Dear Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia Partners and Friends:
On behalf of the Board I want to provide an update on some of the activities of the Community Sector Council (CSCNS) has been engaged in over the spring and early summer. We have been moving forward on the implementation of our new strategic plan while we have also been working to support you with resources and information as you navigate the challenges created by COVID-19.
What we have learned:
In the past months we have conducted interviews and surveys and hosted ED Networks. We have been listening intently to your thoughts and ideas on how we can better support your work with more proactive story-telling and comprehensive learning programs designed for the unique needs and realities of nonprofit and voluntary organizations across all the province’s regions and communities. We also got the results of an economic impact study conducted by the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) that was commissioned by the CSCNS which further emphasizes the importance of sharing the impact of the sector.
Aligning Strategy and Structure:
In the coming weeks CSCNS will be reorganizing our team structure so that we have the capacity to better deliver on our strategic priorities. Plans are underway to recruit a new Director of Learning Programs after Daren Okafo left us to do a new start-up, as well as fill a six-month contract for a specialist to assist with career pathways from university into the sector to help address looming labour shortages. As you already know we are currently interviewing for the position of Executive Director and hope to have an announcement by early fall. Other new positions will be announced in the near future.
In order to deliver on these new strategic priorities, we have made the difficult decision to eliminate our regional convener roles. I cannot tell you how grateful we are to Dana Perry and Philip Garvin who have been with the organization since it was formed and to Brandi MacCuish who joined two years ago. We know they have built positive and mutually rewarding relationships in your communities and we are sorry to see them leave the organization. I know that you will join me in thanking them and wishing them well.
I can assure you on behalf of the Board of Directors of CSCNS that our commitment to you and the important role you play across Nova Scotia remains our priority. We will work with you to ensure that we can understand and reflect the different needs and interests of various regions across the province moving forward.
If you have any questions about what I have shared with you, please do let me know. You can reach me at email@example.com
Patricia Bradshaw, PhD
Chair, Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia