National Volunteer Week . April 15-21, 2018)

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia would like to recognize National Volunteer Week(April 15-21, 2018). Over 450,000 Nova Scotians volunteer every year and that keeps other terms, volunteer contributions represent over 30 million hours of volunteer efforts every year. In a monetary sense it equates to 1.8 billion dollars of services to the Provincial economy. How's that for a return on your investment? Volunteer efforts in our Province are very humbling and we, the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia are proud to be part of the social profit you create in Nova Scotia each and every year. Thank you.

How We Thrive-Call For Community Stories

As part of our partnership and collaboration with the How We Thrive conference (, the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia is collecting video vignettes from around the province to bring into the THRIVE gathering (June 17-20, 2018). We strive to have a cross-section of Nova Scotians contributing to a conversation about a future that works for all. We recognize the reality that not everyone will be able to participate in-person. So it's kind of a given that we will be missing some voices in our conversation about a "future that works for all." 

However, through video storytelling, we can bring your voice and the voice of others into the How We Thrive conference. and preserve these essential stories of positive community impact and growth.

We're asking for your recommendations for people, organizations, collectives etc who are doing great things in our communities. 

Our wish list includes people who are (any combination of)...

• "unsung heroes"...i.e., quietly responding to a need and ensuring that more people have a chance to thrive

• informal leaders who are stepping up in bold or creative ways to help their community thrive

• speaking with a voice not often heard

• from cultural communities in Nova Scotia including First Nations, African Nova Scotian, immigrant, refugees, etc

• of different ages

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.

Canada Service Corps -Youth Service Opportunities Stream

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. For a list of required documentation, please see Apply/Checklist.
  • 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 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

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

Provincial Volunteer Awards 2018 Nominations

The deadline for the Provincial Volunteer Awards, February 16th, 2018 is now less than 2 weeks away. Have you sent in your nomination yet?

To nominate a special YOUTH or FAMILY for this award be sure to fill out the online nomination form and send in all the required letters/photos before February 16th.

The link to the online YOUTH nomination form is

The link to the online FAMILY nomination form is

You can start a nomination and return to it at a later time as long as you log on using the same device.

For more details please visit;

Please feel free to reach out to us at any time at or 902-220-7380

CSCNS welcomes Jessica Farrell as the new Cape Breton Convenor

CSCNS welcomes Jessica Farrell as the new 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, Brasd'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.

Recruiting for a Diverse Board

Recruiting for a Diverse Board

Laurie Cook (CSCNS) and Sobaz Benjamin (iMove Arts Association) will be on hand at the Halifax Volunteer Conference (Nov 17-18, 2017) to deliver a workshop titled "Recruiting For a Diverse Board"

Greater diversity on non-profit boards leads to greater effectiveness. What recruitment strategies are you using to ensure diversity of geography, community representation, skillsets and experience in the volunteer sector? What does diversity mean to your board? This interactive workshop will explore the benefits of diversity and assessing your board to aid you in recruitment and succession planning.

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 or phone 902 492-4585.

Time: Jun 22, 2017 1:00 PM Halifax

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

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:

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.