Wikipedia notes that the Dog Days of Summer are associated with the “dog star” Sirius and with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck. It’s traditionally a slow time. There’s usually little movement in the markets. Nonprofits, including the Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia (CSCNS), typically use this time to plan fall and winter activities, maybe enjoy some well-earned vacation time.
However, 2020 is anything but typical. COVID-19 and the resultant economic slowdown has turned the world upside down, and Nova Scotia’s nonprofit sector is no exception. Rather than planning a vacation, many nonprofit leaders are scrambling to ensure cash reserves are enough to sustain them through the fall and winter. Greater attention is being paid to managing stressed out employees, and leaders are doing their best to ensure organizational resilience in the face of a predicted second wave.
The 2020-23 CSCNS Strategic plan lists “to advocate and celebrate” as our third strategic priority. One example of how we focus on this strategic priority is our COVID-19 Resource Page. It includes a section dedicated to health and wellbeing.
We encourage you to review this section, and to do your best to take some time for yourself this summer. There’s considerable uncertainty about what the fall might bring, and the loss of routine negatively impacts all of us. Please take good care.