1. Community Blog

    Let’s Work Together to Make a Smart Niagara!

    Smart Cities empower communities to address real issues through the use of data and connected technology. The Government of Canada has created the Smart City Challenge and is calling on communities across the country to bring forward their best ideas for improving the lives of their residents through innovation, data...
  2. Community Blog

    Contributing Citizens, Workers, Volunteers, Innovators and Leaders: What We Know About Older People in Niagara

    Here in Niagara, we’ve heard about our aging population, and we know that more than one-third of our population is over 55 years of age. Data in the Living in Niagara-2017 report shows that it’s time for us to address ageism in our community. We can begin by shifting our...
  3. Community Blog

    Local Volunteer Opportunities Offer Older People in Niagara a Way to Stay Healthy and Connected

    Think volunteering is just a nice thing to do for others? Think again! Volunteering can be the key to good health. Research shows volunteering can have a positive impact on social, physical and emotional wellbeing. Older people who remain active and stay connected to their community have reduced stress-related illnesses,...
  4. Community Blog

    Ages and Stages: Evaluating The Effectiveness of a New Screening and Intervention Model for Improving Outcomes Among Children in the Community

    “It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men” (Douglas, 1817). This quote is incredibly profound in its meaning. It is well known that children’s early relational experiences with their primary caregiver, particularly from conception to the third year of life, ultimately lay the foundation for development throughout...
  5. Community Blog

    Living in Niagara – 2017 Quality of Life Report Released

    On Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 350 community members attended the 16th annual Niagara Community Foundation Leaders Breakfast and helped to celebrate the launch of the Living in Niagara – 2017 quality of life report. The Living in Niagara – 2017 report aims to support evidence-informed planning in the Niagara context...
  6. Community Blog

    TRANSforming JUSTICE – Understanding Legal Issues Faced by Trans Individuals Living in Niagara and Across Ontario

    Trans is an umbrella term referring to people whose gender identity and/or gender expression is not reflected by the gender assigned to them at birth, including people with non-binary identities. Based on recent estimates, up to 1 in 200 adults may identify as trans, broadly defined. With trans people being...
  7. Community Blog

    Newcomer Data Available to Inform Niagara Planning and Decision Making

    Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre (NFAMC) is a community based non-profit charitable organization whose team of professional staff and volunteers provide vital settlement services to newcomers as they strive to create a rewarding life in Canada.  We are happy to share annual data around status, language and country of origin...
  8. Community Blog

    Age-Friendly Housing Forum: Opportunities for the Future

    Eighty-five percent of Canadians have made it clear – they want to age in place and continue to live (and thrive) the way they have lived all their lives. Central to aging in place is having access to the social and health supports to live independently as long as the...
  9. Community Blog

    Leadership Niagara Class of 2018 Choose Their Community Projects

    Anticipation was high as Leadership Niagara’s Community Leadership Program convened for the second time this year. On a warm and sunny Friday in late October, it was time for the class of 2018 to select their community project work and decide how they would positively impact the Niagara region over...
  10. Community Blog

    Leadership Niagara: A Decade of Strengthening Community Belonging

    The Leadership Niagara (LN) Community Leadership Program encourages leadership and positive change by developing the capabilities of aspiring leaders who care about the Niagara community; who understand its strengths and weaknesses; and who are willing to make a personal investment to improve quality of life. Since its inception in 2007, LN  has...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Apr
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CONNECT 2018 – Canada’s Learning and Technology Conference @ Scotiabank Convention Centre
Apr 25 – Apr 27 all-day

CONNECT 2018 is Canada’s national learning and technology conference.

CONNECT 2018 will create a unique opportunity for educators, administrators, and technology specialists to CONNECT and engage with peers from across Canada with the goal of exploring how technology can be used to enhance teaching and learning. With over 2000 educators and administrators, as well as technology industry leaders attending this year, you will have a unique and powerful opportunity to present your teaching methods and products; showcasing new, innovative, and critical thinking, teaching and learning.

This conference is hosted by the District School Board of Niagara.

Special Lecture with Journalist Sally Armstrong – Uprising: A New Age is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter @ Armenian Community Centre
Apr 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Human rights activist, journalist and award-winning author Sally Armstrong has covered stories about women and girls in zones of conflict all over the world.

Sally will share eyewitness accounts of her experiences in many of the world’s conflict zones. Focusing on the plight of women enduring repressive regimes, Sally is an advocate for the struggle to obtain basic human rights for many of the world’s poorest populations. She’ll bring news from Iraq, Afghanistan, and South Sudan.

This is a lecture you won’t want to miss. Seating is limited to 250.

This event is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.

Health Privacy Issues on Campus @ Online
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Clinical and non-clinical staff on campuses across Ontario support students while navigating and respecting their privacy on a daily basis. At times this can lead to questions and confusion.

This webinar will provide them with information on:

  • How The Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) and The Health Care Consent Act, 1996 (HCCA) apply to campuses.
  • How common campus scenarios play out play out under Ontario’s privacy and consent legislation.

Presenters:

  • Anna Tersigni Phelan (Chief Privacy, Risk, and Health Information Officer, Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington)
  • Meredith Gardiner (Director of Services, Regional, Canadian Mental Health Association)

This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.

Learn@Lunch: A Social Enterprise Story: Southridge Jam Company @ Southridge Jam Co.
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join Innovate Niagara for this upcoming learn@lunch at Southridge Jam Co.’s production facility in Vineland.

Brendon Nicholson, Program Director at the Southridge Jam Company, will share their story: how and why they started, and how they’ve grown to be the thriving social enterprise they are today. Brendon has learned about social entrepreneurship while building this enterprise and will have interesting insights to share about social entrepreneurship, its impact on the community as well as some of the challenges they have faced.

This event is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

Proactive Peer Support: Protecting and Promoting the Wellbeing of First Responders @ Online
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

During this webinar presentation, York Region Paramedic Services will highlight key features of York Region’s Paramedic Peer Support Team including the use of a dedicated peer support vehicle.

Specifically, participants will learn about why organizations should consider implementing a peer support program as a proactive way of supporting employees that may be struggling.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about practical on the ground experiences in implementing a peer support program, including:

  • key benefits;
  • success factors and challenges; and
  • tips for other organizations looking at implementing a similar model.

Guest Speaker:
John Anderson, ACP
Superintendent, York Region Paramedic Services

This webinar is hosted by York Region Paramedic Services.

Using HEIA to Advance Health Equity Among LGBTQ People @ Online
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

This webinar will describe the new LGBTQ supplement of Ontario’s Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA), which will be launched soon.

This companion to the HEIA tool, developed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO), addresses the unique needs and concerns of LGBTQ populations.

In this webinar you will explore:

  • Health disparities and specific health needs among LGBTQ populations
  • Approaches to policy and program design that take into account the needs of these communities
  • How to use HEIA to identify and prevent unintended health equity impacts on LGBTQ populations.

This webinar is hosted by the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Community of Interest.

GMOs in 2018: What’s the Latest on Biotech in our Food Systems? @ Online
Apr 25 @ 1:00 pm

Canada is the fourth largest producer of genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered) crops, and now Canadians are the first in the world to eat a genetically modified fish. What GM foods are we eating, and what’s next? What can we already conclude about the impacts and risks of GM crops and foods in Canada after twenty years?

This webinar will provide a run-down of where we are with the technology and its products, to provide food movement activists with some information and analysis to examine the present and future of GMOs.

Join the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network for a run down if the most relevant updates, and a brief response to industry’s key public relations messages including the argument that we need GM crops to feed the world. Bring your questions and issues to the table.

This webinar is hosted by Food Secure Canada.

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