Membership Spotlight: Christine Kelly

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Membership Spotlight: Sara Prendergast

Sara Prendergast


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Membership Spotlight: Stephen Smith

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Membership Spotlight: Krista Walsh-Murray

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YNPN Ottawa

A blog post from YNPN Ottawa's President


Finding a Champion
By Cecilia Reaburn, President of YNPN Ottawa

Ottawa is a small city, which we can all admit has its charms. I love living, working, and volunteering here, where I can find a friendly face around every corner. I find my communities from all three realms very often overlap, but sometimes its like I get stuck in my own little echo chamber where I know everyone, or everyone is no more than 2 degrees of separation. Now don’t get me wrong, that can be great! It makes for a very supportive and reachable network. BUT what I often find missing, are the NEW experiences, those different perspectives, those who have MORE experiences then I do, and those who can challenge my thoughts, regroup my ideas, and break down the barriers I face professionally, personally, and philanthropically. 

A few years ago, I was privileged to meet a woman named Susie, who championed me.,  We were connected through a women’s networking group that was still super grassroots here in Ottawa. She was new to the city and looking for executive level connections, and I was fresh out of university, and only a few months into my first “grown up job”. She worked in the nuclear energy sector, and I was working at an international non-profit, managing a locally community-based program. In terms of who I thought I NEEDED to meet to advance my career, Susie, is not who I had in mind, and I’m sure she felt the same. When we connected, her passion for creating community, and supporting young women at early stages of their careers was clear to me, and my ambition, drive and commitment to building capacity was obvious to her. We met several times, and she began, not only to casually mentor me, but also, and perhaps more importantly, to champion me. 

Susie spent time going over my resume, helping me not only present my best ‘paper’ self, but also narrowing down my focus, helping to greatly shape the kind of work I was looking for. At this early stage in my career, this was something that I had no idea how to even start. I was still just thankful for anyone who would consider hiring me, it hadn’t yet occurred that I could PICK my employer, or my boss and have that control over where I worked, what I learned, and who I worked for.  The second and greatest thing she did, was boost my confidence and she opened doors for me. She invited me to events I never would have gone to, with executives I thought were way out of my league and introduced me as ‘the woman to watch out for.’  She made sure the people knew my name, and how to connect with me. In reality, this never turned into a job offer per-say but it did a lot to increase my confidence, my ‘elevator pitch’ and my ability to clearly identify the type of person I want to work for.  At that stage in my career, increasing my confidence and teaching me that the people I work for are LUCKY to have me, and not just that I am lucky to have a job was something that I will always be grateful for. 

 If you haven’t found your champion or mentor yet (find me at the next YNPN event and ask me the difference, if you don’t already know), here are some of my top suggestions for making those connections

  • Don’t pigeonhole yourself, you never know who you are about to meet who will light or change your path in a way you didn’t see coming (outside perspectives from other industries or professions can be your most valuable tool)
  • FOLLOW UP – time is a valuable commodity, and if someone offers to spend theirs to help you, DON’T let that opportunity pass you by. Be ready, ask questions, and learn about them and their path, don’t expect them to come with all the questions and answers. Be prepared to be part of the conversation, or to lead the conversation.
  • Be grateful, and appreciative. Send a quick thank you after meeting, thank them for specific things that you have found helpful, maybe it was an introduction, maybe it was editing your resume, or helping you narrow down your focus for job applications. Let them know how their skills have helped you take your next step. Once you get to your next step, LET THEM KNOW! They were a big help to get you there, show them how their support made a difference. 
  • Be interested in what they do, and who they are. Don’t only connect because you want/need a job. Connect because they do something you think is interesting.  They have experience you want to learn more about, give them an opportunity to tell you how they got where they are, and what their daily job really looks like. It’s really hard to tell from a job description what you will do every day, talking to people who DO the jobs you want to have is so insightful! 


Transitioning from university student to new grad is hard, it’s still hard to transition from new grad, to mid level professional, and I feel safe betting every transition that comes next for me will come with its own challenges. Having communities and networks of friends, colleagues, peers, mentors, and champions makes it easier. Everyone has a role to play in supporting each other to be our best, keep pushing forward when things are hard, and try new things when the old just don’t work anymore. No matter what stage of your career you are in, there is always someone who is looking up to you, wishing they knew what you know. How are you going to connect and share with them? There is also always someone a few steps ahead of you looking back saying, ‘that person has what it takes, I need them on my team!”  How are you going to know who that person is, and be ready when they call? 


Membership Spotlight: Cassandra Mathies

Cassandra Mathies


How long have you been with YNPN?

I’ve been a member of YNPN Ottawa for 4 years, with last two as a member of the board.

So you have been in from nearly the beginning. Why did you join?

I joined because I was working for a small nonprofit that worked mainly with overseas partners. I was looking for a way to engage in the sector in Ottawa, one that offered face-to-face networking. I also completed an MA program where many of my peers ended up in the Governmental sector. I found that they had access to great professional development and networking opportunities that were not readily available for a young nonprofit professional. YNPN allowed me to connect with people in the nonprofit community, especially young people who are at the beginning of their careers and are also looking to grow their professional network. Seeing the benefits of YNPN first as a member helped me decide to become a board member and deepen my engagement to help support and grow YNPN

And how did you get into the nonprofit sector?

Before enrolling in my undergraduate studies, I was privileged enough to take some time to travel. I taught English in China and Thailand with a nonprofit for a few months, and during this period volunteering with vulnerable communities there, I noticed that many of the disadvantages affecting these communities were structural issues that required a structural response. This is really what propelled me to first study Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Waterloo and then to go on to my Masters in Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. During my studies, I was able to connect, through volunteering and CO-OP work placements, with nonprofits doing great work in different ways to address structural or governance needs of communities facing societal injustice. Two such organizations were Mennonite Central Committee and SOS Children’s Villages, both whom do great work in different areas. This was also a glimpse for me into how diverse the nonprofit sector is! I knew there was a lot of room to engage and that it was going to be about finding a fit with the right organization.

How does one “fall” into nonprofit work?

It can be difficult to “break in” to the sector, but I was fortunate that while completing my graduate studies I was able to find an organization that really interested me and provided me with an opportunity to grow my career as a recent graduate. I do have a passion for working with community-based organizations and seeing the impact of the project I am working on at that level.

I don’t necessarily set my sights only on the nonprofit sector, but I have found that it has fit the collaborative way that I like to work.

And so did you just find the job or did you know, was it a networking in?

It was networking and timing! I had recently returned to Ottawa after completing an internship with the Canadian Embassy in Bangkok and I had coffee who let me know if a position she knew of through her network. The organization had just taken on a large project that they required surge staff for. I loved the work and jumped at the opportunity when they offered me a permanent position and I ended up staying there for five years! There are many different ways to get into the sector, but the best advice that I can offer is really knowing what is out there, where the needs are, and letting people know what you are interested in what they do and what you are able to contribute. And then ho

Connecting with an organization like YNPN can help greatly with this effort!

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done so far?

At CANADEM the main project that I worked on was the Standby Partnership. My organization, CANADEM, was one of 45 partner organizations providing support to UN agencies responding to humanitarian emergencies throughout the world via the secondment of gratis personnel. I think just being involved in that, to meet with the different UN partners and be one piece of this whole partnership mechanism and see how we all come from our own organizational perspectives and priorities was very inspiring. We would all come to the table, discuss the same mechanism, and how together we could strengthen it. It was something that I was proud to be a part of over the past four and a bit years. I think to be able to see more of the global impact of what it is that you are doing, even though you could be just one small piece in something much more significant, motivated me to keep doing the work. Most of us aren’t in the field and sometimes we can forget the value of what we do behind the desk. All those things still have an impact on the larger structural change.

Cassandra in BCWhat’s next for you?

After 11 years in Ontario, I have now landed back home on the West Coast, Victoria to be exact. I am excited for the opportunities ahead to engage within the non-profit sector in the city, particularly organizations that work in partnership with the community on social change initiatives. I look forward to continuing to develop professionally, and to apply my skills in project management and stakeholder engagement in ways that are beneficial to the city I now call home! I know that my time in Ottawa and from working with YNPN has provided me with a solid foundation, and I will continue to explore opportunities for meaningful collaboration and networking here in Victoria.

So you will be hunting out a similar organization to YNPN now that you are out west?

Definitely! I have already been able to connect with a couple of groups here, and I hope to continue engaging with them. It’s important to know that the people you connect with when you're five years into your career may be the same ones you'll still be connected with 10 years down the road in some capacity. I am also a firm believer in lifelong learning, and that no matter what industry or sector you come from it is important to continuously build our knowledge and skills that we are prepared to contribute to a rapidly changing world. Just because something worked well once or have been in place for a long time does not mean that you don’t re-evaluate and develop good (or better) practice. I believe the nonprofit sector will thrive on innovation!

As your time at YNPN Ottawa comes to an end what is your hope for the nonprofit you’ve been such an integral part of?

I have a longer view on where the organization could go, but for the near future, I really hope that YNPN continues to grow in its role as a “connector” or young professionals. That it remains a forum for people to engage with. Whether it’s face-to-face networking opportunities with other nonprofit professionals in Ottawa, opportunities for career development or even opportunities to give back to the community. I think an advocacy role is something that could be possible further down the road as well.

A strength of YNPN is that it is membership driven, and so the board wants to hear from the membership on what they want, and together make it happen!

Membership Spotlight: Akshay Talekar

Akshay Talekar


Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from?

My family is from India and ever since I was young, I travelled all across the world with my family until we finally settles in Mississauga, Ontario when I was 10. By the time I was 16 I had lived in 20 different houses. It’s something that really helped me with what I’m doing with my nonprofit now because it taught me to be resourceful and gave me the skills to work with many different types of people. One of the reasons I have been successful in starting a nonprofit is because of the leadership skills I was able to develop in the cadets program which I was a part of through middle school and high school. When it came time to choosing universities I chose The University in Ottawa because they had a strong Faculty of Science and the research background in Biochemistry that I wanted.

How did you get into nonprofits?

So I really got into the whole nonprofit sector back in Mississauga. There's this program kind of like Big Brothers Big Sisters and it started there, I got the taste for working for a nonprofit through volunteering. When I was 16 I was teaching English in Peru in a city called Cusco for 2 months. Down there I was working with an orphanage and tutored kids in maths and other subjects. I used my experience of teaching from cadets, because at that point I had been teaching classes for 1.5 years. That was the thing that really sparked my interest in the nonprofit world. One, because I like to travel, meeting new people is fun. And secondly because you really do get to see the change that you're creating. My experience with nonprofits have mainly been in client services, working 1-1 with clients. That's what I've been doing so far. I haven't really done advocacy or anything like that. That really sparked my interest and then two years after that the summer of my first year of University I taught English to Tibetan monks and refugees in India in a city called Dharamshala.

Wait, how did you find these summer jobs?

Honestly I Googled them. The thing is, if I didn't do cadets I wouldn't have gotten anything any of these jobs. When you’re in cadets you start teaching when you’re 14 or 15. So by the time I was 16 I already had 1.5 years of experience teaching in a classroom. For Peru I went through an agency that organizes these things; the agency covered my housing and all my expenses once I got there. I had to pay for the flight, but it's worth it when you’re 16. And then with Dharamshala I had enough experience to kind of just apply out of the blue and hope they pick me.

Crazy. Ok, back to Tibet and your amazing summer jobs...

I was working with a nonprofit there called Tibet World. Which is a community resource centre for Tibetan refugees who have been displaced by the Chinese occupation. I ran English conversation groups there. And and helped organize other presentations/ workshops.

It was an interesting experience. I remember the first class. I was sitting down and there's all these Tibetan monks there, in their robes and everything, and you'd assume that they'd be writing down on pieces paper but most of them had iPads. They were asking me for the WiFi password and I'm writing on the chalkboard and saying “I don't know man. Aren’t you guys minimalists?” The monks were a crazy bunch and some of the fiercest debaters I've ever seen.

Akshay Talekar and students at Tibet World

So by the time I had made the decision to start a nonprofit in Ottawa I had experience working with nonprofits. Whether it'd be working with nonprofits in Mississauga/Toronto or nonprofits abroad I had experience working a whole range of things, like client services and education.

And how did that experience lead to YEHC?

It was just something that happened. Before my summer in India when I was going to Rideau St, along Elgin St, walking by St. George and the Salvation Army the the concentration of homeless people was so high and I thought, that's odd. So I spend a lot of time talking to the people on the streets. I spent months. It's weird because now I know a lot of homeless people since I've talked to them for so long. One of the main things that they kept bringing up when I talked to them was the struggles they had finding jobs, and it was the things that surrounded employment accessibility rather than work experience (or resumes and cover letters). They'd worked before, everyone's worked, it's was ‘I don't have a bank account. I don't have a SIN card. I don't have interview clothing for a job interview. My hair looks like a mess.’ It's things like those that a lot of people like you and I might take for granted that are big issue for homeless people getting jobs.

So I started looking into employment resources in Ottawa and there were a few drop-in centres but either they were not accessible by everyone, they were either capped off at a certain age, or they were only for a certain demographic. And I thought, why not have a drop-in centre that was really accessible, comprehensive and free and I asked friends to help by volunteering and started working on getting resources together.

The first place I went was the OPL main library on Metcalfe. I was just this first year university kid with a huge beard and no haircut going into a library and saying this is what I want to do. Looking back on it I must have seemed so crazy to the librarian. Now we work together and everything is great but at that point, I must have looked like such a crazy person just walking in there saying “Hey, I'm gonna do this. Wanna help me out?”. But she just said “Yes, write up a business plan and if you have a plan we'll be happy to back you”. Which really surprised me... and is something I am very thankful for.

That's when things really started to take shape. During that summer in India I worked online and started getting resources together with a friend who was in town. Calling nonprofits like Dress For Success and asking can we partner with you and refer clients to you? Places like Ottawa Mission and St Joe's saying “if we have a client here you doesn't have food, doesn't have housing can we refer them to you?” We did that for 4 months. A lot of cold calling, a lot of rejection. We'd call hundreds of places and 2 or 3 would say yes. And 2 or 3 places were good enough to keep us going but the amount of rejection was unreal.

How did you keep yourself going with all of that rejection?

There were 2 things that really kept me going, one was realizing that really there's no alternative. I realized starting out: No one's going to do it for you, if it’s something that you really care about or something that's really bugging you, you can't wait for other people to fix it for you. Another thing that kept me going were the volunteers and my friends who agreed to help me out in this endeavor, they have been with me every step of the way and have been instrumental in the success we’ve had helping people.

It happened organically and we didn't realize it at the time but we ended up creating a 2-prong support system.

  1. We're helping clients with their employment needs and things like that.
  2. We're also helping our student volunteers get proper job experience in things that they want to do. As a small nonprofit, we can give our volunteers the flexibility to do almost anything that they want with the area. If there is anything experimental that they want to try I'm more than willing to do it. Because that's how the volunteers are going to grow and that's how the nonprofit's going to grow as well.
When did you officially start?

YEHCWe started opened in September 2016 and registered as a nonprofit January of 2017 because we were able to say “OK, this is working let's do it”.

So far we've gotten minimum 70 new clients and a bunch of those 70 come back. We're open Wednesday's 4-6:30pm. And no appointment is needed. Anyone can walk in. We focus on youth services just because as student volunteers we have the most experience finding jobs and providing resources for a youth client base (16-24 years old) but we won’t turn anyone away. We've had clients who have been 65 and wanted to get back into teaching and we've helped them with that. It doesn't matter what age you are, who you are, if you walk into our doors and need our help we're gonna help you out. And if we can't help you out we're going to refer you to someone who can.

How did you find your board of directors?

The board of directors have been our team leaders. YEHC is split up by the board of directors and each director leads there own team: partnerships, funding, marketing and client operations. It's a student board, student driven, student culture. We support each other. Because we're all students and we all understand the struggle of trying to do something good and balancing it with trying to do your school work. As an organization we try to help our volunteers by having a social environment and hosting regular de-stress events, otherwise you have people just burning out which is not good for anyone.

What's next on the horizon for you?

We're actually expanding, it was almost serendipity the way it happened because we weren't considering it. During the first year of operations I thought about expanding but I didn't think it would come this soon, I thought it would be at least a couple years down the line. But a volunteers friend in Toronto heard about what we were doing and they were planning something similar to us on their own in Toronto. We had a phone call and what they explained is very similar to what YEHC does so I said “Hey! Why not just do it under one name. We already have the infrastructure set up, the partnerships, the nonprofit registration, everything there. You don't have to grind away like we did.” We went through the same kind of process we went through in Ottawa but it was a lot more efficient this time around the Toronto location is now open at Lillian H Smith Library in downtown Toronto.

Now YEHC has become a place where students can do good in their community and not have to struggle like we did. You know, the struggles with rejections the struggles with putting in the grinding of hours and hours. It's turned into a vessel in which other people can use what's already built to do good in their community.

So you've gone from...

Crazy person walking into a library to being the ED of an expanding nonprofit. I guess.

Impressive! How did you find out about YNPN?

I found it on Facebook and thought “This seems interesting!” I went on the website to see what they do and the things that I saw there was that YNPN helps build a community of nonprofit professionals. And the thing is, me having the experience of running a student nonprofit and knowing the amount of untapped potential, of student groups (universities, colleges, high school). I know now that what we do really works and what we do has a big impact in the community, I joined YNPN to help tap more into that potential. I really like the community aspect of YNPN, starting a nonprofit is difficult. But if you have a community of people there to help you it makes all the difference. If I was a part of YNPN before starting YEHC it would have been a lot easier. I want to expose students to the nonprofit world so they know that there is a community of professionals willing to help you out with the struggles you're going to face if you are starting a nonprofit, or joining a nonprofit, because it helps to have a community that's going through the same struggles as you. And deals with the same issues as you do, it just helps.

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Calling all Leaders!

Leaders Wanted

Are you an individual who wants to create a more connected nonprofit sector in Ottawa? We're looking for young professionals wanting to grow their professional skills!

YNPN Ottawa is seeking individuals to join our working board of directors and help grow our Ottawa Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Chapter.

We are the first chapter in Canada and cannot wait to engage Ottawans further about the importance of a connected non-profit sector. The organization is based off of a successful model that has 42 chapters across the United States.

Deadline is November 23rd!

Please contact Helena at for more information.

Also seeking committee volunteers!

Membership Spotlight: Michèle Biss

Michele Biss


Why did you join YNPN Ottawa?

I am one of the founding members of YNPN Ottawa and have been there since its inception. Currently, I’m chair of the governance committee and also a member of the programming committee.

When you started YNPN Ottawa what was your hope?

One of the things that drew me to YNPN was the idea that there are many young people in the legal community who are bright, driven by social justice, and genuinely interested in the nonprofit sector. While those individuals originally intend to work in the sector for marginalized groups, they end up going to the government or a law firm. Often the road to meaningful work at a nonprofit is closed for young lawyers with high amounts of student debt – and I think this is especially true for young female lawyers. And so, when I joined YNPN I had that very much in mind.

You have a pretty unique role, what does it actually look like?

My official title is Legal Education and Outreach Coordinator, but we’re a small organization, so my work involves a wide variety of tasks. On any given day this can mean drafting blogs; making submissions to the Canadian government or the United Nations; or coordinating CWP’s efforts to educate the public about Canada’s international human rights obligations for people in poverty (like the right housing, food, or an adequate standard of living). My job also involves maintaining and building relationships with partners to make sure that we’re genuinely acting as a national voice for grassroots organizations as well as those in poverty.

You've worked and advocated at the UN? What was that like?

It’s an incredible experience - and as a young advocate it’s so meaningful to walk into this hallowed space. The first time I went to Geneva two years ago, I remember being awestruck surrounded by the flags, monuments, and peacocks walking around. It was such a powerful experience to be surrounded by advocates who have been working on human rights implementation for decades before I entered the sector.

One of the unique aspects of CWP is that were the first NGO to appear in front of a United Nations treaty body (when we were previously named the National Anti-Poverty Organization or NAPO), so it’s amazing to be part of a long tradition of bringing the voices of people in poverty in Canada to the international stage. When I’ve gone to the UN I’ve attended with a member of our Board of Directors, all of whom have lived experience of poverty, which means my job as a lawyer is to ensure the pathway is clear for their voices to reach the ears of committee members at the UN.

Watch Michèle at the UN!

One of the most powerful moments for me on a personal level at the UN was attending the review of Canada by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). As a young feminist, it was a spectacular experience to be among this community of women’s rights advocate who have for so long pushed for equality for women in Canada. 

Do you think if had gone the “high pay, big firm” route you would be getting to do things like go to the UN? Or that you would feel as rewarded?

Definitely not. And I think that's the value of working in the nonprofit sector – at the end of the day, you have this feeling in your gut that you may have made a change in the world in a positive way, even if it’s just a small change. That's a pretty powerful and worthwhile thing.

What's on the horizon for you professionally?

October is our busiest month at CWP with October 17th being the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and our Chew on This! campaign that we coordinate with an organization called Citizens for Public Justice.

Chew on This Photo 2016In this campaign, we coordinate organizers all across the country in communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast. This year, we’ll have over 70 groups taking to the streets to call for a rights-based national anti-poverty plan. Handing out paper bags containing a postcard and an apple, volunteers will talk to people in their neighbourhoods about poverty and the fact that 1 in 8 families in Canada struggle to put food on the table.

This year will be our 5th year conducting the campaign and we’ve changed things up a little bit because the government has started some work on an anti-poverty strategy. What remains to be seen, however, is whether the strategy will have a human rights approach. Concretely, that means that the government has to meaningfully consult with people in poverty and approach the strategy from the understanding that poverty is a violation of Canada’s international human rights obligations – we're not creating a poverty strategy because it's a nice thing for the government to do, we're doing it because people have a right to be free from poverty. Critically, a human rights approach means that the strategy ensures accountability for those who are marginalized – it’s not just a strategy that sits on a shelf – instead, it allows people an avenue to exercise their rights.

The postcard in the paper bags goes straight to the Minister responsible for the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy, Minister Jean-Yves Duclos. Passersby can sign the postcard and send it off to the Minister (it’s free to send it to his office on Parliament Hill). Last year, when we conducted Chew on This! Minister Duclos put up a photo on his social media surrounded by thousands of postcards that had arrived at his office. This year, we’re hoping to emphasize the message that people in Canada want an effective poverty strategy that recognizes the rights of those who are the most marginalized – and is backed by funding in the next federal budget.

Minister Duclos 2016

Photo credit: Jean-Yves Duclos Facebook page

So if somebody wanted to get involved what would they do?

They would email me at and we would connect them to a local event happening in their community.

If someone doesn't manage to get one of these coveted postcards in their town is there something that they can do instead?

They can go to our website at or our twitter feed. On the website, there’s also information to sign up for our Thunderclap which will automatically send out a tweet, Facebook, or Tumblr post at noon EST on Oct 17th from their social media accounts calling for a rights-based plan!

Are you hoping that he'll stop by and get an apple?

We’ll have to wait and see! We do have some opportunities for MPs and Senators to engage with the campaign on October 17th. It’s so important that Parliamentarians from all parties are aware that people in Canada really care about poverty and want to see concrete change. Hopefully, they’ll take the opportunity to come out to Chew on This! events to show their support.

So, for somebody who's thinking of entering the nonprofit sector. What's one thing that you think they should know or look at?

The first recommendation I have for those individuals is to volunteer as much as possible. It’s really important to meet people in the sector and demonstrate how skilled and passionate you are. Volunteering can be helpful as well because it helps you get to know people in the sector through networking and building a community. Finding employment in the nonprofit sector is rarely about walking into someone’s office to drop off a CV – instead, I’d encourage people interested in the sector to focus on building their community, and in my opinion that’s the biggest benefit of joining YNPN Ottawa.

The second recommendation I have is to make sure that you’re volunteering or applying for a job at a nonprofit that serves an issue that you genuinely care about. It’s important to research opportunities carefully to match your passion. There’s so few resources at most nonprofits that if you can walk in the door and demonstrate that you understand what the organization does from the outset, that is a significant benefit for the organization.

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Check out these great events we have lined up this season:
September Meetup

Tuesday September 12th ~  5:30 - 7:00pm

MacLaren’s on Elgin 

Join YNPN Ottawa for our September monthly meetup to kick off the
fall season. Network with nonprofit peers and join YNPN Ottawa, 
Canada's first Young Nonprofit Professionals Network chapter.
LinkedIn like a PRO! 

Thursday September 21st ~ 5:30 - 7:30pm

Royal Oak, 161 Laurier Ave

Not sure why LinkedIn is a helpful tool? We're streaming a

professional live from LinkedIn Canada's head office to discuss best

practices and provide tips on how to grow your presence. We've also

hired a photographer, so if you're looking for a new professional head

shot be sure to mark this event on your calendar!

*Event costs $20 which includes a one-year YNPN membership. 

For $10 receive two high-resolution head shots!!
GSPIA Panel Event

Tuesday, October 10th ~ 5:30 - 7:30pm

University of Ottawa, FSS 4006

YNPN Ottawa is once again partnering with the Graduate School of

Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa for a panel

discussion on Public Policy in the non-profit sector. Stay tuned for

more information!
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YNPN Ottawa Reading Corner
“Interested in learning more about YNPN National? Check out this recent article in the US’ Nonprofit Times in which YNPN’s Executive Director Jamie Smith is interviewed”
“What Smith has found is that members generally join to access a particular training but stay as a means of remaining connected with a network of peers tackling the same challenges. She noted that the recent focus on a nonprofit leadership gap, caused by Baby Boomers preparing for retirement, has emphasized a need for soft skills such as leadership and working with people. While those talents are needed, YNPN members have indicated that such trainings are easier and less costly to come by than hard skills such as managing organizational finances. Organizations tend to limit the exposure mid-level employees get to such trainings, but often require such skills in order to move up to senior roles.”
"Unpacking the systemic issues of nonprofit evaluation" by Ontario Nonprofit Network
“In 2015, ONN took on a project to look at the systemic issues of evaluation in Ontario’s nonprofit sector and design potential solutions to help us get to more useful evaluation. This framing led to the development of our Sector Driven Evaluation Strategy work, which to date now includes a resource treasure chest designed to help identify pain points experienced by nonprofits, and move forward with your stakeholders to create an evaluation process that can work better for your organization.”
"Six tips for commanding the meeting environment”
“Strengthening your meetings with this level of discipline will not only improve the quality of meetings, but also your and your team's attitude towards them. Enforcing the time and conducting boundaries around them will give you a greater toe hold to increase high performance throughout your company. These healthy boundaries and discipline breed autonomy, and enable greater delegation, all of which increase your capabilities as a team.” Read more here.
It always seems impossible until it's done.
-Nelson Mandela
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