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9th Annual Hope Award Gala 6:00 pm
9th Annual Hope Award Gala @ Fallsview Casino Resort
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The 9th annual Hope Award Gala will take place on Friday, June 1st, 2018. This is the must attend event of the year in the Niagara region, with impressive sold-out crowds. In fact, more than 4,000 guests have attended the Hope Award over the past eight years. Pathstone Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s Hope Award Gala Signature guest speaker is Steven Page. As one of Canada’s most recognized artists, Page enjoyed over two decades of success as the co-founder and lead singer of The Barenaked Ladies. This popular Canadian band toured the globe, sold upwards of 14 million albums, received two Billboard Awards and six Junos along the way. Page will join The Barenaked Ladies this March as they will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. In 2011, while serving as a guest host on CBC’s “The Current,” Page acknowledged his own struggles with depression and other forms of mental illness. His intelligent, honest and candid approach to the subject has been overwhelmingly positive. Since then, Page has been in demand as a speaker on the topic. He’s addressed countless audiences, including college and university students about living well, feeling better and healing through music. Page is utterly at home onstage. Expect his keynote speech to be filled with personal stories intertwined with performances of some of his original music. The Hope Award Gala committee is also pleased to present this year’s Hope Award to the late Dianne Sheppard. Sheppard was instrumental in addressing children’s...
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Women’s Place Book Riot 4:00 pm
Women’s Place Book Riot @ Gale Centre
Jun 6 @ 4:00 pm – Jun 10 @ 5:00 pm
Join Women’s Place for the 41st annual Book Riot! Please note the new dates and location. Choose from thousands of fiction and non-fiction titles, puzzles, games, vintage books, children’s books, comics, CDs, DVDs, vinyl, rare books and more. The sale runs June 7-10 at the Gale Centre. Wednesday: 4-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday: 10 a.m-9:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Want the best selection? Join Women’s Place for the pre-sale event on June 6th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. There is a minimum $10 entry fee in support of Women’s Place. Proceeds support survivors of domestic violence in Niagara. For more information, visit http://womensplacesn.org/. Volunteer opportunities also available. This event is hosted by Women’s Place of South Niagara.
Peter Saracino Alzheimer Golf Classic 11:00 am
Peter Saracino Alzheimer Golf Classic @ Peninsula Lakes Golf & Country Club
Jun 6 @ 11:00 am
The annual Peter Saracino Alzheimer Golf Classic benefits the services of the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region. This day includes: 18 holes of golf Driving range Golfer gift Free drink on golf course Use of golf cart Lunch at Peninsula Lakes Dinner at Peninsula Lakes Wine during dinner Contests at holes Live & silent auction With your paid registration received before May 3, 2018 you will be entered to win the Early Bird Draw prize. Registration and sponsorship packages are available. Please contact Terry to register (contact information above). This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society Niagara Foundation.
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No Fixed Address
No Fixed Address @ General Motors
Jun 8 – Jun 9 all-day
YWCA Niagara Region’s signature fundraiser No Fixed Address is back! Join the YWCA on June 8/9 at General Motors and live out of your car for 24 hours! Raise awareness and funds to fight homelessness here in our own backyards. To donate, register, volunteer, or to simply learn more visit http://www.nfaniagara.com/. No Fixed Address is an event experience to raise awareness and funds to help solve the rising problem of hidden homelessness, to educate about the reasons behind those who are calling their car “home”, and to impact individuals through an experience that will inspire them to be the voice of change for the “hidden homeless.” This event is hosted by the YWCA Niagara Region.
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LDANR’s Walk With Me for LD 9:30 am
LDANR’s Walk With Me for LD @ Heartland Forest
Jun 9 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Join the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region (LDANR) for their “Walk With Me for LD” spring event! Participants will walk the trails at Heartland Forest and enjoy a BBQ. There will be lots to do for the whole family, including inflatables, games and activities with lots of fun prizes. Each child will go home with a book donated by Book Outlet. Proceeds will support LDANR’s programs and services in Niagara.
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Kids Ultimate Challenge in Support of Niagara Health Foundation 10:00 am
Kids Ultimate Challenge in Support of Niagara Health Foundation @ Burgoyne Woods Park
Jun 10 @ 10:00 am
Join the Niagara Health Foundation at Burgoyne Woods Park on Sunday, June 10th for this 6th annual day of MUD, SWEAT, & CHEERS! The Kids Ultimate Challenge is a non-competitive 1K obstacle course for children ages 4-13 who are looking for a unique experience. Each challenger will negotiate their way through a course that requires them to leap hurdles, crawl on their bellies, and even swing over a pit of mud! Registration is $30 and includes the obstacle experience, a medal at the Finish Line presented by St. Catharines Firefighters, snacks, access to the Kid’s Fun Zone, and a t-shirt! Proceeds will be directed toward the Children’s Health Unit at Niagara Health for priority patient care equipment. To register, volunteer or for more information please visit: www.kidsultimatechallenge.com This event is hosted by the Niagara Health Foundation.
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The Challenge of Choice: An Engaging Workshop on Making Insightful and Critical Decisions 6:00 pm
The Challenge of Choice: An Engaging Workshop on Making Insightful and Critical Decisions @ ECCDC - Conference Room
Jun 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Have you ever made an important decision, with total confidence, only to see it turn into a complete disaster? How can our certainty be so misleading? Your ability to make sound decisions in important matters is arguably the most valuable skill you can acquire, especially in today’s world of quick fixes and superficial solutions. In fact, without effective decision-making skills you will inevitably experience crushing disappointment. This is an engaging, interactive workshop that will take you on a fascinating journey into the inner workings of the human mind. You will discover – through first-hand experience – how decisions are really made, and why we can be most vulnerable to decisional error precisely when our confidence is at its highest. This workshop will help participants learn to: Share a common vocabulary and the common experience to making a good decision Apply the Seven Steps to making a good decision with total confidence Reflect on past decision errors and how they could have been avoided Become a more cohesive management team that will challenge each other to make better decisions The choices you make will determine the quality of your life, and rising to the challenge of choice means making “good” decisions when it really matters! The Challenge of Choice… making “good” decisions when it really matters! is a detailed workbook filled with exercises, quizzes, stories, illustrations and a step- by-step decision-making process that will lead to a good decision … every time. Registration fee of $65 includes workshop and Richard Fast’s...
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Taking Charge: New Models for Aging in Place, Designed by Seniors, for Seniors 1:00 pm
Taking Charge: New Models for Aging in Place, Designed by Seniors, for Seniors @ Online
Jun 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Taking Charge: New models for Aging in Place, Designed by Seniors, for Seniors, is a research-through-storytelling project aimed at uncovering grassroots models of seniors’ supportive living that are emerging across Canada and the United States. It employs a lead user approach to explore initiatives that address the issues of aging in place and senior social isolation, and presents a distillation of key insights and emergent principles extracted from ethnographic site visits. In this webinar you will hear four case studies: Homesharing Seniors cohousing Naturally occurring retirement communities with supportive service program (NORC-SSP) Virtual villages. Each case study includes audio documentaries of user experiences, and photographic documentation of community life. This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program.
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Early Bird Draw in Support of Hospice Niagara
Early Bird Draw in Support of Hospice Niagara
Jun 17 all-day
Tickets are now on sale for Hospice Niagara’s 5 Car Draw! Looking for a great Mother’s Day gift? How about a chance to win $1,000 cash, $10,000 cash or a brand new car? Whether it’s for Mom or you, don’t miss your chance to win. Tickets are $25 or less in a bundle. Every person with a life-limiting illness, and their family, deserve compassionate and comforting palliative care. With your help, Hospice Niagara provides no-cost residential and at-home care across Niagara. Tickets are available at Niagara branches of FirstOntario Credit Union, Meridian Credit Union, PenFinancial Credit Union or stop by The Stabler Centre, 403 Ontario St. in St. Catharines. This fundraiser is in support of Hospice Niagara.
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Senior Pride Network Niagara Meeting 2:30 pm
Senior Pride Network Niagara Meeting @ Niagara Region Headquarters
Jun 18 @ 2:30 pm
This meeting of the Senior Pride Network Niagara will be a chance to network among peers about making your program, service or residence a welcoming and safe place for older LGBTQ members, participants, residents, staff and volunteers. There will also be a presentation by Hailea Squires of Positive Living in HIV/AIDS and Aging. As AIDS is now a manageable condition, people with AIDS are living longer, seeking services in the community, moving into retirement and long term care settings, it is important for organizations to prepare to serve this population. Senior Pride Network Niagara is looking for volunteers to assist with the work of the Network. Please check your schedule and consider lending a hand. This meeting is hosted by the Senior Pride Network Niagara.
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Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region Annual General Meeting 6:30 pm
Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region Annual General Meeting @ Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village - Building B, Auditorium
Jun 19 @ 6:30 pm
The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region invites you to attend their Annual General Meeting. “Niagara EMS: Innovating to Better Address the Current & Future Needs in Niagara” All are welcome, free of charge. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.
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Family and Children Services Niagara’s 120th Annual General Meeting 5:00 pm
Family and Children Services Niagara’s 120th Annual General Meeting @ Heartland Forest
Jun 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Family and Children’s Services (FACS) Niagara invites you to attend their 120th Annual General Meeting. Reception and refreshments Presentations and remarks Youth bursary presentations Staff recognition Please RSVP by June 15th to maybeth.szilagyi@facsniagara.on.ca. This event is hosted by Family and Children’s Services Niagara.
Business of Ageing Niagara Network June Event: Combating Ageism – What Does This Mean for Your Business? 5:30 pm
Business of Ageing Niagara Network June Event: Combating Ageism – What Does This Mean for Your Business? @ Niagara College
Jun 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Business of Ageing Niagara Network (BANN), launched by AGEWORKS™ in conjunction with Niagara College, is a membership-based networking group for individuals who are interested in learning more about issues pertaining to an ageing population, age inclusiveness and targeting older adults. At this event, Pat Spadafora (Kaleidoscope Consulting and Founder & Former Executive Director of Sheridan Centre for Elder Research) speaks on how Ageism can affect your bottom line. How is ageism perpetuated through everyday language, images, jokes and advertising? How do you challenge your own attitudes towards ageism and begin to shift perceptions? How do we ensure age-friendly businesses become the norm in Niagara? Meetings will be held quarterly at Niagara College, Welland Campus on Wednesday evenings between 5:30 -7:30pm. Each meeting will have a relevant speaker/presentation topic for 30-45 minute, then 1.5-hour networking session. Refreshments will be served at each meeting. BANN will connect businesses, industry leaders and subject matter experts by providing a platform for collaboration, professional development and resource sharing relating to issues pertaining to an ageing population, age inclusiveness and the longevity economy. The network offers a forum to come together to discuss business opportunities and to share information and ideas about diversifying their markets and expanding focus to benefit older consumers and leverage age inclusiveness. This event is hosted by the Business of Ageing Niagara Network.
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Community Support Services of Niagara 18th Annual General Meeting 1:30 pm
Community Support Services of Niagara 18th Annual General Meeting @ Club Roma
Jun 21 @ 1:30 pm
Community Support Services of Niagara invites you to attend their 18th Annual General Meeting. Doors open at 1:00pm. Light refreshments to follow. Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP to Lisa Bosada, Administrative Assistant at lbosada@cssn.ca or by phone at 905-682-3800 ext. 31. This event is hosted by Community Support Services of Niagara.
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Ride Don’t Hide 8:00 am
Ride Don’t Hide @ Brock University
Jun 24 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Be a part of something bigger – join Ride Don’t Hide on June 24th, 2018. When we hide, mental health stays hidden. When we ride, we create change. Ride or walk in plain sight this year and help us raise funds to support immediate mental health services offered by Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Niagara. This year’s event will support the Safe Beds program, a voluntary, non-medical facility that offers 24/7 crisis counselling and a safe therapeutic environment for individuals to stay on a short-term basis in order to work through their crisis. This event is designed for participants of all ages, with a 5km low-intensity route located on Brock University’s campus, and more challenging 15km and 25km routes extending down Cataract Rd towards Howell’s Family Pumpkin Farm. This event is hosted by CMHA Niagara.
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Seniors Information and Active Living Fair 10:00 am
Seniors Information and Active Living Fair @ Coronation Centre
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The City of Niagara Falls and the Coronation Recreation Centre are hosting a free Seniors Information and Active Living Fair. There will be seminars, over 30 information booths, a free blood pressure clinic, free food, and a live country band.
Youth-Centred Approaches to Meaningful Engagement – Engaging Youth in Program Design & Development 11:00 am
Youth-Centred Approaches to Meaningful Engagement – Engaging Youth in Program Design & Development @ Online
Jun 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
How can we intentionally and meaningfully engage youth in the design, development, and evaluation of our programs? How can we ensure that our work is youth-centered and reflective of youth voice? Youth organizations deliver critical programs to improve youth wellbeing across Ontario. In this webinar series, discover strategies and best practices for meaningfully engaging youth in program planning (design and development) and evaluation. Part One will focus on engaging youth in program planning, and will feature YouthREX’s Stefanie Stuart, Youth Program Supports Manager, in conversation with frontline youth workers and young people. This webinar is hosted by YouthREX.
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Multiculturalism Day Celebration 10:00 am
Multiculturalism Day Celebration
Jun 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
June 27 is Canada’s Multiculturalism Day Celebration – Many Flags, Many Nations: Niagara’s Multicultural Mosaic Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre invites the community to join it in celebrating Canada’s ethnic diversity on Multiculturalism Day by producing the national flag replicas of the many communities of immigrants that have made Niagara their new home. Program starts at 10:30 a.m. with live music, interactive activities, World Cup live streaming, and a community barbecue. This event is hosted by Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre.
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Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities: The OASIS Model 1:00 pm
Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities: The OASIS Model @ Online
Jun 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Oasis is a grass-roots developed program for seniors operating out of a privately owned and operated apartment building in central Kingston. Since its inception in 2008, Oasis has rested on the philosophy that the seniors who choose to become members of Oasis have an integral role to play in determining their own programming. Oasis focuses on the social determinants of health common to all seniors, including social inclusion, physical activity, good nutrition and enhanced health and social service navigation. Recently, Oasis has gained province-wide recognition as a successful alternative housing model for older adults who often cannot afford private residential care. In this webinar, the presenter will: Review the Oasis structure and core partnerships necessary to keep it true to its mandate Describe upcoming research projects, conducted in partnership with faculty of the Queen’s School of Rehabilitation Therapy and focused on the expansion and evaluation of Oasis. This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program.
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Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

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Ride Don’t Hide @ Brock University
Jun 24 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Be a part of something bigger – join Ride Don’t Hide on June 24th, 2018.

When we hide, mental health stays hidden. When we ride, we create change. Ride or walk in plain sight this year and help us raise funds to support immediate mental health services offered by Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Niagara.

This year’s event will support the Safe Beds program, a voluntary, non-medical facility that offers 24/7 crisis counselling and a safe therapeutic environment for individuals to stay on a short-term basis in order to work through their crisis.

This event is designed for participants of all ages, with a 5km low-intensity route located on Brock University’s campus, and more challenging 15km and 25km routes extending down Cataract Rd towards Howell’s Family Pumpkin Farm.

This event is hosted by CMHA Niagara.

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Seniors Information and Active Living Fair @ Coronation Centre
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The City of Niagara Falls and the Coronation Recreation Centre are hosting a free Seniors Information and Active Living Fair.

There will be seminars, over 30 information booths, a free blood pressure clinic, free food, and a live country band.

Youth-Centred Approaches to Meaningful Engagement – Engaging Youth in Program Design & Development @ Online
Jun 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

How can we intentionally and meaningfully engage youth in the design, development, and evaluation of our programs? How can we ensure that our work is youth-centered and reflective of youth voice?

Youth organizations deliver critical programs to improve youth wellbeing across Ontario. In this webinar series, discover strategies and best practices for meaningfully engaging youth in program planning (design and development) and evaluation.

Part One will focus on engaging youth in program planning, and will feature YouthREX’s Stefanie Stuart, Youth Program Supports Manager, in conversation with frontline youth workers and young people.

This webinar is hosted by YouthREX.

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Multiculturalism Day Celebration
Jun 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

June 27 is Canada’s Multiculturalism Day Celebration – Many Flags, Many Nations: Niagara’s Multicultural Mosaic

Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre invites the community to join it in celebrating Canada’s ethnic diversity on Multiculturalism Day by producing the national flag replicas of the many communities of immigrants that have made Niagara their new home.

Program starts at 10:30 a.m. with live music, interactive activities, World Cup live streaming, and a community barbecue.

This event is hosted by Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre.

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Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities: The OASIS Model @ Online
Jun 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Oasis is a grass-roots developed program for seniors operating out of a privately owned and operated apartment building in central Kingston.

Since its inception in 2008, Oasis has rested on the philosophy that the seniors who choose to become members of Oasis have an integral role to play in determining their own programming. Oasis focuses on the social determinants of health common to all seniors, including social inclusion, physical activity, good nutrition and enhanced health and social service navigation.

Recently, Oasis has gained province-wide recognition as a successful alternative housing model for older adults who often cannot afford private residential care.

In this webinar, the presenter will:

  • Review the Oasis structure and core partnerships necessary to keep it true to its mandate
  • Describe upcoming research projects, conducted in partnership with faculty of the Queen’s School of Rehabilitation Therapy and focused on the expansion and evaluation of Oasis.

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

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Sandi Boucher – The Path @ Ramada Jordan Beacon Harborside
Jul 5 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Proud Anishnabiquek(anish-nawh-bi-kway) woman, activist, speaker, author, facilitator, most importantly mother and grandmother, Sandi Boucher, helps teach us how to decolonize our toolboxes in the minefield we call reconciliation.

Sandi has worked with Indigenous and mainstream communities across the globe, urban, rural and remote alike, to open dialogue to promote healing and awareness.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Regional Native Centre.

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Youth-Centred Approaches to Meaningful Engagement – Engaging Youth in Program Evaluation @ Online
Jul 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

How can we intentionally and meaningfully engage youth in the design, development, and evaluation of our programs? How can we ensure that our work is youth-centered and reflective of youth voice?

Youth organizations deliver critical programs to improve youth wellbeing across Ontario. In this webinar series, discover strategies and best practices for meaningfully engaging youth in program planning (design and development) and evaluation.

Part Two will focus on engaging youth in program evaluation, and will feature YouthREX’s Dr. Corliss Bean, Research & Evaluation Specialist, in conversation with frontline youth workers and young people.

This webinar is hosted by YouthREX.

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