Resources & Publications

  1. Knowledge Mobilization and Healthy Youth Initiatives at Brock’s Lifespan Centre – Event Recording

    This is an event recording of the February 15, 2017 webinar with presenter Jayne Morrish. 31 participants joined this event from 17 different organizations across Niagara. During this webinar the presenter defined knowledge mobilization, discussed how knowledge mobilization has changed the research process, explored how Brock University’s Lifespan Centre is conceptualizing knowledge...
  2. Population Size and Growth in Canada: Key Results from the 2016 Census

    Statistics Canada provides Canadians with a first glimpse of the latest national statistical portrait with results of the 2016 Census count on population and dwellings. The count tallies 35,151,728 people who reported living in Canada on Census Day, May 10, 2016, and shows the patterns of population growth across the country. Published By: Statistics Canada Publication Date: February...
  3. Game On: Sport Participation as a Vehicle for Positive Development for Youth Facing Barriers

    Sport is the most popular extra-curricular activity for youth across Canada and has been identified as an important environment to foster psychosocial development in youth. It is particularly important for youth who face multiple barriers and vulnerabilities, as identified in Stepping Up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed...

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Coldest Night of the Year – St. Catharines @ Market Square
Feb 25 all-day

Save the date for the 2017 Coldest Night of the Year!

The Coldest Night of the Year is a fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in 65 communities across Canada.

Walkers can opt for a 2km, 5km or 10km route to help raise much needed revenue for Start Me Up Niagara while experiencing a hint of the challenges faced by those dealing the reality of homelessness.

Start Me Up Niagara has raised over $260,000 dollars from 2013 to 2016, enabling them to buy their own home at 17 Gale Crescent.

This event is hosted by Start Me Up Niagara.

Coldest Night of the Year – Grimsby @ Grimsby Secondary School
Feb 25 @ 4:00 pm

The Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) is a non-competitive 2/5/10km winter walk fundraiser that supports Canadian charities who serve the hungry, homeless, and hurting in cities across Canada.

CNOY allows participants the opportunity to experience a hint of the challenges faced by the homeless during a cold Canadian night in the dead of winter, while raising money for a local homeless mission or shelter they know.

Registration opens at 4:00 pm and walkers are normally released after 5:00 pm, returning an hour or two later depending on distance.

This event is hosted by YWCA Niagara Region.

Coldest Night of the Year – Niagara Falls @ St. Paul Catholic High School
Feb 25 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Coldest Night of the Year is a fun, family friendly fundraiser in the support of the hungry, hurting & homeless across Canada. Walk 2, 5 or 10km in support of those less fortunate in Niagara Falls. All funds raised through the Niagara Falls walk will support Project SHARE.

All walkers receive a signature Coldest Night of the Year toque, post walk light hot meal, swag bag & entertainment.

The cost to walk is $25. The registration fee is waived if those under 17 years old raise $75+ or adults over 18 years old raise $150+.

This event is hosted by Project SHARE.

Deadline: NCF Community Grant Application @ Online
Feb 27 @ 12:00 pm

Niagara Community Foundation’s Community Grants Program focuses on finding ways to help individuals, families, organizations and communities prosper.

While Niagara is facing many challenges, we also have an opportunity to seek new and sustainable ways of addressing community issues and creating a more collaborative approach to meeting the challenges facing organizations and our community.

Grant Making Priorities:

  • Addressing the issues/indicators in the Living in Niagara Report 2014, or,
  • Assisting with the development and implementation of tools and resources that would contribute to an organization’s success; including professional and organizational development and training

Click here for more information on eligibility and the application process.

This grant is provided by Niagara Community Foundation.

Is There a Skills Gap?: Understanding What Niagara Employers Are Looking for in Recent Graduates @ Brock University - Pond Inlet
Feb 28 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

The Niagara Community Observatory presents its latest policy brief, “Is There a Skills Gap?”, researched and written by Dr. Kate Cassidy, director of Youth University at Brock University.

Dr. Cassidy conducted interviews of Niagara employers to discover what they were looking for in employees.

The presentation is co-sponsored by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce and will include a panelist discussion as well as opening the floor to questions and comments.

This presentation is hosted by the Niagara Community Observatory & the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.

Intersections: Right Support, Right Provider, Right Time @ Online
Feb 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Intersections: Right Support, Right Provider, Right Time is presented by the Champlain Youth Justice Service Collaborative as part of the Interventions in Practice webinar series.

Webinar participants will:

  • Learn how the various Champlain communities developed a shared vision to create an early intervention model that focuses on navigating youth through various pathways to appropriate individualized supportive services.
  • Learn how the Champlain Youth Justice Service Collaborative supported the development of an evidence-informed program that focuses on young people with suspected mental health and/or addictions issues, who are at risk of becoming justice involved, in order to improve well-being and reduce involvement with police services.
  • Discover how Intersections has transformed evidence into practice to support the community by creating a model that utilizes appropriate referral mechanisms that include informal supports to the youth and family; its current impact on changing system delivery that has built on existing service pathways within Champlain region; and how Intersections is making a di­fference in the lives of children, youth and their families.

Target audience:

  • Professionals who work with justice-involved youth who wish to learn more about this early intervention model
  • Front-line staff, senior leadership, managers, policy and decision makers in human and justice services organizations
  • Stakeholders and partners with an interest in the Systems Improvement through Service Collaboratives (SISC) initiative

This webinar is hosted by CAMH’s Provincial System Support Program.

“It Makes My Life Worthwhile”: Residents Helping Residents Live Purposeful Lives @ Online
Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

One of the key challenges those in residential senior living face is the presumption of absent, rather than diminished, abilities. Residents may become accustomed to being on the receiving end of services even though strong leadership abilities exist among them.

Join brainXchange for part 2 of a webinar series on how to engage residents, volunteers, family and staff in building communities of purposeful living through fostering a culture of resident engagement and peer support.

In this webinar, you will have an opportunity to evaluate a mixed-methods study conducted to explore the outcomes of an innovative peer mentoring program in 10 continuing-care settings in Ontario.

The webinar will offer a takeaway strategy to implementing peer mentoring within an organization that encourages residents to seek out and support their lonely isolated peers.

This webinar is hosted by brainXchange.

Partners & Projects

  1. First Book Canada – Niagara Book Distribution

    First Book Canada provides access to new books for low income children and families. To date, First Book Canada has distributed more than 4.5 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout Canada. First Book Canada is transforming the lives of low income...

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