1. Community Blog

    Leadership Niagara Hosts Information Sessions for Upcoming Development Program

    Leadership Niagara is accepting applications for its upcoming Community Leadership Program, which starts in September. Every year, approximately 35 participants enroll in a 9-month experiential leadership development program that helps them unlock their professional and personal leadership potential by developing their individual styles and skills. During the course of the...
  2. Community Blog

    Getting Hard Data in Niagara on the Hard Truth of Employment Uncertainty

    “Everybody knows” that work is increasingly unpredictable and low-paying for many members of our community. However, a certain percentage of the labour force has always been faced with these challenges. To truly understand how things have changed, and the types of fresh solutions required, actual current data regarding precarious employment...
  3. Community Blog

    Building True Partnerships in Niagara: Gaining Courage to Address the ‘Elephants in the Room’

    Engaged partners communicate, contribute and are proactive. True partnerships offer opportunities to share expertise and resources; innovatively address complex issues; build referral pathways; and fill gaps in programs and services. These are among the lessons learned by 57 people from 44 organizations participating in the May 9, 2017 True Partnerships...
  4. Community Blog

    Language Interpretation Services Trained to Work with Vulnerable Populations in Niagara & Hamilton

    INCommunities (formerly known as Information Niagara) is a leader in connecting residents of Niagara and surrounding areas to essential human services. With geopolitical trends indicating higher numbers of refugees and immigrants assimilating to new cultural environments, demand for providing service to non-English speakers and those with limited-English proficiency is increasing....
  5. Community Blog

    Food Systems in Niagara Network: Seizing Opportunities for Action

    26 people from 16 organizations attended a working session on April 20, 2017: Building a Food Systems Network for Niagara. Participants expressed strong support for developing a charter-like food systems framework for Niagara. Examining proven models that work in other communities is seen as an important next step. The April...
  6. Community Blog

    Niagara Dental Health Coalition Region-Wide Survey Results and Implications

    The Niagara Dental Health Coalition recently conducted a survey to identify barriers to accessing dental care in Niagara region for adults 18 and over. The Coalition had heard anecdotally from local health and social service agencies that they frequently encounter people across Niagara region who face challenges accessing dental care....
  7. Community Blog

    Take 15 Minutes to Help Draw the Picture of How Data is Being Used Every Day in Niagara

    Data helps us to explore patterns and trends to strengthen planning and see opportunities in Niagara differently, through the lens of relevant, reliable evidence. The Data and Knowledge Niagara Reference Group designed a Data in Niagara Inventory survey to draw a picture of the data continuum in Niagara. You are invited...
  8. Community Blog

    Start a Summer Company: How Students Can Get Money and Advice to Run a Summer Business

    Learning how to run your own student business is one of the best summer jobs you can have. You get to be your own boss while learning what it takes to manage a business. If you are a student with an idea, the Summer Company program can help you by providing...
  9. Community Blog

    Curiosity and Continuous Strategic Thinking: Essential Elements for Agency Survival (Part 4)

    “My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.” “Curiouser and curiouser!” —Alice in Wonderland Curiosity killed the cat? Not really. The original old English phrase has been...
  10. Community Blog

    Strategic Thinking: Where Would We Like to Be? (Part 3)

    “She generally gave herself very good advice (though she very seldom followed it), and sometimes she scolded herself so severely as to bring tears into her eyes” Occasionally staff have asked me: “How do you know what is going to happen? You seem to have a knack for understanding where...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Jun
30
Fri
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.

Jul
10
Mon
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.

Jul
12
Wed
Learn @ Lunch: Quickbooks Desktop Basics 101 @ The Generator at One - 3rd Floor Suite A301
Jul 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join Innovate Niagara for lunch and learn how to set up Quickbooks for your small business!

Angie Tellier will be covering the following on the Quickbooks Desktop Module:

  • Company Set-Up
  • Setting up Chart of Accounts
  • Recording Purchases and Sales
  • Tracking Accounts Receivable
  • Tracking Accounts Payable

This seminar is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

Jul
17
Mon
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.

Your Library Just Got Bigger – LiNC Information Session @ Pelham Public Library - Fonthill Branch
Jul 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Your library just got bigger! Learn more about what LiNC (the Libraries in Niagara Cooperative) is, how you can benefit from it and how to use it.

A second session will be held on July 19 from 7-8 in Fenwick.

This information session is hosted by the Pelham Public Library.

Jul
18
Tue
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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