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Monday, September 24, 2018 to Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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News/Recent Nova Scotia Events

Policy Forum on Federal Poverty Reduction Strategy

Wed, November 15, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:45 PM AST


The Government of Canada is committed to developing a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy. This forum is an opportunity to learn about the key policy issues, to share experiences and knowledge, to provide input to local (Halifax area) Members of Parliament, as well as the national Advisory Committee that has been created.

What should be the role of the federal government when it comes to poverty reduction and prevention? Issues to be discussed at the forum include: income supports provided for the elderly and seniors, for people with disabilities, for those who are unemployed; affordable housing, early childhood education and child care, advanced education and training, pensions, jobs, health and wellness, and food security.

October 29th 2017

Nova Scotia CCEDNet Chapter 2nd Annual Potluck

A group of us came together to share in some good food and engaging conversation at the Acadia University campus. We discussed how we can strengthen our Chapter into the future including consideration of expansion  into a pan-Maritime Chapter. ...voices strengthened while not losing site of the challenges and opportunities unique to each of the three provinces. Further discussions will ensue.

October 3-4 2017

Community Sector Council Conference

Many Hands, Many Voices - Working Together for Stronger Communities

Membertou Trade and Convention Centre

The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia, along with numerous partners, hosted a 250-delegate conference bringing together the business, community, education, and government sectors at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. The conference was a celebration of cross-sectoral collaboration, a skill-building and learning event, and an opportunity to develop projects and collaboration in an action focused manner with the aim of building stronger communities for collective action.

July 12-14, 2017

The Community Economic Development Institute of the Shannon School of Business CED Biennial Conference  focused on “Community Innovation & Social Enterprise”.

A fabulous meetup of Ccednet Rcdéc members and friends was pulled together at the conference. Thanks to Laurie Cook for hosting!

Click the photo for the 360 view of the CCEDNet Nova Scotia Chapter meetup!

CCEDNet Nova Scotia Chapter

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July 7, 2017 - Cape Breton Post - Jeremie Fraser

Learning About Heritage in Sydney Mines

SYDNEY MINES, N.S. – "It’s never to late to learn about the heritage of your community" and in Sydney Mines residents had that opportunity on July 8th.

The Sydney Mines Heritage Museum and Holy Family hall hosted this Heritage Day event with the help of the province’s 150 Forward Fund - Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

The late Fr  Greg MacLeod was the catalyst behind this event. "His wish was that this would be a help for future community development and people working in partnership,.. He often talked about seeing the whole town almost like a living museum, where people could walk about and see the historical sites and that it would be good for not only the community, but it would also attract tourists to the community.”

Read more here:

See link to follow up story here:

June 8, 2017 -  Employment and Scotia Development Canada  announced that a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy Co-Creation Steering Group has been established.

Selected from 189 eligible applications from across the country, the Social Innovation and Social Finance Steering Group brings together 15 passionate and diverse leaders, practitioners and experts from multiple fields, including the community, philanthropic, financial and research sectors.

The Steering Group will be responsible for co-developing a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy with the Government of Canada.

Davis Upton, a Nova Scotia based entrepreneur, will be part of this committee! Here's his bio:

David Upton, Co-founder, Common Good Solutions

David is a committed entrepreneur who is passionate about social change and using business as a tool to strengthen our communities. Blending these passions, the focus of his work over the past 25 years has been on building capacity within the social enterprise ecosystem on a regional, national, and international basis.
He is the co-founder of Common Good Solutions, a founding member of the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia, a past member of the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Social Innovation Committee and teaches social finance as an adjunct faculty member in the University of Fredericton MBA Program.

For more details about this announcement go to the following link:

May 15 2017

Social Enterprise Recognized in Report of the Atlantic Growth Strategy Subcommittee on Innovation

Recommendation number five:

Support for Social Enterprise: Provide social enterprises with access to funding commensurate with that offered to for-profit enterprises, and develop a strategy for this emerging sector, to include funding the infrastructure required

Read full report here:

Mourning the Loss of a Community Economic Development Champion, Father Greg MacLeod

With heavy hearts we received the news on May the 3rd of the passing of one of Canada's great champions of community economic development, Father Greg MacLeod. Working in the context of declining fish stocks and coal mining closures in Nova Scotia, MacLeod, like many acorss Canada and in the United States, followed in the footsteps of the Antigonish Movement pioneers. Like Father J.J. Tompkins before him, he sought to build economic resiliency and self-reliance for Nova Scotians through adult education...

Government will work with the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia to help more social enterprises start and expand. Their new joint strategies were announced on April 12th.

See details here: 

Between the Bridges Introduces SPAN! (Strengths, People, Action, Neighbourhoods)

SPAN is here for Dartmouth North residents to suggest, plan, and act upon their ideas to promote Neighbourhood Safety, Community Pride, and/or Social Inclusion.

Between the Bridges is here to help you:.

• Develop your ideas
• Find other to join in
• Provide funding to turn your ideas into reality

SPAN has been designed to put residents first. Our goal is to support you and your team along the way, help you meet your goals, and have a positive impact on your community.

This means there are no deadlines for application or complicated forms. With the help of our Community Insight Team, we are on standby to give suggestions or make connections to strengthen the project and celebrate your successes with you.

Also, and as importantly, we are keen to make new connections, have fun, and learn with you along the way about what worked, what didn’t work, and why.

If you are curious to learn more, please contact us!

Matt Spurway, Community Coordinator, 902-488-7446 or

Every year the Ecology Action Centre updates their list of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Programs across the province. Check out their list for 2017 and sign up to support our local farmers!

See Michael Shuman talk about Financing Local Food Economies at:

February 7 Event

Social Enterprsie 101- Workshop - Bridgewater

9:00am - 12:00pm

Social Enterprise 101 - moving an organization's mission forward through the sale of products and services, is getting a lot of attention these days. During this workshop participants learned about business structures for social enterprise, the impact they have in NS, and saw some examples of organizations getting it right across the province.


Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre - 373 King Street, Bridgewater, NS B4V 1B1

CCEDNet Virtual Member Meetup (Atlantic)

12pm Atlantic Time on January 11, 2017

This regional virtual member meetup was an opportunity to connect with other CCEDNet members, Board members and staff in the region, to discuss opportunities and challenges, and ask questions.

New members were particularly welcomed.

November 10th, 2016

The Nova Scotia Chapter was pleased to partner with Common Good Solutions (CGS) for their first "Conversations for the Common Good" meet-up and networking event which  showcased social enterprise as a tool for Community Economic Development.

To name just a few of the social enterprises that were in the room and shared their story: Youth Art Connection, Common Roots Urban Farm, ADDvocacy ADHD & Life Skills Coaching Ltd., Brave Space, DASC Industries, FOUND Forgotten Food, East Coast Social Change. This proved to be a very engaging evening.

The Nova Scotia Chapter was pleased that this event also provided a great opportunity for participants to learn about CCEDNet. Folks were encouraged to visit this website to learn more about Community Economic Development  educational tools and resources;  be able to connect with like minded members across the country; and stay abreast of upcoming CED events.    

October 18, 2016

Government of Nova Scotia Announces Support for Social Enterprises

Read more about the news from Invest Nova Scotia 

CCEDNet Nova Scotia Chapter Meeting

On August 2016, about 8 people gathered together this summer for a potluck at the Old School Community Gathering Place in beautiful Musquodoboit Harbour to talk about our common goal of strengthening CED in Nova Scotia.

As one good way to get started, we will be keeping this page active so folks can visit to find out more about what’s going on in Nova Scotia, check out links to CED happenings across the Atlantic region, and across the country for that matter. Our hope is that eventually we will also be able to use the Nova Scotia Chapter page to: create a dialogue of sorts by posting comments/responses on various topics, as well as register for events as these materialize.

We are looking at future 'gatherings' - perhaps on a quarterly basis - around different themes. Common Good Solutions ( has offered to host the next "meet up" to be held this November.

Directory of Nova Scotia CED Associations and Individual Memberships (under development)

Search CCEDNet's member directory by province for more detailed information about members in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Organizational Members of CCEDNet:

Acadia Entrepreneurship
Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Affirmative Ventures Association
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Alternative Programs for Youth and Families
Halifax, Nova Scotia

CED Institute, Cape Breton University
Sydney, Nova Scotia

Common Good Solutions
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Local Government Program Dalhousie University
Halifax , Nova Scotia

Individual Members:

Ms. Leslie Brown, Halifax , Nova Scotia

Richard Burelle, Antigonish , Nova Scotia

Anne Chiasson, Sydney , Nova Scotia

Ms. Laurie Cook, Musq Harbour , Nova Scotia,

Ms. Jesslyn Dalton, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia,

Mr. Rankin MacSween, Sydney , Nova Scotia

Kevin McKague, Sydney , Nova Scotia,

Rima Thomeh, Halifax , Nova Scotia

Why You Might Want to Consider Becoming a Member of the Canadian CED Network and the Nova Scotia Chapter?

As a CCEDNet member, you are part of the leading national movement for stronger communities and more inclusive local economies. Your membership makes a difference. It allows us to promote policy changes that support community efforts and to act as an information clearinghouse for knowledge, training, and financing opportunities that help hundreds of community leaders to be more effective and their organizations to become more sustainable. 

Your membership in CCEDNet is a strategic contribution to our shared vision for the future. But there are practical benefits too, including free access to our numerous webinars, a valuable discount on outcome measurement and social return on investment resources, and promotion of your work to thousands of visitors on our new online member map. 

Stay connected to others across the country who share a commitment to stronger commuities ! Join ths Chapter to be a strong voice for Nova Scotia!   

Some Other CED Based Agencies and their activities:

Habitat Re-Store Halifax

ReStore is Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia's social enterprise that accepts donations of new and gently-used home improvement items and then sells them at a greatly discounted rate. Whether you're looking to renovate your kitchen or bathroom, build a shed, or fix up your basement, ReStore should be your first stop!

All proceeds go towards Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia's fundraising administration costs so that every dollar donated to our charity goes directly towards building homes and serving families right here in the province.

Between the Bridges

Between the Bridges is a growing partnership between the community of Dartmouth North, the United Way, and the Province of Nova Scotia.

Partners are committed to finding better ways to align our efforts and work collectively for cradle to career support for children and families in Dartmouth North..

If you live, work, play, learn, or otherwise care about Dartmouth North, we’d love to keep you informed and engaged as we find our way forward together. If you don’t already receive messages from us, please sign up now to stay in touch. >>

Black Business Initiatve

BBI is committed to growing a stronger Black presence in Nova Scotia’s business community; acting as a catalyst for job creation, equitable participation and advancing the economic prosperity of Nova Scotia.

BBI’s Purpose -  Changing Lives by Enabling Economic Independence

BBI's Vision -  Our vision at BBI is a dynamic and vibrant Black presence within the Nova Scotia business community.

BBI Mission - To positively influence the Nova Scotia business culture by promoting and assisting in the development of Nova Scotia Black-owned businesses. The BBI accomplishes this within a cohesive framework to achieve a number of overall goals including:
- Economic independence of individuals;
- Improved standards of living;
- Career options for youth; and
- Pride in communities.

FarmerWorks Investment Cooperative Ltd:

FarmWorks Investment Co-operative Limited, incorporated in 2011, operates as a Community Economic Development Investment Fund (CEDIF) that enables Nova Scotians annually to purchase common shares in a diversified portfolio of businesses that yield meaningful financial returns on investments. These investments provide loans to farms, food processors, and value-added food producers, helping to increase the viability and sustainability of agriculture and the security of a healthy food supply.

The Public Good Society of Dartmouth:

The Public Good Society is a group of concerned citizens reflecting community, business, and government. Our  focus is on the levels of support and its effectiveness in serving people in our community who are living in vulnerable circumstances.

The BCA Group:

The BCA Group is a complex experiment in CED. It includes a CEDIF, a charitable foundation, a not for profit company and a management company. It invests in local business and also initiates growth projects such as the Wentworth Condominium. It is now raising money to build a Hospice for the Sydney area. Colleen Tobin is President.


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