Resources & Publications

  1. A Case for the Need for Standards for Older Adult Recreation Programs: A Literature Review

    For the first time in Canadian history, people over the age of 65 outnumber those under the age of 15. Governments, organizations and individuals have been working collaboratively to assess the impact of a rapidly ageing population. Undoubtedly, the demographic shift is having significant implications for those who provide services to people in...
  2. The Very Poor and the Affordability of Housing

    A considerable momentum has developed around the perceived need for a national affordable housing strategy. The design of any such strategy should recognize who is in need, the size of the need, and where that need is greatest. This report presents facts on the affordability of housing for those at...
  3. September 2016: Labour Market Observer (St. Catharines-Niagara Census Metropolitan Area)

    The monthly labour market observer presents local, provincial, and national labour market data from the previous calendar month. Raw data from the infographic may be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet or as a CSV file. Readers should note that Statistics Canada provides data for the St. Catharines-Niagara Census Metropolitan Area. This geography is...
  4. A Way Home: Youth Homelessness Community Planning Toolkit

    The toolkit is designed as a resource for organizations and/or individuals considering or already leading community efforts to develop strategic responses to youth homelessness. Most likely, you are working in or with non-profit, government, lived experience and private sector stakeholders to explore your next steps. This toolkit will help you...

Community Calendar

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Community Change Institute @ Westin Prince Hotel
Sep 26 – Sep 30 all-day

Tamarack invites you to join their learning community at the first ever Community Change Institute. This is an exclusive opportunity to join a group of dynamic leaders and practitioners for five days of onsite learning with world renowned trainers.

The scale and scope of the Community Change Institute is ambitious: 5 days; 40 workshops; learning from world renowned keynote speakers, followed by discussion and synthesis in Learning Labs. This is a learning event – not a workshop – and there is no other event like it. There is enough time to dig deep into issues and attention is paid to the progression of learning, generative knowledge creation, and physical and mental transformation.

At the event, Tamarack does not provide easy answers but rather engage with you deeply about questions, challenges and opportunities, and help you to work through solutions to create a path forward. Five days is the time you need to deeply immerse yourself in learning and to truly shift your thinking.

Improving End of Life Care in Long-Term Care @ Online
Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Everyone wants to live well in their final years but this is a challenge, particularly for people in residential long term care settings such as nursing homes.

Seniors – Adding Life To Years (SALTY) aims to add quality to late life for people living in nursing homes and for their caregivers, including family, friends, and volunteers who support their care. This research is organized into interrelated streams: Monitor Care Practice, Map Promising Approaches to Care Relationships, Evaluate Innovative Practice, and Examine Policy Context. Researchers give special attention to issues of dementia, gender and underrepresented voices.

This webinar is hosted by brainXchange.

Innoweave Impact Accelerator @ Online
Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Innoweave Impact Accelerator is a mini-workshop that helps organizations to clarify the impact they are working to achieve. A clear impact focus helps organizations more easily identify which social innovation approaches (such as developing a social enterprise) they can leverage to achieve and accelerate their impact.

The Impact Accelerator will:

  • Provide leadership teams an opportunity to step away from the day-to-day activities and think critically about the impact they are trying to achieve through their work.
  • Guide organizations through activities that will help them translate their aspirational mission into specific achievable impact goals. The session also introduces Theory of Change – a clear and actionable hypothesis of how an organization will achieve its intended impact.
  • Provide participants with the opportunity to engage with and learn from other organizations that have successfully implemented social innovation tools to achieve their impact.
  • Understand supports available through the Innoweave process, and highlight opportunities to access coaching funding through Innoweave.
Mental Health for All Conference @ Hilton Toronto
Sep 28 all-day

The Mental Health for All Conference 2016 will be an industry wide event, benefiting individuals and organizations across the mental health, mental illness and addiction sectors.

Setting it apart will be the national focus on information sharing and partnership between industry thought leaders, researchers, policy makers and front line staff.

As the premier professional mental health and addiction conference in Canada, it will attract delegates from a diverse range of leading organizations.

The theme “Together by Design” reflects that purposeful innovation and collaboration are the keys to overcoming barriers, improving access to services and ensuring positive outcomes.

NPRN Meeting @ Niagara Catholic District School Board
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network (NPRN) provides leadership in informing and changing attitudes about poverty, sharing ideas, resources and information services to leverage, collaborate and maximize the opportunities for community engagement. Click here to learn more about the NPRN.

These meetings are held 5 times per year: January, March, May, September, and November.

Please RSVP or find out more by emailing Transportation supports are available.

Fall Lecture Series – India’s Rise and Implications for Canada @ Armenian Community Centre
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lifelong Learning Niagara is a third age learning organization providing learning programs and experiences for adults 50+ living in the Niagara region.

Presenter: Kasi Rao, Vice President of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; Senior Advisor (India) Bennett Jones Law Firm

Over a decade has passed since India’s rise was popularized in books such as The World Is Flat and the report Dreaming with the BRICs.

Spring 2016 marked the two-year anniversary of Prime Minister Modi’s ascent to power. The pressure to deliver on his promises of significant policy reforms continues to grow.

Canada’s engagement with India has intensified over the last decade with the launch of negotiations over freer trade and closer bilateral relations.

Learn about long term implications for Canada due to the intersection of India’s economic reforms and its increasingly important and strategic role in world affairs.

Quality Product Design for New Ventures @ Niagara College - Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, Room IC20
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Enjoy lunch and a presentation by Michael J. Armstrong, Associate Professor, Goodman School of Business.

This presentation introduces three tools that can help new ventures develop high-quality goods and services:

  1. The Gaps Model provides a top-level view of steps you must get right in order to meet customer expectations.
  2. The SIPOC Model provides a starting point for designing the process that will provide your product.
  3. The Quality Function Deployment Model helps you translate customer needs into product designs.

This lunch & learn is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

Partners & Projects

  1. Family Support Niagara

    The Family Support Network (FSN) was founded in 1996 by 5 local families who saw a need for mental health education that empowered the families of those affected by mental illness to be stronger advocates for their loved ones. All FSN facilitators are family members and trained mental health professionals....
  2. 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...

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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