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Hello VSSN friends!                                                                                     Nov 2015    
It has been another busy and exciting month here at VSSN! Please continue reading for more updates. 
VSSN met with Deputy Ministers   On Nov. 12, 2015 Gloria DeSantis and Angela Tremka presented VSSN at the Deputy Ministers' Debrief Session. Approximately 25 Deputy Ministers were present. They were very welcoming and interested in VSSN and the new undergraduate certificate. There was a collective realization that many of their ministries have working relationships with nonprofit organizations. It was a wonderful opportunity to spread awareness about VSSN to the provincial government and we look forward to continuing our discussion moving forward.
Board governance workshop                                                                         
On Dec. 9, Gloria DeSantis will be facilitating a workshop, "Board Governance: What are we supposed to be doing?" that focuses on nonprofit organizations boards of directors and their many functions. It is part of the Toolkit Workshop Series hosted by the Community Research Unit and RPIRG at the University of Regina. The workshop costs $25 ($15 for students/low income) and runs from 8:30am-12:00pm at the College Building, 2155 College Avenue, Regina.        To register please go to
http://rpirg.org/events-projects-paren/toolkit-workshop-series/
Learn more about the sector!                                                              
Interested in learning more about the nonprofit sector and its many issues across Canada? Subscribe to The Philanthropist. It is an excellent "free online journal for practitioners, academics, supporters and others engaged in the nonprofit sector in Canada. It publishes articles and useful information about the sector’s important contributions to our communities, our country, and our world and aims to spark and facilitate debate among readers." For those of us who are concerned about the state of advocacy in Canada, don't miss this "Dear Prime Minister Trudeau" letter:
http://thephilanthropist.ca/2015/11/charities-public-policy-and-advocacy-take-2/
Annual ANSER-ARES conference call for submissions
Every year since 2007, practitioners, scholars, students and policy-makers have been gathering at the annual conference of the Canadian Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research-Association de recherche sur les organismes sans but lucratif et de l'économie sociale (ANSER-ARES) to learn and share research. The next conference is taking place at the University of Calgary from June 1-3, 2016. There is a call for research papers, round tables and panels that focus on some aspect of the nonprofit sector – due date for submissions is Jan. 11, 2016. Please visit the website for more details www.anser-ares.ca. If you have questions, connect with Gloria gloria.desantis@uregina.ca – she's on the board of directors.
VSSN is now on Facebook and Twitter!
Stay up to date with VSSN by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter! 
Survey results coming soon!
In October, 2015 our e-list network was invited to participate in a survey and provide feedback on the proposed certificate (including courses and certificate name). Stay tuned for survey results – coming soon!