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8:30 am South Niagara Executive Director’s Forum @ A Child's World
South Niagara Executive Director’s Forum @ A Child's World
May 16 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
EDUCATION TOPIC: Key Steps to Successful Collaboration PRESENTER: Vivian Kinnaird, Dean of Business, Hospitality and Environment at Niagara College This session will explore the nature and scope of collaboration within the not-for-profit sector. The discussion will focus on different types of collaboration and the requirement for the ‘win-win’ in any partnership using examples and models that work. With the right focus, collaborative partnerships can be easy to achieve as long as the partners are willing to be open minded, take a little bit of risk and work in a new way. Vivian has over 25 years of experience in post-secondary education in Ontario and the UK as a teacher, program developer and administrator. She has an undergraduate and a Master’s Degree from the University of Waterloo and has participated in management training and development throughout her career. Vivian believes that collaboration is an important component of successful organizations and, in her work, looks for collaborative opportunities within education and with community partners to bring greater value to her students, colleagues and projects. This event is hosted by the United Way of South Niagara.
12:00 pm BIG Thinkers: Innovation in Business @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
BIG Thinkers: Innovation in Business @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
May 16 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
BIG Thinkers: Innovation in Business will bring together Niagara’s most accomplished entrepreneurs for an afternoon of inspiration, leadership, networking and community-building in Niagara. 12:00-12:45 p.m. Registration and Networking Marché Lunch 1:00-1:15 p.m. Welcome from MC Kate Carnegie of KC Media & opening remarks from Jeff Chesebrough, CEO of Innovate Niagara 1:15-2:00 p.m. Keynote Presentation by Meghan Chayka, Co-Founder of Stathletes, professional hockey’s deepest performance data & analytics company 2:15-3:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Niagara Innovators Maximizing Data Moderator: Kevin Tuer – Managing Director, Open Data Exchange Jennifer Beckage – Partner, Leader of the Data Security & Privacy Team, Phillips Lytle LLP Meghan Chayka – Co-founder, Stathletes Ransom Hawley – Founder and CEO, Caddle Bob Lytle – Founder and CEO, Rel8ed.to 3:15-4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Crossing Borders in Buffalo/Niagara Life Sciences Moderator: Barry Wright – Associate Professor, Faculty of Business; Past Chair, Niagara Health System Ryan Denomme – Founder and CEO, Nicoya Lifesciences Franck Hivert – CEO, Oculys Health Informatics Sime Pavlovic – CIO, Niagara Health System Patrick Whalen – Director, Niagara Global Tourism Institute 4:15-5:00 p.m. Networking Reception This event is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

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

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

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

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

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

BIG Thinkers: Innovation in Business @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
May 16 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

BIG Thinkers: Innovation in Business will bring together Niagara’s most accomplished entrepreneurs for an afternoon of inspiration, leadership, networking and community-building in Niagara.

12:00-12:45 p.m. Registration and Networking Marché Lunch

1:00-1:15 p.m. Welcome from MC Kate Carnegie of KC Media & opening remarks from Jeff Chesebrough, CEO of Innovate Niagara

1:15-2:00 p.m. Keynote Presentation by Meghan Chayka, Co-Founder of Stathletes, professional hockey’s deepest performance data & analytics company

2:15-3:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Niagara Innovators Maximizing Data

  • Moderator: Kevin Tuer – Managing Director, Open Data Exchange
  • Jennifer Beckage – Partner, Leader of the Data Security & Privacy Team, Phillips Lytle LLP
  • Meghan Chayka – Co-founder, Stathletes
  • Ransom Hawley – Founder and CEO, Caddle
  • Bob Lytle – Founder and CEO, Rel8ed.to

3:15-4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Crossing Borders in Buffalo/Niagara Life Sciences

  • Moderator: Barry Wright – Associate Professor, Faculty of Business; Past Chair, Niagara Health System
  • Ryan Denomme – Founder and CEO, Nicoya Lifesciences
  • Franck Hivert – CEO, Oculys Health Informatics
  • Sime Pavlovic – CIO, Niagara Health System
  • Patrick Whalen – Director, Niagara Global Tourism Institute

4:15-5:00 p.m. Networking Reception

This event is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

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The Power of Animals, Nature and Sports for Youth Mental Health @ Online
May 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The 3rd webinar in Umind’s “The Power of …” webinar series focusing on complimentary approaches to youth mental health. Hear how Ranch Ehrlo in Saskatchewan incorporates animals, nature, and sports into their work with children and youth.

The Power of… Sports: Sport Venture’s goal is simple – everyone plays. Through removing barriers to community sport and recreation activities, Sport Venture provides preventative services to help foster a sense of belonging and engagement for vulnerable children, youth and families in our community. Amanda Snell, Program Manager, will share details of the Sport Venture program.

The Power of…Animals: Amanda Snell, Youth Care Leader will discuss the goals and outcomes of Ranch Ehrlo’s Equine Assisted Learning Program.

The Power of…Nature: Kevin Mugford, Director of Residential Services at the Ranch will speak to the administrative structure of Ranch Ehrlo’s camping program, camping sites and programming available to their youth. Brittany Acorn, Unit Manager will speak to the process of creating a successful camp trip from start to finish.

This webinar is hosted by Umind.

The Gap in Health Care in Ontario: What is Needed and How That Gap Increases Falls @ Online
May 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

It’s well known that being truly healthy is very difficult if you have diseases in your mouth. Research has shown associations between oral diseases and diabetes, osteoporosis, respiratory and heart diseases, nutritional deficiencies, development of frailty, low birth weight babies and pre term births. Oral diseases and missing teeth also affect a person’s ability to get and keep employment, eat a healthy diet, socialize and live independently.

Primary oral health care is not covered by OHIP, and as a result, not everyone in Ontario has access to oral health care. Studies have found that an estimated 17 per cent of people in Ontario have not visited a dentist in the past year. The main reason is the cost. The private dentistry model is not working for everyone in Ontario. It definitely is not working for the at-risk older adult whose nutrition suffers because of inadequate oral care. The connection amongst inadequate nutrition, muscle wasting, frailty and falls is a strong quality of life issue for those on limited incomes.

In 2014, the Ontario Government made a promise to expand dental care to include low income adults. Since then, the Ontario Oral Health Alliance has led campaigns to promote the need for this to happen sooner because adults and seniors are suffering now. With over 61,000 Ontarians visiting an Emergency Room for dental related issues each year, costing the system at least $31 million dollars for nothing but the provision of a painkiller or antibiotic, the need for change is evident. With an election coming up in June, OOHA has prepared a strategy to help ensure that all parties include access to dental care for low income adults and seniors on their platforms.

This webinar is hosted by the Seniors Health Knowledge Network Fall Prevention Community of Practice.

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

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

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

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

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

This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.

Understanding the Link Between Age-Friendly and Dementia-Friendly Communities @ Online
May 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

More people are diagnosed with dementia every year. Right now there are over 230,000 people living with dementia in Ontario. That number is expected to increase to about 255,000 by 2020. People living with dementia have the right to live in their community and remain contributing members- we are all in this together!

A Dementia Friendly Community is a place where people living with dementia are: Understood, Respected, Supported, Included and have choice and control over their day-to-day lives and level of engagement. Dementia Friendly Communities is gaining momentum across the globe and thousands of Ontarians are showing their support for people living with dementia and their care partners.

Join this webinar to learn more about the Dementia Friendly Communities approach, linkages to age-friendly communities, and how to include these practices within your current work.

www.dementiafriendlyontario.ca

A resource package will be provided to participants following the event.

This event is hosted by the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program.

Alzheimer Niagara Presents, “Holding on to Mamie: My Mother, Dementia and Me” @ Mountainview Christian Reformed Church
May 17 @ 1:30 pm

A Daughter’s Memoir About Dementia

Elizabeth Murray’s poignant memoir, Holding on to Mamie: My Mother, Dementia and Me, chronicles her mother’s experience with dementia and the transformation of a once vibrant woman. As dementia took hold, Murray became the target of her mother’s increasing anger and paranoia.

“Intellectually, I knew that her disease was to blame,” Murray explains. “Emotionally, it was very difficult to accept.”

Murray’s memoir began as a personal exercise in healing; by sharing her story, she is helping others navigate their own journey with the disease.

For more information about Murray and her memoir go to www.holdingontomamie.ca.

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

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