Growing Nonprofits Series

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Growing Nonprofits Series

The Growing Nonprofits Series is a collaborative effort led by the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Studies Network (NVSSN) at Luther College. The program will enhance the capacity and knowledge of nonprofit professionals through continuous learning and community-driven research.

Discover a wealth of complimentary learning experiences within the program, such as virtual toolkit workshops, enrollment in certificate courses focused on Nonprofit Sector Leadership and Innovation, and a diverse array of engaging in-person events.

Join us in advancing your knowledge and contributing to the growth of the nonprofit sector. Register for the workshops using the form below!

Using the UN Sustainable Development Goals for Community Action

When: March 4, 2024 at 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom

Session Description:

In this session we will delve into the power of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for driving positive change at the grassroots level. This session aims to empower individuals, community leaders, and activists with the knowledge and tools to effectively utilize the SDGs as a catalyst for meaningful action within their communities. Participants can expect to explore real-world examples of how the SDGs have been successfully implemented to address various social, economic, and environmental challenges at the community level and learn practical strategies for incorporating the SDGs into community action plans and projects.

Our Speakers:

Victor Roman Morrow is SSCF’s Manager of Community Impact & Communication. He provides leadership and overall direction for the Foundation’s community engagement and granting program as well as leading the Foundation’s communications strategy. Victor has with over 14 years of experience in marketing and communications through various advertising firms in Regina. In addition to this, Victor served as the Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Regina & Area before joining SSCF and was a Big Brother mentor for nearly a decade. His vast communications experience paired with his insights into the non-profit sector give the Foundation a heightened ability to amplify the efforts of our partners.

Colleen Strauch is the Director of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Studies Network at Luther College at the University of Regina. Her work centers around supporting a thriving nonprofit and voluntary sector through learning, research, and innovation. Colleen has worked and volunteered in the nonprofit sector both in Regina and internationally and is enthusiastic about contributing to learning and growth in our community. She has been a volunteer with the Terry Fox Foundation, the Regina Open Door Society, RaiseHer, and has served a board member of the Saskatchewan Career Development Association. Colleen is currently a PhD student at the University of Regina.

Navigating and Influencing Policy Makers

When: March 11, 2024 at 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom

Session Description:

Discover essential strategies for effective government relations and advocacy in the nonprofit sector! Distinguished guests Chris Dekker, President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Trade Export Partnership and Cindy Kobayashi, a senior consulting expert specializing in government relations will share insights on effective advocacy strategies for nonprofit professionals seeking to drive social change and policy changes. Participants will gain practical ideas and advice for navigating the complex landscape of advocacy and community development. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from experienced leaders and enhance your government relations and advocacy skills to make a meaningful impact in your community.

Our Speakers:

Chris Dekker assumed the role of President & CEO with Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP) in May 2015. He obtained an Honours Degree in Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and worked in marketing with Maple Leaf Foods in Edmonton before joining the provincial government in a number of executive positions including Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition. In 1996, he was appointed to the position of Manager of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs and Special Projects for the City of Saskatoon where his duties included Project Management for the River Landing redevelopment initiative. Chris returned to the Government of Saskatchewan in 2009 as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Investment Attraction for Enterprise Saskatchewan and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2010. Before joining STEP, Chris served as the Associate Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Economy. He is an Accredited Public Relations Practitioner (APR), and two-time winner of the prestigious Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service.

Cindy Kobayashi has dedicated her life for two decades to social change. She is a senior consultant specializing in government relations, fund development, governance, facilitation, social finance, as well as measuring and communicating impact. Cindy has worked with the non-profit sector and all levels of government to provide project management and oversight of government partnerships including project development, stakeholder engagement, and data analytics. Most recently, she served the City of Regina as a senior consultant to help develop the new municipal corporation, Community & Social Impact Regina. Her work allows her the opportunity to find innovative solutions and work collaboratively with public, private, and non-profit sectors to address complex social issues. Cindy is passionate about community and is a dedicated volunteer who has served on several boards and committees including the City of Regina appointed Catalyst Committee. She currently serves on the Regina Public Library as the Chair of Governance, and also serves on the Government House Foundation Board.

Advocacy Coalitions and Collaborations Panel Discussion

When: March 18, 2024 at 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom

Our Speakers:

Robin East is the co-founder of Barrier Free Saskatchewan, a non-partisan coalition of individuals and organizations of and for persons with disabilities, working to be an accessible province. In 2023 Robin received the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medal for making a difference in the field of volunteer services. He coined the phrase: "An advocate is like a catalyst that mixes with an ally and inspires empowerment.” He believes in working with allies to overcome barriers and address issues of social justice. He has been involved in advocacy since the early 80s and continues to be a strong leader in which ever role he takes on. In his professional life he is a federal civil servant, leading a team in the Adaptive Technology Program at the Canada Revenue Agency. He recently completed a secondment with the Canadian Human Rights Commission in their Accessible Canada Act Compliance division.

Bonnie Morton is a long-time social justice advocate. She began her advocacy career in high school. She spent over 30 years working for the Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry where she did individual advocacy and case management for people living in poverty, along with public education around systemic injustices. She understands the challenges and rewards of lobbying government at municipal, provincial, and national levels for progressive social policy change. She has even brought her knowledge and skills to international bodies like the United Nations where she highlights ways Canada is failing vulnerable people and needs to do better. These days she is a minister with the United Church where she spreads the social gospel through her sermons and continued volunteer efforts.

Shobna Radons is passionate about improving the quality of life for families in the City of Regina. Her family moved to Regina from the South American country of Guyana in the 1980s and she has spent many years hard work in community organizations in Regina such as the United Way and the Regina and District Labour Council (RDLC), an organization she is currently President of. She is the Chair of the RDLC’s annual Equity and Human Rights Conference but works tirelessly to incorporate equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism in every organization she works for or volunteers with. 

Advocacy Success Stories: Lessons from Indigenous Activist Elder Lorna Standingready

When: March 25, 2024 at 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom

Our Speaker:

Elder Lorna Standingready is a direct descendant of the legendary negotiator Ka-na-hah-cha-pay-o (Skillful Archer) from Treaty 4 Territory and great niece of Chief Peepeekisis, son of Ka-na-hah-cha-pay-o. As a ten-year Indian Residential School Survivor who attended schools in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, she embodies strength and resilience. Elder Lorna has dedicated herself to serving her community. She has volunteered with over forty organizations, including the John Howard Society, Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry, and REACH (Regina Action and Education on Child Hunger). She has also served as a board member for various provincial and federal organizations. Elder Lorna's story represents the power of resilience, cultural pride, and the interconnectedness of all.

Evaluating & Measuring Community Engagement Efforts

When: April 4, 2024 at 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom

Register for Upcoming Professional Development Workshops

  March 4, 2024 - Using the UN Sustainable Development Goals for Community Action
  March 11, 2024 - Navigating and Influencing Policy Makers
  March 18 - Advocacy Coalitions and Collaborations Panel Discussion
  March 25, 2024 - Advocacy Success Stories: Lessons from Indigenous Activist Elder Lorna Standingready
  April 4, 2024 - Evaluating & Measuring Community Engagement Efforts
  All workshops

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