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October 2016   
Hello VSSN friends!                                                            
Welcome back to another exciting month at VSSN. Don't forget to stay connected to us on Twitter and Facebook!  
CharityVillage to conduct 2017 Nonprofit Sector Salary and Benefits Survey
CharityVillage, which is one of Canada’s largest online resource for the nonprofit sector, is conducting the 2017 Nonprofit Sector Salary and Benefits Survey. The Salary Survey allows CharityVillage to collect and share the largest range of salary data from across the Canadian nonprofit sector. This vital information will help workforce planning in nonprofit organizations. Completed surveys will be accepted until October 26, 2016. If you work for a nonprofit organization in Canada and want to participate in the survey, please click here.
Certificate in Nonprofit Sector Leadership & Innovation (NSLI) 
There will be 2 courses in the The Nonprofit Sector Leadership & Innovation (NSLI) Certificate program, courses that will fill required NSLI course requirements, offered in the Winter 2017 semester (January-April). NSLI 330—Nonprofit Communications will be taught by Dr. Lynn Gidluck on Mondays 6:00-8:45 PM. Dr. Gloria DeSantis will be teaching Justice Studies 384—Advocacy Strategies and Skills, which will substitute for one NSLI 300-level required course in the NSLI Certificate. This Advocacy course is scheduled for Tuesdays 7:00-9:45 PM. For information on how to register for these courses please contact the VSSN Coordinator, Jen Billan [jennifer.billan@uregina.ca], Robin Markel in the Centre for Continuing Education [robin.markel@uregina.ca], or Mary Vetter, VSSN Acting Director [mary.vetter@uregina.ca].  
Join the Voluntary Sector Studies Network on November 3 to learn more about careers and volunteering in the nonprofit/voluntary sector! The event features Victoria Flores, Job Developer with the Regina Open Door Society and recent U of R graduate, in an interactive session to learn and network with leaders in the sector. A light supper will be served. Everyone is welcome – students, community members, staff, and faculty!
Welcome Taylor Madarash, one of our newest student volunteers and member of our Steering Group!
My name is Taylor Madarash, and I am studying for a biochemistry major and political science minor. I believe discussion of positive contributions that the volunteer sector can provide for my immediate community is an effective way to encourage progressive growth that makes a valuable difference in the lives of others. Citizenry is the most prominent tool that we can use to make the voice for humanity heard, and all of these positive movements begin at the grassroots level.
Book Review of an important new book on the Nonprofit Sector in Western Canada
This year’s notable book, Funding Policies and the Nonprofit Sector in Western Canada, edited by Peter Elson (2016), was recently reviewed and showcased as an outstanding resource for nonprofit organizations and leaders across Canada. With original research and analysis, this book offers a detailed yet accessible account of the reality of nonprofit funding policies and “provides an ideal opportunity to advance discussion on the changing landscape.”  VSSN’s Founder/Facilitator, Dr. Gloria DeSantis, co-authored a chapter entitled “Provincial Funding of Human Service Community-based Organizations in Saskatchewan”. Dr. Lynn Gidluck, who will be teaching NSLI 330 in the Winter 2017 semester, authored a chapter entitled “Funding Policy and the Provincial Lottery: Sport, Culture, and Recreation in Saskatchewan”.
New forum to explore Canada’s charitable and nonprofit sector  
The Philanthropist and Imagine Canada have launched Sector Pulse, “a group of thought leaders from across the country who will meet regularly to explore issues related to Canada’s charitable and nonprofit sector…Sector Pulse members reflect the diversity of the sector in terms of organizational size, cause, culture, and age…Their perspectives, insights, and strategic thinking will help strengthen and enhance the network of social good across Canada.”