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Volunteering and the Sustainable Development Goals 1:00 pm
Volunteering and the Sustainable Development Goals @ Online
Oct 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
When we look at the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that Canada and other committed to achieving by 2030, there is not a single goal that does not involve volunteers. Volunteers contribute to eliminating poverty, advocating for human rights, protecting the planet, and creating thriving and resilient communities. In 2017, Volunteer Canada began to collaborate with Employment and Social Development Canada to explore the link between volunteer activities of Canadians and the SDGs. This webinar will provide an overview of our early findings and support organizations and those who engage volunteers in examining the relevance to their missions. This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.
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Unity in the Community 11:00 am
Unity in the Community @ Westview Centre4Women
Oct 5 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Unity in the Community: A place we can ALL call our own Join the Westview Centre4Women for: Face painting Canadian cuisine Bouncy castle Bones the Dog Music Community agencies Admission is free. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the Plentiful Pantry. Come feel the culture and celebrate with the community. Bring the whole family! If you would like to represent your community agency at this event or for more information, contact Jane LaVacca (contact information above). This event is hosted by the Westview Centre4Women.
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Fundraiser Paint Party in Support of Youth Resources Niagara 6:30 pm
Fundraiser Paint Party in Support of Youth Resources Niagara @ Cardinal Lakes Golf Club
Oct 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Youth Resources Niagara invites you to their Fundraiser Paint Party at Cardinal Lakes Golf Club! No experience required. Artist/Instructor, Wendy Malowany walks you through the painting demonstrating step-by-step, but allowing you to add your own creativity too. If you prefer to use different colours or want to change things, Wendy will even help you with adaptations. A creative way to get together to relax and have fun! This event is hosted by Youth Resources Niagara.
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Nonprofit Driven 2018
Nonprofit Driven 2018 @ Metro Toronto Conference Centre, South Building
Oct 10 – Oct 11 all-day
Are you ready for some thought-provoking conversations about advancing policy efforts for Ontario’s nonprofits? Together, we’ll tap into the trends and issues, and explore opportunities and strategies to build toward a stronger sector. What you can expect: Engage with top-notch speakers and sessions on approaches to strengthen nonprofit work – from the tactical to the visionary. Join strategic dialogues on key policy areas and sector trends and issues. Create new connections with leaders like you. This event is hosted by the Ontario Nonprofit Network.
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Superhero Run for Niagara Children’s Centre 10:00 am
Superhero Run for Niagara Children’s Centre @ Brock University
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am
Now in its 4th year, Niagara Children’s Centre’s Superhero Run has become an annual tradition for kids, families and supporters of our Centre. On Sunday, October 14th, 2018, throw on your cape and join more than 600 other superheroes as we raise funds to provide therapy for children with special needs in Niagara – the smallest, yet mightiest of superheroes! Niagara Children’s Centre is recognized throughout the Niagara Region as the provider of rehabilitation and support services to children and youth with physical, developmental and communicative delays and disabilities. This event is hosted by Niagara Children’s Centre.
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The Value of Volunteering 1:00 pm
The Value of Volunteering @ Online
Oct 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
When placing a value on volunteering, it has become common place to use a wage replacement formula, multiplying the number of volunteer hours by an hourly wage (using minimum wage or industry pay rate scales) and to come up with a dollar value for the volunteer time. Others have tried to calculate the fair market value for the service provided (a tutoring session, a meal delivered, a strategic planning session facilitated). While talking about the thousands, millions, or billions of dollars worth of time or service given captures peoples’ attention, it still falls short of capturing the full story. This webinar will provide an overview of the models and tools available to measure impact, provide highlights from the Conference Board of Canada’s recent discussion paper, The Value of Volunteering, and introduce participants to the Value of Volunteering Wheel, launched during National Volunteer Week 2018. At this webinar we will: Explore different types of value generated from volunteering Describe challenges in calculating the value and impact of volunteering Identify models and tools available to help measure the impact of volunteering This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.
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Niagara Leadership Summit for Women 9:00 am
Niagara Leadership Summit for Women @ Brock University
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am
The Niagara Leadership Summit for Women presents an inclusive environment to encourage and celebrate women leaders in our community and opens the conversation surrounding women’s issues in Niagara. The event is put on by the YWCA Niagara Region and Brock University. Everyone, regardless of gender, should have the courage and confidence to be the leader they are and want to be. Leadership is not about being ‘at the top’—there are leaders all around us who make a difference every day. This event offers many valuable opportunities for women leaders and allies to connect, share common goals and evaluate common challenges, and network with like-minded community leaders. This event is hosted by YWCA Niagara Region.
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Not-For-Profit Governance Trends: Executive Director’s Forum of South Niagara 8:30 am
Not-For-Profit Governance Trends: Executive Director’s Forum of South Niagara @ Niagara Safety Village
Oct 30 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
The Executive Director’s Forum of South Niagara provides opportunities and solutions for building trusting working relationships, strategic alliances, collaboration as well as high level education, information and resource sharing. EDUCATION TOPIC: Not For Profit Governance Trends PRESENTER: Colleen Fleming BA, MBA, C.Dir, HRCC, Vice Chair of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, President of C. Fleming & Associates Ltd. This session will explore the current not for profit governance trends that every executive director needs to know. Colleen will present detailed information regarding “Governance – the Basics”, “Making It Work” and will allow for ample discussion and a Q&A period. You will leave with an improved understanding of governance, the role it should play within your organization and how to minimize governance hindrances. Colleen’s passion is to support nonprofit organizations to increase their impact through better governance. She has senior executive experience in two sectors. Her former roles include Senior Vice-President, Nestle Canada and President of Laura Secord. Her nonprofit experience encompasses national Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Ms. Fleming is an active volunteer and is currently the Vice Chair of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. She has held many past directorships across many sectors.
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Oct
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The Value of Volunteering @ Online
Oct 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

When placing a value on volunteering, it has become common place to use a wage replacement formula, multiplying the number of volunteer hours by an hourly wage (using minimum wage or industry pay rate scales) and to come up with a dollar value for the volunteer time. Others have tried to calculate the fair market value for the service provided (a tutoring session, a meal delivered, a strategic planning session facilitated). While talking about the thousands, millions, or billions of dollars worth of time or service given captures peoples’ attention, it still falls short of capturing the full story.

This webinar will provide an overview of the models and tools available to measure impact, provide highlights from the Conference Board of Canada’s recent discussion paper, The Value of Volunteering, and introduce participants to the Value of Volunteering Wheel, launched during National Volunteer Week 2018.

At this webinar we will:

  • Explore different types of value generated from volunteering
  • Describe challenges in calculating the value and impact of volunteering
  • Identify models and tools available to help measure the impact of volunteering

This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.

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Niagara Leadership Summit for Women @ Brock University
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am

The Niagara Leadership Summit for Women presents an inclusive environment to encourage and celebrate women leaders in our community and opens the conversation surrounding women’s issues in Niagara. The event is put on by the YWCA Niagara Region and Brock University.

Everyone, regardless of gender, should have the courage and confidence to be the leader they are and want to be. Leadership is not about being ‘at the top’—there are leaders all around us who make a difference every day.

This event offers many valuable opportunities for women leaders and allies to connect, share common goals and evaluate common challenges, and network with like-minded community leaders.

This event is hosted by YWCA Niagara Region.

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Not-For-Profit Governance Trends: Executive Director’s Forum of South Niagara @ Niagara Safety Village
Oct 30 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

The Executive Director’s Forum of South Niagara provides opportunities and solutions for building trusting working relationships, strategic alliances, collaboration as well as high level education, information and resource sharing.

EDUCATION TOPIC: Not For Profit Governance Trends

PRESENTER: Colleen Fleming BA, MBA, C.Dir, HRCC, Vice Chair of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, President of C. Fleming & Associates Ltd.

This session will explore the current not for profit governance trends that every executive director needs to know. Colleen will present detailed information regarding “Governance – the Basics”, “Making It Work” and will allow for ample discussion and a Q&A period. You will leave with an improved understanding of governance, the role it should play within your organization and how to minimize governance hindrances.

Colleen’s passion is to support nonprofit organizations to increase their impact through better governance. She has senior executive experience in two sectors. Her former roles include Senior Vice-President, Nestle Canada and President of Laura Secord. Her nonprofit experience encompasses national Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Ms. Fleming is an active volunteer and is currently the Vice Chair of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. She has held many past directorships across many sectors.

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Join the WAVE – Walk for Women’s Place @ Seaway Mall
Nov 3 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Surf’s up on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Seaway Mall in Welland! Join a wave of men, women, youth and children as you walk to WIPE OUT domestic violence in support of the local women’s shelters operated by Women’s Place.

Put on some beachwear, come in from the cold and join for a 5 km mall walk and beach party. By raising pledges and walking, you will be helping women and children to transition to lives free of abuse.

The event is perfect for walkers of all ages and abilities. Encourage your friends, family and coworkers to put on some sunscreen and register for this fun event!

This event is hosted by Women’s Place of South Niagara.

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Canadian Open Data Summit 2018 @ Fallsview Casino Resort
Nov 7 – Nov 9 all-day

Niagara Connects is pleased to invite you to save the date to attend the 5th annual Canadian Open Data Summit (CODS), which will be held in Niagara Falls! The Summit is THE annual event bringing together open data leaders from across Canada, to share best practices and local experiences, learn from top international experts, and grow the community strategically and collaboratively.

Opening Keynote Speaker Hillary Hartley, Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Minister of Government and Consumer Services, will focus on making it easier for people and business to interact and engage with their government through the power of digital technologies.

Confirmed panel topics include:

  • Digital Rights
  • Surprising Allies: the Open Secret of Big Business & Open Data (with participation from Dun & Bradstreet, The Weather Channel, Teranet, Thomson Reuters)
  • Community Open Data Portals
  • Open projects (open data, software, code, standards & project management tools)
  • Visualizations Driving Decisions – Part One
  • Open Data doesn’t mean Open Government or even Open Data
  • Capitalizing on Emerging Open Data Opportunities
  • Visualizations Driving Decisions – Part Two
  • Building a Pan-Canadian Framework on Open Government through intergovernmental collaboration

Annually, the Canadian Open Data Summit draws a diverse range of individuals from:

  • Government
  • Private Sector
  • Technology/Startup Community (including Civic Tech)
  • Academia
  • Non-Profit
  • Communities
  • Media

GREATER THAN THE SUM – A CELEBRATION OF COLLABORATION

2018 SUMMIT STREAMS INCLUDE:

  • Easing Collaboration: Standards, Precedents, Mutuality
  • Effective Collaboration: Impactful, Fruitful, Authentic
  • Excellent Collaboration: Innovating, Trend-Setting, Thought-Provoking

Further event information coming soon!

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Datathon 2018 @ Brock University
Nov 10 all-day

Spend the day with industry experts and learn the basics of data analytics and data visualization at one of the workshops. Workshops will include introductions to Excel, R, and Tableau.

Anybody can attend the Datathon. You don’t need any prior experience with programming or data analytics.

You will have the opportunity to learn concepts from the ground up, and those with experience will be able to further develop their skills.

Datathon 2018 is scheduled to follow the Canadian Open Data Summit (CODS) 2018, which is being held in Niagara Falls on November 7 to 9.

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Business of Ageing Niagara Network November Event @ Niagara College
Nov 21 @ 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.

Speaker: Janet Rouss, Brand Engineer, professional speaker and author of “Courage Freedom Happiness – Life Hacks from a Digital Nomad”
Topic: Making Your Work Work for You

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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