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AIDS Awareness Week Vigil 6:00 pm
AIDS Awareness Week Vigil @ St. Catharines Museum, Upper Room
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The vigil is a remembrance of those who have gone before us and a celebration of hope. Will Feature: An Indigenous drumming group, a choir and 3 guest speakers. This event is hosted by Positive Living Niagara.
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Systems Mapping as a Tool for Action 9:00 am
Systems Mapping as a Tool for Action @ Online
Dec 4 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Interested in complex system mapping, but unsure about how it can help you find solutions to public health challenges in your own work? The Health Foundation is hosting a webinar for public health professionals exploring how to use system mapping as a tool for action. By registering for this webinar you will have the chance to: Hear practical examples of how system mapping has helped change how complex public health problems have been tackled, from the UK and further afield. Learn how to start using these approaches in your own work in public health. Discover how ‘thinking like a system’ can help you identify innovative ways to take action to improve population health. This webinar is hosted by The Health Foundation.
The Involvement of Persons with Lived Experience in Paid Staff Roles 1:00 pm
The Involvement of Persons with Lived Experience in Paid Staff Roles @ Online
Dec 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Join the Ontario Housing First Regional Network Community of Interest (OHFRN-CoI)’s webinar which will explore how to involve PWLE in paid staff roles when implementing Housing First. You will learn about: Getting an organization ready to involve PWLE in paid roles; Hiring, training and supporting staff with lived experience; The perspectives from staff with lived experience; Issues to anticipate with staff with lived experience; and Promoting an inclusive environment for staff with lived experience. Presenters: Catharine Vandelinde, Executive Director, Options Bytown Non-Profit Housing Claude Lurette, Housing Support Worker Peer Specialist, Options Bytown Non-Profit Housing Jeremiah Bach, Peer Support Worker, CAMH Lisa Medd, Housing Program Manager, CMHA Ottawa Michelle Bilek, Coordinator, Training and Technical Assistance Program, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness Moderators: Tim Aubry, Professor, School of Psychology & Senior Researcher, Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, University of Ottawa; and OHFRN-COI Co-lead Geoff Nelson, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University; and OHFRN-COI Co-lead Participants from different communities are encouraged to attend and share their stories about implementing Housing First for persons experiencing chronic homelessness. This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Housing First Regional Network Community of Interest.
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How Childhood Trauma Affects Brain Development to Influence Mental Health and Addiction – And What We Can Do About It 2:00 pm
How Childhood Trauma Affects Brain Development to Influence Mental Health and Addiction – And What We Can Do About It @ Online
Dec 5 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
This webinar will give an overview of the body of knowledge that describes how experiences at sensitive periods of development change the brain in ways that increase or decrease risk for later physical and mental illness, including addiction (“The Brain Story”). In addition, it will demonstrate how this knowledge can be used to transform policy and practice. Dr. Nicole Sherren will discuss core story of early brain development and the impacts of toxic stress on physical and mental health outcomes. Cynthia Wild will describe how she has integrated this knowledge into the workplace, and how this has helped guide everything from service provision to grant development. Join in exploring how understanding brain architecture can lead to broader, system level changes throughout society, including how law enforcement, medical professionals, and government officials treat those with addiction and mental health challenges. This webinar is hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada & the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.
Niagara-on-the-Lake Toastmasters Open House 6:45 pm
Niagara-on-the-Lake Toastmasters Open House @ Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library
Dec 5 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm
If you have ever wanted to improve your speaking skills, become a better communicator and develop your leadership skills, this is the time and place for you! Toastmasters are proud to announce that we are starting a new club in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Toastmasters is an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping others develop their skills in leadership and public speaking. It’s time to get that job, ace that interview, lead your team and deliver that wedding speech with confidence. We have the tools to help you whatever your goals are. For more information, contact katharine.Parsons7@gmail.com or kennedy.chas@gmail.com. This event is hosted by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Toastmasters.
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Understanding the Duty to Accommodate Under the Human Rights Code for Mental Health, Disability, and Medical Marijuana 9:00 am
Understanding the Duty to Accommodate Under the Human Rights Code for Mental Health, Disability, and Medical Marijuana @ ECCDC
Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
All Child Care Executive Directors, Supervisors, Owners, and Boards of Directors should have a clear understanding regarding their roles and responsibilities related to requests for accommodation in the workplace. Over the next few years organizations will continue to face significant challenges to meet legislative changes related to the duty to accommodate under the Ontario Human Rights Code, and accessibility in the workplace. As a best practice, organizations should be proactive in developing policies and strategies for addressing staff requests for medical marijuana, disability, and mental health accommodations. This interactive seminar will focus “best” practices on: How to deal with employee requests for accommodation What information can you ask for in an accommodation request Understanding your organization’s obligations regarding Human Rights and the duty to accommodate How to avoid discrimination complaints related to Human Rights Mental Health disabilities & accommodations Medical Marijuana Your duties under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act $75 continental breakfast. This workshop is hosted by the Early Childhood Community Development Centre (ECCDC).
Fort Erie: Shared Learning Local Hub Session 11:00 am
Fort Erie: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Royal Canadian Legion #230
Dec 6 @ 11:00 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. Spotlight agency: Ridgeway Legion (85th anniversary year) This session is a potluck lunch. To be part of this session, contact Tamara Coleman-Lawrie at tamara.coleman-lawrie@unitedwayniagara.org.
Fundraising for Small Nonprofits 1:00 pm
Fundraising for Small Nonprofits @ Online
Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Fundraising in small organizations can be crazy-making. It can be demoralizing to hear “XYZ large organization just hosted a million dollar gala. I think we should try host a gala too”. Or maybe it’s the dreaded “I’ve never heard of your organization”. It’s tough to be a small nonprofit where it feels like the large ones have all the advantages. How can you compete? Add to that the many hats you wear and the immense time pressures. Who can fit fundraising in? There is never enough time in the day to do what we want to accomplish, and half the time it feels like our time is sucked up by the things that really don’t matter or that don’t get us results. Enough of that! In this webinar, Cindy Wagman, President and CEO of The Good Partnership will show you how you can leverage unique opportunities of being a small nonprofit so you can stop “competing” and start raising more money. This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.
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Youth Focus Group: Help Design a Youth Hub in Niagara 5:00 pm
Youth Focus Group: Help Design a Youth Hub in Niagara @ Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre
Dec 10 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Help design a youth hub in Niagara. What would help support you? Let’s create a hub for youth, by youth! Snacks and gift cards for attending will be provided. Come learn about joining the youth advisory committee. Aidez-nous à concevoir un carrefour pour les jeunes de la région du Niagara. Qu’est-ce qui vous serait utile? Créons ensemble un carrefour pour jeunes par les jeunes! Un goûter sera servi et des cartes-cadeaux serant remis comme prix de présence. Pour savoir comment devenir membre du comité consultatif joignez-vous à nous.
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Integrated Youth Services: Laying the Foundation 12:00 pm
Integrated Youth Services: Laying the Foundation @ Online
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Integrated youth services (IYS) often provide a “one-stop-shop” for mental health, physical health, substance use and addictions, education, vocational supports, housing, and other social services. IYS initiatives meet the needs of youth and young adults aged 12-25 across multiple domains of their lives by reducing systemic barriers, including the division between paediatric and adult services, and limited cross-sector collaboration. Frayme has had the unique opportunity to learn from 10 international IYS initiatives to gain ‘on the ground’ practical information that’s largely unavailable in the literature. This webinar is the first in a 6-part series and will present aggregated findings on how these IYS are organized and operated. Considerations discussed will include partner and stakeholder engagement, rationales for establishment, organizational principles, governance and leadership structures, funding, and barriers and enablers. There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions. Learning objectives: This webinar will allow participants to: Learn about the scope of integrated youth services (IYS), including the principles, processes, and funding sources that guide and facilitate their establishment Differentiate between IYS networks and single sites, and understand their governance structures and responsibilities Explore enablers, barriers, and sustainability concerns related to IYS This webinar is hosted by Frayme.
Internet, Gaming and Hyper-Sexual Addictions 12:00 pm
Internet, Gaming and Hyper-Sexual Addictions @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Presented by: Michael Amlung, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster University Lana Vedelago, M.Sc. Student, Neuroscience Graduate Program Aims of the session: Present an overview of prevalence and proposed diagnostic criteria of problematic online gaming, internet addiction, and hyper sexuality. Expand on the relationships between these problematic behaviors and other issues like alcohol and substance use, impulsivity, and symptoms of mental illness. Present the current state of research on effective treatment strategies. Attend the session in-person or remotely. This session is hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team.
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Internet, Gaming and Hyper-Sexual Addictions 12:00 pm
Internet, Gaming and Hyper-Sexual Addictions @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Presented by: Michael Amlung, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster University Lana Vedelago, M.Sc. Student, Neuroscience Graduate Program Aims of the session: Present an overview of prevalence and proposed diagnostic criteria of problematic online gaming, internet addiction, and hyper sexuality. Expand on the relationships between these problematic behaviors and other issues like alcohol and substance use, impulsivity, and symptoms of mental illness. Present the current state of research on effective treatment strategies. Attend the session in-person or remotely. This session is hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team.
Reducing Barriers to Healthcare Access for Immigrant and Refugee Communities 12:00 pm
Reducing Barriers to Healthcare Access for Immigrant and Refugee Communities @ Online
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Newcomers face many challenges while adapting to their new home and navigating systemic barriers. These post-migration stressors significantly impact their well-being. Refugees tend to be more vulnerable to poorer health outcomes upon arrival than immigrants as a result of several factors, including: needing to flee their homes due to persecution, war or violence; having lived in refugee camps; and being forced to separate from family. In addition, refugees face barriers to accessing needed healthcare services in Canada, such as immigration status, poverty, competing priorities, lack of information on services, and cultural and linguistic barriers. In this webinar, you will have an opportunity to explore: how immigrants and refugees can be negatively impacted, often inadvertently, when interacting with the healthcare system how healthcare providers can help mitigate these barriers to enhance health equity to newcomer populations. Presenter: Norma Hannat, Social Worker, New Beginnings Refugee Clinic, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
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Program Evaluation for Youth Wellbeing @ Online
Jan 4 all-day

A free 10 week online certificate course about the main concepts, approaches and practices relevant to conducting evaluation of youth sector programs and initiatives.

In this certificate, participants will learn how to develop an evaluation plan, implement this plan and use the findings to improve their programs and share their impact.

This certificate is structured in a way that is flexible and easy for you to complete. All course content is available to you at once so that you can work through the modules at your own pace.

Applications are due on November 30, 2018.

This program is hosted by YouthREX.

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Brock VolunteerFEST @ Brock University
Jan 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Brock University’s Student Life & Community Experience and Career Education invites community organizations to attend their biannual VolunteerFEST on January 16, 2019.

Student Life & Community Experience and Career Education recognize the benefits students, staff and faculty gain from volunteering in their community. This is an opportunity to assist members of the Brock and Niagara communities to find volunteer opportunities that fit their school and work schedules, as well as personal strengths and interests.

By reserving a booth, you will have the opportunity to promote your organization to many students, staff and faculty as well as foster a positive community image. This year VolunteerFEST will again be taking place in the Guernsey Market Hall. A four foot table, two chairs, and a parking pass will be included in a $15.00 registration fee.

This event is hosted by Brock University.

Frank Lloyd Wright Revisited @ Carnegie Building
Jan 16 @ 7:30 pm

Frank Lloyd Wright Revisited Ken and Linda Bauman – Grimsby Historical Society

During a period of 15 years, Ken and Linda Bauman travelled across the United States to tour 40 houses, commercial and institutional structures designed by the American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright’s productive period spanned more than 70 years. His visionary creations were strongly influenced by the natural world and he emphasized craftsmanship while embracing technology’s ability to make design accessible to all.

Ken and Linda revisit some of Wright’s iconic buildings and we learn how many of his creative ideas are reflected in the interior design of our homes and in the architecture of new development in our community.

This event is hosted by the Grimsby Historical Society.

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Disco Ball in Support of Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre @ Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm

Come and dance the night away to all of your favourite decade hits!

By Request DJs will be your host for the evening as we raise funds for the Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre and their public education and Child Assault Prevention Program.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre.

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