1. 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...
  2. Community Blog

    Leadership Niagara Kicks-off the 2017/2018 Community Leadership Program

    With 37 participants, 4 facilitators, and 5 amazing guest speakers, the wood-laden conference room at the Niagara Falls Public Library began to hum with excitement as the clock moved closer to 9 o’clock on Friday, September 15. The first to address the new class: Leadership Niagara’s Executive Director, Shane Malcolm....
  3. Community Blog

    Facing the Truths of History, Forging a Path Together

    Be part of something special this October and November. Three events. Three Saturdays. One exciting program: Reclaiming Cultural Identity. In partnership with the Niagara Regional Native Centre the Niagara Falls History Museum is presenting workshops and talks on Wampum Belts, Indigenous Beadwork in Niagara and Creation Stories. Led by Rick...
  4. Community Blog

    Lifelong Learning Niagara: Age-Friendly Principles in Action

    Over the past decade, the global movement toward age-friendly communities has demonstrated that quality of life is influenced as much by a person’s social environment as by their physical environment. What started as a project led by a small department within Brock University, Lifelong Learning Niagara has grown to become...
  5. Community Blog

    Housing a Senior Population: The Economic and Social Benefits of Seniors in Your Community

    When communities attract and retain older residents in a diverse population mix, they gain the economic benefits as well as the social strengths of a mature population.  Understanding this helps to dispel common misconceptions about how Canada’s aging demographic will impact our health, social and economic systems. Canada Mortgage and...
  6. Community Blog

    Health Policy by the Homeless: Empowering Niagara’s Most Marginalized to Become Policymakers Through Research and Theatre

    What would happen if we engaged the most marginalized members of our community to create healthcare policy, relying on their actual lived experiences when accessing healthcare? Homeless individuals are struggling to be heard in a healthcare system that is already stretched thin. As four medical students who are training in...
  7. Community Blog

    2017 Cost of Living and Living Wage Calculations for Niagara Region and a New Opportunity for Niagara Employers to Become Living Wage Certified

    The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network (NPRN) has recently released the 2017 Cost of Living in Niagara Region and 2017 Living Wage for Niagara Region calculations, updating its 2016 calculations. With the annual cost of household living expenses for a Niagara region family of four conservatively pegged at over $71,000, the...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Oct
23
Mon
GO Station Area Plans Open House: Grimsby @ Grimsby Town Hall - Council Chambers
Oct 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Niagara Region is holding a series of Open Houses to give residents the opportunity to review and ask questions about land use plans (Secondary Plans) that will guide development for the areas surrounding Niagara’s four proposed GO Train station sites.

The draft Secondary Plans were developed with resident input and provide a planning framework to guide future transit-oriented development and redevelopment in and around GO Station areas. The plans provide policy direction on land use, scale of development, and improvements to infrastructure required to accommodate future growth within the station areas.

Public Open Houses will take place on the following dates:

Public feedback can be submitted online.

This open house is hosted by Niagara Region.

Oct
24
Tue
Prison 101 Workshop @ Métis Nation of Ontario
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This is a one-day beginner-level workshop designed for front line workers and others who work with/support people that are affected by incarceration. There is a strong focus on harm reduction/overdose prevention inside corrections, and HIV/HepC healthcare for individuals who are incarcerated.

You will:

  • Learn more about the Federal and Provincial systems and how to navigate through them
  • Learn about prison subculture and how it affects service delivery
  • Hear from a peer speaker … and more!

This workshop is hosted by Positive Living Niagara.

West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Niagara West Adult Learning Centre
Oct 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Shared Learning Local Hub sessions are being held in 5 areas across Niagara for front-line community service and outreach workers to:

  • Connect for shared learning;
  • Share ideas and best practice information to enable client success; and
  • Strengthen relationships concerning clients’ access to services and benefits.

Host presentation: Arlene High, Executive Director, Niagara West Adult Learning Centre

There will be roundtable updates, networking, and sharing of materials and resources.

To be part of this session, contact Faith Lowe at flowe@employmenthelp.org.

What You Need to Know About Canada’s Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines @ Online
Oct 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG) are an evidence-based public health tool, allowing cannabis users to modify and reduce risks for harms associated with cannabis use.

The LRCUG were developed by an international team of renowned addiction and health science experts, and based on a rigorous review and expert guidelines process led by Dr. Benedikt Fischer (Nominated Principal Investigator, Ontario Node of the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse- CRISM).

This webinar will:

  • Introduce key concepts and content of Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines
  • Discuss cannabis legalization and the possible integration of the guidelines into evolving regulatory and intervention frameworks
  • Discuss dissemination and application of the LRCUG in a variety of settings

This webinar is hosted by the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at CAMH.

Oct
25
Wed
Aging in Place: Housing and Services Forum @ The Ontario Paper Thorold Senior Centre
Oct 25 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

The City of Thorold Age-Friendly Community invites you to Aging in Place: A Housing and Services Forum.

Agenda:

  • 8:30 a.m.: Doors Open
  • 8:55 a.m.: Greetings from Thorold Mayor Ted Luciani
  • 9:00-10:00 a.m.: Housing for Older Canadians – Aging in Place and Accessible Design (CMHC – Arlene Etchen and Jamie Shipley)
  • 10:00-10:15 a.m.: Break – Light Refreshments
  • 10:15-10:45 a.m.: The Halton HomeShare Program (Heather Thompson)
  • 10:45-11:00 a.m.: Thorold Non-Profit Housing – Proposed New Non-Profit Housing
  • 11:00-11:30 a.m.: Affordable Housing for Seniors in Thorold and Niagara (Henry D’Angela)
  • 11:30-12:15 p.m.: Services Helping Seniors Live at Home (Community Support Services of Niagara – Carrie-Lynne Sones)
  • 12:15-1:00 p.m.: Social – Light Refreshments

Seating is limited. Please RSVP by signing up at the Thorold Seniors Centre or by email (reception@thorold.com), indicating the number of attendees.

This forum is hosted by the City of Thorold Age-Friendly Community.

Fall Lecture Series: The Future of Food and Beverage @ Armenian Community Centre
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lifelong Learning Niagara is a third age learning organization providing learning programs and experiences for adults 50+ living in the Niagara region.

The Future of Food and Beverage

Presenter: Craig Youdale, Dean, Canadian Food and Wine Institute, Niagara College

Learn what Canada’s leader in culinary, beer, wine and food science training has in store for the Niagara region, and how students are being prepared for a future in the food and beverage industry.

This lecture series is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.

Building a Business Case for Employers to Actively Recruit and Retain People with Mental Illness @ Online
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Tune in to this webinar to learn why recruiting aspiring workers makes good business sense.

The term Aspiring Workforce describes those people who, due to mental illness, have been unable to enter the workforce, or who are in and out of the workforce due to episodic illness, or who wish to return to work after a lengthy period of illness. The Aspiring Workforce are an untapped source of labour who can play an important role in addressing urgent business needs and skills shortages.

Join Rebecca Gewurtz and Margaret Oldfield from McMaster University, Emile Tompa from the Institute for Work and Health, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada as we explore the business case for hiring and retaining individuals with a mental illness.

In 2013, the MHCC and key partners released The Aspiring Workforce: Employment and Income for People with Serious Mental Illness. The intent of the project was to identify existing and innovative practices that would help people living with a serious mental illness to secure and sustain meaningful employment (or sustainable income).

In an effort to carry out the recommendations of the Aspiring Workforce report to eliminate barriers of employment for individuals with severe mental illness the MHCC undertook a project to understand the business case from the employer’s point of view that examines how a strategic decision to actively recruit and retain people from the Aspiring Workforce addresses urgent business needs and skill shortages. This webinar will introduce the audience to the project and some of the initial findings.

This webinar is hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

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