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“Uniting the voluntary Sector
To connect and strengthen the
voluntary sector in the Halifax Regional
Unified, the voluntary sector is an
influential player in sustaining communities, by
taking a role as an equal partner with the private and public and
The Voluntary Sector comprises registered/incorporated non-profit
a volunteer board and probably paid staff and is recognized as a
We value the contribution of
the voluntary sector.
• We are accountable to our members.
• We are operationally transparent.
• We are membership informed and directed by the contribution of our
We value collaboration.
• We work together in ways that build relationships.
• We work in partnerships.
• We engage diversity in our members to build the strength of our
• We support the autonomy of member organizations.
We value systemic change to
benefit the work of the voluntary sector.
• We work at the policy level.
• We are solutions focused.
• We collaborate with other sectors.
We value equitable
• We model inclusive practices
• We operate in a manner which encourages diverse perspectives
• We engage multiple ways of doing and knowing
Goal: Creating links within
• Nurturing partnerships
• Sharing information and resources
• Encourage and facilitate on-going dialogue
• The membership is actively communicating with one another and with
Goal: Strengthen the capacity
of the voluntary sector
• Providing educational opportunities and resources
• Internal Communications with agencies
• Research– identify areas of need for research, collect and
• Act as a clearing house for information
• Organizations and individuals within the sector have training,
and resources required to effectively meet their organization’s goals.
• Improved communication lines
Goal: to work together to
identify and resolve sector related issues
• To raise the profile and promote the value of the voluntary sector
• To influence policy for the sector
• Dialogue with other sectors
• Common issues of the sector are mobilized into active solutions.
Since 2000, several initiatives led
by active voluntary sector organizations explored
the potential of an umbrella organization for the sector. These various
were brought together at an Open Space in November 2004. From this came
“Voluntary Sector Community Action Team” (VS-CAT) to develop a draft
the proposed Federation.
Similar organizations have been or are forming across
Canada, including one in Cape Breton. There is also a Canadian
Voluntary Sector Networks (www.voluntarynetwork.ca).
The VS-CAT provided a working document for consideration at a meeting
September 30th 2005. An interim committee was then established to
work, and to consider questions raised at that meeting. This committee
discussed and established membership criteria.
In April 2006, the Federation hosted its first Annual General Meeting,
first Board of Directors and incorporated with the Nova Scotia Registry
of Joint Stocks.
The current Board members are:
Wendy Bye-Stephens (Chair)
Sherry Costa (Vice-Chair)
Kristin Williams (Treasurer)
Bill Pratt (Secretary)
Members at large: