Resources & Publications

  1. Achieving “A Community for all Ages” Across Niagara: Two-Page Candidate Brief from the Age-Friendly Niagara Network

    All of us have a stake in ensuring our community is responsive to the needs of everyone as we age. The volunteer-led Age-Friendly Niagara Network has prepared this brief to help engage municipal candidates in issues affecting everyone in our community. The Brief outlines the contributions older adults make to our community,...
  2. Is Cannabis Safe to Use? Facts for Youth Aged 13–17 Years (Evidence Brief)

      This document provides key messages and information about the risks and health effects of cannabis use for youth aged 13–17. It is intended to provide source material for public education and awareness activities undertaken by medical and public health professionals, parents, educators and other adult influencers. Information and key...

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Caregiver Wellness Workshop: Opening a Conversation in Response to Stress @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region - Pfizer Room
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Care partners are invited to this Caregiver Wellness Workshop focused on Opening a Conversation in Response to Stress.

Guest Speaker: Dion McParland, MSW, RSW, Family Support Counsellor, Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region and Member of Niagara Elder Abuse Prevention Network

Please register online or call the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region at 905-687-3914.

This workshop is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

Fall Lecture Series: Opera 101 @ Armenian Community Centre
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lifelong Learning Niagara offers a six week lecture series twice a year, spring and fall in a variety of academic topics to stimulate and enlighten our senior population in the Niagara Region.

Speaker: Iain Scott, Lecturer, Broadcaster, Writer, one of Canada’s leading experts on Opera

Who is afraid of opera? Perhaps, lots of people. And yes, it does need three essential prerequisites: exposure, time, and money to be enjoyed to its fullest potential.

But for many people who have retired and now have the time at least to give it a chance, it can be one of the most rewarding of all the arts because it has so many intriguing dimensions.

Iain will give us a lighthearted introduction.

This event is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.

Breaking Down the Stigma of Childhood Disability @ Online
Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Breaking down the stigma of childhood disability through awareness and advocacy: The Dear Everybody Campaign

Disability stigma is a key barrier to living healthy and meaningful lives for children and youth with disabilities. Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital believes that, as a leader in pediatric care and research, it has a role in breaking down childhood disability stigma and advancing social justice.

This role goes beyond the health-care sector to other areas of young people’s lives, such as employment and education. With the aim of tackling disability biases and supporting meaningful inclusion, Holland Bloorview is carrying out a multi-faceted, multi-year public anti-stigma campaign, which was co-developed with young people with disabilities and their families.

This webinar will describe Holland Bloorview’s Dear Everybody anti-stigma campaign.

In the webinar, you will explore:

  • equity barriers faced by people with disabilities, an important consideration in the use of the HEIA tool
  • a public education mitigation strategy for addressing health and social inequities

This webinar is hosted by the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Community of Interest.

Developing a Framework to Promote and Protect Psychological Health and Safety of Post-Secondary Students @ Online
Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

As the importance of addressing psychological health at work gains traction – through efforts like the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) – it follows that protecting and promoting the mental wellness of tomorrow’s workforce is equally crucial.

Acquiring a post-secondary education can be exciting, transformative and demanding. Juggling financial, academic, family and personal demands, in addition to being away from home, family and friends for the first time are some of the new experiences that students share. There are a greater number of students coming to campuses with diagnosed mental health disorders and recent surveys indicate that 50% of students use campus mental health services with 10% being seen in urgent or crisis situations.

Reorienting the culture of post-secondary institutions to better equip students to thrive, both academically and personally, is integral to growing a resilient and productive workforce.

Join the MHCC and a panel of experts to shine the light on key issues faced by students, hear about some examples of leading practices that are having an impact, and opportunities to further shape Canada’s landscape to promote and protect psychological health and safety of post-secondary students.

This webinar is hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Sorry, Can’t Come in Today! The Hidden Reason Behind Absenteeism and What You Can Do @ Online
Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Absenteeism, which refers to frequent, short, unscheduled or unexpected absences due to sickness or other types of leaves, can negatively affect team productivity and morale as well as the employer’s reputation. If absenteeism is an ongoing concern in your company or organization, join us for this informative session!

During this webinar, presenters will discuss:

  • The hidden reasons behind absenteeism
  • Absenteeism vs. presenteeism
  • Attendance management and;
  • Solutions to assist you in building a strong workforce

This webinar is hosted by Niagara Connects.

Quest CHC Annual General Meeting @ Market Square
Sep 26 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Quest Community Health Centre invites you to attend their Annual General Meeting.

Panel Discussion: Home to Couch, Couch to Street. Fast Tracking Innovative Solutions to Homelessness. Building Community = “Building” a Solution

Moderator: Ruth Unrau


  • Lori Beech, Executive Director, Bethlehem Housing & Support Services
  • Drew Toth, Founder, Toth Group
  • Nancy Garner, Chief Operating Officer, Non-Profit Homes, Good Shephard Centres Hamilton

Representatives of the private and not-for-profit sectors in Niagara and Hamilton, each panelist has played a significant role in generating creative, ambitious and successful solutions to homelessness.

Meet Quest Community Health Centre’s Board and staff, and hear about Quest from a client’s perspective.

5:30pm – 6:00pm: Reception
6:00pm – 7:00pm: Panel Discussion
7:00pm – 7:20pm: Reflections 2017-2018: Quest Client, Board Chair, Executive Director
7:30pm – 7:30pm: Break
7:00pm – 8:00pm: AGM, Business Meeting

55% of Quest clients are homeless or at risk.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 19th by phone or email (see contact information above).

This event is hosted by Quest Community Health Centre.

Positive Approach to Care for Care Partners @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

“Positive Approach to Care” for Care Partners: Normal Aging versus Not Normal Aging

Facilitator: Gail MacKenzie-High, Psychogeriatric Resource Consultant

Join certified Teepa Snow trainers to discuss Normal Aging versus Not Normal Aging. This workshop helps learners understand and recognize the differences in “normal” and “not normal” aging. The workshop emphasizes the value of matching helping behaviours to the person’s needs and retained abilities to promote a sense of control and self-direction, and addresses typical issues that occur throughout the progression of dementia.

This workshop is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

Partners & Projects

  1. Building a Stronger Socio-Economic Future for Niagara

    Communities are strengthened when decision-making and planning processes are informed by local, reliable and relevant data.  Niagara Connects is taking a new approach to amplify the impact of data found at and This month we began providing increased opportunities for people to access these rich sources of Niagara-focused...
  2. Leave the Pack Behind

    Leave The Pack Behind advocates for smoke-free campuses and communities, where all smokers are politely and effectively supported to quit, and non-smokers are respectfully discouraged from taking up any tobacco/nicotine product. Leave the Pack Behind goals are to: Support more young adult smokers to quit smoking Increase access to and...

Community Blog

  1. Achieving “A Community for all Ages” Across Niagara: Be Informed, Celebrate Niagara’s Success, Become a Champion

    All of us have a stake in ensuring our community is responsive to the needs of everyone as we age. This requires that citizens with diverse perspectives and roles be aware of the contributions older adults make within our community, celebrate the ways in which Niagara has already made progress...
  2. Understanding Employment Precarity and Its Impact in Niagara

    Precarious employment is defined as work that is typically part-time, temporary, or contract, and often without longer-term job security and employment-based benefits. It is often called non-standard employment. To better understand employment precarity and its impact in Niagara, PEPiN (Poverty and Employment Precarity in Niagara), recently completed a research study...

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