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Dementia Education: How to Engage in Meaningful Activities 6:30 pm
Dementia Education: How to Engage in Meaningful Activities @ Niagara Health - Welland Site - Welland Hospital Boardroom
Jun 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region is offering dementia education sessions for families and care partners. Attend all or any of the four sessions. Please RSVP to Lezlie (see contact information above). 1. “Overview of Dementia“ – Thursday, May 11, 2017, 6:30 – 8:00 pm 2. “Communication Tips & Strategies“ – Thursday, May 18, 2017, 6:30 – 8:00 pm 3. “Supportive Strategies for Both of You“ – Thursday, May 25, 2017, 6:30 – 8:00 pm 4. “How to Engage in Meaningful Activities“ – Thursday, June 1, 2017, 6:30 – 8:00 pm These sessions are hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.
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Screening of the Film Over18 5:30 pm
Screening of the Film Over18 @ Scott Street Church
Jun 3 @ 5:30 pm
“9 out of 10 boys and 6 out of 10 girls are exposed to pornography before the age of 18.” (Source: Nature and Dynamics of Internet Pornography Exposure for Youth). The porn industry has taken over in a way that was never imagined possible and it has had devastating effects on even our youngest generation. Of the youth that have viewed pornography online, 94% had seen it by the age 14. (NSPCC and Middlesex University London Report) This event hopes to provide a deeper understanding of the growing epidemic of hardcore porn usage, proposes solutions for preventing exposure and addiction, and will provide resources, support and “next steps” for individuals who have struggled themselves, or find their family struggling. This event is for teens, adults, parents, teachers, and anyone who works with children and youth. This screening is hosted by Scott Street Church.
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Addressing Alcohol Misuse on Campuses 1:00 pm
Addressing Alcohol Misuse on Campuses @ Online
Jun 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Alcohol misuse is a significant health issue in Ontario, and among students on college and university campuses. Even before students leave high school, 29% of them are already engaging in hazardous drinking, and that number increases to 57% once they reach the legal drinking age. The transition from high school to college or university is a difficult process for many young people, and this new environment also presents additional risks associated with alcohol misuse. Taking action to address risky drinking on campus takes a combination of campus-level and student-level approaches. Several Ontario colleges and universities have implemented campus alcohol strategies and approaches to address campus “drinking culture”. In addition, there are several technology-delivered interventions such as smart phone applications that can help students moderate their drinking behaviors. This webinar will provide an overview of the evidence on alcohol misuse among those on college and university campuses and present two technology delivered interventions that campus health professionals can use to help students moderate their drinking. Key Learnings: Understand the scope and harms of alcohol misuse among students attending Ontario’s post-secondary institutions. Highlight a campus prevention strategy currently being used by a post-secondary institution in Ontario to address alcohol misuse. Showcase evidence-based tools to help students moderate their drinking behaviors. This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.
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Certified Trauma Integration Practitioner (CTIP) Training 9:00 am
Certified Trauma Integration Practitioner (CTIP) Training @ Attachment and Trauma Centre for Healing (ATTCH)
Jun 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The fields of attachment and trauma research and intervention are growing rapidly. It is apparent that this is an area all clinicians can benefit from training in as it crosses all sectors and populations in some manner. However, we know that it can be difficult to keep up with all of the readings and resources. As this is our area of specialization, let us share what we have learned and put into practice with you in an engaging and practical manner. This comprehensive one-day training will provide insight into current trauma, attachment, and neuroscience research ensuring an understanding of critical information and best practice strategies. This training will also help you to enhance your understanding of trauma and attachment and how this information can lead to emotional and physiological regulation, reducing meltdowns and behaviours and increased learning and awareness. Learning Objectives – Upon completion participants will have a thorough understanding of: the foundations of trauma and attachment how trauma and attachment impact the brain, body, and behaviour emotional regulation and dysregulation how to promote regulation through sensory intervention and grounding strategies how to promote integration through regulation evidence-based and best practice approaches to trauma intervention practical strategies relevant to certification stream and training level This training will be rich with research explained in a user friendly manner, practical examples, experiential activities, and opportunities for self-reflection. The supplementary readings, manual, and clinical supervision will provide gentle but growth enhancing support to ensure the participants are able to understand and apply what...
Heart Niagara’s Picnic on the Q 5:30 pm
Heart Niagara’s Picnic on the Q @ Heart Niagara
Jun 8 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Support Heart Niagara, a community that eats together is stronger. Heart Niagara would like to celebrate living in the heart of the community by hosting Picnic on the Q. The event will feature an intimately casual and jovial atmosphere, eating together, with mouth-watering food you can bring yourself or order from Queen Street business, first-rate entertainment, and a 50/50 draw. Your contribution of $120 will provide you with 6-8 chairs, a table, table covering and entertainment. A Community That Eats Together; sharing a meal is a simple, yet sacred occasion. It is a universal act that is important to building relationships within people groups. Intentionally eating together creates time and space to engage in the spiritual and intellectual levels that are unique to human beings. Sharing food cultivates community because the implications of the meal extend beyond the time of eating together. While there are other places people meet, gathering around a meal is the most accessible because if nothing else, everyone must eat. By eating together you will help raise funds for Heart Niagara and support an application to the 2018 Festival and Events grants to apply for a Guinness Book of Records for the longest picnic in 2018. This event is hosted by Heart Niagara.
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Parenting Through a Trauma-Informed Lens 1:00 pm
Parenting Through a Trauma-Informed Lens @ Attachment and Trauma Centre for Healing (ATTCH)
Jun 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This training provides transferable strategies for parents and caregivers focusing on enhancing attachment relationships and regulating the brain, mind and body of themselves and those in their care. How to engage in conscious and brain based parenting. How to create resiliency, empowerment, and healthy parent-child relationships. How to regulate your child’s behaviour using sensory strategies. To consider how your attachment experiences have shaped your current relationships. You will also be provided age specific strategies and resources to increase attachment and prevent melt-downs. The importance of caregiver wellness and strategies to promote balance. This workshop is hosted by the Attachment and Trauma Centre for Healing (ATTCH).
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Kids Ultimate Challenge
Kids Ultimate Challenge @ Burgoyne Woods Park
Jun 11 all-day
Join OneFoundation for Niagara Health for this 5th 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, food, 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 OneFoundation for Niagara Health.
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Plain Language & Clear Design Principles: How Can This Improve Health Communications? 12:00 pm
Plain Language & Clear Design Principles: How Can This Improve Health Communications? @ Online
Jun 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to: Describe how plain language and clear design improve communication in a health care or hospital setting. Understand and apply principles of plain language and clear design using before and after examples. Evaluate patient education materials for readability and clear design. This webinar will be presented by: Phyllis Mancini, Patient Education Specialist, ‎University Health Network Kristin Foster, Graphic Artist – Patient and Family Education Program, University Health Network This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care.
Integrating Technology into the Treatment of Mental Health and Substance Use Problems 3:00 pm
Integrating Technology into the Treatment of Mental Health and Substance Use Problems @ Online
Jun 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Professor Frances Kay‐Lambkin is a Senior Research Fellow with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), and Director of Translation for the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Mental Health and Substance Use, University of Newcastle, Australia. She is internationally recognized for her innovative web-based interventions for mental health and substance use disorders, and is the current President of the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions. Use this link to view the presentation on your computer: http://camh.adobeconnect.com/internetinterventions/ This webinar is hosted by CAMH.
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Working Session to Advance Implementation of the Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter 8:00 am
Working Session to Advance Implementation of the Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter @ Niagara Falls Public Library - LaMarsh Room
Jun 14 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Discussions will include: CMHA Niagara and Pathstone Mental Health Strategic Partnership Initiative stakeholder engagement processes: Conversation about summary of feedback received Embedding Charter Principles in your Strategic Planning Creating structure for learning together, through Partnerships and Shared Measurement Free parking is located at the back of the library, off Buckley Avenue (1 block east of Victoria Avenue, via Morrison Street). Please use the entrance off the parking lot, at the back of the library, as the front doors do not officially open until 9:00 am. Registration and light breakfast begins at 8:00 am. This working session is hosted by Niagara Connects.
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Health & Wellness Professional Learning Series: Strengthening Your Resiliency and Lowering Your Stress Through Mindfulness 6:30 pm
Health & Wellness Professional Learning Series: Strengthening Your Resiliency and Lowering Your Stress Through Mindfulness @ ECCDC - Community Board Room
Jun 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Are you looking for new strategies to build your personal and professional resilience? Considering new possibilities to support the management of stressors, juggling multiple priorities, and engaging in healthy practices may help to reduce illness, absenteeism from work, increase your work productivity, and facilitate your health and well-being. Participants in this session will examine the definition of resiliency; components of resiliency and strategies to build resiliency. Participants will be introduced to a new theory called Positive Acceptance and will be given practical tools for how to incorporate this type of thinking into everyday problem solving. A variety of strategies related to building a mindfulness based practice and relaxation strategies will also be shared. This workshop is hosted by the Early Childhood Community Development Centre (ECCDC).
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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, Village Centre Auditorium (Downstairs)
Jun 20 @ 6:30 pm
Join the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region for their Annual General Meeting and a special presentation by Dr. Suzanne Johnston: “A Healthier Niagara”. The Annual General Meeting will start at 6:30 pm sharp. The Special Feature Presentation “A Healthier Niagara” by Dr. Suzanne Johnston, President of Niagara Health, will begin at 8:00 pm. All are welcome, free of charge. Light refreshments will be served. This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.
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Healing the Helper: Preventing Compassion Fatigue & Self-Care 9:00 am
Healing the Helper: Preventing Compassion Fatigue & Self-Care @ Attachment and Trauma Centre for Healing (ATTCH)
Jun 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Working in a helping profession can be a very rewarding, yet it is also one that can be emotionally and physically draining. Preventing Compassion Fatigue: Self-Care for Helpers will focus on raising awareness about compassion fatigue and its symptoms as well as prevention techniques through professional and personal self-care. This workshop will review signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue along with prevention and self-care strategies. Unique issues will also be discussed inclusive of working with vulnerable sectors, at risk youth, and hard to serve populations. You will learn: How stress impacts the mind and body How to identify the warning signs symptoms of burnout and compassion fatigue How to engage in preventative care and holistic wellness to promote overall health How to evaluate and balance your experiences as a helper and as a person ensuring your career does not alter your worldview in a negative manner This is a highly sought after workshop and ideal for police officers, therapists, residential staff, nurses, caregivers, military families, child welfare staff – anyone who works in or maintains a position where they are responsible for caring for others. This workshop is hosted by the Attachment and Trauma Centre for Healing (ATTCH).
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Ride Don’t Hide
Ride Don’t Hide @ Brock University
Jun 25 all-day
Ride Don’t Hide is a family-friendly community bike ride hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), with the goal to raise awareness and help break the stigma surrounding mental health, all while raising essential funds to support mental health programs. The community event is a ride, not a race, with routes designed for riders of all ages and abilities—from novice rider to advanced cyclist. Kids under 12 ride free! This event is hosted by CMHA Niagara.
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Engaging the Power of Technology for Youth Work 2:00 pm
Engaging the Power of Technology for Youth Work @ Online
Jun 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join YouthREX for this webinar as they explore how and in what ways the youth sector could potentially leverage technology to increase access to information and resources, while also creating space for connection between stakeholders. Guest speakers Michael Furdyk (Co-Founder and Director of Technology at TakingITGlobal), Kathryn McLeod (Marketing and Innovation Lead at mindyourmind), and Jessica Valleu (Virtual Youth Outreach Worker at East Metro Youth Services in Toronto) will share how they leverage technology to work with youth. This webinar is hosted by YouthREX.
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Combating Stigma in Healthcare: What Works and Why 12:00 pm
Combating Stigma in Healthcare: What Works and Why @ Online
Jun 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Research shows stigma and discrimination in healthcare to be a major barrier to access, quality care, treatment, and recovery. Join this webinar to learn about the problem of mental illness-related stigma in healthcare and evidence-informed solutions. Since 2009, Opening Minds, the anti-stigma initiative of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), has been conducting evaluation studies of anti-stigma programs targeting various healthcare provider audiences. Join Dr. Stephanie Knaak, MHCC Research Associate, as she highlights key findings from this research, including healthcare providers’ main learning needs for stigma reduction, key ingredients for program effectiveness, successful programming models, and specific programs available for replication and sharing. Also learn about the By Health For Health Collaborative, led in partnership with MHCC and HealthCareCAN and the Declaration of Commitment to Psychological Health and Safety in Healthcare. This webinar is hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
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2nd Annual Centre de santé communautaire Golf Tournament 1:00 pm
2nd Annual Centre de santé communautaire Golf Tournament @ Thundering Waters Golf Club
Jun 30 @ 1:00 pm
Registration Includes: 18 holes with cart Full lunch and steak / chicken dinner Wine tasting $5,000 Hole in one & many other course contests Cigar bar & scotch Free swag bag with gifts and coupons Silent auction – items include four tickets for Ottawa Senator’s game, Toronto Maple Leafs’ players Meet & Greet at Thundering Waters, Air Canada prizes & sweepstakes entry (2 flights to any destination), Mont Tremblant Condo; sleep 6 for 7 nights, and more! Charitable donation tax receipts will be issued. To inquire and sign up, contact Daniel Pisani (contact information above). This event is hosted by the Centre de santé communautaire.

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Jun
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2nd Annual Centre de santé communautaire Golf Tournament @ Thundering Waters Golf Club
Jun 30 @ 1:00 pm

Registration Includes:

  • 18 holes with cart
  • Full lunch and steak / chicken dinner
  • Wine tasting
  • $5,000 Hole in one & many other course contests
  • Cigar bar & scotch
  • Free swag bag with gifts and coupons
  • Silent auction – items include four tickets for Ottawa Senator’s game, Toronto Maple Leafs’ players Meet & Greet at Thundering Waters, Air Canada prizes & sweepstakes entry (2 flights to any destination), Mont Tremblant Condo; sleep 6 for 7 nights, and more!

Charitable donation tax receipts will be issued. To inquire and sign up, contact Daniel Pisani (contact information above).

This event is hosted by the Centre de santé communautaire.

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Connections First: An Introduction to the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Jul 10 @ 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.

Designing Data Tools for Health Equity and Community Action @ Online
Jul 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Over the past decade alone, web technology has vastly increased data availability, and community innovators have created new tools for accessing, visualizing, analyzing, and sharing relevant data to advance equity-focused policies and investments.

From local tools like the Metro Atlanta Equity Atlas, which connects local leaders to timely data across eight key areas of community well-being, to national tools like Mapping Police Violence, which provides interactive maps and charts on officer-involved deaths of community members, online data tools are equipping advocates, policymakers, funders, and the public with relevant data to advance health equity and move policy across a range of issue areas.

Join this webinar, live from Portland, for a panel discussion with national leaders who are using and designing data tools to drive health equity and community action.

Featured Speakers:

  • Sarah Treuhaft, Senior Director at PolicyLink (moderator)
  • Nathaniel Smith, Founder and Chief Equity Officer/CEO of the Partnership for Southern Equity
  • Sam Sinyangwe, Co-Founder of Campaign Zero and Mapping Police Violence
  • Julia Sebastian, Research Associate at Race Forward
  • Cat Goughnour, Founder and Principal at Radix Consulting and Right 2 Root
  • Antwi Akom, Co-Founder & CEO of Streetwyze; Co-Founder of ISEEED; Professor & Founding Director of Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab UCSF & SFS

This webinar is hosted by Ecotrust and PolicyLink.

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Caregiver Wellness: Navigating Your Journey @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Jul 17 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Caregiver Wellness: Navigating Your Journey is a new 3 part series.

The first two sessions present the opportunity for care partners of persons living with dementia to reflect on their current journey, prepare for the next steps and navigate the process.

Part three will focus on keeping connected and will allow care partners to check-in with each other and as well as receive additional education.

Registration is required.

Dates:

  • July 17
  • July 31
  • August 14

These sessions are hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

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Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey Lunch & Learn @ Niagara Region Headquarters - Public Health (Room CE 101 and CE102)
Jul 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Did you know that 30% of Niagara secondary students have played drinking games in the past 4 weeks? Or that 20% of grade 7 and 8 students don’t always wear a seatbelt while in a vehicle? Find out more with Niagara’s Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey results!

During this 2-hour interactive session, you can expect:

  • A presentation highlighting the findings and trends from the 2015 data
  • To receive tools to help you share this data with your colleagues, partners and target audiences, including 11 infographics (some examples shown below) and a report
  • An opportunity to discuss ways you and your colleagues can help impact these statistics

The results will cover information about health-related behaviours, attitudes and beliefs from grades 7-12 students in Niagara. Health topics discussed will include: mental health and addictions, tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, other drug use, physical activity, healthy eating, road safety, head injuries, family and school environments.

Please RSVP to confirm your attendance with melanie.seguin@niagararegion.ca by July 4, 2017.

This lunch & learn is hosted by Niagara Region Public Health.

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World Hepatitis Day at Montebello Park @ Montebello Park
Jul 28 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Hepatitis C Care Clinic invites community members and partners to World Hepatitis Day.

Attend for:

  • Free food & refreshments
  • Live music & entertainment
  • Private testing & health testing
  • Community health fair – information displays

Community partners are invited to provide an information display to share with the residents of Niagara Region the great care and services you provide each day. For more details, contact Karen Usick (see contact information above).

This event is hosted by Niagara Health’s Hepatitis C Care Clinic.

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Deadline: NCF Mini-Grant Application @ Online
Aug 14 @ 12:00 pm

The Mini-Grants Program provides $500 grants to eligible organizations for projects that address the Foundation’s granting priorities.

This program provides a time-sensitive, streamlined and responsive process for smaller projects. This grant is not suitable for projects that have a budget exceeding $2000.

Grant-Making Priorities:

  • Addressing the issues/indicators in the Living in Niagara Report 2014, 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.

More information can be found here.

This grant is provided by the Niagara Community Foundation.

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