Apr
28
Sat
YWCA Niagara Region’s 90th Incorporation Event @ St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This is an exciting year at the YWCA Niagara Region as they are commemorating their 90th anniversary. Celebrate all that the YWCA has accomplished in 90 years of being a voice for women and equality here in Niagara. This anniversary is not only a milestone for the YWCA as an organization, but for the entire Niagara region. Come out and mark this important day in Niagara history!

Past. Present. Always.
A celebration of the YWCA Niagara Region’s 90th Anniversary.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to Arienne Good, Community and Public Relations Coordinator at YWCA Niagara Region (see contact information above).

This event is hosted by the YWCA Niagara Region.

Apr
29
Sun
Playhouse Build & Auction Event @ Pen Centre Parking Lot
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Playhouse Build & Auction in support of the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara Event is held each spring.

Local Niagara Builders volunteer their time to compete & build backyard playhouses that are auctioned off to the community to raise funds for the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara.

During the building competition, the event is expanded to include a BBQ, Food Vendors, Games & Activities for the children and families attending to stay & play and be in attendance at the end of the afternoon to participate in the Live Auction.

All proceeds from the event go directly to the Centre to support much needed programs & services for children & youth victims of abuse. Expanded event to include some great food vendors, inflatables, face painting, and other fair like activities for the whole family to enjoy!

This event is hosted by Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara.

May
5
Sat
1980’s Dance Party Fundraiser for the Willow Community @ Armenian Community Centre
May 5 @ 8:00 pm

Saturday, May 5th, 2018 will be another epic night of live 80s music, costumes, hairspray, amazing prizes, dancing, and so much more.

Come together to raise money for The Willow Community: a non-profit arts organization that provides free art classes to individuals with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions. 100% of the proceeds will go directly into funding their programming.

Tickets go on sale in March 2018 at Out of the Past and will also be available at the door. Check out the event page on Facebook for prizes and announcements. You won’t want to miss this awesome night!

This event is hosted by The Willow Community.

May
9
Wed
Non-Profit Leadership Certificate Program @ Brock University
May 9 @ 12:00 pm

The Non-Profit Leadership Certificate Program gives you the expertise to become a leader in your organization and your community.

The content for this specialized program is the result of a poll of over 600 non-profit professionals on their development needs. 100% of past participants have report career advancement (raise and/or promotion).

All seminars take place on the Brock University campus.

Program Schedule:

  • May 9 (12-7pm)
  • May 16 (4-7pm)
  • May 23 (4-7pm)
  • May 30 (4-7pm)
  • June 6 (4-7pm)
  • June 13 (4-7pm)
  • June 20 (4-7pm)
  • June 27 (12-7pm)

Seminar topics:

  • Converting strategic thinking to actionable outcomes
  • Finance for non-financial managers
  • How to develop and use Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to manage your organization’s success
  • Change management
  • Coaching for performance
  • Succession planning for organizational leaders
  • The role of influence as a core leadership skill in achieving consensus
  • Human resources management for non-HR managers

The program cost is $2,994 + HST. The cost to your organization could be as low as $499 + HST per participant with Canada-Ontario Jobs Grant funding. Grant application instructions can be provided.

Register before April 8th, 2018.

This program is hosted by the Centre for Innovation, Management and Enterprise Education (CIMEE) at Brock University.

May
16
Wed
South Niagara Executive Director’s Forum @ A Child's World
May 16 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

EDUCATION TOPIC: Key Steps to Successful Collaboration
PRESENTER: Vivian Kinnaird, Dean of Business, Hospitality and Environment at Niagara College

This session will explore the nature and scope of collaboration within the not-for-profit sector. The discussion will focus on different types of collaboration and the requirement for the ‘win-win’ in any partnership using examples and models that work. With the right focus, collaborative partnerships can be easy to achieve as long as the partners are willing to be open minded, take a little bit of risk and work in a new way.

Vivian has over 25 years of experience in post-secondary education in Ontario and the UK as a teacher, program developer and administrator. She has an undergraduate and a Master’s Degree from the University of Waterloo and has participated in management training and development throughout her career. Vivian believes that collaboration is an important component of successful organizations and, in her work, looks for collaborative opportunities within education and with community partners to bring greater value to her students, colleagues and projects.

This event is hosted by the United Way of South Niagara.

May
17
Thu
The Importance of Self-Care: Webinar Series for Nonprofit Professionals @ Online
May 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

It’s easy to burn out in the nonprofit sector. To accomplish our missions, we need to care a lot about people and the world itself. We need to be passionate about our causes in order to get up every morning and do a job that we may not be paid well for but gives us meaning. That caring and passion requires energy.

But sometimes we run out of energy because we fail to look after ourselves first. We work long hours, don’t take our holidays or develop habits that give us comfort but may not be healthy. And, this is not just happening for individuals. We have created a culture of personal and employee neglect in the sector that is now the new ‘normal’. We are expected to give more than we have, do more than we are paid for and care more for others than we do for ourselves.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. And in fact, we can’t sustain it. As a sector, we cannot continually run on empty and still have the energy to create social change.

This session will focus on individual and organizational self care in the nonprofit sector. It will include tips and tricks for building a healthier organization and investing time and effort in a healthier YOU.

This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.

May
31
Thu
The Whys and Ways of Assertiveness at Work: Webinar Series for Nonprofit Professionals @ Online
May 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Do you find it challenging to promote yourself, your views, and your opinions? Do you feel uncomfortable and/or hesitate to speak up, especially on issues that you perceive might involve differences of opinion and maybe conflict? Do you find yourself frequently saying yes when you’d rather say no?

If these questions resonate, then this free webinar can help. Whether you have an outgoing or a shy disposition, there are skills you can develop to help you more effectively and authentically express yourself in a variety of work and life situations.

Learn healthy communications skills and be authentic in the process. Learning objectives for this webinar include:

  • Why this is a crucial ability to have for your success.
  • Distinguish between healthy and unhealthy assertiveness communications approaches.
  • How to navigate both your internal conversations (you with you) and external (with others) to ensure greater communications efficacy, and confidence.
  • How to recognize when it’s time to stand up and when it’s okay to step back.
  • Helpful tips and even phrases to help you present your best self when taking a stand.

This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Apr
28
Sat
YWCA Niagara Region’s 90th Incorporation Event @ St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This is an exciting year at the YWCA Niagara Region as they are commemorating their 90th anniversary. Celebrate all that the YWCA has accomplished in 90 years of being a voice for women and equality here in Niagara. This anniversary is not only a milestone for the YWCA as an organization, but for the entire Niagara region. Come out and mark this important day in Niagara history!

Past. Present. Always.
A celebration of the YWCA Niagara Region’s 90th Anniversary.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to Arienne Good, Community and Public Relations Coordinator at YWCA Niagara Region (see contact information above).

This event is hosted by the YWCA Niagara Region.

Apr
29
Sun
Playhouse Build & Auction Event @ Pen Centre Parking Lot
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Playhouse Build & Auction in support of the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara Event is held each spring.

Local Niagara Builders volunteer their time to compete & build backyard playhouses that are auctioned off to the community to raise funds for the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara.

During the building competition, the event is expanded to include a BBQ, Food Vendors, Games & Activities for the children and families attending to stay & play and be in attendance at the end of the afternoon to participate in the Live Auction.

All proceeds from the event go directly to the Centre to support much needed programs & services for children & youth victims of abuse. Expanded event to include some great food vendors, inflatables, face painting, and other fair like activities for the whole family to enjoy!

This event is hosted by Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara.

May
5
Sat
1980’s Dance Party Fundraiser for the Willow Community @ Armenian Community Centre
May 5 @ 8:00 pm

Saturday, May 5th, 2018 will be another epic night of live 80s music, costumes, hairspray, amazing prizes, dancing, and so much more.

Come together to raise money for The Willow Community: a non-profit arts organization that provides free art classes to individuals with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions. 100% of the proceeds will go directly into funding their programming.

Tickets go on sale in March 2018 at Out of the Past and will also be available at the door. Check out the event page on Facebook for prizes and announcements. You won’t want to miss this awesome night!

This event is hosted by The Willow Community.

May
9
Wed
Non-Profit Leadership Certificate Program @ Brock University
May 9 @ 12:00 pm

The Non-Profit Leadership Certificate Program gives you the expertise to become a leader in your organization and your community.

The content for this specialized program is the result of a poll of over 600 non-profit professionals on their development needs. 100% of past participants have report career advancement (raise and/or promotion).

All seminars take place on the Brock University campus.

Program Schedule:

  • May 9 (12-7pm)
  • May 16 (4-7pm)
  • May 23 (4-7pm)
  • May 30 (4-7pm)
  • June 6 (4-7pm)
  • June 13 (4-7pm)
  • June 20 (4-7pm)
  • June 27 (12-7pm)

Seminar topics:

  • Converting strategic thinking to actionable outcomes
  • Finance for non-financial managers
  • How to develop and use Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to manage your organization’s success
  • Change management
  • Coaching for performance
  • Succession planning for organizational leaders
  • The role of influence as a core leadership skill in achieving consensus
  • Human resources management for non-HR managers

The program cost is $2,994 + HST. The cost to your organization could be as low as $499 + HST per participant with Canada-Ontario Jobs Grant funding. Grant application instructions can be provided.

Register before April 8th, 2018.

This program is hosted by the Centre for Innovation, Management and Enterprise Education (CIMEE) at Brock University.

May
16
Wed
South Niagara Executive Director’s Forum @ A Child's World
May 16 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

EDUCATION TOPIC: Key Steps to Successful Collaboration
PRESENTER: Vivian Kinnaird, Dean of Business, Hospitality and Environment at Niagara College

This session will explore the nature and scope of collaboration within the not-for-profit sector. The discussion will focus on different types of collaboration and the requirement for the ‘win-win’ in any partnership using examples and models that work. With the right focus, collaborative partnerships can be easy to achieve as long as the partners are willing to be open minded, take a little bit of risk and work in a new way.

Vivian has over 25 years of experience in post-secondary education in Ontario and the UK as a teacher, program developer and administrator. She has an undergraduate and a Master’s Degree from the University of Waterloo and has participated in management training and development throughout her career. Vivian believes that collaboration is an important component of successful organizations and, in her work, looks for collaborative opportunities within education and with community partners to bring greater value to her students, colleagues and projects.

This event is hosted by the United Way of South Niagara.

May
17
Thu
The Importance of Self-Care: Webinar Series for Nonprofit Professionals @ Online
May 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

It’s easy to burn out in the nonprofit sector. To accomplish our missions, we need to care a lot about people and the world itself. We need to be passionate about our causes in order to get up every morning and do a job that we may not be paid well for but gives us meaning. That caring and passion requires energy.

But sometimes we run out of energy because we fail to look after ourselves first. We work long hours, don’t take our holidays or develop habits that give us comfort but may not be healthy. And, this is not just happening for individuals. We have created a culture of personal and employee neglect in the sector that is now the new ‘normal’. We are expected to give more than we have, do more than we are paid for and care more for others than we do for ourselves.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. And in fact, we can’t sustain it. As a sector, we cannot continually run on empty and still have the energy to create social change.

This session will focus on individual and organizational self care in the nonprofit sector. It will include tips and tricks for building a healthier organization and investing time and effort in a healthier YOU.

This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.

May
31
Thu
The Whys and Ways of Assertiveness at Work: Webinar Series for Nonprofit Professionals @ Online
May 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Do you find it challenging to promote yourself, your views, and your opinions? Do you feel uncomfortable and/or hesitate to speak up, especially on issues that you perceive might involve differences of opinion and maybe conflict? Do you find yourself frequently saying yes when you’d rather say no?

If these questions resonate, then this free webinar can help. Whether you have an outgoing or a shy disposition, there are skills you can develop to help you more effectively and authentically express yourself in a variety of work and life situations.

Learn healthy communications skills and be authentic in the process. Learning objectives for this webinar include:

  • Why this is a crucial ability to have for your success.
  • Distinguish between healthy and unhealthy assertiveness communications approaches.
  • How to navigate both your internal conversations (you with you) and external (with others) to ensure greater communications efficacy, and confidence.
  • How to recognize when it’s time to stand up and when it’s okay to step back.
  • Helpful tips and even phrases to help you present your best self when taking a stand.

This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.

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