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 Training Day.

Strengthening our ability to identify and engage in true partnerships is a priority for the work of the Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter; the South Niagara EDs’ Forum; and #Rethink Niagara: Taking a Systems Approach to Investing in People.

The training day was hosted by Niagara Connects, in partnership with the United Ways in the Niagara region; the Niagara Community Foundation; and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Enette Pauze of Level 8 Leadership Institute facilitated the group’s understanding of Value-Based Partnership principles.

Click here to download a one-page summary of what participants learned, and their priorities for next steps. Plans are underway to bring Enette back to Niagara, for a half-day training session focusing on:

Please reach out to us if you’d like to learn more.

Mary Wiley,
Executive Director,
Niagara Connects
ed@niagaraconnects.ca

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Aug
23
Wed
OTF Workshop: Capital Investment Stream @ St. Catharines Museum, Lockview Lounge
Aug 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

You are invited to a two-and-a-half hour workshop presented by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) that focuses on OTF’s popular Capital Investment Stream.

If your organization is planning a project to improve your community space with a capital improvement (such as a renovation, new building, equipment purchase, etc.), then this workshop is for you!

This workshop will offer concrete ways to build an effective Capital project and a strong OTF application “from the ground up”.

The deadline for the Capital Investment Stream is October 25, 2017 at 5 p.m. ET, and if you plan on applying, be sure to register your organization with OTF by October 4, 2017 at 5 p.m. ET.

This workshop is hosted by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Aug
26
Sat
LDANR’s “Walk With Me for LD” Summer Event @ Heartland Forest
Aug 26 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Join the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region (LDANR) for their first “Walk With Me for LD” summer event!

They will be walking the trails at Heartland Forest and having a BBQ for all attendees. There will be lots to do for the whole family, including games and activities with lots of fun prizes!

Proceeds will support LDANR’s programs and services in Niagara.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

This event is hosted by the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region.

14th Annual Mayor’s Au Marché @ 13th Street Winery
Aug 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Proceeds from Au Marché will support the Niagara Community Foundation’s Investing in St. Catharines Youth Initiative, helping young people fully participate in the recreational, sports and cultural life of the city.

Au Marché provides you with an opportunity to connect with the many like-minded individuals and companies interested in helping a cause supported by St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik.

Above all, your commitment supports the St. Catharines Community Fund at the Niagara Community Foundation, an organization working with and supporting many charities in all sectors and in all corners of Niagara.

The relaxed atmosphere throughout the evening, the enjoyment of Niagara wines, craft beer and St. Catharines restaurants, the cachet of being surrounded by community leaders and the support of a worthy cause; make participating as a sponsor or guest an opportunity not to be missed.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Community Foundation.

Aug
31
Thu
Deadline to Submit Feedback: A Food Policy for Canada @ Online
Aug 31 all-day

The decisions we make as individuals and as a country about food have a direct impact on our health, environment, economy, and communities.

A Food Policy for Canada will set a long-term vision for the health, environmental, social, and economic goals related to food, while identifying actions we can take in the short-term.

A food policy is a way to address issues related to the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of food.

Learn more by reading the food policy consultation document and have your say!

Sep
5
Tue
Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Training Program @ Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre
Sep 5 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Dreaming of starting your own business? This 8-week training program could make it a reality!

Is owning a business right for you? What business should you choose? How does owning a business work in Canada?

Mentorship and micro loan opportunities are available. For more information or to register, contact Lori at 905-732-5337 or lwebster@wellandheritagecouncil.com.

This training program is hosted by Welland Heritage Council & Multicultural Centre.

Sep
7
Thu
Fort Erie: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Lighthouse
Sep 7 @ 9:00 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.

To be part of this session, contact Mary Anne Feagan at maryanne.feagan@bridgeschc.ca.

Literacy Day @ DSBN Academy
Sep 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

September 8th marks the International celebration and awareness campaign on literacy.

In preparation for this day, you are invited to to engage with specialized edtech companies, local libraries, teachers and other professional educators in the study of literacy practices from early childhood through adolescence.

This networking event will showcase innovative literacy resources to engage readers and support literacy. Take this opportunity to celebrate this international awareness day with your students by highlighting the importance and value of literary education.

This event is hosted by iHub.

SPONSORS

Ontario Trillium Foundation