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March 2017   
Hello VSSN friends!                                                            
Welcome back to another exciting month at VSSN. Don't forget to stay connected to us on Twitter and Facebook!  
The Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) and the Saskatchewan Nonprofit Partnership (SNP) invite you to “Common Threads: Weaving a Stronger Nonprofit Sector” on June 9, 2017 at Luther College at the University of Regina. The day will focus on new developments and challenges in advocacy, policy and engagement. Bruce McDonald (president and CEO, Imagine Canada) will be the plenary speaker in the morning. Four workshops will be led by Bruce MacDonald, Dr. Cindy Hanson (Faculty of Education, University of Regina), Jeph Maystruck (co-founder, Strategy Lab) and Dr. Gloria DeSantis (founder of VSSN, Faculty of Justice Studies, University of Regina) in the morning and afternoon.
Travel subsidies are available,
courtesy of the Community Initiatives Fund.

Registration deadline is June 1, 2017.
Space is limited – ensure your spot by registering here!
The Nonprofit Sector Leadership & Innovation (NSLI) Certificate has exciting course offerings this Spring/Fall 2017. Register now to learn new skills & knowledge to pursue careers in this major sector of Canada's economy!
Please email for more information. 
CNIB releases new volunteer toolkits, training guides and templates
“With the support of funding from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, the CNIB has developed a series of resources identifying best practices in partnering with volunteers. The documents – manuals, toolkits, training guides and templates – are posted on the CNIB Ontario website. Some of the material covered includes partnering with volunteers with vision loss, creating a culture of volunteerism, volunteering to support fundraising, managing volunteers, and more.” 
SaskCulture’s resource for building more inclusive communities
SaskCulture created a timely resource for municipal inclusion plans.  “With Saskatchewan's population becoming increasingly diverse, more and more municipalities are working on ways to engage the cultural diversity of their communities and encourage inclusiveness.” To learn more, visit How Can We Build More Inclusive Communities? in SaskCulture’s Organizational Resources section.
Applications open for the $100,000 Social EnterPrize
“The Social EnterPrize was created to celebrate and advance leadership and excellence in social entrepreneurship in Canada. Social enterprises are organizations, for-profit or not-for-profit, that blend the social and the entrepreneurial by using business models/markets to solve social problems. The 2017 edition of the Social EnterPrize will honour two of Canada’s leading social enterprises. Each of the recipients will receive:
•    $100,000 prize money for each recipient;
•    A video profile; and
•    An in-depth profile in a case-study undertaken by a Canadian post-secondary institution.

Applications must be received by email to by 4 pm MST, April 18, 2017. Details on the eligibility requirements and guidelines are available here.”
Don’t forget National Volunteer Week is April 23-29, 2017!
How will you celebrate and thank volunteers in your community?
Click here to learn more about National Volunteer Week and how to get involved.