Resources & Publications

  1. Niagara Cycling Tourism Report

    Since the creation of the Greater Niagara Circle Route and the development of Niagara Region’s Transportation Strategy in 2002, cycling has become a “top of mind” means of sustainable, active transportation in Niagara and part of promoting a healthy lifestyle for all its residents. This interest provides the Niagara’s tourism...
  2. Backgrounder: Rural Complete Streets

    This backgrounder is based on a scan of Complete Street best practices in rural Canadian municipalities. The objective was to look at the unique challenges that rural areas face in adopting and implementing Complete Street policies, and also to share some of the success stories that have come out of these...
  3. A Home for All Task Force

    A Home for All is the community’s ten year vision for those facing homelessness and other housing issues; it is a ten-year plan that lays out priorities, goals and actions to help realize that vision. A Home for All identifies five key areas to focus on as a community: Housing First Prevention Service...
  4. Coming of Age: Reimagining the Response to Youth Homelessness in Canada

    The goal of the report, ‘Coming of Age: Reimagining the Response to Youth Homelessness in Canada’ is to present an argument for approaching how we respond to youth homelessness in a new way.The report achieves this by pulling together key information about youth homelessness, to better inform how we respond...

Community Calendar

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Aug
28
Sun
Amazing Race Niagara @ Club Roma Pavilion
Aug 28 all-day

Are you a fan of ‘The Amazing Race’ TV show? If so – join us for our Niagara version of The Amazing Race! Join in on the fun and share our event with your family, friends, and colleagues to put a team of 4 together for a great cause!

The Amazing Race Niagara is a fun event for families (ages 10 and up), friends or work colleagues (corporate team building) consisting of teams of four who travel by car throughout the Niagara Region competing against each other by completing various activities in order to receive clues for the next location. The theme revolves around superheroes with super powered activities where teams receive points to achieve the highest score!

Did you know that 1 in 4 children will experience sexually based child abuse before the age of 18 and studies show that on average 25% to 50% of Aboriginal women were victims of sexual abuse as children compared to a 20% to 25% average rate within the non-Aboriginal population (Collin-Vézina et al 2009).

You can let the children, youth and families impacted by abuse in our region know you care! If you are not able to put a team together and participate in our event, you can still support this worthwhile cause by volunteering for the day! We need volunteers for this fun event and support the important work of our organizations at the same time!

Register your team of 4 today & get ready for a day of fun, excitement and laughs! This event is great a team-building opportunity for co-workers/group members, or a day to share with your family & friends. Space is limited so register early! This year’s theme is ‘Superheroes’ with Super Powered clues and activities!

Aug
29
Mon
Dementia is Not the End: Bridging Research and Global Care Practices Through Arts, Creativity, and Technology @ Online
Aug 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Arts for Dementia aims to change this grim reality by offering positive and enjoyable solutions for life with dementia.

They wish to promote empathy within the global community by empowering, inspiring and educating all circles of support about creativity in health care. They are looking for champions to bring arts based projects into local communities worldwide, disseminate knowledge about engaging activities and meaningful lifestyles with dementia.

Arts for Dementia’s goal is to minimize the isolation of people living with the diagnosis of dementia, their families and their circles of care by catalyzing a paradigm shift that employs arts, creativity, humour and technological advancements to care better for our fellow humans and ourselves.

Aug
31
Wed
Advocating for Poverty Reduction the “Rights” Way @ Online
Aug 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Integral to the human rights approach is the idea that every human being – at their core – has and must be able to access their civil, cultural, economic, social and political rights. By not adequately addressing the systems and processes that place people in poverty, we are failing not only our neighbours and communities, but also our binding international commitments.

From a rights-based lens, we must acknowledge that every one of us – government officials, business leaders, community actors, and all individuals – have a role to play in ensuring that these rights and freedoms are realized

Social Startup Meetups: August Edition @ Mahtay Cafe
Aug 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Are you an entrepreneur, investor or startup community stakeholder? Come have some drinks and meet current and aspiring social entrepreneurs* at Social Startup Meetups  of 2016 on the last Wednesday of each month at Mahtay Cafe.

At this month’s meetup, Kevin Jacobi, Owner/CEO and Treasurer of WP Warehousing will share the company’s experience with Start Me Up Niagara’s Garden Project.

More about Kevin Jacobi:

Born and raised in Niagara, Kevin has over 15 years experience in warehousing and fulfillment.
He worked at both Infomail Communications and Frontier Distributing as a database consultant focusing on ad mail campaigns.

As the General Manager of SanPack, Kevin oversaw re-pack lines as well as distribution for multiple clients.  In 2006, he set up Kelman Canada with Dianne Todd, running the warehouse and distribution of glass products.

In 2008, Kevin formed WP Warehousing with Dianne Todd and Joan Adam.  He currently oversees all aspects of the company operations and financials, including forecasting, quoting and setting us new business.

Start Me Up Niagara Garden Project

This first-time pilot between WP Warehousing, Start Me Up Niagara and Wrap It Up Raw is an NPI funded 1-year program designed to provide training and employment for the unemployed or underemployed clients of SMUN in the agri-food and logistics sectors.

Up to 14 people are rotating through 2 positions that provide training in food and beverage preparation, food dehydrating, packaging, shipping, e-commerce fulfillment, and general warehouse operations in order to determine their areas of interest for longer term sustainable employment.  SMUN is able to use their harvested fruits and vegetables from the Vineland Garden, as well as gleanings donated by other farmers in the area to create their own finished products in the dehydrating kitchen, that can then be sold to supplement the SMUN kitchen with proteins and other foods for their clients.  This project has already graduated two participants into regular part-time work with other companies and has been a great learning process and joint effort for the partners involved.  We are now in discussions about Phase Two funding to continue and expand upon the program.

SMUN is able to use their harvested fruits and vegetables from the Vineland Garden, as well as gleanings donated by other farmers in the area to create their own finished products in the dehydrating kitchen, that can then be sold to supplement the SMUN kitchen with proteins and other foods for their clients.  This project has already graduated two participants into regular part-time work with other companies and has been a great learning process and joint effort for the partners involved.  We are now in discussions about Phase Two funding to continue and expand upon the program.

Sep
1
Thu
Ontario Physical Literacy Summit @ Hamilton, ON
Sep 1 @ 7:30 am

The theme this year is Everybody, Everywhere, Every day! The Summit provides concrete physical literacy training for educators, early childhood educators, recreation staff, coaches, and parents. Keynote speakers include Drs. Cairney and Kriellaars.

Visit www.sporthamilton.com/summitregistration for a complete list of presenters and more information.

Fort Erie: Shared Learning Local Hub Sessions @ Crystal Ridge Community Church
Sep 1 @ 9:00 am

Shared Learning Local Hub sessions are being held in 5 areas across Niagara for front-line community service and outreach workers to:

  • Connect for shared learning;
  • Share ideas and best practice information to enable client success; and
  • Strengthen relationships concerning clients’ access to services and benefits.

To be part of this session, contact Mary Anne Feagan at maryanne.feagan@bridgeschc.ca.

Sep
10
Sat
Brock Cares Day of Service @ Various
Sep 10 @ 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Brock University’s Student Life & Community Experience and Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) are excited to announce that Brock Cares Day of Service will be taking place as part of Brock University’s Orientation Week. During Brock Cares Day of Service, volunteers spend the day in the community volunteering at various organizations and events. We are expecting over 700 volunteers to volunteer in the community from approximately 12:00pm-3:30pm.

If you are interested in partnering with Student Life & Community Experience for Brock Cares Day of Service 2016 please fill out this form: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/form/start/9322

If these dates do not work for you, Brock still encourages you to keep their department in mind to discuss any upcoming events or ideas you have for group volunteering. Not only are they able to donate their time, many of their volunteers are trained in education, programming, academic areas of study, and are enthusiastic about putting their creative gifts and talents to good use.

Partners & Projects

  1. Fresh From the Farm

    Building upon the success of the previous 3 years, Fresh from the Farm, Healthy Fundraising for Ontario Schools has expanded to include 53 school boards, and is now eligible to over 4000, publicly-funded schools. Fresh from the Farm provides schools the opportunity to raise funds by selling fresh, Ontario-grown fruit and...
  2. Niagara Healthy Kids Community Challenge

    Niagara is one of 45 communities across Ontario taking part in The Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC). The goal of HKCC is to link organizations from different sectors in the community to promote the health of children aged 12 years and under and accomplish the Ontario Government’s Healthy Kids Strategy...

Community Blog

  1. Potential for Social Enterprise to Boost Niagara’s Economy

    In Niagara we enjoy an abundant quality of life. In recent years our local economy has seen some major transformation. We’ve shifted away from jobs provided by large manufacturers, to jobs with small to medium sized firms, many of which employ 10 people or less. Many well-educated Niagara citizens struggle...

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