Resources & Publications

  1. Children in Food Insecure Households: Factsheet

    Food insecurity – the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints – is a serious public health problem in Canada. It negatively impacts physical, mental, and social health, and costs our healthcare system considerably. Statistics Canada began monitoring food insecurity in 2005 through the Canadian Community Health...

Community Calendar

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Dec
6
Tue
Connecting Our Communities @ Brock University - Thistle 253
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Please join Brock University for a focus group discussion looking at ways to engage members of the Brock community with their local community partners to benefit Niagara.

Co-facilitated by Kristen Smith from Brock’s Student Life & Community Experience Department and Suzanne Veenstra, NPI Convener, you are invited to help brainstorm ways to better engage with Brock students and be engaged with Brock initiatives.

This event is hosted by Brock University.

Public Information Centre: Niagara 2041 (Thorold) @ Niagara Region Headquarters
Dec 6 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Niagara Region is hosting a series of Public Information Centres to provide information and get public feedback on:

  • Municipal Comprehensive Review
  • Development Charges By-law Background Study
  • Water & Wastewater Master Servicing Plan

Dates and locations (all held at 4-8pm):

  • November 30, 2016 – Niagara Falls, Gale Centre (5152 Thorold Stone Road)
  • December 6, 2016 – Thorold, Niagara Region Headquarters (1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way)
  • December 7, 2016 – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Community Centre (14 Anderson Lane)
  • December 8, 2016 – Lincoln, Fleming Centre (5020 Serena Drive)

Public consultation for the Transportation Master Plan will take place at a later date.

This Public Information Centre is hosted by Niagara Region.

Dec
7
Wed
Conversation Café: Mental Wellbeing @ Sobeys Fonthill
Dec 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

The Pelham Seniors’ Advisory Committee invites you to join this Conversation Café for free coffee, treats, and a conversation.

The topic of this Conversation Café is “Mental Wellbeing”.

The Pelham Seniors’ Advisory Committee (Pelham SAC) is an advisory committee created to assist the Town of Pelham Council and Staff in making decisions on matters that impact quality of life and provide solutions through the lens of Pelham’s senior residents.

Five Important Discussion Questions to Make Evaluation Useful @ Online
Dec 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Efforts to build evaluation capacity in the nonprofit sector often begin with the assumption that the problem is lack of skill, resources, or interest by nonprofits. However, based on our research we think the problem may have more to do with the fact that the nonprofit evaluation “system” is not well designed- i.e. the ways evaluation is funded, rewarded, disseminated and used at a societal level.

Nonprofit evaluation is most likely to be frustrating and under-used when it’s done for poorly articulated reasons, when relationships aren’t based on trust and there isn’t enough attention to alignment between methodologies, approaches, and intended uses.

Join this interactive webinar to explore the Ontario Nonprofit Network’s brand new guide to help you get it right. They’ll present some common evaluation scenarios and walk through how you can put this guide into action to get the most out of an evaluation. Presenters will push your critical thinking about the purposes that evaluation work is serving and the reasons why it sometimes fails to deliver on its promise.

This is for nonprofits, funders, and evaluators to get tips on what questions to ask, when and where to ask them, and what challenges might come up along the way.

This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Nonprofit Network.

Check In to Check Up: Finances and Fundraising @ Online
Dec 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Just like people, non-profit organizations can take the opportunity for regular check-ups to make sure they are healthy and thriving.

Join the Niagara Community Foundation’s Centre for Excellence (COE) in Non-Profit Governance for a 3-part webinar series about self-assessing your non-profit organization’s strengths and potential for improvement. During these webinars, Imagine Canada – Certified Standards Program Coaches will:

  • Review Imagine Canada’s Quality Standards and how these Standards can help strengthen your organization and showcase your excellence
  • Describe how the financial assistance, resources and qualified governance consultants available through the Niagara Community Foundation’s COE Governance Partners Program can help increase your organization’s capacity

Webinar 2: Finances and Fundraising

During this second webinar in the three-part series, presenter Lyn Russo will review the Imagine Canada Quality Standards and Niagara Community Foundation’s Centre of Excellence in Non-Profit Governance programs and resources related to Finances and Fundraising. Specifically this webinar will explore standards about financial accountability and transparency, and fundraising.

There will be an opportunity for discussion following the presentation.

This webinar will be facilitated by Niagara Connects Sr. Knowledge Broker Sarah Webster.

Other webinars in this series:

Public Information Centre: Niagara 2041 (Niagara-on-the-Lake) @ Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre
Dec 7 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Niagara Region is hosting a series of Public Information Centres to provide information and get public feedback on:

  • Municipal Comprehensive Review
  • Development Charges By-law Background Study
  • Water & Wastewater Master Servicing Plan

Dates and locations (all held at 4-8pm):

  • November 30, 2016 – Niagara Falls, Gale Centre (5152 Thorold Stone Road)
  • December 6, 2016 – Thorold, Niagara Region Headquarters (1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way)
  • December 7, 2016 – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Community Centre (14 Anderson Lane)
  • December 8, 2016 – Lincoln, Fleming Centre (5020 Serena Drive)

Public consultation for the Transportation Master Plan will take place at a later date.

This Public Information Centre is hosted by Niagara Region.

Dec
8
Thu
YouthCan IMPACT: A Service Pathway for Youth with Mental Health & Addiction Challenges @ Online
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

This webinar will introduce participants to YouthCan IMPACT, a project started in Toronto to set up Integrated Collaborative Care Teams (ICCTs) that provide youth with rapid access to mental health and addiction services right in their communities. The webinar will also introduce the innovative research project is being conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of these teams.

Webinar participants will learn:

  • How the YouthCan IMPACT initiative uses a systems-wide approach to make mental health care more accessible and effective for youth experiencing moderate to severe mental health challenges.
  • The role of community-based mental health assessment sites and how they worked with academic hospitals to develop the model.
  • How youth and family members were engaged in the project to ensure their needs were met.

This webinar is hosted by the Evidence Exchange Network.

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...
  2. 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....

Community Blog

  1. Distress Centre Niagara: Call for Volunteers

    Distress Centre Niagara is currently seeking compassionate volunteers who are interested in providing support to the Niagara community, while gaining valuable front line experience in crisis support, mental health, and addictions. Distress Centre Niagara provides a free, confidential telephone support service delivered by highly skilled volunteers who assist anyone in need...
  2. 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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