity of backgrounds, but it’s a diversity of everything that makes us different as Canadians and that includes standing up strongly for the rights of the LGBT2Q community.”

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia couldn't agree with you more.


Many Hands, Many Voices: Working Together For Stronger Communities

Many Hands Many Voices | Coming Soon Many Hands, Many Voices – Working Together For Stronger Communities

Many Hands Many Voices Conference

October 3-4, 2017

Membertou Trade & Convention Centre

Cape Breton, NS





The Community Sector of Nova Scotia will be holding its AGM this year on June 22nd at 1:00 via Zoom. This year's AGM will be a simple business meeting. The Community Sector Council invites you to join us for our larger event, our Many Hands Many Voices conference on Oct 3-4 in Membertou. If you would like to join us for our AGM or would like a copy of our 2016-17 annual report, please contact the CSCNS at marg@csc-ns.ca or phone 902 492-4585.

Time: Jun 22, 2017 1:00 PM Halifax

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/678233448

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +14086380968,678233448# or +16465588656,678233448#

Or Telephone:
    Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)
    Meeting ID: 678 233 448
    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=pNJjABKTsjSW5dNmGw06dK-bZNT-PM63

Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence-A Nova Scotia Resource

Ending sexual violence, and making this world a better place for those who have survived sexual violence, is a collective effort. In taking this training you are demonstrating your commitment to these goals. Thank you!

This training is designed to help you learn more about sexual violence and how to support someone who has survived it. It is for service providers, friends, family members, neighbours, teachers, first responders, counselors, and anyone who is acting as a support person, or is concerned about sexual violence.

Click HERE to take this FREE course.

CSCNS Receives 211 Nova Scotia's 2016 Believers Award

Congratulations to the Community Sector Council-NS, recipient of 211 Nova Scotia's 2016 Believers Award. We’re honored to express our gratitude to the Community Sector Council for their support of 211 service in Nova Scotia.

The design of the 211 Believers Award is intended to simulate a flame in recognition of our original believers who, having been presented with the spark of an idea called “211”, cared enough to put their efforts behind creating a spark that has since grown in a flame representing 211 service.

The award is given to an organization or an individual who has demonstrated leadership in their belief of, and support for, 211 and who, through that leadership, has contributed significantly to its growth and sustainability.

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the non-profit sector through the provision of information and education. In 2016, the council sponsored a series of informational workshops around the Province for the purpose of informing the sector about the work that 211 does. An important outcome of these workshops for our association was the opportunity to survey the sector on the value of 211 to the work that community organizations do. We were very pleased to find as a result of our survey, that 211 is contributing important value to the work of Nova Scotia’s non-profit sector.

In 2017, the Council and 211 will be partners in hosting a provincial conference for the non-profit sector. This conference will provide us with an opportunity to build important relationships and to launch a new improved version of our GoodNS volunteer opportunity website, which we feel will help the non-profit sector’s by encouraging greater levels of volunteerism in communities throughout the Province.

Thank you Ms. Arlene MacDonald, Executive Director of the Community Sector Council, for attending our AGM today to accept this very deserving award in recognition of the Council’s efforts in 2016 to support the 211 service.

April 2017 is Sexual Assault Awareness Month


The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia would like to recognize the work that many of our non-profit organizations in Nova Scotia do to address the issue of sexualized violence. Listed are several resource and service centres from across the province

Antigonish Women's Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association (SASA) 
(902) 863-6221

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre
(902) 422-4240

Colchester Sexual Assault Centre
(902) 897-4366

Pictou County Women's Resource and Sexual Assault Centre
(902) 755-4647



2017 CSCNS Conference Input Survey

"Many Hands, Many Voices: Working Together for Stronger Communities"
October 3-4, 2017

We need your input... The conference design team has come up with five key theme areas for the conference through initial consultation with the sector. In order to test these theme areas, within the context of collaboration, we need your feedback to further develop a strong and impactful agenda.

The following survey will take approximately 4 minutes to complete.  All respondents will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a copy of "Happy, Healthy Nonprofit" by Beth Kanter.

To take part in the survey (which we would truly appreciate) please click HERE.

International Day For the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2017

The Community Sector Council recognizes today as the International Day For the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 2017's theme is Racial profiling and incitement to hatred, including in the context of migration. We hope that you will take a moment to reflect. For more info please visit http://www.un.org/en/events/racialdiscriminationday/


Workplace Initiatives Session and Skills Online Learning Lab

Working to strengthen communities across the province while building a vibrant and adaptable non-profit sector workforce, the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia along with the Department of Labour and Advanced Education (Workplace Initiatives Division) is excited to launch a cross-province roadshow.

This 10-community workshop features an overview of the Province of Nova Scotia’s Workplace Initiatives Program to assist organizations to be competitive employers and build on the skills we need to succeed in the workplace. We’ll then shift into a learning lab to focus specifically on the multitude of online training programs offered through Skills Online – an online training platform that provides access to thousands of courses all at no cost to you (via the Department of Labour and Advanced Education.

Skills online topics include:
Microsoft Office
Financial Literacy
Customer Service
Human Resources
Many more!

Join us for a presentation and demo of the platform; you’ll learn how to navigate the site, take courses and create your own private learning network.

No cost to register. Please bring laptop, tablet or smartphone to access skillsonline.ca during the lab portion of the workshop. Should you need access to a laptop please let us know at time of registration as we have access to a few devices for each session.

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International Women's Day, March 8, 2017

In Nova Scotia, 87% of the 36,000 people who work in the non-profit sector are women. The CSCNS would like to acknowledge each of you on International Women's Day and thank you for your contribution to building stronger communities where women and girls can feel safe, supported, and valued. 

For more information on International Women's Day 2017 please click HERE.

Closer to home more info is available via the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women.  For more information please click HERE.

Welcome Tegan Smith...CSCNS' New Halifax Convenor

Welcome Tegan Smith...CSCNS' New Halifax Convenor

Halifax Region Convenor Tegan Smith has worked in the communications and engagement field for over a decade. With a strong background in non-profit management and community development, her focus is to connect, grow and engage communities, building relationships that benefit an organization and its members. With an emphasis on collaboration, authenticity and shared vision she works with organizations that share these values to help them not only succeed, but thrive. Her past work includes Communications Coordinator for the United Way Hubs project, Managing Director of The Old School Gathering Place, a rural Arts & Culture Centre, Co-founder and Coordinator of the Women Reshaping the World conferences, as well as developing successful communication strategies for many other non-profit organizations such as Eastern Shore Mental Health and Firefly Women’s Association. She also fills the role of the CBC Community Contact for the Eastern Shore.