CSCNS Northern Regional Convenor Job Posting

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia (CSCNS) works to build the individual and collective capacities of non-profit organizations across the province in addressing labour force and human resource issues. The role of CSCNS is to facilitate the sector’s capacity to work collaboratively to find innovative solutions to emerging and existing social and economic issues in Nova Scotia.

The CSCNS is seeking applicants for the following position:

Regional Convenor – Northern Region (Cumberland-Colchester-Hants-Pictou Counties)

The CSCNS is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse team, priority will be given to qualified candidates who contribute to the further diversification of our team including but not limited to persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons of any gender identity.

As a Regional Convenor you will:

•       Support the capacity of CSCNS for regional and community outreach.

•        Assess regional needs, disseminate information, and build ongoing relationships.

•        Organize and implement programming.

•        Deliver training when assigned.

•        Serve as a conduit between CSCNS and the relevant region.

•       Located in regions across the province. 

 You will possess:

·       Experience working in the non-profit sector in Nova Scotia

·       Strong knowledge of non-profit organizations in your region

·       Applied knowledge of community development and outreach strategies

·       Ability to effectively build relationships and interact with clients and other stakeholders.

·       Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, applicable in a variety of settings

·       Exceptional interpersonal, time management, problem-solving, and organizational skills

·       Able to work independently

·       Experience working with diversity of staff and stakeholders, demonstrating cultural competency, diversity, and social inclusion.

·       Able to contribute as a member of a team both regionally and on a provincial level

·       Flexibility and adaptability to work in an unstructured environment

·       Must have ability to travel and access to a reliable vehicle

Working Conditions/Terms

·       This is a part-time position with flexible hours that might vary from week to week, for a total of 67.5 hours/month. Some evenings and weekends may be required.

·       Travel within the region is required, and approved travel expenses will be reimbursed.

The positions of Regional Convenors are contract positions. Compensation is paid monthly at $1518.75/month. The Convenor position will end on March 30th, 2018.  There is a possibility of renewal. 

Please apply with cover letter and resume to by 4:00pm January 29th, 2018. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted

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.

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


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 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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