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Nurturing Our Roots, Bridging Our Future – Traditional PowWow 12:00 pm
Nurturing Our Roots, Bridging Our Future – Traditional PowWow @ Montebello Park
Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
In partnership with the City of St Catharines. the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and support from Celebration of Nations, Niagara Regional Native Centre is excited to be hosting it’s 4th Annual PowWow at Montebello Park this year! This free event boasts a variety of traditional crafts, foods and information. All are welcome to the Sunrise Ceremony at the Sacred Fire, Grand Entry at 12 noon followed by drumming, dancing and loads of fun! Drug & Alcohol free event, bring your own folding chair for comfort. Vendors, Sponsorship and Donations welcome. This event is hosted by the Niagara Regional Native Centre.
You Must Remember This: A Musical Journey in Support of The Hope Centre 7:00 pm
You Must Remember This: A Musical Journey in Support of The Hope Centre @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This is the second annual musical benefit concert taking you on a musical journey you don’t want to miss! There is some incredible talent performing that evening: Roger Wyatt, Peter Shea, Juliete Dunn, and Melissa-Marie Shriner. They will be playing some of music’s greatest hits from some of music’s greats themselves; The Rat Pack, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Damone, Barbara Streisand and many more. All proceeds from this event will go to support The Hope Centre’s free in-house trauma counselling service “Return 2 Hope Counselling”. In 2016, this program assisted 235 individuals from our community work through past and present traumas that have and are affecting their lives and working towards the root cause of what is causing their individual struggles with poverty and homelessness. This event is hosted by The Hope Centre.
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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
Oct 2 @ 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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Public Meeting: Niagara Falls Cultural Hub and Farmer’s Market 7:00 pm
Public Meeting: Niagara Falls Cultural Hub and Farmer’s Market @ Niagara Falls History Museum
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm
The City of Niagara Falls Culture Plan expressed the desire for cultural intensification to create a vibrant and well planned city, and called for the development of an integrated, centralized cultural asset. The Main & Ferry area presents a unique opportunity to form a cultural cluster, as described in the City’s, and Region of Niagara’s Cultural Plan, in this neighbourhood. The project will operate as a new hub for culture and community in the historic Main & Ferry area. The project space, will be a dynamic creative space dedicated to arts, cultural engagement, and farmers’ market activity with additional publicly accessible space for community gatherings. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please take a few moments to fill out the short survey online. Visit letstalk.niagarafalls.ca for more information on this exciting new initiative. This event is hosted by the City of Niagara Falls.
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Promising Practices in Youth Tobacco Cessation 9:00 am
Promising Practices in Youth Tobacco Cessation @ Niagara Falls Public Library - LaMarsh Room
Oct 4 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
The Youth Advocacy Training Institute’s training Promising Practices in Youth Tobacco Cessation provides learners with a background around youth cessation, examining what research and practice has demonstrated to be effective practice in this field. It also explores innovative and new practices for youth cessation. Register online by September 20, 2017. Food is provided. All who attend will receive a certificate of training completion. This event is hosted by Niagara Region Public Health.
Fall Lecture Series: Canadians’ Fascination with the Weather 10:00 am
Fall Lecture Series: Canadians’ Fascination with the Weather @ Armenian Community Centre
Oct 4 @ 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. Canadians’ Fascination with the Weather Presenter: David Phillips, Senior Climatologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada Why are Canadians so obsessed with the weather? David will share with you his experiences – both good and bad – about our love/hate relationship with the weather. This lecture series is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.
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The Icon, the Sceptic and the Cow: Climate Change Perception in Canada and Implications for Environmental Communication 11:00 am
The Icon, the Sceptic and the Cow: Climate Change Perception in Canada and Implications for Environmental Communication @ Brock University - Schmon Tower, Room 105
Oct 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Why, as individuals, do we not fully engage in climate change mitigation and adaptation behaviours, given the overwhelming evidence that climate change is an existential threat to the wellbeing and survival of our species? This talk by Dr. Gary Pickering considers this question within the Canadian context by highlighting recent empirical studies from his lab, and discusses the implications for effective environmental communication around climate change. Everyone is welcome to this transdisciplinary seminar. This event is hosted by Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.
Unity in the Community 11:00 am
Unity in the Community @ Westview Centre4Women
Oct 6 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Save the date for Westview Centre4Women’s Unity in the Community. This year’s event will be a Canada150 celebration: “a place we can ALL call our own”. This event will include: Canadian cuisine Face painting Bones the Ice Dog Music Bouncy castle Community service agencies Canada’s Greatest Women in History Come celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Bring the whole family! This event is hosted by Westview Centre4Women.
Small Business Month Kickoff Luncheon 11:30 am
Small Business Month Kickoff Luncheon @ Stone Mill Inn
Oct 6 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Join the GNCC for Small Business Month Kickoff Luncheon! Featuring small business success story, Diana Olsen, President & Founder, Balzac’s Coffee Roasters. Followed by the Small Business Expert Panel, helping you get the tools you need. The panel will discuss How Federal Tax Changes Will Affect Your Business? Featuring MP Vance Badawey, MP Chris Bittle. More panelists to be announced. This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.
Environmental Research and Park Management in Nunavut, Canada 12:00 pm
Environmental Research and Park Management in Nunavut, Canada @ Brock University - Schmon Tower, Room 105
Oct 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
David Beamer will present a brief overview of Nunavut Parks and what it is like to work in the environmental sector in Nunavut. He will present on some research projects that he has been associated with, and will provide an overview of research in Nunavut. David is originally from Niagara and has completed his MBA at Brock University. He has worked for Nunavut Parks and Special Places for over four years. He has held several positions and is now the Manager of Park Facilities and Operations. Everyone is welcome to this transdisciplinary seminar. This event is hosted by Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.
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Woven Words – The Meaning of Wampum Belts 2:00 pm
Woven Words – The Meaning of Wampum Belts @ Niagara Falls History Museum
Oct 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
How are Wampum Belts viewed from Haudenosaunee and Anishnabek perspectives? This workshop with acclaimed expert Rick Hill combines a lecture and a hands-on activity for the entire family. This event is part of a larger program called Reclaiming Cultural Identity. Other workshops are on October 28 and November 18. Be part of something special. This event is hosted by the Niagara Falls History Museum and Niagara Regional Native Centre.
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Youth Summit: Changing Mindset in a Changing World 10:00 am
Youth Summit: Changing Mindset in a Changing World @ Brock University
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bringing together educators, student youth, administrators, parents, and community services/organizations through workshops and keynote addresses, the Youth Summit will explore research findings, youth voice, educator impact, and parent and community engagement in Ontario schools surrounding systematic barriers in secondary education. Examining socio-economic issues and its effects on academic achievement and wellness, the Youth Summit will engage curriculum-making focused on a human rights framework. Featured Keynote Speaker: Britta B., spoken word artist, arts educator Britta B. is the featured keynote speaker for the Youth Summit and Spoken Word Showcase. Her keynote will motivate new knowledge for all participants of the summit. In addition, Britta will facilitate two creative writing and self-expression workshops for youth.
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Fall Lecture Series: Queen Victoria and Canada 10:00 am
Fall Lecture Series: Queen Victoria and Canada @ Armenian Community Centre
Oct 11 @ 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. Queen Victoria and Canada Presenter: Dr. Carolyn Harris, Historian, Author and Royal Commentator; Teacher, University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies Learn about Queen Victoria’s profound impact on Canadian history, politics and culture, plus her role as Mother of Confederation in uniting Canada in 1867. This lecture series is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.
Ontario’s Legal Framework for Cannabis and Exploring Strategies for Developing Prevention Campaigns 10:00 am
Ontario’s Legal Framework for Cannabis and Exploring Strategies for Developing Prevention Campaigns @ Online
Oct 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
With legalization of recreational cannabis on the horizon, there is concern that communicating prevention messages to youth may be more challenging than ever given the potential for further normalization society-wide. This webinar is aimed at those interested in developing health communications targeting Ontario’s youth to promote awareness about the new legal framework and prevent use/misuse of cannabis during this critical time of brain development. The audience will: Understand the key elements of Ontario’s framework for managing the federal legalization of cannabis; Learn about youth-focused prevention campaigns implemented in jurisdictions where cannabis is already legal (Colorado, Oregon, Washington); Review lessons learned from successful tobacco prevention messaging; and Discuss how these learnings, and experiences shared by attendees, can be applied to develop effective cannabis prevention messages for youth in Ontario. This webinar will include a presentation followed by an opportunity for an interactive discussion. This webinar is hosted by HC Link.
Public Meeting: Canada’s Indian Act 7:30 pm
Public Meeting: Canada’s Indian Act @ St. Catharines Public Library, Central Branch
Oct 11 @ 7:30 pm
Topic: The Indian Act, the intent, its role in the settlement process of Canada, and how and why we must collectively as Indigenous and Allied peoples work toward a vision of equity, justice, and fairness in Canada. Speaker: Darren Thomas, Lecturer on Indigenous Studies, Sir Wilfred Laurier University A Niagara District Council of Women Business Meeting will take place at 7:00pm. For more information, contact Gracia Janes (contact information above). This event is hosted by the Niagara District Council of Women.
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Newcomers and Refugees in Niagara: Community Forum 9:15 am
Newcomers and Refugees in Niagara: Community Forum @ Silver Spire United Church
Oct 12 @ 9:15 am – 4:00 pm
A day of learning and discussion about newcomers and refugees in Niagara featuring informative panels and keynote speaker, Zarqa Nawaz. Zarqa is the author of “Laughing All the Way to the Mosque” and creator of the hit CBC TV show “Little Mosque on the Prairie.” Morning panelists for On the Ground in Niagara: Jeff Burch, Executive Director of Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre Velma Lang, retired ESL teacher, LINC Language assessor and refugee sponsor Martha Mason, Executive Director of Fort Erie Multicultural Centre Moses Moini, Refugee Program Coordinator, Mennonite Central Committee Ontario Rohaina Saqib, Coordinator, Settlement Workers in Schools, YMCA Niagara The afternoon panel discussion, Local Voices, Local Stories, will feature newcomers to Niagara from China, Colombia, Syria, Yemen, and Zimbabwe. Afternoon breakout groups: Why Niagara? – consulting about Niagara Region’s new immigration portal – Dave Raymond, Region of Niagara Refugees, Settlement and Anti-Racism – discussion – Tamari Kitossa, Brock University Safe Third Country Protocol – presentation – Martha Mason – Fort Erie Multicultural Centre Empowering Women – guided discussion – Nyarai Kapisavanhu – TOES Niagara This community forum is presented by Fort Erie Multicultural Centre, Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre, Seedling for Change in History, Silver Spire United Church, Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre, and the YMCA of Niagara.
Well-Being and Aging: Understanding Our Beliefs and Experiences of Well-Being Across the Lifespan 6:00 pm
Well-Being and Aging: Understanding Our Beliefs and Experiences of Well-Being Across the Lifespan @ Brock University - David S. Howes Theatre
Oct 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Living a happy and satisfying life is among our most important personal goals. During this community information evening, Brock Psychology professor Dr. Michael Busseri will discuss different ways of thinking about and experiencing well-being across the lifespan. Dr. Busseri will also discuss his own research on individuals’ beliefs about aging and well-being – providing tips and information to help the Niagara community better understand these important issues. This event is free and open to the public. Limited seating available. This event is hosted by Brock University’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research and Growing with Brock.
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Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops: Starting Lean – Value Proposition 9:00 am
Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops: Starting Lean – Value Proposition @ Brock University - Cairns Building, Room 207
Oct 13 @ 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. Do you have an idea or a product that you would like to turn into a business? This two-part workshop series is designed to help early-stage ventures understand the Lean Startup approach and learn ways to start collecting feedback from potential customers. The tools and frameworks covered in the workshop will help you to lower the risk associated with launching your new product or business. This approach will also help new ventures to better understand how sales and marketing activities can be organized to land the first customers. This workshop is hosted by Innovate Niagara.
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Superhero Run for Niagara Children’s Centre
Superhero Run for Niagara Children’s Centre @ Brock University
Oct 15 all-day
This fun Run|Walk features 10 exciting activity stations! Help save justice using your Spiderman spidey sense, your Wonder Woman lasso or capture villains with the Justice League. Help Batman, Captain America and their friends save the day at fully accessible stations! By donating and participating in the Superhero Run, you are ensuring that the 3,300 children and their families who rely on support from Niagara Children’s Centre are helped when they need it most. This event is hosted by Niagara Children’s Centre.
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Lifespan Centre’s Senior Advisory Council: Application Deadline
Lifespan Centre’s Senior Advisory Council: Application Deadline @ Online
Oct 16 all-day
The Lifespan Centre at Brock University would like to invite local community members who are 60 years of age or over to apply to join a Seniors Advisory Council. The Seniors Advisory Council will help to provide community insight to the researchers and staff at Brock University’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research. Joining this council can provide a unique way to learn more about the research and knowledge mobilization happening at the Lifespan Centre, give you the opportunity to have your voice heard, and impact research happening in the Niagara region. Who can join? Niagara community members who are 60 years of age or older and interested in lifespan research. How to join? Please click here and fill out the application form by October 16th, 2017. Have questions? Please contact Jayne Morrish (see contact information above).
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Google Analytics for Online Fundraising 1:30 pm
Google Analytics for Online Fundraising @ Online
Oct 17 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Google Analytics is a powerful tool for understanding what’s working, and what’s not, with your online projects. It can also be used as a tool for online fundraising. If your organization has a website, as well as a web page that accepts donations, chances are it is already tracked with Google Analytics. But are you getting any insights from this powerful tool? Google Analytics generates a lot of ‘vanity metrics’ that give an illusion of progress, but don’t help you get better online results. It can also be overwhelming, filled with jargon and strange numbers that don’t make a lot of sense. A second webinar on October 19th will take a more in-depth look at Google Analytics. This webinar is hosted by the Sustainability Network.
Motivational Interviewing Application: Two-Part Training Session 4:00 pm
Motivational Interviewing Application: Two-Part Training Session @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Community Psychiatry Clinic, Group Room 2
Oct 17 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Do you have a working knowledge of Motivational Interviewing (MI) principles and would like more hands-on practice? Join Holly Raymond (Clinical Director, General Psychiatry & Addiction Service) for a two-part training session that focuses on MI application. Participants will receive a training certificate of attendance. Part 1: Tuesday October 17, 4-8 p.m. Part 2: Wednesday October 25, 5-8 p.m. Contact Alyssa DeAngelis (email address above) to register. This training session is hosted by St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.
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Breakfast & Learn: Plan the Work/Work the Plan – Reducing Costs by Leveraging 3D Scanning Technology in Industrial Applications 8:00 am
Breakfast & Learn: Plan the Work/Work the Plan – Reducing Costs by Leveraging 3D Scanning Technology in Industrial Applications @ Niagara College - Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, Room IC209
Oct 18 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
As-built documentation is crucial to the development, planning and refurbishment of industrial sites and facilities. But the challenge for existing assets is the ability to turn decades’ worth of operational information and experience from various sources and systems into ‘applicable information’. As-built documents are often incomplete, or outdated and hence unreliable. Currency and accuracy of data is critical in design environments involving: Aging Infrastructure MEC Interference Co-ordination Brownfield Facility Refurbishment Maintenance Shut-downs Strategic Facility Planning Come hear how sophisticated data acquisition technology, such as 3D Laser Scanning, can reduce your production schedule, minimize risks and improve operational efficiency. This session is hosted by Niagara College Research & Innovation.
Comprehensive Trauma Assessment 9:00 am
Comprehensive Trauma Assessment @ Attachment and Trauma Centre for Healing (ATTCH)
Oct 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
This training will provide an overview of various formal and non formal trauma assessment tools, review of administration, assessment strategies, and report writing will be reviewed. Standardized and non-standardized measures will be reviewed. Several experiential and applied components are included to ensure comprehension. This session is hosted by the Attachment and Trauma Centre for Healing (ATTCH).
Fall Lecture Series: The Northwest Passage – Tracing One Warm Line 10:00 am
Fall Lecture Series: The Northwest Passage – Tracing One Warm Line @ Armenian Community Centre
Oct 18 @ 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. The Northwest Passage: Tracing One Warm Line Presenter: David Newland, Writer, Musician and Speaker; Zodiac Driver and Expedition Host, Adventure Canada Enjoy enhanced images, video, and original songs as David describes the history of Arctic exploration; Inuit ideas of territory, community, and creative culture; and Arctic wildlife and ecology. This lecture series is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.
Recycling Centre Tour: Niagara Waste Reduction Week 11:15 am
Recycling Centre Tour: Niagara Waste Reduction Week @ Niagara Region's Recycling Centre
Oct 18 @ 11:15 am
Join Niagara Region and Niagara Recycling for a 45-minute guided tour of Niagara Region’s Recycling Centre. Learn first-hand about the machines, processes and people that sort, bale and ship your recyclables. Tours are offered at 11:15 a.m. or 1:15 p.m. For safety reasons, closed toed shoes with long pants are required. Individuals must be 10 years of age or older and be able to walk a flight of stairs to participate. This tour is hosted by Niagara Region as part of Niagara Waste Reduction Week.
Matices: “Temporary” Migration in Canada Documentary Screening 1:30 pm
Matices: “Temporary” Migration in Canada Documentary Screening @ Quest Community Health Centre
Oct 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Quest Community Health Centre is hosting a series of events for Community Health & Wellbeing Week. Do you want to learn more about what it takes to produce the fruits and vegetables you see in the grocery store? Come watch a documentary about the experience of migrant agricultural workers (MAWs) in Niagara. The screening will be followed up with a Q&A session to further discuss the barriers and obstacles MAWs face and what can be done to address them. To register for this event, please contact Erin at Quest CHC (contact information above). This screening is hosted by Quest Community Health Centre.
GO Station Area Plans Open House: Niagara Falls 5:30 pm
GO Station Area Plans Open House: Niagara Falls @ Niagara Falls Public Library - LaMarsh Room
Oct 18 @ 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.
Connecting With Care: Public Forum 6:30 pm
Connecting With Care: Public Forum @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Oct 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
A general overview of the services of the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN, formerly CCAC) and legislation on who is eligible and what is required. Presented by Tracey Schenck, Director of Patient Care for Niagara & Niagara North West. This public forum is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.
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Mobile Cancer Screening Coach 9:00 am
Mobile Cancer Screening Coach @ Quest Community Health Centre
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Quest Community Health Centre is hosting a series of events for Community Health & Wellbeing Week. Are you due for routine colon, breast or cervical cancer screening? Or are you interested in taking a tour of the mobile screening coach? Come drop by the convenient coach parked outside the centre to get as many cancer screens as you need/want completed. No appointment or referral needed. This event is hosted by Quest Community Health Centre.
Port Colborne-Welland-Pelham: Shared Learning Local Hub Sessions 9:30 am
Port Colborne-Welland-Pelham: Shared Learning Local Hub Sessions @ The Hope Centre
Oct 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Shared Learning Local Hub sessions are being held in 5 areas across Niagara for front-line community service and outreach workers to: Connect for shared learning; Share ideas and best practice information to enable client success; and Strengthen relationships concerning clients’ access to services and benefits. To be part of this session, contact Gus Cruz at gcruz@powerhouseproject.ca.
Braiding Together Indigenous Wellness, Trauma- and Gender-Informed Approaches in the Substance Use Field 12:00 pm
Braiding Together Indigenous Wellness, Trauma- and Gender-Informed Approaches in the Substance Use Field @ Online
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
This 90-minute webinar will focus on substance use responses that integrate Indigenous wellness, strength based, gender informed and trauma informed approaches. The presenters will share wisdom from initiatives that have brought trauma and gender informed practice into work with Indigenous participants. Presented by: Carol Hopkins, Executive Director, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation Renee Linklater, Manager of Aboriginal Community Engagement, CAMH Brenda Restoule, Clinical Consultant, Nipissing First Nation Health Services Dawn Lavand, Outreach Worker, The Mothering Project/Manito Ikwe Kagiikwe Tammy Rowan, Program Director, The Mothering Project/Manito Ikwe Kagiikwe This webinar is for people working in or planning substance use, health and wellness and social services. This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Excellence for Women’s Health.
Fundraising & Communications: Creating a Content Strategy for your Nonprofit Website 1:00 pm
Fundraising & Communications: Creating a Content Strategy for your Nonprofit Website @ Online
Oct 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
A website content strategy will serve as a guide for many of the decisions you’ll make. You’ll know what content you need to develop, what you can reuse or repurpose, and what content is most important. Because it creates clarity about your sites purpose, audience and the outcomes you’re seeking, a content strategy will also guide specific decisions about website design and development. During this webinar, presenters will explore the benefits (which go far beyond content planning) of creating a clearly defined and documented website content strategy. Presenters will look at: Why you need to develop your content strategy before you start any website design or development work. The elements to include in a website content strategy along with the steps involved in building one. Examples of nonprofits who have benefitted from this content-first approach. This webinar is for you if you are new to content strategy and are wondering where – and how – to start your nonprofit’s upcoming website build or redesign. This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.
Is Your Business Positioned for Success in a New, Low-Carbon Economy? 5:30 pm
Is Your Business Positioned for Success in a New, Low-Carbon Economy? @ Hilton Garden Inn
Oct 19 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
How good governance, environmental stewardship and social responsibility drive financial performance. Whether you call it ESG (environmental, social and governance performance) or sustainability, it’s the new business imperative for the 21st century. Smart, forward-looking business leaders are already benefiting by embedding sustainability into corporate strategy. And now, the impending Cap & Trade and carbon pricing programs expected in 2017 are suddenly placing sustainability into an even brighter spotlight. This workshop is hosted by the Niagara CPAO Association.
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Mobile Cancer Screening Coach 9:00 am
Mobile Cancer Screening Coach @ Quest Community Health Centre
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Quest Community Health Centre is hosting a series of events for Community Health & Wellbeing Week. Are you due for routine colon, breast or cervical cancer screening? Or are you interested in taking a tour of the mobile screening coach? Come drop by the convenient coach parked outside the centre to get as many cancer screens as you need/want completed. No appointment or referral needed. This event is hosted by Quest Community Health Centre.
Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Era of Sustainable Development Goals: Transdisciplinary Seminar Series 11:00 am
Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Era of Sustainable Development Goals: Transdisciplinary Seminar Series @ Brock University - Schmon Tower, Room 105
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dr. Ana Sanchez will present on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), which are a diverse group of 17 human and zoonotic diseases affecting the poorest people and under-served communities around the globe. Not only do NTDs flourish in conditions of poverty and lack of safe water and sanitation, they are inextricably related to systematic inequity. Due to their crosscutting effects, NTDs can serve as indicators of progress for the Sustainable Development Goals, that require an integrated response to ensure sustainable development. This event is hosted by Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.
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Niagara Book Launch – Adam Shoalts 2:00 pm
Niagara Book Launch – Adam Shoalts @ Royal Canadian Legion #613
Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #613 and Pelham Public Library present author Adam Shoalts, just back from his 5-month, 4,000 KM journey alone across Canada’s Arctic journey. The community is invited to celebrate with Adam as he launches A History of Canada in 10 Maps: The Epic, Untold Story of Canada’s Maps. Local author, explorer and adventurer Adam Shoalts recently released Alone Against the North to much acclaim. It won the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s 2016 Young Authors Award and the Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Award for northern literature. Alone Against the North spent twenty-six straight weeks on the national best-seller list, peaking at number 1 in Canada. Adam will be giving an illustrated talk. This event is free and refreshments will be served. Books are available for sale and signing. This event is hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #613 and Pelham Public Library.
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GO Station Area Plans Open House: Grimsby 5:30 pm
GO Station Area Plans Open House: Grimsby @ Grimsby Town Hall - Council Chambers
Oct 23 @ 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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Prison 101 Workshop 9:00 am
Prison 101 Workshop @ Métis Nation of Ontario
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
This is a one-day beginner-level workshop designed for front line workers and others who work with/support people that are affected by incarceration. There is a strong focus on harm reduction/overdose prevention inside corrections, and HIV/HepC healthcare for individuals who are incarcerated. You will: Learn more about the Federal and Provincial systems and how to navigate through them Learn about prison subculture and how it affects service delivery Hear from a peer speaker … and more! This workshop is hosted by Positive Living Niagara.
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session 9:30 am
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Niagara West Adult Learning Centre
Oct 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Shared Learning Local Hub sessions are being held in 5 areas across Niagara for front-line community service and outreach workers to: Connect for shared learning; Share ideas and best practice information to enable client success; and Strengthen relationships concerning clients’ access to services and benefits. Host presentation: Arlene High, Executive Director, Niagara West Adult Learning Centre There will be roundtable updates, networking, and sharing of materials and resources. To be part of this session, contact Faith Lowe at flowe@employmenthelp.org.
What You Need to Know About Canada’s Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines 2:00 pm
What You Need to Know About Canada’s Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines @ Online
Oct 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG) are an evidence-based public health tool, allowing cannabis users to modify and reduce risks for harms associated with cannabis use. The LRCUG were developed by an international team of renowned addiction and health science experts, and based on a rigorous review and expert guidelines process led by Dr. Benedikt Fischer (Nominated Principal Investigator, Ontario Node of the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse- CRISM). This webinar will: Introduce key concepts and content of Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines Discuss cannabis legalization and the possible integration of the guidelines into evolving regulatory and intervention frameworks Discuss dissemination and application of the LRCUG in a variety of settings This webinar is hosted by the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at CAMH.
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Aging in Place: Housing and Services Forum 8:30 am
Aging in Place: Housing and Services Forum @ The Ontario Paper Thorold Senior Centre
Oct 25 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
The City of Thorold Age-Friendly Community invites you to Aging in Place: A Housing and Services Forum. Agenda: 8:30 a.m.: Doors Open 8:55 a.m.: Greetings from Thorold Mayor Ted Luciani 9:00-10:00 a.m.: Housing for Older Canadians – Aging in Place and Accessible Design (CMHC – Arlene Etchen and Jamie Shipley) 10:00-10:15 a.m.: Break – Light Refreshments 10:15-10:45 a.m.: The Halton HomeShare Program (Heather Thompson) 10:45-11:00 a.m.: Thorold Non-Profit Housing – Proposed New Non-Profit Housing 11:00-11:30 a.m.: Affordable Housing for Seniors in Thorold and Niagara (Henry D’Angela) 11:30-12:15 p.m.: Services Helping Seniors Live at Home (Community Support Services of Niagara – Carrie-Lynne Sones) 12:15-1:00 p.m.: Social – Light Refreshments Seating is limited. Please RSVP by signing up at the Thorold Seniors Centre or by email (reception@thorold.com), indicating the number of attendees. This forum is hosted by the City of Thorold Age-Friendly Community.
Fall Lecture Series: The Future of Food and Beverage 10:00 am
Fall Lecture Series: The Future of Food and Beverage @ Armenian Community Centre
Oct 25 @ 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. The Future of Food and Beverage Presenter: Craig Youdale, Dean, Canadian Food and Wine Institute, Niagara College Learn what Canada’s leader in culinary, beer, wine and food science training has in store for the Niagara region, and how students are being prepared for a future in the food and beverage industry. This lecture series is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.
Building a Business Case for Employers to Actively Recruit and Retain People with Mental Illness 12:00 pm
Building a Business Case for Employers to Actively Recruit and Retain People with Mental Illness @ Online
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Tune in to this webinar to learn why recruiting aspiring workers makes good business sense. The term Aspiring Workforce describes those people who, due to mental illness, have been unable to enter the workforce, or who are in and out of the workforce due to episodic illness, or who wish to return to work after a lengthy period of illness. The Aspiring Workforce are an untapped source of labour who can play an important role in addressing urgent business needs and skills shortages. Join Rebecca Gewurtz and Margaret Oldfield from McMaster University, Emile Tompa from the Institute for Work and Health, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada as we explore the business case for hiring and retaining individuals with a mental illness. In 2013, the MHCC and key partners released The Aspiring Workforce: Employment and Income for People with Serious Mental Illness. The intent of the project was to identify existing and innovative practices that would help people living with a serious mental illness to secure and sustain meaningful employment (or sustainable income). In an effort to carry out the recommendations of the Aspiring Workforce report to eliminate barriers of employment for individuals with severe mental illness the MHCC undertook a project to understand the business case from the employer’s point of view that examines how a strategic decision to actively recruit and retain people from the Aspiring Workforce addresses urgent business needs and skill shortages. This webinar will introduce the audience to the project and some of the...
Strategies to Support the Settlement and Integration of Immigrants and Refugees with Disabilities 12:00 pm
Strategies to Support the Settlement and Integration of Immigrants and Refugees with Disabilities @ Online
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
People with disabilities, or ” long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments” as defined by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, may experience hindered participation in society. Immigrants and refugees with disabilities may experience other additional challenges. For example, with limited awareness of disability rights and resources available to them in Canada, and with differential access to resettlement resources due to attitudinal, physical and social barriers, this population may not have access to health care and psycho social support. In this webinar, Dr. Yahya El-Lahib will discuss some of the limitations, barriers and systemic challenges that affect the settlement experiences of immigrants and refugees with disabilities, along with an exploration of ways that settlement, social and health service providers can aim to improve practices in efforts to facilitate effective access to services for newcomers with disabilities. This webinar is hosted by the Refugee Mental Health Project.
Opioid Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction: Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health 1:00 pm
Opioid Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction: Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health @ Online
Oct 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
This webinar will address Ontario’s opioid crisis, overdose prevention and harm reduction strategies relevant for post-secondary students. Jean Hopkins from CMHA Ontario will be introducing a guide for overdose prevention and Naloxone, which provides an overview of the current situation in Ontario, information related to opioids, options for developing and implementing an overdose protocol, education and awareness for staff and templates for developing policies. Key learnings: Overview of Ontario’s current situation Overdose prevention Harm reduction strategies Useful resources related to overdose prevention Developing policies and protocols This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.
Building a Webstore with Shopify: E-Commerce for Beginners 6:00 pm
Building a Webstore with Shopify: E-Commerce for Beginners
Oct 25 @ 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.
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Niagara Economic Summit 7:30 am
Niagara Economic Summit @ White Oaks Resort & Spa
Oct 26 @ 7:30 am – 2:30 pm
The Niagara Economic Summit is a premier leadership event focused on exploring Niagara’s economic future. Hear from a diverse lineup of business and civic leaders helping to shape the future of Niagara. Topics of focus include: The Next 150 Years — Transformational Change (Deepak Chopra, CEO, Canada Post) Accelerating Innovation for Jobs and Growth Energy in Ontario (Matt Brunette) International Trade in the Age of Uncertainty This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.
Economic Briefing Breakfast 8:30 am
Economic Briefing Breakfast @ Lookout Point Country Club
Oct 26 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
You are invited to an informative presentation on Canadian and World Economies, presented by Leslie Preston, a Senior Economist from TD Wealth Financial Planning. Admission is free and a buffet breakfast will be served. To register, contact Gillian (contact information above). This event is hosted by the Welland/Pelham Chamber of Commerce & Port Colborne-Wainfleet Chamber of Commerce.
Indigenous Health Equity: Examining Racism as an Indigenous Social Determinant of Health 1:30 pm
Indigenous Health Equity: Examining Racism as an Indigenous Social Determinant of Health @ Online
Oct 26 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
This webinar is part of the National Indigenous Cultural Safety Learning Series. The national webinar series provides an opportunity to share knowledge; experiences and perspectives in support of collective efforts to strengthen Indigenous cultural safety in health and social services. Presenters include: Dr. Marcia Anderson and Dr. Elizabeth McGibbon This webinar is hosted by the Provincial Health Services Authority.
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Advance Level Immigration Service Access Training 9:00 am
Advance Level Immigration Service Access Training @ St. Catharines Public Library, Central Branch, Mills Room
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
This training is for service providers who work with immigrants and refugees, People Living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs), and Non-Status Individuals. The workshop will provide detailed information about the various immigration forms, the issues facing immigrants with HIV or other “medically inadmissible” conditions, how HIV factors in to a refugee claim and more. This workshop will also provide valuable connections between service providers, the HIV specialty legal clinic in Toronto and local legal professionals who are working with clients in the immigration or refugee process. To register, contact Jackie (jackie@positivelivingniagara.com) or Winnie (wmurombedzi@positivelivingniagara.com). This training is hosted by Positive Living Niagara.
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Niagara Leadership Summit for Women 9:00 am
Niagara Leadership Summit for Women
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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. 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 will offer many valuable opportunities for women leaders and allies to connect, share common goals and evaluate common challenges, and network with like-minded community leaders. The Summit will be a full day conference focused on women’s leadership; evaluating, discussing and promoting women’s leadership in Niagara.
Niagara Beadwork, Then and Now 2:00 pm
Niagara Beadwork, Then and Now @ Niagara Falls History Museum
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Find out how the Niagara Region’s Indigenous beadwork became so distinct, starting in the 19th century. Bring your beadwork and share its beauty, and be part of a hands-on, family-friendly workshop to create something new. 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 the Niagara Regional Native Centre.
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Innovation & Opportunities in Campus Mental Health: CICMH 2017 Conference
Innovation & Opportunities in Campus Mental Health: CICMH 2017 Conference @ Courtyard Marriott
Oct 30 – Oct 31 all-day
The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health’s Annual Conference is the meeting place for stakeholders in post-secondary mental health across Ontario and Canada. This annual event attracts over 200 participants, 20 exhibitors, and leaders in mental health from across the country. It offers over a dozen workshops featuring the best, promising and emerging practices in the sector. This year’s theme, Innovation & Opportunities in Campus Mental Health, will focus on how post-secondary institutions can assess the need for, design, implement and evaluate campus-wide mental health strategies. Conference streams will be structured around the key components for campus mental health strategy development: Institutional Structure: Organization, Planning and Policy Supportive, Inclusive Campus Climate and Environment Mental Health Awareness Community Capacity to Respond to Early Indications of Student Concern Self-Management Competencies and Coping Skills Accessible Mental Health Services Crisis Management This conference is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.
What’s the Role of Food in the Social Innovation Agenda? 2:00 pm
What’s the Role of Food in the Social Innovation Agenda? @ Online
Oct 30 @ 2:00 pm
As the Canadian government develops a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy, there is an exciting opportunity around what the role of food will be. This webinar will explore socially innovative food programming in schools and hospitals and ask how food can make up a major part of the social innovation agenda. How can we leverage food programs to better address social issues? Commissioned by Employment and Social Development Canada, this webinar will feed into the Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy. Have your say! In this webinar you will: Learn the basics of social innovation Hear ideas on how to build innovative programs to address complex social problems Provide your input on how the Canadian government can support innovative food programming
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Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Oct
23
Mon
GO Station Area Plans Open House: Grimsby @ Grimsby Town Hall - Council Chambers
Oct 23 @ 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:

Public feedback can be submitted online.

This open house is hosted by Niagara Region.

Oct
24
Tue
Prison 101 Workshop @ Métis Nation of Ontario
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This is a one-day beginner-level workshop designed for front line workers and others who work with/support people that are affected by incarceration. There is a strong focus on harm reduction/overdose prevention inside corrections, and HIV/HepC healthcare for individuals who are incarcerated.

You will:

  • Learn more about the Federal and Provincial systems and how to navigate through them
  • Learn about prison subculture and how it affects service delivery
  • Hear from a peer speaker … and more!

This workshop is hosted by Positive Living Niagara.

West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Niagara West Adult Learning Centre
Oct 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Shared Learning Local Hub sessions are being held in 5 areas across Niagara for front-line community service and outreach workers to:

  • Connect for shared learning;
  • Share ideas and best practice information to enable client success; and
  • Strengthen relationships concerning clients’ access to services and benefits.

Host presentation: Arlene High, Executive Director, Niagara West Adult Learning Centre

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

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

What You Need to Know About Canada’s Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines @ Online
Oct 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG) are an evidence-based public health tool, allowing cannabis users to modify and reduce risks for harms associated with cannabis use.

The LRCUG were developed by an international team of renowned addiction and health science experts, and based on a rigorous review and expert guidelines process led by Dr. Benedikt Fischer (Nominated Principal Investigator, Ontario Node of the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse- CRISM).

This webinar will:

  • Introduce key concepts and content of Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines
  • Discuss cannabis legalization and the possible integration of the guidelines into evolving regulatory and intervention frameworks
  • Discuss dissemination and application of the LRCUG in a variety of settings

This webinar is hosted by the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at CAMH.

Oct
25
Wed
Aging in Place: Housing and Services Forum @ The Ontario Paper Thorold Senior Centre
Oct 25 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

The City of Thorold Age-Friendly Community invites you to Aging in Place: A Housing and Services Forum.

Agenda:

  • 8:30 a.m.: Doors Open
  • 8:55 a.m.: Greetings from Thorold Mayor Ted Luciani
  • 9:00-10:00 a.m.: Housing for Older Canadians – Aging in Place and Accessible Design (CMHC – Arlene Etchen and Jamie Shipley)
  • 10:00-10:15 a.m.: Break – Light Refreshments
  • 10:15-10:45 a.m.: The Halton HomeShare Program (Heather Thompson)
  • 10:45-11:00 a.m.: Thorold Non-Profit Housing – Proposed New Non-Profit Housing
  • 11:00-11:30 a.m.: Affordable Housing for Seniors in Thorold and Niagara (Henry D’Angela)
  • 11:30-12:15 p.m.: Services Helping Seniors Live at Home (Community Support Services of Niagara – Carrie-Lynne Sones)
  • 12:15-1:00 p.m.: Social – Light Refreshments

Seating is limited. Please RSVP by signing up at the Thorold Seniors Centre or by email (reception@thorold.com), indicating the number of attendees.

This forum is hosted by the City of Thorold Age-Friendly Community.

Fall Lecture Series: The Future of Food and Beverage @ Armenian Community Centre
Oct 25 @ 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.

The Future of Food and Beverage

Presenter: Craig Youdale, Dean, Canadian Food and Wine Institute, Niagara College

Learn what Canada’s leader in culinary, beer, wine and food science training has in store for the Niagara region, and how students are being prepared for a future in the food and beverage industry.

This lecture series is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.

Building a Business Case for Employers to Actively Recruit and Retain People with Mental Illness @ Online
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Tune in to this webinar to learn why recruiting aspiring workers makes good business sense.

The term Aspiring Workforce describes those people who, due to mental illness, have been unable to enter the workforce, or who are in and out of the workforce due to episodic illness, or who wish to return to work after a lengthy period of illness. The Aspiring Workforce are an untapped source of labour who can play an important role in addressing urgent business needs and skills shortages.

Join Rebecca Gewurtz and Margaret Oldfield from McMaster University, Emile Tompa from the Institute for Work and Health, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada as we explore the business case for hiring and retaining individuals with a mental illness.

In 2013, the MHCC and key partners released The Aspiring Workforce: Employment and Income for People with Serious Mental Illness. The intent of the project was to identify existing and innovative practices that would help people living with a serious mental illness to secure and sustain meaningful employment (or sustainable income).

In an effort to carry out the recommendations of the Aspiring Workforce report to eliminate barriers of employment for individuals with severe mental illness the MHCC undertook a project to understand the business case from the employer’s point of view that examines how a strategic decision to actively recruit and retain people from the Aspiring Workforce addresses urgent business needs and skill shortages. This webinar will introduce the audience to the project and some of the initial findings.

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

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