About Us

The Niagara Knowledge Exchange (NKE) is a tool to support evidence-informed planning and Niagara-wide community innovations. Connect with the best and brightest people, ideas and resources to help you efficiently reach your goals.

The NKE provides relevant, reliable information and resources to support evidence-informed community action and is a trusted tool for:

  • Accessing trusted, comprehensive Niagara-wide knowledge
  • Being aware of the latest Niagara community news and information
  • Interacting with Niagara-wide peers
  • Contributing your expertise and perspective

The NKE is powered by Niagara Connects, a Niagara-wide network for collaboration, planning, learning, innovation and community action toward a stronger future for Niagara. Niagara Connects leads a culture of Niagara-focused evidence-informed planning that supports community action.

The goals of the NKE are to:

  • Support the learning needs of people seeking relevant, reliable Niagara-focused evidence and data to enable planning that drives community action;
  • Stimulate, support, and share innovations in Niagara; and,
  • Build and strengthen collaboration between diverse community partners and citizens of Niagara.

The NKE accomplishes this by:

Monitoring key research findings, government and other publications and policies, innovations and projects related to Niagara development, influential stakeholders and change-makers, and media coverage concerning the Niagara-wide community.

Informing the work of people living and working in Niagara with the latest information to improve services and influence policy and practice

Exchanging current information about the Niagara-wide community, to enable evidence-informed decision-making.

Networking people and building relationships by identifying like-minded stakeholders across a range of topics and organizations.

Supporting Niagara community partners seeking an ongoing way to build their own knowledge and communications systems.

We deliver on these goals by offering you:

  • A resource listing of Niagara-related publications
  • A calendar of events
  • A collection of Niagara-focused people and projects
  • A community news blog
  • The Niagara Connects newsletter
  • Knowledge Broker services
  • Online and in-person knowledge exchange events
  • And much more!

Click here to view a ‘Guided Tour’ of the NKE.

To learn more about Niagara Connects, visit our central website: www.niagaraconnects.ca or contact us by e-mail: info@niagaraconnects.ca or phone: 905-688-6236.

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Jun
25
Sun
Ride Don’t Hide @ Brock University
Jun 25 all-day

Ride Don’t Hide is a family-friendly community bike ride hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), with the goal to raise awareness and help break the stigma surrounding mental health, all while raising essential funds to support mental health programs.

The community event is a ride, not a race, with routes designed for riders of all ages and abilities—from novice rider to advanced cyclist. Kids under 12 ride free!

This event is hosted by CMHA Niagara.

Family Croquet Day Tournament in Support of Red Roof Retreat @ The Village Green at the Garrison House Restaurant
Jun 25 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join the Red Roof Retreat for the 8th Annual Family Croquet Day Tournament.

There will be prizes, live entertainment, and family fun! Registration fee includes drink ticket and picnic lunch.

Register online or RSVP to Karen (see contact information above) to pay at the gate.

This event is hosted by Red Roof Retreat.

Jun
27
Tue
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Mountainview Christian Reformed Church
Jun 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 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.

This session will be hosted by Sherry Cain, Executive Director of Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers.

Host presentation: Community Hospice, upcoming training courses and community partnerships.

There will be roundtable updates, networking, and sharing of materials and resources.

To be part of this session, contact Faith Lowe at flowe@employmenthelp.org.

Engaging the Power of Technology for Youth Work @ Online
Jun 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join YouthREX for this webinar as they explore how and in what ways the youth sector could potentially leverage technology to increase access to information and resources, while also creating space for connection between stakeholders.

Guest speakers Michael Furdyk (Co-Founder and Director of Technology at TakingITGlobal), Kathryn McLeod (Marketing and Innovation Lead at mindyourmind), and Jessica Valleu (Virtual Youth Outreach Worker at East Metro Youth Services in Toronto) will share how they leverage technology to work with youth.

This webinar is hosted by YouthREX.

Public Information Centre: Growth Near Future GO Stations @ Fleming Centre - Front Lobby
Jun 27 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Niagara Region will be holding a series of public meetings to provide information and consult with residents about future development of the area surrounding four proposed GO Train stations.

In 2016, the Province confirmed daily GO Train service to three station locations: Grimsby, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls, with a fourth potential future station location in Beamsville (Town of Lincoln).

The Public Information Centres, set for dates in June, will provide an opportunity for residents to learn about the status of the Niagara GO Hub and Transit Stations Study initiated by Niagara Region in 2015. The study will determine appropriate land uses for each proposed site, including scale of development and improvements to infrastructure required to accommodate future growth within the station area.

The public meetings will all take place from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. with a presentation at 6:30 p.m.:

  • Niagara Falls – June 15 – Niagara Falls Public Library (LaMarsh Room), 4848 Victoria Avenue
  • St. Catharines – June 19 – Ridley College (2nd Century Building), 2 Ridley Road
  • Grimsby – June 22 – Grimsby Town Hall (Council Chamber), 160 Livingston Avenue
  • Beamsville – June 27 – Fleming Centre (Front Lobby), 5020 Serena Drive

For more information about the study and to provide input into the planning study via an online survey, visit www.niagararegion.ca.

This session is hosted by Niagara Region.

Jun
28
Wed
Application Deadline: Local Poverty Reduction Fund @ Online
Jun 28 all-day

The third and final round of the Local Poverty Reduction Fund is open.

The Local Poverty Reduction Fund (the Fund) was announced in April 2015 and is now in its final year of awarding grants. The Fund is providing $50 million over six years to support innovative, local, community-driven solutions that measurably improve the lives of those most affected by poverty.

The fund’s focus on measuring success – and the evidence that will be shared as a result – will help support local efforts to prevent and reduce poverty and to build a body of evidence of what works.

This grant is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Combating Stigma in Healthcare: What Works and Why @ Online
Jun 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Research shows stigma and discrimination in healthcare to be a major barrier to access, quality care, treatment, and recovery. Join this webinar to learn about the problem of mental illness-related stigma in healthcare and evidence-informed solutions.

Since 2009, Opening Minds, the anti-stigma initiative of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), has been conducting evaluation studies of anti-stigma programs targeting various healthcare provider audiences.

Join Dr. Stephanie Knaak, MHCC Research Associate, as she highlights key findings from this research, including healthcare providers’ main learning needs for stigma reduction, key ingredients for program effectiveness, successful programming models, and specific programs available for replication and sharing.

Also learn about the By Health For Health Collaborative, led in partnership with MHCC and HealthCareCAN and the Declaration of Commitment to Psychological Health and Safety in Healthcare.

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

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Niagara Knowledge Exchange is powered by a Niagara-wide network of people for collaboration, planning, learning, innovation and community action toward a stronger future for Niagara. We work hard to help foster a culture of Niagara-focused research and evidence-informed planning to support your community development innovations. To learn more about Niagara Connects, please visit our central website: www.niagaraconnects.ca or contact us: Email: info@niagaraconnects.ca, Phone: 905-688-6236
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