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Childhood Cancer Awareness Flag Raising @ St. Catharines City Hall 9:00 am
Childhood Cancer Awareness Flag Raising @ St. Catharines City Hall @ St. Catharines City Hall
Sep 1 @ 9:00 am – 9:30 am
Please join us for a flag-raising ceremony at City Hall in St. Catharines on September 1st, at 9am with the Deputy Mayor Lori Littleton. This will be the first time St. Catharines honours Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (Going gold for September.) Retired boxer and charity fundraiser Mike Strange is planning to join us, along with Making More Miracles fundraiser Patti Bauer, whose daughter’s story and fundraising efforts have been covered previously in the Niagara region.
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The Relentless Pursuit of Better Youth Outcomes: Reimagining Youth Work in a COVID-19 Era 11:00 am
The Relentless Pursuit of Better Youth Outcomes: Reimagining Youth Work in a COVID-19 Era @ Webinar
Sep 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Youth Research and Evaluation eXchange (YouthREX) is excited to launch an interactive online conversation series on how the Ontario youth sector is adapting to shifting contexts as a result of COVID-19. When the pandemic hit, youth programs did not just pack up but continued their relentless search for ways to keep supporting better outcomes for Ontario’s youth! We will feature different youth programs and advocates to explore how they are pivoting their approaches to youth engagement, programming, and advocacy; the issues that are emerging as priorities in their work; the lessons they are learning (and unlearning); and ways they are adapting in real-time during this unprecedented period. Join us on September 2nd to hear from Stephen Lockwood, Job Placement Specialist, Abbi Lint, Youth Mentor, and a youth participant (to be announced!) from Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) in London about how they are continuing to provide services and mentorship opportunities, and how their social enterprise businesses have been impacted by the pandemic. This webinar is brought to you by Youth Research and Evaluation eXchange (YouthREX)
Peer Support Navigators: Easing Health Systems Navigation for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness in Niagara 1:00 pm
Peer Support Navigators: Easing Health Systems Navigation for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness in Niagara @ Webinar
Sep 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join us to learn how Peer Support Navigators in Niagara are helping to reduce barriers faced by people experiencing homelessness, while they are accessing hospital Emergency Departments. This webinar will be of particular interest to anyone who wants to learn about Peer Support and the prevalence and issues related to homelessness in Niagara. The Niagara HELPS partnership is excited to be spearheading a new peer initiative that involves individuals with lived experience utilizing both their compassion and knowledge of community resources. The program also assists hospital Emergency Department staff with deepening their knowledge and understanding of the experience of homelessness, and the barriers faced by this population. During this interactive webinar, Niagara HELPS Project leaders, Peer Support Navigators, and project researchers will share knowledge about: -Peer Support Programs in Niagara and beyond -HELPS Project origins and research -How project data collection will help the homeless population Presenters: Shilpee Rana, Niagara HELPS Project Coordinator, Quest Community Health Centre Dr. Rahat Hossain, Resident Physician, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto Scott Cronkwright, Niagara HELPS Project Peer Support Navigator Connection Details: All connection details will be distributed to registrants 3 days prior to this online event. This online event is brought to you by Niagara Connects
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The OYN:NA Program for Youth Ages18-30 (Registration Deadline)
The OYN:NA Program for Youth Ages18-30 (Registration Deadline)
Sep 4 all-day
The OYA:NA program is an 11-week learning opportunity that focuses on both life skills and employment skills through a holistic and cultural perspective. We have a total of 7 spots for Indigenous youth and 3 for Non-Indigenous youth between the ages of 18 and 30. Interested participants may contact the program coordinator Suliman at suliman@npaamb.ca Details: -The Oya:an program will run 4 days a week for 11 weeks -Participate in a Community Service Opportunity to impact change in your community -Earn up to $250 per week of training -Earn “Building Blocks” incentive awards -Transportation and childcare assistance may be available The registration deadline is Sept 4, 2020. The start date is September 29, 2020
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Caregiver Wellness: Let’s Talk About Driving & Dementia 10:00 am
Caregiver Wellness: Let’s Talk About Driving & Dementia @ Online
Sep 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
One of the first and toughest issues families and caregivers will face when they receive a diagnosis of dementia is the question of driving safely. Join us as we explore: – Driving skills evaluation – Deciding when to stop driving – Getting support for someone who has been asked to stop driving – Alternate transportation options in the Niagara Region This webinar is brought to you by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
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ZOOM Practice Sessions 10:00 am
ZOOM Practice Sessions @ Webinar
Sep 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Join us to test out your connection to the Zoom network and increase your comfort using the platform to connect with programs. Explore the features inside of Zoom including: -Using the chat box -Renaming your display name -Turning your video on and off -Mute and un-mute -Display options This session is brought to you by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
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Recovery Day Niagara – 2020 1:00 pm
Recovery Day Niagara – 2020 @ Online
Sep 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
September is Recovery Month in Canada. Celebrations across the nation have been bringing communities together to combat negative perceptions towards individuals in recovery since 2012. Join us September 12th, 2020 for our celebration in Niagara. Our event is going to look a bit different this year – with social distancing requirements in effect it is now more important than ever to create community. We will be gathering ONLINE this year with an amazing line-up of musicians and speakers to spread awareness and celebrate recovery from addiction. Recovery Day is about you. Your family. Your friends. Everyone you know. No one needs to suffer alone when recovery is possible and a community of support is thriving in our community. Our mission is to build awareness, challenge societal stigma, and celebrate the role that recovery plays in improving life for individuals, families, and communities. When – Saturday, September 12th 2020 Where – ONLINE via Zoom Time – 1-4 PM Zoom Link To Follow – Will be distributed closer to the date This online event is brought to you by Recovery Day Niagara – Planning Committee
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Amazing Race Niagara 2020 11:00 am
Amazing Race Niagara 2020 @ Polonia Park
Sep 13 @ 11:00 am
Based on the popular TV shows Amazing Race & Amazing Race Canada – Amazing Race Niagara is a car rally, scavenger hunt, team competition for friends, colleagues or families. It is a fun event consisting of teams of four who travel by car throughout the Niagara Region competing against each other & the clock, deciphering clues to find locations, completing various activities/challenges to receive clues for the next location. You can ‘Be a Hero for just one day’ and let children & youth and their families impacted by abuse in the Niagara region know you care. Over 90% of the funds raised from this event directly support the much-needed programs & services required to provide help, healing & support to children, youth and their families. The race will look a little different this year as we adhere to public health guidelines. The race will be a combination of physical challenges and virtual checkpoints. The event start & finish line is at Polonia Park, conveniently located at 765 York Road in Niagara-On-The-Lake ON. Minutes from the QEW and situated in a beautifully tranquil wooded area. A registration fee of $25/person includes a survivor bag for each team member, snacks, and dinner. Participants have a minimum pledge amount of $400/team to enter the Race. Register early at www.amazingraceniagara.ca This community event is brought to you by the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre
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David S. Howes Fund Grants Program-Application Deadline 12:00 pm
David S. Howes Fund Grants Program-Application Deadline @ Online
Sep 14 @ 12:00 pm
The David S. Howes Grants Program provides grants to eligible organizations providing services in Niagara. Grants from this Fund will support post-secondary, facilities, research, health-care services, education, and humanitarian issues. Grant Making Priorities -Addressing the issues/indicators in the Living in Niagara Report 2017, or, -Assisting with the development and implementation of tools and resources that would contribute to an organization’s success; including professional and organizational development and training **All applicants must have a grant consultation with the Foundation prior to applying. This must be done at least 7 days before the deadline. Further information is available by calling JoAnne Krick at the Foundation at 905-684-8688 x 23 or emailing to grants@niagaracommunityfoundation.org. This opportunity is brought to you by the Niagara Community Foundation
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Mental Health & COVID-19 Webinar Series: Stigma Reduction 9:00 am
Mental Health & COVID-19 Webinar Series: Stigma Reduction @ Webinar
Sep 15 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
After over four months of our weekly webinar series on mental health and COVID-19, the series scope will broaden to look at the most pressing and often neglected issues of mental health around the world. The webinars are designed to provide policymakers and the wider health community with the latest evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health, and practical solutions to the challenging issues we are all grappling with. Participants are encouraged to join from around the world, including those with lived experience of mental health and of COVID-19. The format is short remarks by up to 4 panelists followed by a Q&A chaired by Niall Boyce, Editor of The Lancet Psychiatry. You can see notes and recordings from previous webinars here: www.unitedgmh.org/news This series of weekly webinars are run by United for Global Mental Health, The Lancet Psychiatry, Mental Health Innovation Network, and MHPSS.net.
“West Niagara Helping Hands” Meeting 9:30 am
“West Niagara Helping Hands” Meeting @ Online
Sep 15 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
West Niagara Helping Hands is holding an online meeting as an opportunity for front-line community service and outreach workers to collaborate, share knowledge, learn, and network. Guests Melanie Heaton and Robert Salewytsch from the Region of Niagara will also be attending to discuss the new NRT OnDemand transportation project. To attend please email Diane Farrell at Employment Help office in Beamsville: dfarrell@employmenthelp.org
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September Round Table Meeting with Niagara Poverty Reduction Network 9:00 am
September Round Table Meeting with Niagara Poverty Reduction Network @ Online
Sep 16 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Just the NPRN (Niagara Poverty Reduction Network) for their online September Round Table meeting. Please RSVP using the link above as soon as possible. If you cannot attend, please do arrange for your organization to send an alternate, who can then report back to your organization regarding the meeting. (If sending an alternate, please do let us know the person’s name and contact information.) This event is brought to you by the NPRN (Niagara Poverty Reduction Network)
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BLOCKERS & ATTACKERS: Indigenous Women in Sports Leadership 11:00 am
BLOCKERS & ATTACKERS: Indigenous Women in Sports Leadership @ Online
Sep 19 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Welcome to NCNW’s inaugural event, Blockers & Attackers: Indigenous Women in Sports Leadership. This lunch webinar will take place on Saturday, September 19th from 11AM-1PM. The theme of the luncheon is Indigenous Women in Sports Leadership. We have two outstanding competitive Indigenous female athletes here to share their experiences and success stories. Our featured speaker is Waneek Horn-Miller, the first-ever Mohawk woman from Canada to compete in the Olympic games. She also won a gold medal for Canada’s water polo team among many other outstanding accomplishments. Waneek is a motivational speaker and fights against racism and unfair treatment of Indigenous athletes. Additionally, our youth guest speaker is Jessica Ghosen, a roller derby team member of the Queen City Roller Derby located in Buffalo, New York. Jessica continues to compete and win nationally on an all-star team named Lake Effect Furies. Full of passion, she has a mission to represent Indigenous women who face challenges and risks in their day-to-day lives. We know that we can count on you to help us make this event our best one yet! Your support is key in aiding a magnitude of individuals, families, and children who seek assistance through our Chapter. Thank you in advance for your contribution and support. If you have any questions, we are only a call or email away. We hope to see you at our inaugural event. This online event is brought to you by Niagara Chapter-Native Women Inc.
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The Poppy Project: Niagara Falls History Museum 1:00 pm
The Poppy Project: Niagara Falls History Museum @ Niagara Falls History Museum
Sep 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Poppy Project is a collaborative community ART PROJECT by the Niagara Falls History Museum in conjunction with Stick ‘N Needles Guild. The Museum is inviting you to work on this large scale installation of knit and crochet poppies to drape over the exterior of the Museum for Remembrance Day. Our goal is 2500 poppies by September. The public is asked to create these poppies at home or at the Museum (once it is reopened) at regularly scheduled events throughout 2020. During the current crisis, we would love to see social media posts with you making poppies #nfpoppyproject and tag the Museum. Until the museum reopens, please keep your poppies at home. We will be developing plans for drop off once the museum is back open. Members of the Stick’N Needles Guild will be on hand to help participants with the poppy patterns. Coffee, tea and yarn will be provided at these events, but please bring your own needles or hook if you have them. This event is brought to you by the Niagara Falls History Museum and the Stick’N Needles Guild
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Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Racialized Young People 9:00 am
Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Racialized Young People @ Webinar
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
This training will provide guidance to those providing mental health care to young people and their families around providing culturally competent care for diverse young people. The training will discuss various ways that young people and their families may have felt unheard or uncomfortable in mental health settings due to their racial and/or ethnic identity and will discuss approaches that practitioners can use to help decrease barriers to care for such young people and their families. This training will discuss experiences young people and their families have of oppression, racism, and structural oppression, and while the goal is to help all participants have greater comfort in dealing with these issues, participants should come willing to acknowledge the role these factors play in young people’s lives. Learning Objectives: -Participants will have a greater understanding of the barriers to mental health care faced by racialized young people and their families. -Participants will acquire strategies to engage racialized young people and their families in mental health care. -Participants will be able to identify specific struggles that racialized and underserved children and youth may face in Canada and how these might affect their mental health This webinar is brought to you by the SickKids Learning Institute.
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Senior Pride Network Hosts a Talk: LGBT People and Long-Term Care 1:30 pm
Senior Pride Network Hosts a Talk: LGBT People and Long-Term Care @ Online
Sep 26 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Senior Pride Network Niagara is pleased to present a talk by Dr Tamara Sussman of McGill University. The talk is entitled Supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusivity in long term care homes. The talk will take place on Wednesday, September 23 at 1:30 PM. It will be presented using Zoom technology. Kindly use the attached Evite to respond to this invitation. An email will be sent one week prior to the event with the Zoom link. Dr. Sussman is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Mc Gill University. Her program of research focuses on how health services and systems impact older people and their family/friends. In this talk, Dr. Sussman will present findings from a Canadian study that examined current practices in LGBT inclusivity. Strategies for overcoming obstacles and improving services for LGBT older persons in long term care will be discussed. This online event is hosted by Senior Pride Network Niagara
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Dementia Support Scavenger Hunt 1:00 pm
Dementia Support Scavenger Hunt @ Heartland Forest
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region at Heartland Forest as they explore nature trails and learn about dementia and community resources. FOR ALL AGES! WIN PRIZES! Let’s stay active, safe & engaged! This event is brought to you by Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
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Reducing Health Care Barriers for Uninsured Clients in Ontario 12:00 pm
Reducing Health Care Barriers for Uninsured Clients in Ontario @ Webinar
Sep 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Community of Interest and the Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project for their upcoming webinar, “Reducing health care barriers for uninsured clients without OHIP.” Despite our universal health care system, there are a number of reasons why someone may be living in Ontario without OHIP, the public health insurance coverage. People who are uninsured due to their immigration status face considerable barriers to health care, receive differential care, and have poorer health outcomes. As we take action to address health inequities, racism, and exclusion in our health system, it is critical that we understand and address the needs of uninsured populations. In this webinar, we will explore: -how people become uninsured -what barriers uninsured populations face in the health care system -what you can do, as an individual and organization, to support clients who do not have health coverage due to immigration status. This webinar is brought to you by the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Community of Interest and the Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project

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