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2019 Directions Council Gift Guide

The Directions Council and its members are excited to introduce their first Holiday Catalogue featuring Nova Scotia products and services from over 15 member social enterprises.

The catalogue is divided by region. Within each region you will find member information pages highlighting products and services produced by our terrific teams.

For our socially conscious community members, your gift purchases from this catalogue have the power to give twice – once to that special someone on your list and once to our local member agency committed to building inclusive Nova Scotia communities.

Embrace the holiday spirit and bring joy to everyone involved in the creation, receiving and purchasing of the gift of socially conscience consuming.

On behalf of our 30 member agencies and our teams, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

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Welcome Sunset Industries

DIRECTIONS Council’s is happy to welcome our newest member Sunset Industries.

Sunset Industries has been a successful Adult Service Centre since 1981; providing meaningful employment opportunities to individuals within Cumberland County.  Their Vocational Services mission is to provide quality employment opportunities, training and skills development to enhance personal growth of the individuals they work with.

Sunset provides employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry Services
  • Pallet Shop
  • Reception
  • Contract Services
  • Wood Working

Big Red Chair

If you haven’t had a chance to see the “Big Red Chair” video, it’s worth a watch, I’m sure you’ll recognize a few of these budding superstars.


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Change Makers – Lake City Woodworkers

LakeCity Woodworkers is a social enterprise in Burnside making furniture while making change. It helps people with mental illness build skills and independence, and improve their quality of life by crafting high-quality, solid wood products.
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Investing in Nova Scotia

More Nova Scotia social enterprises will be able to start, grow, expand into new markets and strengthen communities as a result of support from the Invest Nova Scotia fund.

The funds board of directors is investing $1.5 million over three years in the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia to create an incubator that will help entrepreneurs build their businesses.

One of the businesses that will benefit from this investment is located in Dartmouth.
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Exciting news! 🎉 DIRECTIONS has been awarded $50,000 by Divert NS to fuel our waste diversion partnership for another year! 💚 This program supports agencies in Nova Scotia that empower individuals with disabilities, and we're thrilled to be part of it for the third year running.Thanks to Divert NS's support since April 2021, we've launched 26 impactful projects spanning the entire province! ♻️ From textiles to electronics, we've tackled various waste materials, making a real difference for our environment and local communities.This collaboration's outcomes are immense, benefiting not just the environment but also our communities and the people we serve. 🌍 We're immensely grateful to Divert NS for recognizing our role in Nova Scotia's waste diversion sector and for their continued partnership. Together, we're making Nova Scotia cleaner and greener! 🌟 #wastediversion #communityimpact #novascotiaenvironment Divert NS The Sunset Community ... See MoreSee Less
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Our communities are full of valuable materials that we can reuse. The Swap, Share, Thrift, Repair theme of Waste Reduction Week speaks to a lot of the important work done throughout the province by DirectioNS agencies. Now, you can find Swap, Share, Thrift, Repair resources in your community using the new search tool from Divert NS! Visit: divertns.ca/swap-share-thrift-repeat/community-resources. You can choose your region to see what is near to you. You can also search by type and zone in on: clothing, household items, musical instruments, recreation equipment, technology, tools, and workshop services. We are proud to see 16 thrift stores in our network featured in this new resource. See the list of thrift stores below and look for them in the guide!Bridge Adult Service Centre Nora's New to You Thrift Store CAPE Society Glace Bay Digby Bargain Bin Prescott Group Rick's Riches Thrift Store The ROC Society Store New Boundaries In Your Back Pocket Thrift Store New To You Gerald Hardy Memorial Society The Sunset Community Oxford Sunset Industries SecondChance_Boutique Thegreendoor Mill Road Social Enterprises ... See MoreSee Less
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This week is Waste Reduction Week, and the theme is Swap, Share, Thrift, Repair. To celebrate, we are proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Waste Diversion Grants Program funded by Divert NS. The successful projects are: The Thrift Group: Optimizing thrift operations network-wide.The Sunset Community: Expanding a rag-making business with the thrift stores’ surplus textiles.LakeCity Works: Launching a Junk Removal Pilot to recover recyclable materials and useable goods.Prescott Group: Increasing the capacity and efficiency of the thrift store. The Flower Cart Group - Manufacturing yard games, signage, and artisan wood products from pallets and surplus textiles.Inclusion Clare- Acquiring a shed for collecting refundable bottle donations.YACRO Social Enterprise The Store Next Door Gift Shop - Increasing the capacity for recycling used hockey sticks into furniture. Congratulations to all the project agencies - we wish you success in your new pursuits! The program was exceptionally competitive this year, with 15 strong applications. We want to extend a generous thank you to our whole network for your ongoing leadership in waste diversion initiatives.Here is a look at some of the exciting things being made at The Flower Cart Group as part of their project recycling used pallets. Check out the decorative turkey and lemonade stand they have made so far! ... See MoreSee Less
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DIRECTIONS is excited to announce the continuation of our successful waste diversion partnership with Divert NS. On April 1, 2022, Divert NS awarded DIRECTIONS $50,000 towards waste diversion initiatives for social enterprises in Nova Scotia that support individuals with a disability. The initial funding year has seen success with innovative use of potential waste materials from thrift and wood operations, refundable bottles, and miscellaneous materials. At New Boundaries in Windsor, the diversion funding purchased an outdoor covered shelter and specialty woodworking tools to support the production of artisan wood products.We thank Divert NS for their ongoing generosity and look forward to the impact that the additional funding will have for DIRECTIONS member agencies and non-member partners, and waste management in Nova Scotia more broadly.For information on how to apply for the funding, DIRECTIONS member agencies and community organizations with a mandate to employ individuals having a disability can contact Hanna Longard, the Diversion Projects Coordinator for DIRECTIONS, at hannadirections@gmail.com ... See MoreSee Less
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The Directions Council would like to express our deep appreciation to Divert NS for their support to our member agencies to expand our waste diversion-related social enterprise operations. This partnership is making a significant difference in helping us to develop new opportunities for individuals having a disability. The guidance and funding assistance provided by Divert NS is increasing our capacity and knowledge to take on new areas of diversion activity. Please view the attached link to learn more.www.facebook.com/search/top?q=divert%20ns ... See MoreSee Less
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The Directions Council would like to acknowledge the support and funding provided by Divert NS in an effort to expand our waste diversion outcomes.

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99 Wyse Road, Suite 920
Dartmouth, NS, B3A 4S5

Phone: (902) 466-2220
Fax: (902) 461-2220