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Human Resources Workshop 4:00 pm
Human Resources Workshop @ Southbrook Vineyards
Oct 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join Innovate Niagara for a human resources seminar in partnership with Brock University. HR topics to be covered: Onboarding staff Vetting new hires Scaling teams Developing and maintaining company culture Appetizers and light refreshments will be provided. This seminar is hosted by Innovate Niagara.
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Fall Lecture Series: The Future of Primary Care 10:00 am
Fall Lecture Series: The Future of Primary Care @ Armenian Community Centre
Oct 3 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lifelong Learning Niagara offers a six week lecture series twice a year, spring and fall in a variety of academic topics to stimulate and enlighten our senior population in the Niagara Region. Speaker: Dr. David Kaplan, Chief of Clinical Quality, Health Quality Ontario A strong primary care system is the bedrock of any successful healthcare system. This is particularly true for an aging population with growing health needs. Ontario’s health care system has been steadily evolving over the past 20 years in respect of who is involved and how those individuals are compensated. Now the focus is increasingly turning to ensure we are achieving the 6 dimensions of quality: Patient Centred, Timely, Safe, Effective, Efficient, and Equitable. Dr. Kaplan will present a broad level look at the performance of Ontario’s primary care system and what the future looks like. This event is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.
MS and Medical Cannabis: A Treatment Approach 2:00 pm
MS and Medical Cannabis: A Treatment Approach @ Online
Oct 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Management of MS symptoms can involve a wide array of medications, many of which may come with undesirable side effects. This speaks to the ever growing number of individuals living with MS, who are now turning to cannabis as a treatment plan option. Drawing on their years of experience in patient education, Barb Vermeulen and Johnathan Werynski take you through the basics of medical cannabis, as well as an in depth look at available products, usage, administration methods, and access to safe medication. Emphasis will be made on the use of cannabis treatment specific to the management of MS symptoms. This webinar is hosted by brainXchange.
Data Cafe and Talks: Network, Learn and Brainstorm 5:30 pm
Data Cafe and Talks: Network, Learn and Brainstorm @ Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre
Oct 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Presentations include: 4 Strategies to Detect Dirty Data 5 Mistakes to Avoid During Data Integration Projects Speaker: Maira Bay de Souza has 20 years of experience in the software industry, progressing from junior developer to leadership and consulting roles at Fortune 20 companies such as GM, HP and IBM. For the last 6 years she has helped clients design and develop high quality Data Management solutions. There will be time for questions and debate about the presentations, as well as other topics of interest by attendees. If you are: a working professional, passionate about helping others organise and make sense of their Data a student – or just a curious person – interested in learning more about Data Science or Data Management an educator interested in expanding the skillset of Niagara’s population in this growing field Or if you wonder or would like to discuss with others questions like: As the amount of Data we produce keeps growing exponentially, what does the future hold? How will privacy, security, AI, blockchain impact the future of Data? How can we increase cross-border cooperation (Canada-US and globally) through open data, government, non-profit or business partnerships? Do you have any innovative ideas for a business or project? Come join this group to network, learn and chat about all things Data! We welcome our neighbours from Western New York/Buffalo-Niagara as well! This event is hosted by the Data Professionals of Niagara.
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Volunteering and the Sustainable Development Goals 1:00 pm
Volunteering and the Sustainable Development Goals @ Online
Oct 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
When we look at the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that Canada and other committed to achieving by 2030, there is not a single goal that does not involve volunteers. Volunteers contribute to eliminating poverty, advocating for human rights, protecting the planet, and creating thriving and resilient communities. In 2017, Volunteer Canada began to collaborate with Employment and Social Development Canada to explore the link between volunteer activities of Canadians and the SDGs. This webinar will provide an overview of our early findings and support organizations and those who engage volunteers in examining the relevance to their missions. This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.
Artist Talk: Why We Need Art 7:00 pm
Artist Talk: Why We Need Art @ Town of Lincoln Museum & Cultural Centre
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm
Join artist Robin Nisbet in a lively discussion about “Why We Need Art” and how important it is to allow ourselves the time to be creative. This is a free event, but donations will be taken to help support the St Catharines Art Association’s Scholarship Fund. This event is hosted by Niagara Shores Artists.
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44th Annual Balls Falls Thanksgiving Festival 10:00 am
44th Annual Balls Falls Thanksgiving Festival @ Balls Falls Centre for Conservation
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
More than 170 unique artisans, crafters, local farmers, and talented musicians from across the country will once again descend upon Ball’s Falls Conservation Area this long weekend, for the 44th Annual Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival. In addition to the arts, crafts, and wares, visitors will enjoy the incredible beauty and spectacular scenery nestled on the majestic Niagara Escarpment and Twenty Valley eco-system. This Festival has something for everyone, from live entertainment, brews, and wines, to family-friendly activities, a farmer’s market, and unique vendors to get visitors started on their holiday shopping. This event is hosted by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.
Unity in the Community 11:00 am
Unity in the Community @ Westview Centre4Women
Oct 5 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Unity in the Community: A place we can ALL call our own Join the Westview Centre4Women for: Face painting Canadian cuisine Bouncy castle Bones the Dog Music Community agencies Admission is free. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the Plentiful Pantry. Come feel the culture and celebrate with the community. Bring the whole family! If you would like to represent your community agency at this event or for more information, contact Jane LaVacca (contact information above). This event is hosted by the Westview Centre4Women.
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Niagara Regional Native Centre Traditional Powwow 12:00 pm
Niagara Regional Native Centre Traditional Powwow @ Montebello Park
Oct 6 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 7 @ 5:00 pm
Niagara Regional Native Centre is hosting their 6th annual “Nurturing Our Roots” Traditional Powwow on October 6th and 7th, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. each day. This free event will take place in Montebello Park (St. Catharines). Open to all members of the community, this celebration of Indigenous life and culture offers the opportunity to experience traditional drumming, dancing, and knowledge along with a variety of art, food, and information booths for the whole family. Grand entry occurs at noon on both days. Vendor, sponsorship, and donations are welcome (contact NRNC by phone). Bring your own folding chair for comfort. This is a drug and alcohol-free event. This event is hosted by the Niagara Regional Native Centre.
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Health and Safety Concerns for Personal Cannabis Cultivation 2:00 pm
Health and Safety Concerns for Personal Cannabis Cultivation @ Online
Oct 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Personal cultivation as described by the proposed Cannabis Act (2017) will permit adults to cultivate up to four cannabis plants per household. This provision is intended to both promote equity by facilitating access to legal cannabis, particularly when retail outlets are difficult to access, and to undercut the black market. However, indoor cultivation and processing of cannabis may also introduce or exacerbate certain environmental health risks in the home. This session will focus on five key environmental health risks anticipated from growing at home: access and accidental poisoning indoor air quality inappropriate use of pesticides electrical and fire hazards radiation hazards After exploring each of the risks, participants will also learn about policy and practice considerations relevant to each risk, interventions that have been implemented in other legalized jurisdictions, and key risk messages concerning each hazard (with a focus on indoor air quality). Improved knowledge about the environmental health risks associated with personal cannabis cultivation will help public health professionals navigate changing guidelines, create consistent messaging approaches across jurisdictions, and facilitate collaboration to create proactive solutions to these emerging environmental health concerns. This webinar is hosted by the British Columbia Lung Association.
Fundraiser Paint Party in Support of Youth Resources Niagara 6:30 pm
Fundraiser Paint Party in Support of Youth Resources Niagara @ Cardinal Lakes Golf Club
Oct 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Youth Resources Niagara invites you to their Fundraiser Paint Party at Cardinal Lakes Golf Club! No experience required. Artist/Instructor, Wendy Malowany walks you through the painting demonstrating step-by-step, but allowing you to add your own creativity too. If you prefer to use different colours or want to change things, Wendy will even help you with adaptations. A creative way to get together to relax and have fun! This event is hosted by Youth Resources Niagara.
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Nonprofit Driven 2018
Nonprofit Driven 2018 @ Metro Toronto Conference Centre, South Building
Oct 10 – Oct 11 all-day
Are you ready for some thought-provoking conversations about advancing policy efforts for Ontario’s nonprofits? Together, we’ll 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.
The Brock University Effect: How Thousands of Students and Millions of Dollars Energize the Economy of Niagara Communities 9:00 am
The Brock University Effect: How Thousands of Students and Millions of Dollars Energize the Economy of Niagara Communities @ Brock University - Pond Inlet
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The Brock University Effect: How thousands of students and millions of dollars energize the economy of Niagara communities, is a report on the economic impact of Brock University. Dr. Jeff Boggs (Geography) and research assistant Lauren Peddle will present their findings in an open forum on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 9 am, at Pond Inlet. The report will be released that day as part of the NCO policy brief series, #36. A panelist discussion, followed by an open Q&A will follow. Please RSVP to cphillips3@brocku.ca. This event is hosted by the Niagara Community Observatory.
Fall Lecture Series: Sustainable Tourism and Ecotourism 10:00 am
Fall Lecture Series: Sustainable Tourism and Ecotourism @ Armenian Community Centre
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lifelong Learning Niagara offers a six week lecture series twice a year, spring and fall in a variety of academic topics to stimulate and enlighten our senior population in the Niagara Region. Speaker: Dr. Agnes Nowaczek, Professor, Niagara College Navigating through the multitude of competing ‘green’ messages from the tourism industry isn’t easy. While both academics and industry practitioners debate where they stand on the continuum of sustainability, we can take some ownership, as travelers, to spend our money with businesses that support our values. In this talk, Dr. Nowaczek will aim to equip the average traveler with better understanding of sustainable tourism and ecotourism, with key examples around the world. She will link some of these examples with Niagara’s planning and management of the ever-increasing numbers of tourists to key attractions. The lecture will bring together research from academia, industry practice, and a degree of self-examination from each traveler. This event is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.
Cannabis Webinar Series: Cannabis Legalization 12:00 pm
Cannabis Webinar Series: Cannabis Legalization @ Online
Oct 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The TEACH Project and CAMH Education are pleased to offer a Special Two-Part Cannabis Webinar Series. The first session will focus on Cannabis Legalization. Presenter: Gavin S. MacKenzie, CAMH Legal Counsel More details to follow on the second session focused on Cannabis Screening and Interventions. This webinar series is hosted by CAMH.
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Newcomer Forum: Panel Discussion on Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion 9:00 am
Newcomer Forum: Panel Discussion on Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion @ The Robby
Oct 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
The Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre will be hosting a distinguished panel to discuss immigration, diversity and inclusion in our local communities. As a critical stakeholder, the Centre is inviting everyone in the community to listen and ask questions to panelists: Chris Bittle. Elected Member of Parliament for St. Catharines. Livianna Tossutti. Associate Professor of Political Science at Brock University. Emily Kovacs. Niagara Folk Arts’ new Executive Director. Mohamed Al-Jumaily. Community activist running for Regional Council in St. Catharines. Walter Sendzik. Mayor of St. Catharines. Event format will include a brief panelist presentation, and a discussion moderated by Yusuf Al-Harazi, Mentorship Coordinator of the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre, followed by a Q&A period with the audience. Doors open at 9 am. Lights refreshments will be provided. Parking available off Raymond Street – Use only parking spaces between “yellow” lines. This event is hosted by the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre.
Webinar: Cannabis Legalization 12:00 pm
Webinar: Cannabis Legalization @ Online
Oct 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
As cannabis becomes legally available for purchase in Ontario, there are many opportunities for discussion around the possible impacts of legalization. This webinar will explore what is currently understood about cannabis use and its impacts on mental health. In this webinar you will learn the following: What is cannabis? Cannabis and Psychosis Cannabis and Brain Development Considerations with Legalization Presenter: April Trewhitt, Registered Psychotherapist, Agency Lead, Addictions, Canadian Mental Health Association – Toronto This webinar is hosted by the Human Services & Justice Coordinating Committee.
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Community Forum on Human Trafficking in Niagara 8:00 am
Community Forum on Human Trafficking in Niagara @ Silver Spire United Church
Oct 13 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
This free, day-long forum’s purpose is to raise public awareness and educate community members about the issue of human trafficking and its footprint in Niagara. The Keynote Speaker is The Honourable Rob Nicholson, MP Niagara Falls, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and current Justice Critic. Come to hear the journeys of local survivors, see a screening of the animated short, “I am Little Red,” by 50 Eggs Films, hear a presentation on the Niagara Region Human Trafficking Emergency Response Protocol, a law enforcement panel discussion, and a presentation on financial industry tracking progress from Project PROTECT. Break-out sessions available: For parents-What You Need to Know – Candace Morley, YMCA HBB Youth-Exploring HT through Drama – John Sweeney, Silver Spire Support for Victims: What We Can Do – Danielle Lewis, Victim Services Niagara Hospitality Sector – Tania Ferlin, Meeting Professionals Against HT RCMP Labour trafficking case study – Lepa Jankovic Intro to Neurobiology of Trauma – Lori Gill, ATTCH Partial Presenters List: Skylar Burbidge & Leona Skye – Survivors; Barb Gosse – CEO, Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking; Niagara Regional Police; Krystal Snider, YWCA Niagara; OPP; Toronto Police Service Register online or by phone (see registration link and phone number above). Advance registration is required for dietary restrictions on lunch and breakout session choice. This forum is hosted by Project PROTECT & Silver Spire United Church.
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Superhero Run for Niagara Children’s Centre 10:00 am
Superhero Run for Niagara Children’s Centre @ Brock University
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am
Now in its 4th year, Niagara Children’s Centre’s Superhero Run has become an annual tradition for kids, families and supporters of our Centre. On Sunday, October 14th, 2018, throw on your cape and join more than 600 other superheroes as we raise funds to provide therapy for children with special needs in Niagara – the smallest, yet mightiest of superheroes! Niagara Children’s Centre is recognized throughout the Niagara Region as the provider of rehabilitation and support services to children and youth with physical, developmental and communicative delays and disabilities. This event is hosted by Niagara Children’s Centre.
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Introduction to Grief Intervention Over the Life Course
Introduction to Grief Intervention Over the Life Course @ Online
Oct 15 all-day
Death is an unavoidable part of life that becomes increasingly more apparent with age. It is beneficial for your practice to obtain the fundamentals of grief intervention and be equipped to address dying and death circumstances. During this 4-week online workshop, you will be provided with a concise overview including resources, exercises and an opportunity to share so you gain comfort with the topic and insight in order to help others with confidence through death related circumstances of loss and grief. This workshop series is hosted by the University of Toronto.
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West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session 9:30 am
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Employment Help Centre
Oct 16 @ 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. Presentation: Karen Fraser, Niagara Poverty Reduction Network Please RSVP your attendance to flowe@employmenthelp.org.
Research and Innovation in Aging Forum: Aging, Technology and Privacy 1:00 pm
Research and Innovation in Aging Forum: Aging, Technology and Privacy @ Online
Oct 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Apps in wearable tech such as fitbits and smart watches, and phones, are used to collect small pieces of health data such as pulse, heart rate, and regularity as well as information including what appointments (e. g. with doctors, chiropractors, physiotherapists etc) are being made and the health-related products purchased. Like credit data, these detailed health markers could be used in algorithms, grouping users by behavioural and risk assessment parameters. All of this data could then be gathered into a ‘wellness report.’ Like credit reports, the wellness report would be susceptible to errors that could take days or months to correct and may require experts and medical tests to disprove errors. Credit reporting companies are financially supported by banks, businesses and lenders. The wellness report would be a resource that insurers, long term care facilities, health care providers could exploit to gauge the risk associated with the provision of service. This scoping review examines existing knowledge concerning the data currently being collected and explores novel data combinations and the risk to privacy and autonomy that these pose to older adults. Results confirm the privacy challenges of Big Data and suggest remedies that need to be explored before these usages become commonplace. Objectives: Review technology that ‘supports’ healthy aging for people aging in place and in their community Discuss data collected and novel applications of that information Promote the prevention of unintended and intended violations of older adult’s privacy and autonomy This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Studies in...
Financial Concerns and Role of the Power of Attorney 6:30 pm
Financial Concerns and Role of the Power of Attorney @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region invites you to attend this public forum focused on Financial Concerns and Role of the Power of Attorney. This forum is presented by: Dion McParland, Family Support Counsellor for the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region Bryce Murray, Heelis Little Almas & Murray LLP Registration is required by phone (905-687-3914) or by filling out the online registration form. This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.
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Fall Lecture Series: Music That Moves Us – From Rhythm to Social Behaviour 10:00 am
Fall Lecture Series: Music That Moves Us – From Rhythm to Social Behaviour @ Armenian Community Centre
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lifelong Learning Niagara offers a six week lecture series twice a year, spring and fall in a variety of academic topics to stimulate and enlighten our senior population in the Niagara Region. Speaker: Dr. Laurel Trainor, Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, McMaster University; Director of LIVELab, McMaster University; Research Scientist, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Hospital, Toronto Rhythms are powerful because their regularity enables us to predict when important information will occur next. Dr. Trainor will talk about how rhythms shape our perception, how they are processed in the brain, and how rhythm processing develops in children. She will describe brain studies that explain why music makes us want to move in time to its beat, and show how moving in synchrony with others affects our willingness to cooperate with those people, even in infancy. This event is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.
Working With Patients Who Use Substances: Assessment, Brief Interventions and Strategies 4:00 pm
Working With Patients Who Use Substances: Assessment, Brief Interventions and Strategies @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Oct 17 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
This intensive 3-hour interactive educational session will focus on assessment, practical brief interventions and strategies that can be incorporated into working with patients who use substances. This session can be attended in-person or remotely. Presenter: Megan Hemlow, Project Manager, Mental Health and Addictions Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant Local Health Integration Network. This session is hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team.
Dementia: Community Resources, Caregiving and Research 6:30 pm
Dementia: Community Resources, Caregiving and Research @ Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library
Oct 17 @ 6:30 pm
The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region invites you to join a special presentation on Dementia: Community Resources, Caregiving and Research. Come and be part of the live audience, as this presentation will be taped for YouTube. Speakers: Dr. William Brown, Professor of Neurology, McMaster University Medical School Gerry Bucsis, Family Support Counsellor, Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.
The Niagara Railway Museum 7:30 pm
The Niagara Railway Museum @ Carnegie Building
Oct 17 @ 7:30 pm
The Niagara Railway Museum Ken Jones – President, Niagara Railway Museum Inc. The Niagara Railway Museum’s mandate is preserving and promoting the railway heritage of the Niagara region and is located in the former Canadian National Fort Erie diesel shop built in the early 1950’s. Began in 1994 with an assortment of railroad paper work and photographs, the museum acquired an ex-CP Rail track motorcar and 2 baggage carts in August 1996. The museum collection now includes 12 track motorcars, from the CNR, CP Rail, TH&B and the Chesapeake & Ohio, a small hand operated crane from CP built by Pyke, and 4 lorries used to carry tools and supplies behind the motorcars. 3 models representing the various railway bridges of Niagara Falls were added in 1998 and in April 2006, the museum acquired the last remaining steam locomotive from the Hydro Electric Power Commission’s Sir Adam Beck Generating Station. Other acquisitions have followed, including railway track tools, various railway signs, lanterns, oilcans, and books on railways throughout the world. This event is hosted by the Grimsby Historical Society.
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Youth Justice: Mediation & Conflict Resolution Strategies 11:00 am
Youth Justice: Mediation & Conflict Resolution Strategies @ Online
Oct 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
In the second of his two part Youth Justice Webinar Mini-Series, Nick Brown will inform participants of practical steps that can be taken once youth who are currently involved in, or nearly involved with, gang activity, are engaged in programming. Nick has been working with multi barrier & high risk youth since 2004. For over 13 years, Nick has become extremely skilled at community outreach, programming and engaging youth with complex needs. His captivating nature & natural ability to draw in others makes him excel time & time again with vulnerable clientele. Youth don’t want to disappoint Nick – they always remember his kind, thoughtful & funny personality. Nick takes on every new challenge & is successful in all attempts. This webinar is hosted by Umind.
The Value of Volunteering 1:00 pm
The Value of Volunteering @ Online
Oct 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
When placing a value on volunteering, it has become common place to use a wage replacement formula, multiplying the number of volunteer hours by an hourly wage (using minimum wage or industry pay rate scales) and to come up with a dollar value for the volunteer time. Others have tried to calculate the fair market value for the service provided (a tutoring session, a meal delivered, a strategic planning session facilitated). While talking about the thousands, millions, or billions of dollars worth of time or service given captures peoples’ attention, it still falls short of capturing the full story. This webinar will provide an overview of the models and tools available to measure impact, provide highlights from the Conference Board of Canada’s recent discussion paper, The Value of Volunteering, and introduce participants to the Value of Volunteering Wheel, launched during National Volunteer Week 2018. At this webinar we will: Explore different types of value generated from volunteering Describe challenges in calculating the value and impact of volunteering Identify models and tools available to help measure the impact of volunteering This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.
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Application Deadline: Social Enterprise Pitch Competition
Application Deadline: Social Enterprise Pitch Competition @ Online
Oct 19 all-day
Innovate Niagara’s Social Enterprise Pitch Competition is in partnership with the ONE Social Enterprise Partnerships – Southwestern Ontario. A panel of industry experts will review the applications and select the top five Social Enterprises. The selected enterprises will have the opportunity to present at the Social Enterprise Pitch Competition on November 27, 2018 in front of a panel of judges and live audience for a chance to win the grand prize of $2,500 or the people’s choice prize of $500. Click here to access the online application form. This competition is administered by Innovate Niagara.
Reaching In, Reaching Out: Promoting Resilience in Adults and Young Children 1:00 pm
Reaching In, Reaching Out: Promoting Resilience in Adults and Young Children @ ECCDC
Oct 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Please Note: This training is provided over 4 dates (3 hrs workshops). Friday October 12, 19 and Friday November 2, 9 2018 The cost for this workshop is $80.00 which includes all sessions, light refreshments and all training materials. RIRO Resiliency Skills Training is an evidence-based, two-part program for service providers who work with children from birth to eight years. Part 1: Introduces adults to key resiliency research and skills that enhance self-regulation skills and promote a “resilient” perspective and flexible approach to handling conflict, problems and everyday challenges. Part 2: Helps adults apply the resiliency skills directly with children by: increasing their understanding of children’s thinking and behaviour supporting children’s development of seven critical abilities associated with resilience introducing child-friendly approaches using children’s literature, puppets and resilience-building activities. This workshop is hosted by the Early Childhood Community Development Centre (ECCDC).
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Healthfest 2018 9:00 am
Healthfest 2018
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Drop in to browse the room of exhibitors and grab a healthy snack. Bring the kids to enjoy some of the features in store especially for them. There will be guest speakers throughout the day. This event is hosted by Wainfleet BIC Church.
Niagara Health Expo 10:00 am
Niagara Health Expo @ Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Come to the Niagara Health Expo to connect with doctors, healthcare practitioners and wellness specialists. Visitors can meet exhibitors, ask questions, view demonstrations, try samples, participate in activities and tests, attend expert speaker sessions, and get free chances to win prizes. A 50/50 draw and a silent auction will be featured to support the Hotel Dieu Shaver Foundation. The first 100 people to enter the Expo will receive a gift bag filled with items from our event partners. The one day shop for health and wellness will cover an array of services and products, from head to toe. Get tips on prosthetics and orthotics, home health care, personal injury law, hearing aids, breast assessment, mental health, vision, dental, chiropractic, Family Doctors, COPD, fitness training and Pilates, pharmacies, naturopathic medicine, foot care, and much more. This event is hosted by Divine Media.
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Promoting Racial Justice in Health Care: How Discrimination Affects Our Mental Health 11:00 am
Promoting Racial Justice in Health Care: How Discrimination Affects Our Mental Health @ Brock University - South Block 203
Oct 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Presented by: Uppala Chandrasekera, Director of Public Policy, Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario Those of us who work in health care often believe that because we are part of a helping profession, we are immune to discrimination. Yet discrimination persists – it impacts service users, service providers, organizations and the entire health care system. This lecture will explore the causes and impacts of discrimination on mental health and identify opportunities and resources for addressing discrimination at an individual, organizational and systems level. This event is free and open to the Brock Community. Faculty and students are encouraged to attend. The Yosif Al-Hasnawi Memorial Lecture Series: Promoting Racial Justice in Health Care is named in memory of a first-year Medical Sciences student who died in the service of another in 2017. Yosif had dreams of becoming a doctor and hoped to one day make a difference in the world. This event is hosted by Brock University.
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System Mapping Webinar 11:00 am
System Mapping Webinar @ Online
Oct 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
System mapping is an essential step in rolling out a system planning approach to preventing and ending homelessness. System mapping involves a series of activities that achieve a comprehensive view of a community’s resources connected to homelessness. Specifically, system mapping includes: An up-to-date resource directory for all services available to people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in a community. Mapping of the locations of the various community resources to discern location patterns. Categorization of all programs by target population, eligibility criteria, geographical scope, service model and focus. Real-time occupancy report to show what spaces are available in services. Clear eligibility criteria, access/referral process for those looking for help. Feedback loop from clients/users of services to each of the resources. Performance indicators to track community demand and feedback on services. This webinar will provide participants with a comprehensive view of system mapping and present some on-the-ground initiatives from Lethbridge, AB and St. John’s, NWD. Lethbridge’s approach has mobilized diverse funders and service providers to create a real-time system map that connects the dots for people in need, as well as policy makers and funders. St. John’s has focused on understanding the needs and of the housing and homeless sector with a comprehensive research approach to system mapping that is unearthing significant insights into the workings of the system of care. Presenters: Dr. Alina Turner – Principal, Turner Strategies Marty Thomsen – Manager, Community Social Development, City of Lethbridge Jennifer Tipple, Performance Management Planner, End Homelessness St. John’s, NWD David French...
Enriching the CLSA with Environmental Exposure Data: The Canadian Urban Health Research Consortium (CANUE) 12:00 pm
Enriching the CLSA with Environmental Exposure Data: The Canadian Urban Health Research Consortium (CANUE) @ Online
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
This webinar will be presented by Dr. Jeffrey Brook, scientific director of CANUE, Dr. Eleanor Setton, managing director of CANUE, and Dany Doiron, data linkage specialist at CANUE, via WebEx. The Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE) is a CIHR-funded initiative, which collates and develops standardized urban environmental exposure data and links them to health databases to support environmental health research in Canada. CLSA and CANUE have collaborated to link data on air quality, neighbourhood factors, weather and climate, and greenness indicators to CLSA data on health and aging. The linked data, now available to Canadian researchers, includes estimated exposures of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone and fine particulate matter, as well as information about nighttime light, normalized difference vegetation index (i.e. greenness), health-relevant climate and weather measures, material and social deprivation indices and the Canadian Active Living Environments (i.e. walkability) index. This webinar will give an overview of CANUE and of pre-linked environmental exposure data currently available to researchers through the CLSA. The webinar will also touch on methods for expanding the breadth and quality of environmental exposures available to the CLSA and other Canadian cohorts. In collaborating with the CLSA, CANUE ultimately aims to enable research on how environmental factors affect the ways in which Canadians age and help better inform evidence-based strategies for planning healthy and age-friendly communities and cities across Canada. This webinar is hosted by the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging.
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Dress Purple Day
Dress Purple Day @ Various
Oct 24 all-day
Held during October, Child Abuse Prevention Month, Dress Purple Day is a province-wide initiative to promote awareness of the community’s role in keeping children and youth safe. Together with our local school boards and community partners, Family and Children’s Services Niagara will be encouraging everyone to Dress Purple and to post your picture on social media to show your support for the cause. October 24th is Dress Purple Day!
Fall Lecture Series: Truths and Myths About Genetically Modified Organisms 10:00 am
Fall Lecture Series: Truths and Myths About Genetically Modified Organisms @ Armenian Community Centre
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lifelong Learning Niagara offers a six week lecture series twice a year, spring and fall in a variety of academic topics to stimulate and enlighten our senior population in the Niagara Region. Speaker: Dr. Rene Van Acker, Professor and Dean, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph In Canada, farmers have been growing Genetically Modified (GM) crops for over two decades. These crops form a substantive basis of the commodities used in much of our processed food, yet many people remain skeptical or even fearful of GM crops and the technology that allows for the creation of GM crops. Dr. Van Acker will explain the history and technical details of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and will discuss fears over this technology, providing truths and dispelling myths. He will also provide a glimpse into future genetic technologies and how these might impact the future of agriculture and our food supply. This event is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.
Mental Health Outreach in Campus Residences 1:00 pm
Mental Health Outreach in Campus Residences @ Online
Oct 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Transitioning away from home for the first time and academic pressures and worries can have a significant impact on a student’s emotional and psychological well-being. Residence life provides rich opportunities for students to develop the skills needed to mature into engaged members of the campus community. In this webinar, presenters look at the residence outreach program at UOIT and Durham College that helps to raise awareness about mental health and promote wellbeing in their campus residences. This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.
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Youth & Vaping Information Session 6:00 pm
Youth & Vaping Information Session @ MacBain Community Centre - Multipurpose Room D
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Vaping among youth is an emerging issue in Niagara. Parents, teens and those who work with youth are invited to learn more about: The risks and harms of vaping among teens The latest products on the market The laws and perspective from a Tobacco Control Officer Practical tools and resources for parents Light refreshments will be provided. Register online or by email. This information session is hosted by Niagara Region Public Health.
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Durable by Design: Physical Literacy and Older Adults 9:00 am
Durable by Design: Physical Literacy and Older Adults @ Niagara Region Headquarters - Community Education Room
Oct 26 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
For the first time, there are more Canadians over the age of 65 than under the age of 15. Because Canadians are living longer, and our quality of life depends on staying physically active, developing and maintaining physical literacy can be the key to resilience – reducing the effects of falls, injuries, and illness. This half day workshop will introduce participants to a new training program designed to integrate physical literacy development into activity for older adults. The activities presented can be easily implemented by a recreation leader or health care worker. Workshop participants will be introduced to the concepts of physical literacy and encouraged to try activities that create durability. If you are a recreation leader, health care worker, exercise specialist or volunteer who care about the importance of quality programming for older adults please register for one of the free workshops offered below at Niagara Region Community Education Room, 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold. Friday, October 26, 2018: 9:00 – 1:00 Friday, November 09, 2018 12:30 – 4:30 Monday, November 19, 2018 9:00 – 1:00 Monday, November 26, 2018 12:30 – 4:30 These workshops are hosted by Sport For Life Canada.
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Niagara Leadership Summit for Women 9:00 am
Niagara Leadership Summit for Women @ Brock University
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am
The Niagara Leadership Summit for Women presents an inclusive environment to encourage and celebrate women leaders in our community and opens the conversation surrounding women’s issues in Niagara. The event is put on by the YWCA Niagara Region and Brock University. Everyone, regardless of gender, should have the courage and confidence to be the leader they are and want to be. Leadership is not about being ‘at the top’—there are leaders all around us who make a difference every day. This event offers many valuable opportunities for women leaders and allies to connect, share common goals and evaluate common challenges, and network with like-minded community leaders. This event is hosted by YWCA Niagara Region.
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Enterprise Cyber Security (Basics) Certificate
Enterprise Cyber Security (Basics) Certificate @ Online
Oct 29 all-day
Cybercrime and data thefts are on the rise. Make sure you or your company/IT team has the latest up-to-date training, to detect cyber threats, and eliminate attempts at stealing your client’s data. Just outside of the cybersecurity hub Washington D.C., Stratford University has offered degree programs since 1976. Their highly qualified professors have trained many professionals from high end security firms including the C.I.A. and F.B.I. They have created custom content for these certificates. These training certificates include 30 hours of online, instructor led training over 15 days, with zero company time off required. These certificates are offered by Spark Technical Academy.
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Not-For-Profit Governance Trends: Executive Director’s Forum of South Niagara 8:30 am
Not-For-Profit Governance Trends: Executive Director’s Forum of South Niagara @ Niagara Safety Village
Oct 30 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
The Executive Director’s Forum of South Niagara provides opportunities and solutions for building trusting working relationships, strategic alliances, collaboration as well as high level education, information and resource sharing. EDUCATION TOPIC: Not For Profit Governance Trends PRESENTER: Colleen Fleming BA, MBA, C.Dir, HRCC, Vice Chair of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, President of C. Fleming & Associates Ltd. This session will explore the current not for profit governance trends that every executive director needs to know. Colleen will present detailed information regarding “Governance – the Basics”, “Making It Work” and will allow for ample discussion and a Q&A period. You will leave with an improved understanding of governance, the role it should play within your organization and how to minimize governance hindrances. Colleen’s passion is to support nonprofit organizations to increase their impact through better governance. She has senior executive experience in two sectors. Her former roles include Senior Vice-President, Nestle Canada and President of Laura Secord. Her nonprofit experience encompasses national Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Ms. Fleming is an active volunteer and is currently the Vice Chair of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. She has held many past directorships across many sectors.
Increasing Access to Alcohol: What Are the Health and Financial Implications for Ontario? 12:00 pm
Increasing Access to Alcohol: What Are the Health and Financial Implications for Ontario? @ Online
Oct 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
What happens to people’s health and well-being when it is easier to obtain alcohol? To find out, register for this upcoming webinar. The webinar will explore the evidence of increasing the accessibility of alcohol, by looking at Canadian research and international examples. Presenters will discuss the potential implications of reducing the minimum price of alcohol and increasing the number of alcohol outlets in Ontario. Presenters will discuss implications at the provincial and local levels. Presenters include: Tim Stockwell Ph.D, Director of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) and Professor of Psychology at the University of Victoria Norman Giesbrecht PhD, Emeritus Scientist, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health​ (CAMH) and Adjunct Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto Participants will learn about: Evidence on increasing availability of alcohol by reducing minimum prices and expanding sales Implications of these changes for Ontario, including the potential health, social and financial impacts How these changes impact participants local community/context The target audience includes public health professionals, as well as agencies and stakeholders working in alcohol policy, and government decision makers, legislators and staff. This webinar is hosted by the Alcohol Policy in Ontario Community of Interest.
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Survey: Internationally Trained Professionals in Niagara
Survey: Internationally Trained Professionals in Niagara @ Online
Oct 31 all-day
Have international training, living in Niagara, and hoping to re-enter your career in Canada? Help the Welland Heritage Council & Multicultural Centre’s new program, Niagara Foreign Credential Recognition, by completing their survey during the month of October.
Fall Lecture Series: How Are the Great Lakes Doing? 10:00 am
Fall Lecture Series: How Are the Great Lakes Doing? @ Armenian Community Centre
Oct 31 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lifelong Learning Niagara offers a six week lecture series twice a year, spring and fall in a variety of academic topics to stimulate and enlighten our senior population in the Niagara Region. Speaker: Nancy Stadler-Salt, Great Lakes Coordinator, Environment and Climate Change Canada What makes the Great Lakes great? And how are the Great Lakes doing? Nancy will explain the current environmental conditions of the Great Lakes, whether conditions are getting better or worse, and how Canada and the United States go about assessing the lakes. This information is key in order to know where to put efforts to protect, restore and improve conditions and also to know what is stressing the ecosystem. This event is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.
Application Deadline: Niagara Investment in Culture Program 4:30 pm
Application Deadline: Niagara Investment in Culture Program @ Online
Oct 31 @ 4:30 pm
The Niagara Investment in Culture program promotes culture in Niagara by funding a range of innovative and collaborative projects. Applicants from the following two categories are eligible for the program: Any one of Niagara’s 12 municipalities Non-profit Niagara cultural organizations Submit your completed application form by email or mail/drop-off to Bonnie Dewar at Niagara Region (1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold).

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Introduction to Grief Intervention Over the Life Course @ Online
Oct 15 all-day

Death is an unavoidable part of life that becomes increasingly more apparent with age. It is beneficial for your practice to obtain the fundamentals of grief intervention and be equipped to address dying and death circumstances.

During this 4-week online workshop, you will be provided with a concise overview including resources, exercises and an opportunity to share so you gain comfort with the topic and insight in order to help others with confidence through death related circumstances of loss and grief.

This workshop series is hosted by the University of Toronto.

Oct
16
Tue
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Employment Help Centre
Oct 16 @ 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.

Presentation: Karen Fraser, Niagara Poverty Reduction Network

Please RSVP your attendance to flowe@employmenthelp.org.

Research and Innovation in Aging Forum: Aging, Technology and Privacy @ Online
Oct 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Apps in wearable tech such as fitbits and smart watches, and phones, are used to collect small pieces of health data such as pulse, heart rate, and regularity as well as information including what appointments (e. g. with doctors, chiropractors, physiotherapists etc) are being made and the health-related products purchased.

Like credit data, these detailed health markers could be used in algorithms, grouping users by behavioural and risk assessment parameters. All of this data could then be gathered into a ‘wellness report.’

Like credit reports, the wellness report would be susceptible to errors that could take days or months to correct and may require experts and medical tests to disprove errors. Credit reporting companies are financially supported by banks, businesses and lenders.

The wellness report would be a resource that insurers, long term care facilities, health care providers could exploit to gauge the risk associated with the provision of service.

This scoping review examines existing knowledge concerning the data currently being collected and explores novel data combinations and the risk to privacy and autonomy that these pose to older adults. Results confirm the privacy challenges of Big Data and suggest remedies that need to be explored before these usages become commonplace.

Objectives:

  • Review technology that ‘supports’ healthy aging for people aging in place and in their community
  • Discuss data collected and novel applications of that information
  • Promote the prevention of unintended and intended violations of older adult’s privacy and autonomy

This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Studies in Aging and Health.

Financial Concerns and Role of the Power of Attorney @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region invites you to attend this public forum focused on Financial Concerns and Role of the Power of Attorney.

This forum is presented by:

  • Dion McParland, Family Support Counsellor for the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
  • Bryce Murray, Heelis Little Almas & Murray LLP

Registration is required by phone (905-687-3914) or by filling out the online registration form.

This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

Oct
17
Wed
Fall Lecture Series: Music That Moves Us – From Rhythm to Social Behaviour @ Armenian Community Centre
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lifelong Learning Niagara offers a six week lecture series twice a year, spring and fall in a variety of academic topics to stimulate and enlighten our senior population in the Niagara Region.

Speaker: Dr. Laurel Trainor, Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, McMaster University; Director of LIVELab, McMaster University; Research Scientist, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Hospital, Toronto

Rhythms are powerful because their regularity enables us to predict when important information will occur next. Dr. Trainor will talk about how rhythms shape our perception, how they are processed in the brain, and how rhythm processing develops in children.

She will describe brain studies that explain why music makes us want to move in time to its beat, and show how moving in synchrony with others affects our willingness to cooperate with those people, even in infancy.

This event is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.

Working With Patients Who Use Substances: Assessment, Brief Interventions and Strategies @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Oct 17 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

This intensive 3-hour interactive educational session will focus on assessment, practical brief interventions and strategies that can be incorporated into working with patients who use substances.

This session can be attended in-person or remotely.

Presenter: Megan Hemlow, Project Manager, Mental Health and Addictions Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant Local Health Integration Network.

This session is hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team.

Dementia: Community Resources, Caregiving and Research @ Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library
Oct 17 @ 6:30 pm

The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region invites you to join a special presentation on Dementia: Community Resources, Caregiving and Research.

Come and be part of the live audience, as this presentation will be taped for YouTube.

Speakers:

  • Dr. William Brown, Professor of Neurology, McMaster University Medical School
  • Gerry Bucsis, Family Support Counsellor, Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region

This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

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