Community Wheels is a community-based transportation service in the Municipality of the District of Chester. We are providing business sustainability planning services to their board.
Harbour House is a 15-bed facility that provides short-term shelter and outreach programming for women and children fleeing domestic abuse. We're excited to be supporting this hard-working team through the development of a revised strategic plan.
Project Scope: Strategic Plan
"Third Sector’s adaptable, client-centered approach enabled us to develop a strategic plan that will guide and support our growth for the future. The strategic planning process meaningfully engaged our staff and numerous stakeholders. The result is a plan that our committed staff team is connected to, and excited about. The extensive engagement activities that supported the plan development ensured that we heard from as many people as possible. The strategic planning process that Chris and Chantal created and facilitated brought our team together to dream about the future, while also considering the impact of their daily work. I hope to have another opportunity to work with Third Sector again."
John Britton, CEO, Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia
Project Scope: Business Plan for the Nova Scotia Non-profit Housing Association.
"In May of 2022, Chantal and Chris from Third Sector Enhancement joined the Build Together: Strengthening the Community Housing Sector in Nova Scotia project to lead the development of a business plan for the proposed Nova Scotia Non-Profit Housing Association. Within a very short time, Chris and Chantal were fully integrated members of our team. They have a lovely way of connecting with people and truly becoming learners while also leading. It was a pleasure to work with this dynamic intergenerational duo!"
Pauline MacIntosh, St. Francis Xavier University
Project Scope: Business Plan and Feasibility Study
"Third Sector Enhancement patiently and professionally guided our board through a difficult reflective and decision-making process. The result was unanimous agreement to move forward as Lunenburg County Wheels, while recognizing our legacy of Senior Wheels. We are grateful for their guidance and support as we evolved."
Jerome Tanner, Board Chair, Lunenburg County Wheels
Project Scope: Review and renewal of strategic plan
"The team from Third Sector Enhancement Ltd., guided us through the review and renewal of our strategic plan. The application of their Health and Vitality Assessment process provided a thorough analysis of our governance, strategic and policy framework that created an informed foundation for the review. We are confident that the results of the analysis and the facilitated reflection process will lead to a stronger organization with the ability to more adequately impact the community technology sector in Nova Scotia. We are delighted with the outcome and look forward to working with TSE again."
Board Chair, @NS@NE
Project Scope: Facilitation of day-long Summit
"Third Sector Enhancement facilitated our Litter Prevention Summit which brought together stakeholders working to reduce litter. We worked closely with Chantal to develop an agenda that worked for both in-person and virtual attendees. Chantal did an amazing job as emcee for the event. She and Chris kept everything moving on time, were attentive to discussions, provided good insights and injected some appreciated humor throughout the day. They designed and lead the breakout sessions so that we were able to capture key points of discussion, and identify next steps. Since this was our first hybrid virtual and in-person summit, we were expecting some hiccups, but Chantal easily adapted and provided excellent support to ensure that the session went smoothly. We would happily work with Chantal and Chris on future projects."
Programs and Development Officer
The Redefining Retirement program is an exciting program that challenges older adults to take stock of their skills, experiences, interests, contacts and passions and use those attributes in ways that will help them feel more purposeful in their daily lives, and (ideally) help their communities as well.
Project Scope: Economic Growth Strategies for Springhill and Parrsboro
"The team of consultants at the Leading Edge Community Consultants Cooperative led a robust community engagement process directed toward the development of economic development strategies for each community. The team was professional and innovative in their application of engagement, facilitation, and research amid the Covid-19 pandemic. We look forward to working with them as we move the projects forward."
Michelle Buyers, Manager of Community Economic Development
Project Scope: Strategic Plan
"We engaged the services of Third Sector to develop a five-year strategic plan for our newly created organization. We wanted a consulting firm with experience and a proven track record in the field - we were not disappointed. Third Sector is a family-run business and their tireless commitment and collaborative nature to elicit feedback from the board and our stakeholders resulted in a multi-faceted document of the highest quality. It was unanimously accepted by the board and will serve as the focus for our growth over the next five years. There will be no hesitation to utilize their services in the future."
Reg Johnston, Chair
Project Scope: Strategic Plan and Governance Renewal
"We engaged Third Sector Enhancement to support our board to refresh our strategic foundation, review our governance structure, develop a set of board policies and help us develop an action plan. Chris and Chantal worked closely with me, and with board members, to ensure that there was a clear understanding of how our strategic foundation is realized through the work we do with, and for, our members. I would be happy to call upon their services in the future."
Matt Trask, Executive Director
Project Scope: Development of Policy Options for Community Transportation
"Third Sector Enhancement effectively collected, analyzed, synthesized, and reported on the diverse opinions of departmental stakeholders regarding government's response to community transportation. The final report identified a variety of policy options for consideration. Their willingness to collaborate with the interdepartmental team was appreciated."
Jacqueline Campbell, Community Development Coordintor
Project Scope: Design and facilitate public engagement sessions.
"By engaging the public in an impartial manner, and with honesty and integrity, the professionals at Third Sector have proven that they can adapt a program to any setting and to any public sentiment. We look forward to working with them as we continue the process."
Tara McGuire, Director of Community Development
Project Scope: Business plan for a long-term care facility, which would service First Nation residents and those from the larger community.
"Our project has a unique focus on long-term care and TSE followed all possible avenues to pull together the appropriate information we needed to move to the next step of project development. The team went above and beyond what we contracted the to do, to ensure that we received the best possible product. I look forward to working with TSE again."
Amanda Peters, Chief Executive Officer
Project Scope: Business Model for Museum Sustainability
“We are very pleased with the work that was led by Chris Pelham and completed by Chantal Pelham-Edwards and the rest of the team. Should the need arise, I look forward to working with this team again.”
Lisa Wolf, Director
Ross Farm Museum
As part of the Flourish Community Development Co-operative team, we worked with a group of passionate leaders in the local food movement to lay the groundwork for a future Halifax Food Hub. Third Sector support the project through community engagement activities.
The Bay Treasure Chest Association engaged us to provide board governance support to their organization. We enjoyed working with them to bring clarity to board roles and enable them to work together effectively.
As part of the Flourish Community Development Co-operative, TSE facilitated a new strategic plan for the Valley REN.
The Mushuau Innu First Nation engaged us to develop a business plan for a new child care facility for the community. Mushua Innu First Nation is located in a fly-in community in Labrador.
We enjoyed partnering with our friends at the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre as well as Lisa Wolfe, one of our associates, to develop a business plan for the Electric City/Nouvelle France Society, based in Digby. If you haven't heard about it, it's a fascinating story about innovation and cultural acceptance in rural Nova Scotia in the 19th century.
The AC CDC asked us to support their strategic planning efforts. We helped them to develop a solid strategic foundation that was accepted by the staff and board, to guide their work for the coming years.
The Shehatshiu Innu First Nation recently developed a Comprehensive Community Plan, and the establishment of a gas bar and convenience store was the first step in the achievement of the plan. Third Sector developed a business plan for the project, by connecting with subject matter experts, reviewing relevant research, and developing a report which provided a variety of options and outlined the anticipated financial outcomes.
Chris was one of the founders of this organization and continues to support their strategic planning efforts.
The Chester Transportation Society (Community Wheels) engaged us to develop their business sustainability plan.
We worked with the DesBrisay Museum to develop a strategic plan.
TSE facilitated a strategic plan for this provincial group - all work done from a distance as meeting in-person was not an option given the timeline, distance involved, and winter weather!
We teamed up with Common Good Solutions to prepare, and facilitate, an entrepreneurship workshop for the senior management group of the NSCC.
TSE worked with the Town Council from the Town of Wolfville to develop some planning priorities.