Good Governance

Good Governance - full day

Good governance is an essential part of any organization’s effectiveness and success.  Regular evaluations and reviews of your board and its practices, as well as regular training and updates, will ensure your board and organization is operating in compliance with best practice and effective stewardship of the assets of your organization.  It is key to being productive, strategic, ethical and sustainable.

Strategic Planning - varies

Does your organization have a strategic plan, or if you do - when was the last time you updated it?  They say all paths lead somewhere, but question is where do you really want to go? What kind of impact do you really want to have? Developing a compelling vision, clear mission statement, values, goals and a monitoring system are crucial to volunteer engagement, operational efficiency and effectiveness and even financial sustainability.  CSCNS offers a variety of strategic planning options from a one day board intensive to community and staff engagement sessions designed to help you get a full picture of your opportunities, strengths, challenges and aspirations.


Community / Stakeholder Engagement - varies

Whether you’re looking to engage community or other stakeholders in a process designed to bring a broader perspective to your strategic planning process, or for another reason - our seasoned facilitators can help you.  

GG Facilitator(s):  Laurie Cook or Tara Jaskowiak

Laurie Cook is Director of Custom Learning and Innovation for the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia.  As such, Laurie brings a wide range of experience working in the community sector in relation to board governance, strategic planning and community / stakeholder engagement.  She also has a Masters of Adult Education specializing in Community Development from St. Francis Xavier University, and a certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Dalhousie University.

Tara Jaskowiak is South Shore Regional Convenor for the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia and works with the Custom Learning division on strategic planning, good governance, volunteer management and evaluation as well.  Tara also has a passion for, and a wide range of experience in, volunteer management and working with community organizations. Her instinct for bringing people together and developing great ideas has drawn her to creative leadership roles from coast to coast - from the YMCA and Volunteer Victoria to the Lunenburg Queens Volunteer Partnership and developmental evaluation with YouthScape Canada. Tara is dedicated to making connections and building capacity within the community.

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