Capacity Sustaining

Some strategies on how to find even ground for your organization during this crisis

These webinars are a joint collaboration between the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia (CSCNS) and the speakers, who have made themselves available to the sector to address some of the most pressing professional and personal concerns prompted by this COVID-19 crisis.

Our emphasis here is on Capacity Sustaining. The interplay between our roles in our communities and families, our obligations to our organizations and staff well-being, etc. creates a unique set of challenges for leaders and staff in a sector that is so values driven. We hope to open dialogue about how we can continue to fulfill missions, anticipate emerging challenges, address emerging regulatory shifts, while making space to also examine some strategies for better understanding the range of impacts on nonprofit workers and our communities by facilitating a dialogue around the often neglected emotional and spiritual realities that emerge in a crisis such as this.

What Do I Do With My Benefits Program During COVID-19?

*View the recorded session at the link below!*

In this session Nick Mombourquette will help you better understand employee benefits provisions as they pertain to layoffs, what should be communicated to employees, premium deferrals, and when to contact your insurance advisor for help.

Facilitated by Nick Mombourquette

Whether it’s employee well-being or personal financial security, Nick helps people protect things that matter to them. It could be creating a tailored benefits plan to support people who work tirelessly in the non-profit sector; finding a sustainable benefits solution that supports a business owner’s bottom line; helping a family protect their financial future; or introducing someone to new, innovative ways of investing… or anything in between.

Adjustments to Fundraising Activities and Plans

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The presentation will cover topics relevant to the current environment with an emphasis on getting feedback from the webinar participants on ways they are handling their own situations and to share information. Topics will include special events, annual campaigns, and eligibility for the federal wage subsidy.

Facilitated by David Oyler

Oyler Consulting works with organizations and allied sector professionals to effectively deliver their programs and services.  Services include practical guidance on Canada Revenue Agency policy for registered charities, fundraising and revenue generation development, assistance for organizations seeking to register as a charity, and meeting facilitation.

Sharing Mi'kmaw perceptions, protocols and teachings

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Jeff will be sharing views, teachings and songs regarding Spirituality awareness that challenges mainstream beliefs and misconceptions in a safe and good hearted way.

Facilitated by Jeff Ward

A Mi'kmaq Sundance Leader, Jeff Ward is the General Manager of the Membertou Heritage Centre, A Ceremonial Leader, Intergenerational Survivor and Community Leader.

Membertou is a thriving community located on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. The Mi’kmaq people of Membertou and their ancestors have lived in this area since time immemorial, long before the arrival of the Europeans to these lands. The Community of Membertou and its Elders recognized the importance of sharing their exclusive culture and history will all people, and realize that this sharing and celebration must come from the community itself. The opening of the Membertou Heritage Park in June 2012 marked this sharing of the unique culture that is Membertou. The Membertou Heritage Park consists of a five-acre site that offers a living history of the people of Membertou. A large indoor exhibit and program area offers the visitor full immersion to an ancient culture.

Planning for a Post COVID-19 Future: A Prosocial Approach

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What do you want your organization to look like when life returns to normal after this COVID-19 disruption? How are you coping with the current crisis? What lessons have you learned so far and where do you want to go from here? These are some of the questions we may explore with the Prosocial Matrix communication process.

Facilitated by Ronald Pizzo

Ronald Pizzo is a certified facilitator, mediator and coach. He is a partner in the law firm Pink Larkin and has practiced Labour and employment for many years. He is a recognized as being among the best Lawyers in Canada in the field of Labour Law. He is a certified Co-Active Coach, holding the CPCC designation and is certified in Conversational Intelligence coaching. He has trained as a Prosocial Facilitator and has been certified in the Prosocial Matrix Communication Process. Prosocial is concerned with the science of working together better, an evidence-based approach for building productivity and improving collaboration among teams and Groups.

Upcoming Webinars!

Check out our event calendar for upcoming webinars from other organizations. You can send us webinars to be added to this list via email at info@csc-ns.ca!

Recorded Sessions & More

We have compiled a number of links to recorded webinars for COVID-19 sessions that have passed as well as a number of general capacity building and learning resources which could be helpful to organizations in our sector at this time.

Click the link below to find these resources!

*NOTE: Recordings of the above webinars will be made available after they have completed for those who cannot attend live.