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Fall Lecture Series: Tools to Build a High Performing Sustainable Health Care System 10:00 am
Fall Lecture Series: Tools to Build a High Performing Sustainable Health Care System @ Armenian Community Centre
Nov 1 @ 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. Tools to Build a High Performing Sustainable Health Care System Presenter: Dr. Sacha Bhatia, Director, Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV); Cardiologist, Women’s College Hospital and University Health Network Canada’s health care system is under significant pressure. An aging population and increasing rates of chronic disease threaten quality and affordability within our system of care. Learn about innovative research that is happening at WIHV to help ensure Canadians get the right care, in the right place, at the right time. This lecture series is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.
GO Station Area Plans Open House: Lincoln 5:30 pm
GO Station Area Plans Open House: Lincoln @ Fleming Centre
Nov 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Niagara Region is holding a series of Open Houses to give residents the opportunity to review and ask questions about land use plans (Secondary Plans) that will guide development for the areas surrounding Niagara’s four proposed GO Train station sites. The draft Secondary Plans were developed with resident input and provide a planning framework to guide future transit-oriented development and redevelopment in and around GO Station areas. The plans provide policy direction on land use, scale of development, and improvements to infrastructure required to accommodate future growth within the station areas. Public Open Houses will take place on the following dates: Niagara Falls – October 18 Grimsby – October 25 Lincoln – November 1 St. Catharines – November 2 Public feedback can be submitted online. This open house is hosted by Niagara Region.
Building a Webstore with Shopify: E-Commerce for Beginners 6:00 pm
Building a Webstore with Shopify: E-Commerce for Beginners
Nov 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
You’ve been thinking about e-commerce and wondering how you can use your skills to help people (or you!) sell cool stuff online. In this two-night workshop (October 25 and November 1), you will learn how to customize online stores on the Shopify platform and give you the tools needed to make a business out of it. This workshop is hosted by Ladies Learning Code Niagara Chapter.
Heart of Niagara Reading Series: Heather Tucker 7:00 pm
Heart of Niagara Reading Series: Heather Tucker @ Pelham Public Library - Fonthill Branch
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Clay Girl is a beautiful tour de force about a child sculpted by kindness, cruelty, and the extraordinary power of imagination, and her families — the one she’s born in to and the one she creates. The Toronto Star describes The Clay Girl as “astonishingly exquisite debut novel” that “will take your breath away.” Heather has had a long and varied career in medicine and as a professional writer. She has travelled widely gathering stories until she discovered that “playing with words” is more fun than working with them. She has won numerous awards for short fiction and non-fiction. The Clay Girl is her debut novel. This event is hosted by Pelham Public Library.
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GO Station Area Plans Open House: St. Catharines 5:30 pm
GO Station Area Plans Open House: St. Catharines @ Rodman Hall Art Centre
Nov 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Niagara Region is holding a series of Open Houses to give residents the opportunity to review and ask questions about land use plans (Secondary Plans) that will guide development for the areas surrounding Niagara’s four proposed GO Train station sites. The draft Secondary Plans were developed with resident input and provide a planning framework to guide future transit-oriented development and redevelopment in and around GO Station areas. The plans provide policy direction on land use, scale of development, and improvements to infrastructure required to accommodate future growth within the station areas. Public Open Houses will take place on the following dates: Niagara Falls – October 18 Grimsby – October 25 Lincoln – November 1 St. Catharines – November 2 Public feedback can be submitted online. This open house is hosted by Niagara Region.
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Enabling Change Through Resilience Assessment: Transdisciplinary Seminar Series in Sustainability 11:00 am
Enabling Change Through Resilience Assessment: Transdisciplinary Seminar Series in Sustainability @ Brock University - Schmon Tower, Room 105
Nov 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Applying a resilience lens to complex problems involves new ways of thinking about social-ecological systems and also finding new ways to influence how a system develops and evolves. Originally conceived over a decade ago, resilience assessment is a structured process designed to engage a diversity of stakeholders in deepening their understanding of a system’s dynamics in order to yield new insights and inform decision-making. The practice of resilience assessment is evolving alongside research advances and learning in the field. This seminar will draw on past assessments in a variety of contexts, lessons learned and the current state of resilience assessment globally. This event is hosted by the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.
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Alzheimer Curl for Memories
Alzheimer Curl for Memories @ Niagara Falls Curling Club
Nov 4 all-day
This annual event is a pledged FUNspiel! Put a team together with your friends and enjoy a day with door prizes, raffle table, and silent auction. Top pledged individuals and top pledged team receives amazing prizes. No experience necessary! This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.
Join the WAVE – Walk Against Violence Everyone 9:00 am
Join the WAVE – Walk Against Violence Everyone @ Seaway Mall
Nov 4 @ 9:00 am
Join the WAVE this November as you walk to raise funds and awareness as part of Woman Abuse Awareness Month! When you participate in this event at the Seaway Mall, you will walk side by side with men, women, youth, and children from across Niagara who together will WIPE OUT domestic violence in our communities. This event is not only a 5 km mall walk, but also a fun beach party filled with great activities… perfect for participants of all ages and abilities. Encourage your friends, family and coworkers to put on their craziest beachwear and join us for this fun event! This event is hosted by Women’s Place of South Niagara.
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Strides2Wellness 10:00 am
Strides2Wellness @ Pathstone Mental Health
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Did you know that there is growing research that being active, or increasing your activity levels can decrease anxiety and depression? Statistics show an alarming increase in childhood obesity due to lack of exercise and poor diet, increasing children’s risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Physical fitness, through a healthy and active lifestyle is why Strides2Wellness began. This run/walk/roll (wheelchair) is aimed to engage the community in being active and outdoors. Choose from 1km, 5km and 10km options where you will cross the finish line earning a commemorative medal and limited edition swag that gives you bragging rights for your accomplishment. Proceeds support Pathstone Mental Health. This event is hosted by Strides2Wellness and Pathstone Mental Health.
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Preventing Child Falls: The Latest Trends and Prevention Strategies 1:00 pm
Preventing Child Falls: The Latest Trends and Prevention Strategies @ Online
Nov 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join Parachute & The Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre for a discussion on the latest trends and prevention strategies for preventing falls in children aged 0-6. This hour-long webinar will feature three presentations from experts in the field of injury and fall prevention, including: Matt Aymar – Spokesperson and Knowledge Translation Coordinator, Parachute Canada Etta Li – Public Health Nurse, York Region Public Health Dr. Barbara Morrongiello – Professor in Clinical Psychology: Applied Developmental Emphasis, University of Guelph. Together these panelists will discuss: The latest trends when it comes to child falls (ages 0-6) in Ontario What? So What? Now What? A child injury prevention campaign (preventchildinjury.ca) ALTER, the Supervising for Home Safety Program This webinar is hosted by Parachute & The Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre.
Success & Safety with Medication & Mobility 1:30 pm
Success & Safety with Medication & Mobility @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Nov 6 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
The Caregiver Wellness Program invites you to stay connected and enjoy an afternoon of learning. Presenters: Catherine Porter, Business Development Manager, Simpson’s Pharmasave Julie Dyck, Pharmacist & Certified Diabetes Educator, Simpson’s Pharmasave Please RSVP (phone number above) by November 3rd. Please do not wear perfume, cologne, aftershave, or any other fragrances. This session is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.
Screening of Film “Us & Them” 7:00 pm
Screening of Film “Us & Them” @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre - The Film House
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm
Filmed over a decade, Us and Them is a deeply visceral film about transformation through human connection. Krista Loughton, filmmaker, befriends four chronically homeless people in an effort to help them heal their lives. These four charismatic people reveal the heartrending realities of their lives. The severe challenges of life on the street are portrayed with an unapologetic openness, in both emotive and humorous ways. All are struggling with addiction issues rooted in their painful childhood histories. You are invited to a free screening of the film followed by a discussion on poverty and homelessness in Niagara. RSVP only to Shoneez Munshi (see contact information above). This screening is hosted by the United Way of St. Catharines & District.
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4-Week Family Coping Skills Groups 7:00 pm
4-Week Family Coping Skills Groups @ Niagara Falls
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Topics include but are not limited to: Understanding the symptoms of mental illness Developing a healthcare plan Useful community resources Setting limits Problem solving as a family unit Improving two-way communications Effective ways to advocate for your relative Non-violent crisis intervention training Psychiatric medications Self-care for the caregiver Guest speakers supplement the facilitators. Facilitators are mental health professionals as well as family members. Location is provided upon registration. These sessions are hosted by the Family Mental Health Support Network of Niagara.
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Youth and Substance Use: Engaging and Supporting Through Reflective Practice 10:00 am
Youth and Substance Use: Engaging and Supporting Through Reflective Practice @ Online
Nov 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
How can we apply reflective practice to our work with youth who are challenged by substance use? How can a person-centred, strengths-based, and harm reduction approach support purposeful interventions that lead to healing and recovery? Presented by the ReDesign Group, this reflective practice webinar will provide a framework for participants to generate and foster advancements in emerging best practices. The value of research into risk and protective factors for youth substance use and the need for improved evaluation practices for substance use programs will also be highlighted. Areas of focus will include: Assessing our strengths and capacities. Acknowledging our challenges and weaknesses. Taking corrective action to increase our knowledge, skills, and abilities. Using reflection to critically examine why things are the way they are, and accept that they may not promise change. This webinar is hosted by YouthREX.
Why YOU Should Care About Palliative Care: InfoHealth Session on Palliative Care in Niagara 1:00 pm
Why YOU Should Care About Palliative Care: InfoHealth Session on Palliative Care in Niagara @ Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre, Simpson Room
Nov 8 @ 1:00 pm
There will be a panel discussion with professionals and volunteers involved in palliative care in Niagara. The panel will discuss many aspects of palliative care – the definition, the resources available to residents of Niagara-on-the-Lake and beyond and the services offered by Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Palliative Care. This session is hosted by Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Palliative Care Service.
You Have Data, Now What? 1:00 pm
You Have Data, Now What? @ Online
Nov 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Collecting information is only as good as the decisions that the data helps you make. Join PACE, CEO Neha Singh as she discusses data capture basics and how to plan what to do with your data. This webinar is hosted by PACE.
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Nonprofit Driven 2017 9:00 am
Nonprofit Driven 2017 @ Beanfield Centre, Exhibition Place
Nov 9 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Are you ready for some thought-provoking conversations about advancing policy efforts for Ontario’s nonprofits? Nonprofit Driven will tap into the trends and issues, and explore opportunities and strategies to build toward a stronger sector. What you can expect: Engage with top-notch speakers and sessions on approaches to strengthen nonprofit work – from the tactical to the visionary. Join strategic dialogues on key policy areas and sector trends and issues. Create new connections with leaders like you. This event is hosted by the Ontario Nonprofit Network.
7th Annual Sisterhood of Style 6:00 pm
7th Annual Sisterhood of Style @ Welland Historical Museum
Nov 9 @ 6:00 pm
Ticket price includes Sparkling Wine Reception while viewing Celebration of Canada 150 and Niagara Region history items, a unique new ‘Our Voices’ exhibit offering insight into the stories and history of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people artifacts and artwork, Dinner, and Fashion Show by Local Retailers. All proceeds support the Go Girls programs for young women ages 11 – 14 years run within our community schools which help build strong, healthy futures for South Niagara’s young women. This event is hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Niagara.
Binational Relations and Life Sciences in Niagara 6:00 pm
Binational Relations and Life Sciences in Niagara @ Hilton Garden Inn
Nov 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The binational Buffalo Niagara region, which comprises Erie and Niagara Counties in New York State in the United States and the Regional Municipality of Niagara in Ontario, Canada is unique in North America for the depth and breadth of its cross-border assets. With four international bridges and two airports, the region reigns as a major port of entry along the Canada-US border, facilitating more than 15 percent of commerce between two of the world’s largest trading partners. These complementary cross-border economic development efforts, in turn, generate opportunities for integrated supply chains in innovative industry clusters for export to global markets. Augmented by strong cross-border shopping, heritage, and tourism economies, an advanced logistics industry, and sophisticated “soft” infrastructure – customs brokers, 3PLs, warehousing, attorneys, insurance brokers, bankers, and the like – the region has unmatched potential for strengthening prosperity by strategically leveraging cross-border economic ties. Notwithstanding the fact that the region maintains these cross-border assets (among others), there remains a sense that it has not lived up to its promise. Cross-border stakeholders in both the United States and Canada are calling for a deeper dive to assess the binational region’s strengths, opportunities, barriers, gaps in understanding, and challenges to collaboration in order to create a comprehensive understanding and clear-eyed strategy that fully captures the region’s potential. This event is hosted by the Niagara CPAO Association.
Legal & Financial Issues: Public Forum 6:30 pm
Legal & Financial Issues: Public Forum @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Nov 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Discussing the role of the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee while addressing Power of Attorney and the role of the Substitute Decision Maker. Presented by Erich Knerr, Treatment Decision Consultant, Public Guardian Trustee. This public forum is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.
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Niagara Peninsula Homes 2nd Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser 5:30 pm
Niagara Peninsula Homes 2nd Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser @ Amici's Banquet and Conference Centre
Nov 11 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Niagara Peninsula Homes is hosting their 2nd annual trivia night fundraiser in support of the Niagara Women’s Enterprise Centre (www.nwec.ca). All proceeds go towards funding the valuable programs that NWEC runs to help women and youth in the Niagara Region learn sector-specific job skills to achieve gainful employment. There will be dinner, trivia, a raffle table, 50/50 draw, a silent auction, and a bake sale featuring local bakeries. Sign up a table of 8 and get ready for some fun! All registration must be done in advance, so email Teresa@nphcr.ca or Joshua@nphcr.ca ASAP to secure your table! This event is hosted by Niagara Peninsula Homes.
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2017 Emergent Literacy Conference: Poverty and Literacy – Bridging the Gap
2017 Emergent Literacy Conference: Poverty and Literacy – Bridging the Gap @ White Oaks Resort & Spa
Nov 13 – Nov 14 all-day
The theme of the 14th annual Emergent Literacy Conference is Poverty and Literacy – Bridging the Gap. Presentations include: Changing the Odds for Children at Risk: Successful Strategies that Promote Early Literacy Development (Susan B. Neuman, Professor of Childhood Education and Literacy Development, New York University) Early Literacy and Indigenous Populations (Hilairy Walters, Northern Literacy Catalyst Coordinator, Frontier College & Lori Huston, Post-Secondary Program Coordinator, Indigenous Early Childhood Education, Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education and Training Institute) Bridges Out of Poverty (Gayle Montgomery, Process Certified Trainer, Lambton County Social Services) Identifying Those Most Vulnerable (Magdalena Janus, Associate Professor, Offord Centre for Child Studies & Amy Romagnoli, Data Analyst, Children’s Services, Niagara Region) Literacy and Prosperity (Debbie Hamilton, Linda Bell, Maria Ramos, April Shaw, Speech Services Niagara) This conference is hosted by Speech Services Niagara.
Connections First: An Introduction to the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region 1:00 pm
Connections First: An Introduction to the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Nov 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Connections First is a new introductory session where people can get connected to the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region. Persons with dementia and their partners in care learn about living well with dementia through Wellness and Healthy Brain Strategies, find out why it is important to connect with community services and get support. Participants have opportunity to explore Normal Aging and Dementia and hear about recommended first steps. Sessions will be held monthly. Registration is required (see contact information above). These sessions are hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.
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Labour Mobility: Who’s Coming, Who’s Going? – NWPB’s Region Building Series 10:00 am
Labour Mobility: Who’s Coming, Who’s Going? – NWPB’s Region Building Series @ Amici's Banquet and Conference Centre
Nov 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Niagara is at a crossroads of a demographic shift toward an aging population. In this paper, Niagara Workforce Planning Board takes a deeper look into the region’s demographic patterns, examining migration destinations and employment outcomes for Niagara’s newcomers. This presentation represents the first steps toward understanding the push-and-pull factors in Niagara’s migration equation. This event is hosted by Niagara Workforce Planning Board.
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Supporting Armenian Syrian Refugees: Unique Needs and Challenges 12:00 pm
Supporting Armenian Syrian Refugees: Unique Needs and Challenges @ Online
Nov 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
In the last two years, over 40,000 Syrian refugees have resettled across Canada. As with other refugee populations, Syrian refugees are diverse and heterogeneous – in culture, language and religious background, for example. In this webinar, Jeanette Gevikoglu and Maida Icliates of Armenian Family Support Services discuss the mental health support services they provide to Syrian refugees in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and how they meet the unique needs and challenges of this refugee population, such as challenges in integration and adaption to life in Canada. This webinar is hosted by the Refugee Mental Health Project.
Youth Employment in Niagara: Mapping the Opportunities 1:00 pm
Youth Employment in Niagara: Mapping the Opportunities @ Online
Nov 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Thank you to the 64 people from 20 organizations across Niagara who recently joined us for this online event. The Niagara Community Observatory (NCO) recently developed a policy brief which sheds light on the complex, multifaceted challenges of youth unemployment confronting Niagara. The brief aims to generate discussion among public officials and citizens about appropriate measures that are specific to the needs and circumstances of Niagara. During the webinar presenters: Shared Niagara asset maps in five different industrial sectors – advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, culture and tourism, goods transportation and warehousing, and life sciences – that were created during the NCO’s Binational Prosperity Initiative to illustrate locations and clusters of firms in these sectors. Presented a transit accessibility analysis for each of these sectors. Reviewed educational attainment and area-of-employment numbers for the 20-24-year age cohort from the 2011 National Household Survey as a means of preparing research questions for the upcoming release of Statistics Canada 2016 figures. Engaged participants in a thoughtful discussion about future research needs, to inform a second policy brief to be developed in 2018. Research for this policy brief was funded in part by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Niagara Community Foundation. This webinar was hosted by Niagara Connects. View Webinar Recording
A Hand Along the Way: Community Peer Support Bereavement Program 6:30 pm
A Hand Along the Way: Community Peer Support Bereavement Program @ Maplecrest Village
Nov 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
A self-help bereavement support program designed with your needs in mind. By listening to each other, under the guidance of volunteer facilitators, you have a space to share your grief, give and receive support. All facilitators have experienced loss and have completed additional education in companioning those who are grieving. Facilitators are not counsellors but come with an open heart, ready to listen. This program is hosted by Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers.
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The FRIEND Project: Bridging the Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Communities 8:00 am
The FRIEND Project: Bridging the Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Communities @ Bridgewater Country Club
Nov 16 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
The South Niagara Chambers of Commerce in partnership with The Employment Professionals Canada bring you a special Breakfast Forum on bridging the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. Obtain an understanding of the Indigenous movement in our communities and why it’s valuable to businesses. Participants will learn how to enhance interaction with the fastest growing segment of the population. Karl Dockstader, author of “The FRIEND Project” report will share light on how to strengthen the links of friendship between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. This event is hosted by the South Niagara Chamber Partnership.
Fundraising & Communications: Building a Sponsorship Proposal That Works 1:00 pm
Fundraising & Communications: Building a Sponsorship Proposal That Works @ Online
Nov 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Are you sending out sponsorship packages every week and hearing nothing back? Gold, Silver, Bronze doesn’t work… but what do you use instead? Simply throwing together a bunch of facts about your cause along with a chart with predefined levels is not going to cut it in the highly competitive sponsorship space. Building a sponsorship deck is a process and it requires your organization to ask some tough questions. In this session, sponsorship expert Chris Baylis of The Sponsorship Collective will show you exactly what you need to do to build a business case that sponsors will want to read. In this session you will learn: What every sponsorship package must have and what you should never include The end of Gold, Silver, Bronze and what to replace it with The importance of audience data and how to use it to attract sponsors How to engage your leadership and board of directors and get internal buy in Using sponsor feedback to build a sponsorship package and set up the sale Short cuts and time saving techniques for implementation This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.
PJ Shopping Party in Support of Children in Niagara 6:00 pm
PJ Shopping Party in Support of Children in Niagara @ Johnny Rocco's Italian Grill
Nov 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
A fun night of pre-Christmas shopping, food, wine and relaxation with friends and co-workers all for a good cause plus you can wear your pajamas! The Niagara Children’s Planning Council and Niagara Region Children’s Services have partnered with First Book Canada, Brands for Canada and Johnny Roccos Italian Grill / Stonemill Inn to relaunch the annual PJ Party! The price of admission is $20 plus a minimum of one pair of new pajamas. Pajamas will be collected for children from birth to age 18. Each pair of pajamas will be paired with a new book and all donations will be given to agencies in Niagara who are working with vulnerable children and families. RSVP to the Facebook event page. This event is hosted by Niagara Children’s Planning Council & Niagara Region Children’s Services.
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Freshwater Resources in the Great Lakes Region: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 1:00 pm
Freshwater Resources in the Great Lakes Region: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow @ Brock University - Schmon Tower, Room 105
Nov 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Laurentian (North American) Great Lakes contain >1/5 of our planet’s fresh water, but their drainage basin is also home to >33,000,000 people, with agriculture and heavy industry particularly impacting the Lower Great Lakes (Erie & Ontario). Climate and anthropogenic activities affect the quality of water – blooms of cyanobacteria forced the city of Toledo to shut down its municipal water supply in 2014 and the Governor of Ohio declared a state of emergency. Forecasting availability of potable water through the rest of this century requires an understanding of thresholds that only long timeseries of limnological data can provide. The fossil remains of algae in lake sediment archives record changes in both the quality and quantity of water since the Laurentide Ice Sheet melted into the large basins carved from former river valleys. Although not as well-understood as diatoms, the acidresistant remains of dinoflagellates and green algae are found in preparations for pollen analysis, and thus a single slide can provide insights into the base of the food chain in lakes as well as into the surrounding vegetation (and thus climate). This research has illustrated the response of algal palynomorphs to hydrologic and limnological changes associated with land-use by Euro-Canadian and aboriginal settlers as well as climate change, promoting the use of these underutilized proxies of water quality. This seminar is hosted by Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.
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Open House: Fort Erie Transit 10:00 am
Open House: Fort Erie Transit @ Crystal Ridge Library
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
On Oct. 2, Fort Erie Transit (FET) launched its newly enhanced transit services. In an effort to assist the community with transitioning through the new changes, FET will be hosting three Public Open Houses. The open houses will give participants an opportunity to learn how to plan a trip, navigate the expanded routes and review the new bus shelter plan. In addition, the community will have an opportunity to provide feedback to Town Staff regarding the newly enhanced services. Open house dates: November 18th, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Crystal Ridge Library (89 Ridge Road South) November 25th, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Stevensville Library (2508 Stevensville Road) December 2nd, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Centennial Library (136 Gilmore Road) These open houses are hosted by the Town of Fort Erie.
Creation Story Revisited: Indigenous Artists Reflect Creation Teaching 2:00 pm
Creation Story Revisited: Indigenous Artists Reflect Creation Teaching @ Niagara Falls History Museum
Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Hear the Creation Story through traditional oral storytelling, and develop an appreciation of modern-day depictions of the story. This event is part of a larger program called Reclaiming Cultural Identity. Be part of something special. This program is for Indigenous and non-Indigenous attendees, and for people of all ages. Special programming has been arranged for children in attendance. This event is hosted by the Niagara Falls History Museum and Niagara Regional Native Centre.
A Christmas to Remember 7:00 pm
A Christmas to Remember @ Fairview Mall
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm
Join the May Court Club of St. Catharines for their 31st Annual Christmas Raffle with 11 decorated and lighted Christmas trees, wreaths, gift certificates, toys, and more. This event runs until December 8th at 7pm, which is when winners will be drawn. For 82 years, May Court St. Catharines has been raising money for organizations that support the needs of women and children in Niagara. Some of the recipients are: Niagara School Breakfast Program and Emergency Food Box Program, Niagara Peninsula Children’s Centre, Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre, Hospice Niagara and Mainstream. Each year they help to distribute toys and gifts on behalf of Community Care to over 2,500 children and teens in Niagara.
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Core Training: Certified Trauma Integration Clinician (CTIC)
Core Training: Certified Trauma Integration Clinician (CTIC) @ Attachment and Trauma Centre for Healing (ATTCH)
Nov 20 – Nov 21 all-day
This comprehensive two-day training will provide insight into current trauma, attachment, and neuroscience research ensuring an understanding of critical information and best practice strategies for working with trauma. You will learn how trauma at different ages impacts patients a neurological, emotional and physiological level. This information will allow you to make connections to later life behaviours and health outcomes to create treatment plans that promote targeted integration. This training will also help you to enhance your clinical skills and learn how you can add trauma regulation and attachment healing strategies to your repertoire. Day 2 will focus on putting it into practice. Through this training participants will learn how to make historical connections, complete initial assessments, and formulate trauma-informed treatment planning. Participants will learn about various phase-based treatments for complex trauma and will review best practice and evidence-based approaches through an experiential format. This training is hosted by the Attachment and Trauma Centre for Healing (ATTCH).
HC Link Conference 2017 – Linking for Healthy Communities: With Everyone, For Everyone
HC Link Conference 2017 – Linking for Healthy Communities: With Everyone, For Everyone @ BMO Institute for Learning
Nov 20 – Nov 21 all-day
A community is only healthy when all of its members are valued, heard, involved, and engaged. Linking for Healthy Communities 2017 will explore how communities can work with EVERYONE to create communities healthy for EVERYONE. HC Link’s conference will be a safe, open space for curiosity, self-reflection and conversation about how to work across difference to build more inclusive communities. At this conference, you will have the opportunity to: Build your understanding of equity, diversity, cultural humility, inclusion and allyship. Ask questions, reflect and learn in a safe space for open conversation. Learn to work across difference with diverse groups to advance your collective efforts. Gain practical strategies to build inclusive communities. Connect and share with conference participants from many sectors and from across Ontario. This conference is hosted by HC Link.
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SafeTALK Training
SafeTALK Training
Nov 21 all-day
SafeTALK is a 3.5 hour workshop where you will learn: To be a suicide alert helper To be aware that opportunities to help a person with thoughts of suicide are sometimes missed, dismissed, and avoided To use TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen, and Keep Safe) and activate a suicide alert How and where to connect persons with thoughts of suicide to further help and care Please email to register: dcniagara@distresscentreniagara.com. This workshop is hosted by Distress Centre Niagara.
Healthy Communities Partner Forum: Client Voice 8:30 am
Healthy Communities Partner Forum: Client Voice @ Niagara Falls Public Library - LaMarsh Room
Nov 21 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
You are invited as a key partner for: A networking opportunity for staff from organizations interested in partnering to improve the health of Niagara (max 2 reps per organization) A learning opportunity for participants titled “Client Voice”. A panel of staff and clients with lived experience from local organizations will be featured. They will discuss how client voices are included in program planning, implementation and evaluation. An opportunity to develop stronger relationships around community based work. Client Voice panelists will include: DSBN (District School Board of Niagara) Alternative Pathways to Success programs Quest Community Health Centre (Rainbow Niagara – LGBTQ) Positive Living Niagara HEART (Health Equity & Advocacy through Research & Theatre) program CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association) ARID (Alcohol Recovery in Dignity) Group Homes This event is hosted by the Healthy Communities Forum.
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session 9:30 am
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Employment Help Centre
Nov 21 @ 9:30 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. Presentations: 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Lincoln Transportation Initiative – Meghan Birbeck, Dave Graham, Lee Ripenburg (Town of Lincoln) 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Opioids and Naloxone Information – Scott dePass (Niagara Region Public Health) 11:00 a.m.: Roundtable updates and networking Please RSVP your attendance to flowe@employmenthelp.org by November 17th.
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St. Catharines Older Adults Forum 9:30 am
St. Catharines Older Adults Forum @ Dunlop Drive Older Adults Centre
Nov 22 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
St. Catharines older adults are invited to the third annual Older Adults Forum. The forum is an interactive session for older adults to ask questions and share feedback about City programs and services. Mayor Walter Sendzik will provide an update about Council’s strategic plan and priorities. City councillors and staff will be in attendance and report back to Council on ideas and opportunities from the forum. Following the discussion, residents will be able to meet with service providers and agencies to answer questions about services for older adults. The older adults forum began in 2015 as a new way to engage the older adult community. The last two forums have attracted hundreds of participants and feedback has helped the City make improvements to programs and services including the addition of activities at the older adult centres, the return of summer concerts in the park and changes to St. Catharines Transit and para transit services. All are welcome and there is no cost to attend. It is not necessary to be a member of a St. Catharines older adult centre to participate. RSVP to mayor@stcatharines.ca or call 905-688-5601 ext. 1540. The Dunlop Dr. Older Adults Centre is located at 80 Dunlop Dr. and is accessible from St. Catharines Transit route 307, Niagara St. This forum is hosted by the City of St. Catharines.
Jean-Baptiste Rousseaux: Une histoire du Niagara 10:00 am
Jean-Baptiste Rousseaux: Une histoire du Niagara @ La Salle Brebeauf
Nov 22 @ 10:00 am
Historienne et enseignante de formation, Danièle Caloz est active dans le milieu de la télévision depuis de nombreuses années. Auteur de nombreux articles de journaux et revues, elle offre des conférences d’histoire qui touchent à des sujets d’intérêt canadien. Venez écouter l’histoire d’un homme qui a changé l’évolution du Niagara.
Autonomy and Risk: Two Sides of the Same Coin? 12:00 pm
Autonomy and Risk: Two Sides of the Same Coin? @ Online
Nov 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Risk. It’s a dirty word, particularly in the nursing home industry and yet is inherent to almost every action we take. For people with dementia, continued autonomy has been consistently described as one of the most important factors for good quality of life but often is restrained due to risk. This brainXchange webinar by Sivananthan and Savic explore the question of “how do you balance risk and autonomy?” from two perspectives: research on an entire provincial population and at two nursing homes, and the lived experience of providing care to people with dementia. This webinar is hosted by brainXchange.
What Lenders Are Looking For: How to Understand (Not Necessarily Agree With) Your Financial Institution 12:00 pm
What Lenders Are Looking For: How to Understand (Not Necessarily Agree With) Your Financial Institution @ Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre
Nov 22 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Who will be interested? Small business owners or those contemplating starting a small business. What will be covered? Communicating your company’s ideas and performance to your banker The business plan – Why is this important? Cash flow forecasts – Why is this important? What are the cash drivers of a business? Sources of cash / Access to funds Risk assessment framework Borrower’s risk rating (BRR) Security, why? Who will be presenting? Bryan Botham of Venture Niagara will be presenting important information about how Canadian financial institutions assess the credit worthiness of a business. This session is hosted by the Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre.
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Health Promotion Ontario’s Annual Conference 8:00 am
Health Promotion Ontario’s Annual Conference @ Chestnut Conference Centre
Nov 23 @ 8:00 am – 3:15 pm
Each year, Health Promotion Ontario (HPO) provides a forum for students, practitioners and researchers to come together and discuss issues and ideas in and around the field of health promotion. This year’s conference will be in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Health Promotion Ontario. This year’s conference theme invites presentations and workshops that: Applying Pan-Canadian Health Promoter Competencies into action Identify challenges, lessons learned and potential solutions for applying Pan-Canadian Health Promoter Competencies effectively Provide opportunities for attendees to participate, build skills and network This conference is hosted by Health Promotion Ontario.
Workshop: Using Agrominerals for Soil Amendment 8:30 am
Workshop: Using Agrominerals for Soil Amendment @ Rittenhouse Hall, Vineland Research & Innovation Centre
Nov 23 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Brock University researchers and farmers are hosting two workshops focusing on an ongoing project investigating the use of agrominerals for soil amendment. This is an opportunity to hear the latest results from field trials, and a Q&A session will follow to allow for further discussion. Everyone is welcome to attend one of both of the workshops: November 23rd, 8:30-11:00 a.m. December 6th, 8:30-11:00 a.m. RSVP to lc15nl@brocku.ca to register. This workshop is hosted by Brock University.
CPA Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Conference 9:00 am
CPA Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Conference @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Nov 23 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
CPA Ontario’s Not-For-Profit Conference is a one-day focused opportunity for financial leaders within or interested in the not-for-profit sector. Offering delegates the opportunity to share best practices, learn new skills relevant to the industry, and network with their peers, this is not-for-profit conference you have been waiting for. Opening Keynote Speaker: Richard Leblanc (Governance Advisor, Lawyer, Author, Public Speaker) Keynote Speaker: Stephen Lewis (Humanitarian, Professor, Author) This conference is hosted by CPA Ontario.
New Harassment Risks for Ontario Employers 1:00 pm
New Harassment Risks for Ontario Employers @ Online
Nov 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
A recent ruling on harassment by the Ontario Superior Court is a wakeup call for employers. Referred to as the “tort of harassment” and “harassment as an independent cause of action,” the Superior Court ruling makes it easier for employees to sue their employer for damages resulting from workplace harassment. In this engaging and informative webinar, harassment specialist, investigator and clinician Donna Marshall, explains new risks and responsibilities facing not for profit employers with regard to how they prevent, manage and respond to incidents of harassment in their workplace. In this session you will learn: Learn about the link between workplace harassment and claims for mental injury; New employer risks due to improperly managed and investigated incidents of harassment; Receive a checklist of requirements for developing a harassment response program and conducting a proper workplace harassment investigation; Understand how you can build a workplace culture of respect and accountability that mitigates against harassment incidents happening in the first place. This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.
Introduction to Hour of Code 4:00 pm
Introduction to Hour of Code @ DSBN Academy - Educational Research & Innovation Hub (iHub)
Nov 23 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Bringing coding into your classroom! During Hour of Code – Computer Science Education Week (Dec 4-10) – and help us reach 2 million minutes of coding! If you would like to join many of the DSBN teachers participating in the largest learning event in history, but: You’re not sure where to start You need some ideas You’re unclear how to participate This introductory session is hosted by iHub.
Community Mental Health Event 6:30 pm
Community Mental Health Event @ Scotiabank Convention Centre
Nov 23 @ 6:30 pm
The City of Niagara Falls Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee (MYAC) is pleased to invite the public to attend a free Community Mental Health Event featuring Valerie Pringle. This exciting Community Mental Health Event is part of a larger teen Mental Wellness project that was made possible by the Ontario150 Partnership Program. The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee has partnered with the District School Board of Niagara, Niagara Catholic District School Board, Niagara Region Public Health, Contact Niagara, Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition, Pathstone Mental Health, and Community Addiction Services of Niagara to plan and implement the project. 6:30pm – Community booths and representatives from local mental health, addictions, and wellness organizations 7:00pm – Keynote speaker Valerie Pringle: Why I Am an Advocate for Mental Health (Give Your Head a Shake) Parking is free (paid for by the Ontario150 Partnership Program) and snacks and refreshments will be provided. This event is hosted by the Niagara Falls Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee.
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Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops: Business Model Canvas 9:00 am
Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops: Business Model Canvas @ Brock University - Cairns Building, Room 207
Nov 24 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops are experiential, hands-on workshops facilitated by experienced entrepreneurs. The workshops offer ventures tools, mentoring and peer feedback to solve specific problems and develop essential business components. In each four-hour session you will generate a deliverable that you will use frequently in the business development process. In this two-part workshop series, Innovate Niagara will follow Steve Blank’s methodology and introduce startups to Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas and the analytical process required to validate their business model. The workshops are highly interactive and all participants will be able to design their own business model during the series. This workshop is hosted by Innovate Niagara.
Service Canada Benefit Information Session: Welland 10:00 am
Service Canada Benefit Information Session: Welland @ Civic Square - Community Room
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Information sessions will provide details about federally provided benefits which include Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement. Sessions will be held in three locations across Niagara: Welland – November 24, 10:00-12:00, Community Room, Welland Civic Square Port Colborne – November 29, 1:00-3:00, Friends Over 55, 554 Fielden Avenue Thorold – December 1, 10:00-12:00, Thorold Seniors Centre, 8 Carleton Street These sessions are hosted by the Office of Vance Badawey.
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Community Conversations: The Future of Rodman Hall 10:00 am
Community Conversations: The Future of Rodman Hall @ Rodman Hall
Nov 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
This is an opportunity for members of the Niagara community to share their aspirations for Rodman Hall Art Centre either by participating in one of our public conversations or completing a short online survey. This first step in planning will guide volunteers and professionals in crafting Rodman Hall’s future strategies and business plans. Conversations will take place on the following dates: Saturday, November 25, 10 am to 12 pm Wednesday, November 29, 1 pm to 3 pm Wednesday, November 29, 7 pm to 9 pm Your feedback and ideas can also be shared by completing the online survey. This event is hosted by the Rodman Hall Coalition.
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Gender-Transformative Interventions and Violence Against Women 1:00 pm
Gender-Transformative Interventions and Violence Against Women @ Online
Nov 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The 4th edition of Health Promotion in Canada has just been released, with new chapters and contributors, reflecting emerging issues in health promotion, new organizational developments, and another generation of researchers, practitioners, and advocates. Health Promotion Canada, in partnership with Health Nexus via HC Link, is sponsoring a series of webinars to share some of the contents of this new edition to support capacity building, debate, and dialogue within the health promotion community. In the first of this series, Ann Pederson, Director of Population Health Promotion at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre and Adjunct Faculty at Simon Fraser University, will reflect on the potential of gender-transformative health promotion interventions to address the challenge of violence against women. Gender-transformative interventions seek to address gender equity as part of the root cause of health and social issues. In the case of violence against women, this means engaging with the underlying aspects of gender relations that contribute to the grim statistics of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. The webinar will offer some background on the issue as well as some promising Canadian practices to illustrate innovations that may help address this form of gender-based violence. As we recognize 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in Canada November 25 – December 10 every year, this webinar is a timely opportunity to reflect on the issues and potential solutions. This webinar is hosted by HC Link.
LGBTQ+ Youth Focus Group 4:00 pm
LGBTQ+ Youth Focus Group @ Quest Community Health Centre
Nov 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Youth Voices Make a Difference! Share Your Ideas NOW about the Unique Needs of LGBTQ+ Youth. Quest CHC will be holding a focus group for LGBTQ+ youth aged 12-25 to find out what type of youth services are needed across Niagara. Come share your input and help shape youth supports in our region. Transportation is available if needed. Please contact Stephanie Vail for additional information or to register (see contact information above). This focus group is hosted by Quest Community Health Centre.
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NCF Niagara Leaders Breakfast 8:00 am
NCF Niagara Leaders Breakfast @ Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre
Nov 28 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Join the Niagara Community Foundation for the 16th annual Niagara Leaders Breakfast, featuring the release of the Living in Niagara 2017 Report. This triennial report, prepared by Niagara Connects, weaves together data and knowledge to describe quality of life across 12 Living in Niagara Sectors. During the breakfast, community leaders and Niagara Community Foundation grant recipients will share stories that highlight ways data sharing supports planning to build a stronger future for Niagara. For information or tickets call 905-684-8688. This event is hosted by the Niagara Community Foundation.
Introduction to the Senior Alcohol Misuse Indicator (SAMI) Tool: A Senior-Friendly Approach to Screening for Alcohol Use in Older Adults 12:00 pm
Introduction to the Senior Alcohol Misuse Indicator (SAMI) Tool: A Senior-Friendly Approach to Screening for Alcohol Use in Older Adults @ Online
Nov 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Alcohol-related problems are an often unrecognized challenge in working with older adults. Even without increasing their alcohol consumption from their younger years, older adults can experience increased effects of alcohol due to age-related physiological changes and alcohol-drug interactions, and/or increased reliance on alcohol as a coping strategy with significant life changes. Stigma can elicit reactions of denial and defensiveness in older clients with traditional (and often confrontational) questions about alcohol use. The Senior Alcohol Misuse Indicator (SAMI) tool is a screening tool developed at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health that provides a gentle, non-confrontational approach to elicit information to determine if there are concerns related to alcohol use/misuse. This webinar is hosted by brainXchange.
Lunch & Learn: Risk Management for Non-Profits 12:00 pm
Lunch & Learn: Risk Management for Non-Profits @ Coppola's Ristorante & Banquet Facility
Nov 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Taking risks is a part of life. Organizations need to understand, analyze and mitigate the risks they take in order to achieve their potential. Non-profits are becoming more and more aware of the importance of managing risk, especially given their accountability to their funders, donors, stakeholders and clients. Through this Lunch & Learn, participants will develop a deeper understanding of the following types of risk: Financial Governance Strategic Program Reputation Compliance Legislative Information Technology Participants will also be given tools and resources that they can incorporate in their organization on how to mitigate, eliminate or live with the risk. Presented by: Liz Palmieri Principal, Liz Palmieri & Associates This session is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.
Concurrent Disorders Family Night: Information Group 6:30 pm
Concurrent Disorders Family Night: Information Group @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Community Psychiatry Clinic, Group Room 4
Nov 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Drop-in information group for family and friends of individuals who are struggling with mental illness and addiction problems, concurrently. Session topics include: What is addiction Effective communication Boundaries and support Treatment options Sessions are held the last Tuesday of every month. This series is hosted by St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.
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Suicide Prevention in the Workplace 12:00 pm
Suicide Prevention in the Workplace @ Online
Nov 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Suicide prevention is everyone’s business. Preventing a death by suicide does not always need an expert; it is something we all can do. We can all learn skills to help promote life and help someone struggling with thoughts of suicide. Join the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Centre for Suicide Prevention as we discuss suicide prevention in the workplace. Research tells us that there is a direct 0.79% correlation between the unemployment rate and the rate of suicide deaths. We also know that 70% of all suicide deaths in Canada are among working aged adults (ages 30-64). The Mental Health Commission of Canada alerts us that businesses in Canada lost $6 billion in productivity costs to due to poor mental health in 2011. The human costs are equally as severe: stress, anxiety, absenteeism, loss of productivity, substance abuse, sick leave, strain on other colleagues, short-term disability and more. Centre for Suicide Prevention works with corporate and public sector partners to educate and train employees and teams on simple steps for suicide awareness and prevention in the workplace. This webinar will focus on the myths and facts of suicide, the costs and impact of suicide, warning signs, and how to respond after the death of a colleague. This webinar will also provide details about the Centre for Suicide Prevention’s education services and information resources available to all organizations across Canada. Content will feature our newest toolkit publication, “The workplace and suicide prevention”, available as a free resource on Centre...
Early Psychosis Intervention for Postsecondary Settings 1:00 pm
Early Psychosis Intervention for Postsecondary Settings @ Online
Nov 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
This webinar will address how early psychosis intervention approaches can positively affect the well-being and experiences of students on campuses. Presenters will look at how early psychosis intervention can be applied to the post-secondary context and share some promising practices from a student with lived-experience on ways to support students who have experienced psychosis. This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.
Legal Problems Facing Trans People in Ontario 1:00 pm
Legal Problems Facing Trans People in Ontario @ Online
Nov 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
This webinar will overview some of the provincial and local findings of the research study TRANS*forming *JUSTICE: A Legal Needs Assessment of Trans People in Ontario. TRANS*forming *JUSTICE is a province-wide study that gathered information from trans people about their lives, legal problems, and experiences with the legal system. Attention was paid to the specific experiences of trans people impacted by HIV/AIDS, racialized trans populations, and Indigenous trans communities. Research findings to be detailed in this webinar include: The legal problems facing Trans people in Ontario The impact of these legal issues on wellbeing Social and legal service-end barriers/facilitators to accessing justice Presenter: Dr. Julie James, Assistant Professor, Child and Youth Care, Ryerson University Themes and issues specific to the Niagara region that emerged in the data will be overviewed in the webinar presentation. This webinar is hosted by Niagara Connects.
Service Canada Benefit Information Session: Port Colborne 1:00 pm
Service Canada Benefit Information Session: Port Colborne @ Friends Over 55
Nov 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Information sessions will provide details about federally provided benefits which include Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement. Sessions will be held in three locations across Niagara: Welland – November 24, 10:00-12:00, Community Room, Welland Civic Square Port Colborne – November 29, 1:00-3:00, Friends Over 55, 554 Fielden Avenue Thorold – December 1, 10:00-12:00, Thorold Seniors Centre, 8 Carleton Street These sessions are hosted by the Office of Vance Badawey.
Social Enterprise Pitch Competition 4:00 pm
Social Enterprise Pitch Competition @ St. Catharines Golf and Country Club
Nov 29 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
In partnership with Social Enterprise Southwest, Innovate Niagara is hosting a pitch competition for Social Enterprises to celebrate social entrepreneurship and doing well to do good. Five social entrepreneurs will pitch their business or idea to a panel of judges. The winner of the pitch competition, selected by the judges, will win $2,500 cash to use in their social enterprise; the people’s choice winner, selected by the audience, will receive $500 to do the same. This event is hosted by Innovate Niagara and Social Enterprise Southwest.
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Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) Fall Consultation
Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) Fall Consultation @ Crowne Plaza Hotel
Nov 30 – Dec 2 all-day
Join the Canadian Council for Refugees to explore issues affecting refugee protection and newcomer settlement at the Fall Consultation. All are welcome to participate! With views from all Canadian provinces and with participants in fields as diverse as access to education and the law, the conference offers opportunities for professional development, networking and strategy. Keynote speaker theme: ‘Human rights have no borders’ Workshop topics include: Literacy and language learning A Journey into Exile: the refugee experience Irregular crossings from the USA Criminality and immigration status Combatting racism and Islamophobia Towards the Global Compact(s) Refugee hearing changes Youth migrant crossing and detention Access to post-secondary education Going beyond the trafficking divides Alternatives to detention Public Education: Refugee campaign Barriers to citizenship Forgotten refugee crises: South Sudan, Burundi Working with people with precarious status Strategy Session: Advocacy how-tos Complementary Pathways: Focus on education Violence against women (training) Two full-day forums will be hosted on December 3rd, after the consultation: Forum on Human Trafficking Issues Forum on Migrant Worker Issues This consultation is hosted by the Canadian Council for Refugees.
Concussions & Mental Health 11:30 am
Concussions & Mental Health @ Online
Nov 30 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
The link between concussions and the development of mental illness is continuously evolving but, what is a concussion and what does mental illness look like? Listen in to learn about two invisible injuries that have noticeable effects on people’s lives. Nick will discuss concussions, their link to mental illness and statistics around this relationship. He will also share his lived experience with suicide, depression and anxiety and what he has learned about the importance of being kind, caring and empathetic when it comes to the development, onset and management of mental illness. Nick will also share his journey of recovery and the ongoing management of mental wellness. This webinar is hosted by Umind.
A Case-Example on Developing an Age-Friendly Action Plan for Addressing Social Isolation in Older Chinese Adults 1:00 pm
A Case-Example on Developing an Age-Friendly Action Plan for Addressing Social Isolation in Older Chinese Adults @ Online
Nov 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Using census data, the City of Toronto identified the Kensington-Chinatown as a neighborhood with a large proportion of older Chinese senior residents who were at high risk for social isolation. In order to better understand the issues impacting older Chinese adults living in the Kensington-Chinatown Neighborhood (KCN), a multi-phase needs assessment was undertaken by the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) in partnership with City of Toronto and community partners to inform a consensus-planning meeting with stakeholders to develop an action plan to make the KCN more age-friendly. The aim of the resulting action plan is to serve as a platform to support age-friendly initiatives aimed at reducing social isolation in older Chinese adults living in the KCN. In this webinar, you will hear more about the processes undertaken to conduct the needs assessment and the resulting action plan for the KCN, which can be used as a template to help assist with your development of an age-friendly action plan for your community. This webinar is hosted by the Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program.
Niagara Prosperity Initiative 2018 RFP Information Session 1:00 pm
Niagara Prosperity Initiative 2018 RFP Information Session @ Heartland Forest
Nov 30 @ 1:00 pm
Niagara Prosperity Initiative (NPI) will be hosting an information session to review changes to the 2018 NPI Request for Proposal (RFP). The 2018 RFP will focus on specific areas around housing, health, employment and neighbourhood/communities. If you are planning to apply for funding in one of these areas, we strongly encourage you to attend. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Natalie.Chaumont@unitedwayniagara.org by November 24th. This session is hosted by the Niagara Prosperity Initiative.
The Role of Allyship in Reconciliation 1:00 pm
The Role of Allyship in Reconciliation @ Online
Nov 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join The Circle’s Kris Archie as she sits in conversation with Rudayna Bahubeshi, Nada Elmasry and Tanvi Bhatia to discuss the role of allyship in reconciliation-focused philanthropy. This panel of change-makers will share personal experiences working as racialized women in the philanthropic, systems change, sector. What does philanthropy have to change to better work with racialized communities? Whose voices do we need to elevate? What does an ally in philanthropy look like? Presenters will discuss the changes philanthropy must make in order to strengthen allyship alongside marginalized communities. This webinar is hosted by The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.
What Do Winter, Bathrooms, and Hearing Loss Have in Common? – Fall Risks for Older Adults 1:00 pm
What Do Winter, Bathrooms, and Hearing Loss Have in Common? – Fall Risks for Older Adults @ Online
Nov 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Learn more about research taking place at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network (TRI-UHN) on these risks for falls in older adults. Please join this Fireside Chat and discussion on Technological testing and research related to winter footwear, slips and falls and the effect of sensory impairment on fall risk. Who should attend: Seniors, researchers, policy makers, community programmers and practitioners, health care professionals and caregivers with an interest in seniors’ fall prevention. This webinar is hosted by CHNET-Works! & The Public Health Agency of Canada.

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Nov
24
Fri
Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops: Business Model Canvas @ Brock University - Cairns Building, Room 207
Nov 24 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops are experiential, hands-on workshops facilitated by experienced entrepreneurs. The workshops offer ventures tools, mentoring and peer feedback to solve specific problems and develop essential business components.

In each four-hour session you will generate a deliverable that you will use frequently in the business development process.

In this two-part workshop series, Innovate Niagara will follow Steve Blank’s methodology and introduce startups to Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas and the analytical process required to validate their business model.

The workshops are highly interactive and all participants will be able to design their own business model during the series.

This workshop is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

Service Canada Benefit Information Session: Welland @ Civic Square - Community Room
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Information sessions will provide details about federally provided benefits which include Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement.

Sessions will be held in three locations across Niagara:

  • Welland – November 24, 10:00-12:00, Community Room, Welland Civic Square
  • Port Colborne – November 29, 1:00-3:00, Friends Over 55, 554 Fielden Avenue
  • Thorold – December 1, 10:00-12:00, Thorold Seniors Centre, 8 Carleton Street

These sessions are hosted by the Office of Vance Badawey.

Nov
25
Sat
Community Conversations: The Future of Rodman Hall @ Rodman Hall
Nov 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

This is an opportunity for members of the Niagara community to share their aspirations for Rodman Hall Art Centre either by participating in one of our public conversations or completing a short online survey.

This first step in planning will guide volunteers and professionals in crafting Rodman Hall’s future strategies and business plans.

Conversations will take place on the following dates:

  • Saturday, November 25, 10 am to 12 pm
  • Wednesday, November 29, 1 pm to 3 pm
  • Wednesday, November 29, 7 pm to 9 pm

Your feedback and ideas can also be shared by completing the online survey.

This event is hosted by the Rodman Hall Coalition.

Nov
27
Mon
Gender-Transformative Interventions and Violence Against Women @ Online
Nov 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The 4th edition of Health Promotion in Canada has just been released, with new chapters and contributors, reflecting emerging issues in health promotion, new organizational developments, and another generation of researchers, practitioners, and advocates. Health Promotion Canada, in partnership with Health Nexus via HC Link, is sponsoring a series of webinars to share some of the contents of this new edition to support capacity building, debate, and dialogue within the health promotion community.

In the first of this series, Ann Pederson, Director of Population Health Promotion at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre and Adjunct Faculty at Simon Fraser University, will reflect on the potential of gender-transformative health promotion interventions to address the challenge of violence against women.

Gender-transformative interventions seek to address gender equity as part of the root cause of health and social issues. In the case of violence against women, this means engaging with the underlying aspects of gender relations that contribute to the grim statistics of intimate partner violence and sexual assault.

The webinar will offer some background on the issue as well as some promising Canadian practices to illustrate innovations that may help address this form of gender-based violence. As we recognize 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in Canada November 25 – December 10 every year, this webinar is a timely opportunity to reflect on the issues and potential solutions.

This webinar is hosted by HC Link.

LGBTQ+ Youth Focus Group @ Quest Community Health Centre
Nov 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Youth Voices Make a Difference!
Share Your Ideas NOW about the Unique Needs of LGBTQ+ Youth.

Quest CHC will be holding a focus group for LGBTQ+ youth aged 12-25 to find out what type of youth services are needed across Niagara. Come share your input and help shape youth supports in our region.

Transportation is available if needed. Please contact Stephanie Vail for additional information or to register (see contact information above).

This focus group is hosted by Quest Community Health Centre.

Nov
28
Tue
NCF Niagara Leaders Breakfast @ Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre
Nov 28 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Join the Niagara Community Foundation for the 16th annual Niagara Leaders Breakfast, featuring the release of the Living in Niagara 2017 Report. This triennial report, prepared by Niagara Connects, weaves together data and knowledge to describe quality of life across 12 Living in Niagara Sectors.

During the breakfast, community leaders and Niagara Community Foundation grant recipients will share stories that highlight ways data sharing supports planning to build a stronger future for Niagara.

For information or tickets call 905-684-8688.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Community Foundation.

Introduction to the Senior Alcohol Misuse Indicator (SAMI) Tool: A Senior-Friendly Approach to Screening for Alcohol Use in Older Adults @ Online
Nov 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Alcohol-related problems are an often unrecognized challenge in working with older adults.

Even without increasing their alcohol consumption from their younger years, older adults can experience increased effects of alcohol due to age-related physiological changes and alcohol-drug interactions, and/or increased reliance on alcohol as a coping strategy with significant life changes. Stigma can elicit reactions of denial and defensiveness in older clients with traditional (and often confrontational) questions about alcohol use.

The Senior Alcohol Misuse Indicator (SAMI) tool is a screening tool developed at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health that provides a gentle, non-confrontational approach to elicit information to determine if there are concerns related to alcohol use/misuse.

This webinar is hosted by brainXchange.

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