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Illicit Substances from a Police Perspective 12:00 pm
Illicit Substances from a Police Perspective @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
May 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Due to exceptional interest, the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team is again partnering with Hamilton Police Services to offer an education session on substances that are affecting the Hamilton area. Police will provide an update on: The different types of illicit substances and what they look like Current trends Legal considerations Charlton Campus – Tuesday May 2, 2017, 12-1pm, Campbell Auditorium West 5th Campus – Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 12-1pm, Upper Auditorium Please feel free to bring your lunch and a friend to these sessions. No registration is required but space is limited so please arrive early. This session is hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Strategy.
Positive Solutions for Negative Behaviours 2:00 pm
Positive Solutions for Negative Behaviours @ Online
May 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
School counselors are often asked to work with students who have difficulty following classroom rules and whose behaviors seem to make learning impossible for themselves and those around them. Learn how to help these students through the implementation of positive, respectful behavior modification strategies presented in a case study format. The case studies will include working with students who struggle with focusing, interacting appropriately with peers, following teacher directives, and regulating their emotions. This webinar session will provide tools and techniques for supporting students who are demonstrating undesirable behaviors as well as tips for working with teachers or colleagues who are reluctant to change in how they respond to student misconduct. This webinar is hosted by the Global Institute for Simulation Training.
Fentanyl: What Would Be Helpful to Know? 7:00 pm
Fentanyl: What Would Be Helpful to Know? @ Mohawk College - McIntyre Centre for the Performing Arts
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Perspectives shared by physicians, police, people supporting those with lived experience, and addiction agencies. Learn: How to help someone you love What opioids look like What opioids do in the body The lure of opioids from a neurobiological perspective The challenges related to stopping opioid use Public Health response Community resources, including information on Naloxone training Food bank donations welcome. $6 flat rate parking. This public forum is hosted by the Hamilton Addiction & Mental Health Collaborative.
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Chronic Pain Workshops 9:30 am
Chronic Pain Workshops @ Niagara Region Headquarters - Public Health
May 3 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Do you or someone you know have chronic pain? Take Control Take Charge offers six week workshops for people who want to learn how to manage their chronic pain. Trained facilitators from Hamilton Health Sciences will be running this program at Niagara Region headquarters weekly from May 3 to June 7. A program is also available for Chronic Disease. These workshops are hosted by Hamilton Health Sciences.
Lifelong Learning Niagara Spring Lecture Series: Journalism in a Digital Age 10:00 am
Lifelong Learning Niagara Spring Lecture Series: Journalism in a Digital Age @ Armenian Community Centre
May 3 @ 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. Presenter: Paul Berton, Editor-in-Chief of The Hamilton Spectator and Thespec.com Learn how modern technology is changing the nature of investigative journalism, ethical reporting, credible information, and the nature of truth. This event is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.
Illicit Substances from a Police Perspective 12:00 pm
Illicit Substances from a Police Perspective @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
May 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Due to exceptional interest, the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team is again partnering with Hamilton Police Services to offer an education session on substances that are affecting the Hamilton area. Police will provide an update on: The different types of illicit substances and what they look like Current trends Legal considerations Charlton Campus – Tuesday May 2, 2017, 12-1pm, Campbell Auditorium West 5th Campus – Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 12-1pm, Upper Auditorium Please feel free to bring your lunch and a friend to these sessions. No registration is required but space is limited so please arrive early. This session is hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Strategy.
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Rent Assistance Webinar 1:00 pm
Rent Assistance Webinar @ Online
May 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Rent assistance is a cornerstone of the Housing First approach to ending chronic homelessness. Yet many Ontario communities do not have rent assistance or enough rent assistance to meet the needs of the homeless population. Furthermore, when available, rent assistance is often implemented in many different ways. Communities vary in terms of the dollar amounts of rent assistance per person and whether the rent assistance is portable or tied to a specific housing unit. In this webinar, the results of a recent study of rent assistance are presented, along with a panel from three communities about their approaches to rent assistance. You will learn about: The OHFRN-CoI; A recent evaluation of the impacts of rent assistance on housing stability and quality of life of persons experiencing persistent homelessness the Waterloo region of Ontario; Experiences from the ground, specifically how to obtain rent assistance for homeless persons and how to implement rent assistance. This webinar is hosted by the Evidence Exchange Network.
Is Your Business Positioned for Success in a New, Low-Carbon Economy? 5:30 pm
Is Your Business Positioned for Success in a New, Low-Carbon Economy? @ Hilton Garden Inn
May 4 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
How good governance, environmental stewardship and social responsibility drive financial performance. Whether you call it ESG (environmental, social and governance performance) or sustainability, it’s the new business imperative for the 21st century. Smart, forward-looking business leaders are already benefitting by embedding sustainability into corporate strategy. And now, the impending Cap & Trade and carbon pricing programs expected in 2017 are suddenly placing sustainability into an even brighter spotlight. This event is hosted by CPA Ontario – Niagara Region.
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GO Open Data Conference 2017 8:00 am
GO Open Data Conference 2017 @ London Public Library - Central
May 5 @ 8:00 am – May 6 @ 4:00 pm
GOOD17 Theme: Celebrating Canada at 150 As Canada celebrates its sesquicentennial, open data leaders, enthusiasts, practitioners and advocates from across Ontario will gather in London Ontario to recognize Canadian achievements in open data and discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Go Open Data attracts participants from the public, private and non-profit sectors, citizens, academia, media, entrepreneurs, developers, municipal leaders and civil servants from a range of industries such as economic development, education, information technology, transportation, housing and more.Open data brings together citizens, developers, public and private sector organizations, academics, students, administrators and government leaders from all levels. The goal is to bring together this diverse audience from across Ontario and engage them in driving open data initiatives, in addition to celebrating open data achievements. Key benefits of attending #GOOD17: Learn about the latest trends and best practices in open data from the experts. Look forward to the following panel sessions: “Building the Canada We Envision Using Open Data” and “Celebrating the Canada We’ve Built: Stories from Niagara and Other Regions” Participate in engaging breakout sessions covering open data topics across multiple sectors and perspectives, including Innovation in Open Data Technology, Driving Community Impact, and Open Data Policy & Implementation Get inspired by keynote speakers Network with open data leaders, talent, entrepreneurs and government representatives working in the open data space Participate in the Day 2 Hackathon and engage in finding solutions to community problems using open data Experience what the city of London has to offer – one...
LDANR Trivia Night 6:00 pm
LDANR Trivia Night @ Coronation Centre
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come out for a fun night of trivia in support of the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region! Tickets $20/person or $120 per table of 6-8. Tickets can be purchased by calling the LDANR office at 905-641-1021 or by visiting the LDANR office. Pizza and snacks served, and cash bar available. Lots of great prizes to be won! This event is hosted by the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region.
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Application Deadline: Summer Company 2017
Application Deadline: Summer Company 2017 @ Online
May 6 all-day
Are you a student? Be your own boss this summer and start a business with Summer Company! You could be eligible for up to $3,000 from Summer Company! Students aged 15-29, and returning to school in the fall can apply for the grant – the first $1,500 covers start-up costs and the second installment of $1,500 is given to recipients upon successful completion of the program. In addition to the grant money, you receive invaluable mentorship and training from fellow entrepreneurs and business professionals. This program is delivered by the Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre in partnership with the Government of Ontario.
Culture Days Roundtable 9:30 am
Culture Days Roundtable @ Kiwanis Aquatic Centre - Irene Locke Room
May 6 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Interested in hosting a Culture Days activity? Want to learn more about resources available for activity organizers? Come out to the Culture Days Roundtable, a great chance for Culture Days newcomers to learn from those who have gone before! Culture Days is a 3-day national event at the end of September to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. This event is hosted by the City of St. Catharines.
Dance Party Fundraiser in Support of The Willow Community Support Services 7:00 pm
Dance Party Fundraiser in Support of The Willow Community Support Services @ Armenian Community Centre
May 6 @ 7:00 pm
Come support a great local nonprofit that provides free art workshops to consumers of mental health services in the Niagara Region! The Willow will have the great, local ‘80s cover band The Throwbacks to rock our socks off all evening. There will be a silent auction with some incredible items to bid on, a penny sale, door prizes, pizza, and so much more. This is a costume party so come dressed in your best 80’s getups. They will be awarding prizes for best costumes! Doors open at 7pm and the band starts at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door, at an upcoming Willow workshop/event, downtown St Catharines at Out of the Past, or call 905-328-9277. 100% of the proceeds will go toward programming. This event is hosted by The Willow Community Support Services.
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True Partnership Training Day to advance the work of the Niagara Mental Health & Addictions Charter Implementation Phase; the United Ways in the Niagara region, and #Rethink Niagara 8:00 am
True Partnership Training Day to advance the work of the Niagara Mental Health & Addictions Charter Implementation Phase; the United Ways in the Niagara region, and #Rethink Niagara
May 9 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Niagara Connects is hosting this shared learning opportunity to advance the work of the Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter Implementation Phase; the United Ways in the Niagara region; and #Rethink Niagara: Taking a Systems Approach to Investing in People. Who Should Participate: Executive Directors and senior staff in Niagara organizations who want to strengthen their ability as leaders to: Systematically work together in true partnerships, to achieve person-centred service delivery Strategically develop policies and procedures to position their organization to be in true partnerships Share resources Co-create shared learning opportunities Intentionally share data for the purpose of achieving measurable impact and tracking progress Trainer: Enette Pauze is a value-based partnerships trainer. She inspires leaders to change how they think so they can see the value hidden in their strategic relationships. Enette will help participants focus on what is most important through value-based partnerships, which are how purpose, people, and power intertwine. She will show us how to optimize outcomes by putting purpose before people, and people before power. Format: The day will consist of learning about the principles of value-based partnerships, and applying them to Niagara community priorities, such as implementation of the Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter; the ‘A Home for All’ strategy; and the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network’s ‘Systemic Solutions to Poverty’ initiative. Cost: $50/person (registration limited to 50 people, on a first-come, first-served basis). This event is made possible by the following sponsors: United Way St. Catharines & District United Way South Niagara United Way...
Lean: Means or End 11:00 am
Lean: Means or End @ Online
May 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Join Shingo Award Winner and Co-Author of The Toyota Way to Service Excellence: Lean Transformation in Service Organizations, Karyn Ross, along with Leslie Henckler, Manager of Business Process Improvement at Paychex, and Crystal Davis, CEO and Principal Lean Practitioner, The Lean Coach for a one hour free webinar on what should Lean mean to a Senior Leader. Learn the essential behaviours in transforming to a Lean culture. This webinar is hosted by PACE.
Bike to School: Overcoming the Barriers 12:00 pm
Bike to School: Overcoming the Barriers @ Online
May 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
How are different Canadian communities overcoming their barriers to cycling for the school journey? Join this webinar to learn about programs across the country that are better enabling children to bike to school. This webinar will include presentations from several cycling skills educators, with opportunity for questions and discussion. This webinar is hosted by Canada Walks & Green Communities Canada.
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Lifelong Learning Niagara Spring Lecture Series: Jazz – Music of the People 10:00 am
Lifelong Learning Niagara Spring Lecture Series: Jazz – Music of the People @ Armenian Community Centre
May 10 @ 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. Presenter: Heather Bambrick, Award-winning Vocalist, Voice Actor, Broadcaster and Educator From its roots in African American tribal music and spirituals, to influences from Gospel, the Blues, and even Hip Hop, Jazz is considered by many to be the only true (North) American musical art-form. Its development has drawn parallels between the Jazz idiomatic songbook and several societal changes – from the Civil Rights Movement right up to the death of Trayvon Martin. Whether it’s Nina Simone’s “Young, Gifted, and Black”, Charles Mingus’ “Good-bye Pork Pie Hat”, or Robert Glasper’s “Black Radio 2”, Jazz artists have used their music to reflect upon and comment on the world around them. This discussion will look at some of the connections between Jazz and the ever-changing societal connections of the Twenty-First Century. This event is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.
Frailty and the Risk of Cognitive Impairment 12:00 pm
Frailty and the Risk of Cognitive Impairment @ Online
May 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
This presentation will ask (and answer) the following questions: Is frailty a risk for dementia? Is it important that frailty is a risk for dementia? How should we approach dementia diagnosis in a person who is frail? Are there special considerations in diagnosing dementia in a person who is frail? Management needs to take various factors into account, which can modify the response to treatment, make adverse effects more likely and increase caregiver burden. All this mandates team-based systematic care. This webinar is hosted by brainXchange.
Happy Work: Employee Well-Being and Organizational Success 12:00 pm
Happy Work: Employee Well-Being and Organizational Success @ Online
May 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
In this webinar, nonprofit employers and employees will gain an understanding of what it takes to truly create a culture of well-being and in turn make a positive impact on employee health, productivity, and mission. What you’ll learn in this webinar: Why employee health and well-being needs to be a key part of your operational plan; Understanding the true cost of chronic disease; and How the workplace can affect employee health. This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Nonprofit Network.
Employment Help Centre 3rd Annual Job Fair 3:00 pm
Employment Help Centre 3rd Annual Job Fair @ Peach King Centre
May 10 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Employment Help Centre is excited to announce their 3rd Annual Job Fair at the Peach King Centre in Grimsby. Employers will be recruiting for permanent, temporary, part-time, and seasonal positions including students seeking summer employment. Admission is free for job seekers. Bring your up-to-date resume and be prepared for an ‘on-the-spot’ interview. There are still spaces available for employers. Please contact Kristen Montgomery (contact information above) for more information or to register. This event is hosted by the Employment Help Centre.
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Ontario Climate Symposium 7:00 pm
Ontario Climate Symposium @ York University
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – May 12 @ 8:00 pm
In May 2017, the Ontario Climate Consortium will be co-hosting its 5th Annual Ontario Climate Symposium with York University and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. This event is the premier forum for sharing cutting-edge research and initiatives that address climate change in the province. The aim of the 2017 Ontario Climate Symposium is to facilitate discussions across research disciplines, as well as policy and practice communities, about Ontario’s future as we collectively address climate change through mitigation and adaptation strategies. This symposium is hosted by the Ontario Climate Consortium.
Steps to a Mentally Healthy Workplace 1:00 pm
Steps to a Mentally Healthy Workplace @ Online
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Mental health is recognized as an integral part of a healthy workplace. Supportive workplaces promote the total health and well-being of their employees and offer protection from psychological harm. Changing the culture, especially to a culture of caring that embeds all forms of health in all aspects of the workplace, takes effort and time. This webinar will provide you with an overview of the tools and resources your organization needs to create and implement a comprehensive healthy workplace program. This webinar is hosted by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.
Measuring Rural Community Vitality: A Rural Ontario Institute Initiative 1:30 pm
Measuring Rural Community Vitality: A Rural Ontario Institute Initiative @ Online
May 11 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
The viability and economic success of small towns and rural communities is closely related to a number of intangible factors which are hard to measure, but integral to municipal functions. The Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) will share outcomes and learning from their Measuring Rural Community Vitality Initiative (MRCVI). MRCVI is an applied research and analysis initiative examining effective practices for quantifying rural civic engagement, social capital and community well-being. The Huron County Healthy Rural Policy Lens will be profiled as one of the tolls/projects supported through this Initiative. In this webinar, ROI will provide an overview of the initiative, as well as indepth information on the project’s themes of “showcasing effective measurement approaches” and “measuring rural quality of life and community well-being.” This webinar is hosted by HC Link.
Every Bowl Full in Support of Community Care of West Niagara 6:00 pm
Every Bowl Full in Support of Community Care of West Niagara @ Inn on the Twenty - Windows Banquet Room
May 11 @ 6:00 pm
Join Community Care of West Niagara as they celebrate their 50th anniversary! Enjoy a fantastic meal prepared by Chef Jason Williams. Throughout the evening, you will be entertained by a short performance, written just for CCWN by a local playwright, and browse the silent auction in search of that special something you simply cannot leave without! Proceeds from this fundraiser support the much needed services of CCWN. Support from the community has allowed CCWN to assist the most vulnerable in the community for the past 50 years. This event is hosted by Community Care of West Niagara.
Dementia Education: Overview of Dementia 6:30 pm
Dementia Education: Overview of Dementia @ Niagara Health - Welland Site - Welland Hospital Boardroom
May 11 @ 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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Productivity Training for Food and Beverage Manufacturers 8:00 am
Productivity Training for Food and Beverage Manufacturers @ Online
May 12 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) is hosting a series of no-cost productivity training events for the food, beverage and bio sector, including those directly supplying manufactured products to the industry. The half-day sessions include workshop, manual and materials and are geared towards senior, continuous improvement, plant, quality, and production management, supervisors and staff needing to launch their productivity training. These training events are hosted by the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium.
Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops: Master Your Pitching 12:30 pm
Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops: Master Your Pitching @ Brock University - Cairns Building, Room 207
May 12 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops are experiential, hands-on workshops facilitated by experienced entrepreneurs. The workshops offer ventures tools, mentoring and peer feedback to solve specific problems and develop essential business components. In each four-hour session you will generate a deliverable that you will use frequently in the business development process. Session 1 – What do investors & stakeholders want to know? // May 12, 2017- 12:30pm – 4:30pm In this session, participants will focus on gathering and structuring the information required to effectively engage with investors. Using the essentials of effective communication, you will craft a compelling narrative that will help your venture to stand out in front of investors and other stakeholders. Deliverable: A summary of the 10 key components that form your investment story. Session 2 – Creating your pitch // May 19, 2017 – 12:30pm – 4:30pm This session will focus on creating a powerful narrative and pitch by applying the principles of storytelling. You will be given the opportunity to practice your pitch during the session and obtain feedback that will help you to turn your investment story into a compelling presentation. Deliverable: A 10-slide pitch deck summarizing your key information. This workshop series is hosted by Innovate Niagara.
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Conference: Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in Mental Health and Addictions
Conference: Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in Mental Health and Addictions @ Holiday Inn & Conference Centre, Barrie
May 15 – May 17 all-day
As in many other public sectors, Mental Health and Addictions services are increasingly being asked to demonstrate that they are providing evidence-based services for their patients/clients. This conference will be aimed at exploring this issue, some of the challenges that we face in meeting this goal, strategies to overcome the challenges, and successes we can all learn from. The conference will feature diverse topics, both academic and applied, on knowledge translation/mobilization, implementation science, and quality/systems improvement in mental health and addictions, and at the interface between mental health and other related systems (e.g., education, corrections). Attendees will have access to workshops, as well as traditional academic paper presentations. ​ The target audience for this conference is anyone with an implementation science, and issues relating to evidence-based practices in mental health and addictions. The focus is inter-disciplinary, and may be of interest to any of the following: Hospital or community-based health clinicians Researchers and academics Project Managers Leaders and policy-makers in mental health and addictions Students Consumers/Survivors Pre-conference Workshops: Engaging with First Nations Communities: Starting conversations with youth about fentanyl, alcohol and other drug use Feather Carriers: Leadership for Life This conference is hosted by Waypoint Research Institute.
Discovery Conference
Discovery Conference @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre
May 15 – May 16 all-day
Discovery is Canada’s leading innovation-to-commercialization conference. Hosted by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Discovery brings together key players from industry, academia, government, the investment community as well as entrepreneurs and students to pursue collaboration opportunities. Garnering over 3,400 attendees and more than 500 exhibitors in 2016, Discovery is a showcase of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research from sectors such as health, manufacturing, digital media and cleantech, including energy, environment and water. Renowned keynote speakers and panels ignite discussion, knowledge-sharing and new perspectives. Networking opportunities feature key influencers from government, academia, industry and leading sectors. Discovery facilitates the exchange of ideas and encourages new ways to collaborate and push the boundaries of research and innovation through to demonstration and development. Creating a strong innovation economy is key to Ontario’s future. This event is hosted by Ontario Centres of Excellence.
World Bird Migration Day: Chimney Swift Watch 7:10 pm
World Bird Migration Day: Chimney Swift Watch @ Mahtay Cafe
May 15 @ 7:10 pm – 9:00 pm
In Celebration of UNESCO’s World Bird Migration Day (May 10, 2017) and the third year of the project on chimney swift, Brock Environmental Sustainability Research Centre and the UNESCO Chair in Community Sustainability are inviting you to a birding event. The event aims to introduce this special bird. Chimney swifts have been sighted not only downtown St Catharines, including the former Canada Hair Cloth Co. Limited, which is now the Brock University’s Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts but in many parts of Niagara. The evening will include a couple of presentations to introduce the bird and describe the results of the first two years of the projects. You will then walk to the Walker School to observe the birds (hopefully we still have our family or more a roost?). Join the ERSC for an interesting evening of birding in town. Make sure to bring your binoculars! This event is hosted by Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.
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Feel Good Giving… To Causes for Kids: Planned Giving with Clients & Charities to Help Protect & Expand Your Business 7:30 am
Feel Good Giving… To Causes for Kids: Planned Giving with Clients & Charities to Help Protect & Expand Your Business @ Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre
May 16 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Keynote Speaker: Keith N. Thomson, Co-Founder/Managing Director, Stonegate Private Counsel & National Director, The Donor Motivation Program The speaker will explore: The five reasons why advisors don’t discuss philanthropy with their clients; Philanthropic techniques to build a “competitive moat” around your business; How to assist your clients to actualize their charitable intentions and build your business at the same time; How to initiate the topic of charitable giving in such a way that your clients will welcome the conversation; How to make your clients’ taxes at death 100% voluntary; How to become an invaluable resource and consulting party to charities and their donors. Professionals attending (but not limited to): Investment Advisors, Lawyers, Accountants, Charitable Agencies, Funeral Home Directors, etc. Sponsoring Agencies: Niagara Community Foundation, Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre, FACS, YMCA, Education Foundation of Niagara & The RAFT
Mayor’s Update Breakfast: State of the Communities of Port Colborne & Wainfleet 8:00 am
Mayor’s Update Breakfast: State of the Communities of Port Colborne & Wainfleet @ Jericho House
May 16 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
State of the Communities of Port Colborne & Wainfleet – Mayor’s Update Breakfast Featuring Mayor John Maloney of Port Colborne & Mayor April Jeffs of Wainfleet RSVP to Leslie by May 9, 2017 (contact information above). This event is hosted by the Port Colborne-Wainfleet Chamber of Commerce.
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Sessions 9:30 am
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Sessions @ Grimsby Public Library
May 16 @ 9:30 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. This session will be held in the meeting room/studio space just off the shared lobby in the Library and Art Gallery Building. The host presentation will be provided by Grant Connect. 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.
OTF Webinar: Let’s Talk OTF Investment Strategy 11:00 am
OTF Webinar: Let’s Talk OTF Investment Strategy @ Online
May 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is providing support to potential grant applicants through a series of webinars focused on the OTF Investment Strategy. The session will include: An overview of the Investment Strategy, including the four Investment Streams and the six Action Areas. Time for Q & A’s. Interested in participating? Please reserve only 2 tickets per organization. It is recommended that you book a boardroom if several on your team wish to participate. You are encouraged to prepare for this webinar by reviewing the What We Fund section of the OTF website. Webinar log-in details will be sent to registered participants a couple of days before the webinar to the email address used to register. Space is limited! Please sign up early, noting that a wait list will be maintained if required. This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Trauma-Informed Practice with Indigenous Peoples Across the Life Span 1:00 pm
Trauma-Informed Practice with Indigenous Peoples Across the Life Span @ Online
May 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Presenter Natalie Clark will examine the beginnings of a trauma practice framework that is Indigenous, intersectional and holistic and that considers how experiences of trauma and of healing are shaped by the interlocking impact of Indigeneity, age, gender, sexuality, and (dis) ability, among others. She will discuss the development of Indigenous intersectional, trauma-informed and culturally safe practice approaches with people of different age groups. Ms. Clark will also describe how to assist Indigenous peoples in understanding and improving their coping responses to daily triggers including the impact of experiences of racism, poverty, sexism, and colonialism. This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children.
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Lifelong Learning Niagara Spring Lecture Series: Understanding the Big Bang 10:00 am
Lifelong Learning Niagara Spring Lecture Series: Understanding the Big Bang @ Armenian Community Centre
May 17 @ 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. Presenter: Dr. Michael Reid, Researcher, Lecturer and Public Outreach Coordinator, Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto The Big Bang Theory is one of the crowning achievements of modern science. The basic premise – that the universe began expanding about 14 billion years ago from a very hot, dense state – has been independently verified many times over. And yet there is widespread confusion and uncertainty about what the theory actually says – and what it doesn’t. Did the universe begin as some kind of atom? If it’s expanding, what’s it expanding into? Does it have an outside? Are there other universes? And why did it start? In this talk, Dr. Reid will clarify what we do and don’t know about the Big Bang. This event is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.
Ontario Budget 2017: What’s the News for Your Nonprofit and What Can We Leverage Together? 12:00 pm
Ontario Budget 2017: What’s the News for Your Nonprofit and What Can We Leverage Together? @ Online
May 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The 2017 Budget was focused on balancing the fiscal deficit. But what about the social deficit remaining for our communities? What’s in the budget that will support your work and the sector’s work going forward, and how can we leverage opportunities to work together? This webinar will improve your provincial budget literacy… because no one should have to read a Budget document alone! Join the Ontario Nonprofit Network for this professional development opportunity to put a nonprofit policy lens to this guiding document for the province for the next year. In this webinar, you will: Learn how to identify key Budget measures that affect nonprofits Find out other helpful resources to make sense of the Budget and its implications for your organization Explore what options exist for reacting to provincial Budget initiatives, including getting your MPP’s or Minister’s attention, rallying partners to raise awareness and take collective action, and communicating with the province on how you can play a role in working together on shared objectives Hear analysis of how the budget may impact some subsectors Get your questions answered about the budget This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Nonprofit Network.
CMHA Niagara and Pathstone Mental Health Strategic Partnership Initiative: Webinar Focus Group 1:00 pm
CMHA Niagara and Pathstone Mental Health Strategic Partnership Initiative: Webinar Focus Group @ Online
May 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Since January 2017 the two organizations have been through a formal process to consider and analyze different forms of integration and their potential impact (both risks and benefits) on client outcomes and the sustainability of both organizations. During this webinar on May 17, 2017 presenters from CMHA Niagara and Pathstone Mental Health summarized the process to date and preferred model of integration. During the discussion period participants had an opportunity to put forward questions and share feedback via online polls. Click here to view a recording of this event
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Working with Children, Youth, and Families with Complex Needs: 20 Skills to Build Resilience 8:30 am
Working with Children, Youth, and Families with Complex Needs: 20 Skills to Build Resilience @ Stone Mill Inn (Ballroom)
May 18 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Dr. Michael Ungar is among the best known writers and researchers on the topic of resilience in the world. His work has changed the way resilience is understood, shifting the focus from individual traits to the interactions between people and their families, schools, workplaces, and communities. As the Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University, as well as a family therapist, he has helped to identify the most important factors that influence the resilience of children and adults during periods of transition and stress. Conference Learning Objectives: To understand how individuals and families with complex needs use “problem” behaviours to enhance their resilience and wellbeing when more socially acceptable solutions are not available. To become familiar with 20 skills associated with a social ecological approach to individual and family intervention informed by research on resilience. To discuss the Child and Youth Resilience Measure, an assessment tool that can help clinicians explore the hidden resilience of children and youth. To learn about seven aspects of resilience necessary for positive development. To develop strategies for working without resistance with hard-to-reach, culturally diverse children, adolescents, and their families. To discuss ways services can be structured for children, youth and families that make resilience more likely to occur. OASW Niagara is offering an Early Bird rate on tickets until April 18th, 2017. Ticket prices vary. This session is hosted by the Ontario Association of Social Workers – Niagara Branch.
BIG Thinkers: Innovation in Business 12:00 pm
BIG Thinkers: Innovation in Business @ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
May 18 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This will be an afternoon of inspiration, leadership, networking and business-community building in Niagara, inspired by Terry O’Malley. After a marche lunch, BIG Thinkers will kick off with a keynote presentation (exciting details to come). The first panel will feature entrepreneurs who have great success on the global stage while maintaining their operations in the Niagara region. Entrepreneurs who have grown their business and sold to global companies will discuss their experiences and insights gained during the second panel discussion. This is your chance to expand your network of local innovators, learn from successful, experienced entrepreneurs, be inspired, and be part of strengthening Niagara’s business community. Will you be there? This event is hosted by Innovate Niagara & FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.
How Does Food Insecurity Relate to Health and What Are the Implications for Health Care Providers? 1:00 pm
How Does Food Insecurity Relate to Health and What Are the Implications for Health Care Providers? @ Online
May 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Please join PROOF and CDPAC for the final webinar in their series on household food insecurity. In this webinar, presenters will examine evidence of the impact of food insecurity on individuals’ mental and physical health and the financial burden food insecurity poses for our healthcare system. Although food insecurity is associated with dietary compromise, its effects on health extend beyond those associated with poor nutrition. Presenters will discuss the complex relationship between food insecurity and health, considering the evidence of a bidirectional relationship for some conditions and disentangling the relation between food insecurity and malnutrition. Finally, presenters will examine the implications of this body of research for practice, particularly considering the challenges that arise in providing care to patients who are experiencing food insecurity. This webinar is hosted by PROOF & CDPAC.
Dementia Education: Communication Tips & Strategies 6:30 pm
Dementia Education: Communication Tips & Strategies @ Niagara Health - Welland Site - Welland Hospital Boardroom
May 18 @ 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.
Open House: Family Mental Health Support Network of Niagara 7:00 pm
Open House: Family Mental Health Support Network of Niagara
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Family Mental Health Support Network of Niagara is introducing monthly support for families and loved ones! Attend for: Mental health education Self-care practice Social support These sessions continue the supportive and informative environment of coping skills workshops. Sessions are open to all and no fee or registration is required. Evenings will include mental health and self-care education topics, as well as an opportunity to learn from and support each other. Topics will include: Motivational interviewing Mental health issues and substance abuse Mindfulness based self-care Meditation Additional topics will be determined with input from the group. This open house is hosted by the Family Mental Health Support Network of Niagara.
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Trauma Informed Youth Justice 9:00 am
Trauma Informed Youth Justice @ Attachment and Trauma Centre for Healing (ATTCH)
May 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
This workshop will help participants develop a trauma-informed perspective regarding youth justice and identify the key features of a trauma-informed youth justice system. A review of TLC’s evidence-based SITCAP-ART program as well as other best practice approaches will be included. Participants will gain an understanding of: providing sensory interventions to at risk and adjudicated youth how to help someone who has experienced trauma how systems retraumatize and how to create a trauma-informed youth justice system understanding substance use, sexualized behaviours, cutting, and delinquent behaviour through a trauma informed lens learning how to reduce at risk behaviours and promote regulation All ATTCH trainings are based on current research by leading experts in trauma and attachment and include best-practice and evidence-based techniques and approaches. This workshop is hosted by the Attachment and Trauma Centre for Healing (ATTCH).
Anishinaabe Language Class 6:00 pm
Anishinaabe Language Class @ Niagara Regional Native Centre - Adult Literacy Program
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to the Adult Literacy Program at Niagara Regional Native Centre to learn Anishinaabe language from James Shawana. Classes are free, all are welcome, ages 18+. These classes are hosted by the Niagara Regional Native Centre.
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Healthy Communities Partner Forum 8:30 am
Healthy Communities Partner Forum @ Niagara Health - Welland Site
May 24 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
You are invited as a key partner for: A networking opportunity for staff from organizations interested in partnering to improve the health of Niagara (max 2 reps per organization) A learning opportunity for participants titled “Equity Through *Allyship” facilitated by Lauren Burrows. We will be exploring best practices in equity through understanding oppression, engaging our strengths and privileges in acts of allyship. An opportunity to develop stronger relationships around community based work. Facilitator Lauren Burrows is an educator, community organizer and activist residing on Haudenosaunee and Anishnawbe territory. This event is being hosted by an ad-hoc planning committee of volunteers from agencies and organizations across Niagara who attended the Healthy Communities Forum held on November 23, 2016 at Southridge Community Church. Based on participant evaluation results, it was decided that future forums would be held twice per year (spring and fall) focusing on topics of interest to the group.
Leadership Workshop Series: Inspire Your Team & Improve Employee Engagement 8:30 am
Leadership Workshop Series: Inspire Your Team & Improve Employee Engagement @ ECCDC - Community Board Room
May 24 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
8:30 am: Registration and Breakfast 9:00 to 10:30 am: Inspire Your Team to Incorporate Higher Standards for Their Practice Inspiring excellence is an ongoing journey and not a destination. Leaders know that there is always room for improvement and are often very aware of where improvement is needed. There is an old saying that all boats rise together on the rising tide. Communicating and clarifying expectations in concert and close collaboration with your team can lead to incorporating higher standards and enjoying the benefits of improvement. The best always see opportunities to learn new ways to be better. Inspire your team to see a path forward that leads in time and through teamwork for a centre or program that excels so children and families appreciate its full benefits. 10:30 am: Networking Coffee Break 10:45 am to 12:30 pm: Winning Their Hearts and Minds: The Keys to Improving Employee Engagement Everyday employees manage to get their physical selves into work; the most committed employees manage to bring their full hearts and minds as well. Attend this session to discover the keys to driving a higher level of engagement in teams. Engage in conversation with your colleagues to consider how we as leaders can shape our organizations through building engagement strategies. Participants will discuss strategies for building a stronger connection and satisfaction to their employees’ daily work. 12:30 pm: Networking Lunch This event is hosted by the Early Childhood Community Development Centre (ECCDC).
OTF Workshop: Grow Grant Applications and Youth Opportunities Fund 9:30 am
OTF Workshop: Grow Grant Applications and Youth Opportunities Fund @ Heartland Forest
May 24 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
You are invited to a free workshop presented by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) that will focus on their popular Grow Investment Stream and/or their Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) and program. This full-day workshop, led by experienced OTF staff, will walk you through a Grow grant application. You will also learn about the Youth Opportunities Fund. This practical workshop will include: Interactive presentations and quizzes Sample worksheets One-on-one coaching with Program Mangers about your project idea At the end of the session, you will: Gain a better understanding of the OTF Investment Strategy Learn to identify the key components of a successful Grow project Understand the application process of the YOF program Registration is limited to two people per organization (each person has to register). If you register less than 48 hours before the session (and less than 72 hours before a Monday session), OTF will do their best to accommodate special meal requests for lunch and accessibility or accommodation needs. Session registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and the session will begin at 9:30 a.m. You are encouraged to prepare for this session by reviewing the ”What We Fund” page of the OTF website. This event is hosted by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Social Assistance Reform Network Niagara (SARNN) Spring Forum 9:30 am
Social Assistance Reform Network Niagara (SARNN) Spring Forum @ MacBain Community Centre - Coronation Room
May 24 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join the Social Assistance Reform Network Niagara as it hosts Wendy Sturgeon of the Niagara Chapter of Native Women; United Nations Official Observer, Ontario Native Women Inc., Ontario Aboriginal Housing Support Services, and Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre. Through the lens of her Anishnabe heritage, Wendy will help us understand the historical legacy we are living with today in Canada. Space is limited. Transportation support is available. For more information, contact Diane Corkum at diane.co@projectshare.ca. This forum is hosted by the Social Assistance Reform Network Niagara.
Lifelong Learning Niagara Spring Lecture Series: Vineland’s Feeding Diversity Program – Bringing World Crops to Market 10:00 am
Lifelong Learning Niagara Spring Lecture Series: Vineland’s Feeding Diversity Program – Bringing World Crops to Market @ Armenian Community Centre
May 24 @ 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. Presenter: Dr. Viliam Zvalo, Research Scientist, Vegetable Production, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre As part of a collaborative group of partners determined to build a local ethno-cultural vegetable marketplace, Vineland is leading research on new crop varieties, production technologies, postharvest innovations, consumer insights, and market development. This multi-disciplinary research program is growing the competitiveness of the Ontario fruit and vegetable sector through the targeted product development of new world crops such as okra and Asian and Indian eggplant. In partnership with commercial growers across Canada, Vineland’s production team is trialing these new varieties to assess agronomic performance and disease resistance, while postharvest scientists are working to optimize storage conditions to preserve the quality of ethno-cultural vegetables through the distribution chain and at retail. This event is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.
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Breakfast Gala & Niagara Student Cook-off Competition 7:30 am
Breakfast Gala & Niagara Student Cook-off Competition @ Amici's Banquet and Conference Centre
May 25 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am
Now in its 7th year, the Niagara Nutrition Partners (NNP) Breakfast Gala brings together the most talented secondary school culinary students with the community’s generous business and educational leaders, all in support of nutrition programs across Niagara. Guests are treated to a variety of unique culinary delights in an au-marché style setting. Presenting and Platinum Guest Sponsors will judge the most outstanding recipe of the morning. The goal of the Breakfast Gala is to raise more than $30,000 to support the more than 200 nutrition programs in elementary and secondary schools across Niagara. Currently more than 17,000 students are fed daily thanks to NNP volunteers. Watch this short video to learn more about NNP. This event is hosted by Niagara Nutrition Partners.
Indigenous Research & Evaluation Workshop 10:00 am
Indigenous Research & Evaluation Workshop @ Niagara Regional Native Centre
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Niagara Regional Native Centre is hosting an Indigenous Research & Evaluation Workshop. This workshop is or anyone who works with or serves the Indigenous people of Niagara or is doing or planning on doing research regarding Indigenous peoples. This workshop will be of interest to those who write proposals, grants, etc. The workshop will be facilitated by OFIFC Consultants John Hupfield and Jade Huguenin. Register by phone or email (see contact information above) by May 19, 2017. A $100 fee per participant covers registration, materials, and lunch costs. Please pay at the door by cheque or cash. Cheques to be made payable to Niagara Regional Native Centre. Background reading: Click here to read about the USAI Framework. This workshop is hosted by Niagara Regional Native Centre.
Charitable Receipting Do’s and Don’ts 1:00 pm
Charitable Receipting Do’s and Don’ts @ Online
May 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Are your charity’s donation receipts compliant with the Canada Revenue Agency’s rules and regulations? Find out everything you need to know about issuing correct donation receipts at this free webinar. Properly issuing receipts has been challenging for many registered charities. In fact, according to the CRA, 89% of registered charities that are audited are not correctly issuing official donation receipts. Issuing incorrect receipts can result in revocation or penalties and it is easier to do it right than to fix problems afterwards. This free webinar presented by charity lawyer Mark Blumberg will outline what you need to know to ensure your charitable receipts are CRA compliant. This webinar will cover: Top receipting mistakes Review of information required on official charitable tax receipts Use of computer generated and email receipts Problems, abuses and consequences of improper receipts This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.
Hospitals & LTCs as Anchor Institutions: Exploring Strategies to Build Health and Wealth in Our Communities 1:00 pm
Hospitals & LTCs as Anchor Institutions: Exploring Strategies to Build Health and Wealth in Our Communities @ Online
May 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
How can hospitals and long term care homes build the health and wealth of their patients, staff, and communities through the food they source and serve? This webinar will explore American and Canadian examples of leadership to position institutions as anchors of wellbeing for the populations they serve. This webinar is hosted by Nourish.
6th Annual Evening of Recognition 5:30 pm
6th Annual Evening of Recognition @ White Oaks Resort & Spa
May 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Each year NSI holds an Annual Evening of Recognition, a chance to come together as a community to celebrate and recognize the efforts of Carbon Project members. The theme of the 6th Annual Evening of Recognition is Guiding Communities: Committing to a Sustainable Future. This event coincides with the release of NSI’s Annual Report of the same name. Tickets are $30.00 and include one beverage and appetizers. Hosted at White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa, this event celebrates the achievements of member organizations that have taken steps to become sustainability leaders within the Niagara Region. Only a limited number of tickets are available! Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Dockstader, Executive Director of the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre This event is hosted by Niagara Sustainability Initiative.
Dementia Education: Supportive Strategies for Both of You 6:30 pm
Dementia Education: Supportive Strategies for Both of You @ Niagara Health - Welland Site - Welland Hospital Boardroom
May 25 @ 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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Education Foundation of Niagara Golf Classic
Education Foundation of Niagara Golf Classic @ Legends on the Niagara Ussher's Creek Course
May 26 all-day
You are invited to participate in the Education Foundation of Niagara’s 11th Annual Golf Classic. Strong annual participation makes the Golf Classic the Foundation’s flagship event. Played on a first rate course in the company of players from the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) and the larger Niagara community, this tournament has it all including a golf clinic, BBQ lunch, on-site registered massage therapist, shot gun start, post-golf reception, silent auction, prizes and banquet dinner. All proceeds support programs such as the Student Financial Need Fund to provide basic necessities to DSBN students experiencing financial challenges. The Education Foundation of Niagara also funds extra-curricular activities, annual student awards and bursaries as well as progressive programs and services in DSBN schools. This event is hosted by the Education Foundation of Niagara.
Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshop: Sales A.B.C 12:00 pm
Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshop: Sales A.B.C @ Brock University - Cairns Building, Room 207
May 26 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops are experiential, hands-on workshops facilitated by experienced entrepreneurs. The workshops offer ventures tools, mentoring and peer feedback to solve specific problems and develop essential business components. In each four-hour session you will generate a deliverable that you will use frequently in the business development process. Sales are fundamental to a successful business, but often misunderstood–like every other business function, it is a process. This workshop series focuses on the sales process within a business-to-business (B2B) environment. It’s also important to remember the saying, Sales A.B.C (always be closing!). For new ventures ready to start selling, it will provide you with techniques to map out your sales process and tools to manage, influence and track sales opportunities. This workshop will also provide you with the opportunity to refine and practice your cold calling and sales meeting techniques to improve outcomes and demonstrate repeatable sales. Click here for more information about this four-session workshop series. This series is hosted by Innovate Niagara.
Springlicious 5:00 pm
Springlicious @ Downtown Niagara Falls
May 26 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Experience Niagara’s largest festival which includes three days of music, food, artisans, and a carnival. This festival is taking place in downtown Niagara Falls, where access is easy and parking is free. Carnival schedule: May 26: 5-11pm May 27: 11am-5pm May 28: 11am-5pm Schoolpalooza will take place on May 26, 4-9pm. To get involved, contact Zoran (see contact information above). This event is hosted by Celebrate Old Downtown.
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Seniors Day: St. Catharines 10:00 am
Seniors Day: St. Catharines @ Polish Legion
May 29 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The City of St. Catharines is hosting Seniors Day, a valuable event for seniors interested in learning about services available to them. Approximately 60 vendors will be in attendance, from health care, support services, seniors residences, travel, fitness and wellness groups. Check out City programs available for the Older Adults at various locations. Door prizes and free take-away information! Lunch will be available to purchase on site. This event is hosted by the City of St. Catharines.
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Policies, Practices, & Partnerships: Reducing Food Waste Symposium 8:00 am
Policies, Practices, & Partnerships: Reducing Food Waste Symposium @ Country Heritage Park
May 30 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
FoodThinkers – You are invited to attend the Policies, Practices, & Partnerships: Reducing Food Waste Symposium, a full day event hosted by the Halton Food Council in partnership with Sustain Ontario, the Ontario Food Collaborative, and Country Heritage Park. The symposium will kick off with keynote speaker, Dr. Martin Gooch, CEO/Partner of VCM International. It will be an opportunity to learn more about the National Zero Waste Council’s National Food Waste Reduction Strategy, best practices, and innovative solutions, and to engage with other FoodThinkers. This event is hosted by the Halton Food Council.
Always in Service with Niagara EMS 9:30 am
Always in Service with Niagara EMS @ Niagara College - Applied Health Institute Community Lecture Theatre Room (AHI41)
May 30 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join Niagara EMS and their community partners as Thom & Mike remind us why we choose to do what we do; how to take care of each other and the people we serve. Thom Dick is the author of “People Care”, and has just finished writing the third edition. Thom’s book is a series of lessons from seasoned medics about how to harness their talent and love their work throughout the span of a career. Mike Taigman is an internationally recognized leader in EMS, he has published over 500 articles in professional journals and he lectures worldwide. For over 20 years he has focused his efforts on quality and performance improvement. This event is hosted by Niagara Emergency Medical Services.
Measurement and Evaluation of Community Engagement 12:00 pm
Measurement and Evaluation of Community Engagement @ Online
May 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Building on his plenary presentation at Tamarack Institute’s 2017 Community Engagement: The Next Generation, Mark Holmgren will speak to how measuring community engagement is a different challenge than evaluating programmatic outcomes or impact. Topics to be covered will include: The Spectrum of Community Engagement The relationship between community engagement planning and evaluation Signals of an engaged citizenry that should be factored into community engagement design and measurement The importance of communicating with the public before, during, and post engagement, and various ways of doing so. This webinar is hosted by Tamarack Institute.
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Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research 2017 Conference
Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research 2017 Conference @ Ryerson University
May 31 – Jun 2 all-day
The Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER) is a dynamic growing association that is organizing its tenth annual conference as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. ANSER brings together leading academic researchers, practitioners, consultants, policymakers and community organizations from Canada and internationally to discuss current and emergent issues, debates and challenges in the fields of civil society, social economy, and nonprofit research and practice. The theme for the tenth conference at Ryerson University is: Nonprofits and the Social Economy: From Far and Wide. The conference is an opportunity to welcome and explore the power of ideas to connect people and communities, encourage discussions and debates and to create knowledge and change. Within this context, nonprofits and other social economy organizations are well poised to lead these discussions. This conference is hosted by the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research.
NPRN Meeting 9:00 am
NPRN Meeting @ Niagara Catholic District School Board
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network (NPRN) provides leadership in informing and changing attitudes about poverty, sharing ideas, resources and information services to leverage, collaborate and maximize the opportunities for community engagement. Click here to learn more about the NPRN. These meetings are held 5 times per year: January, March, May, September, and November. Please RSVP or find out more by emailing info@wipeoutpoverty.ca. Transportation supports are available.
Lifelong Learning Niagara Spring Lecture Series: Antibiotics and Resistance – A Looming Global Crisis 10:00 am
Lifelong Learning Niagara Spring Lecture Series: Antibiotics and Resistance – A Looming Global Crisis @ Armenian Community Centre
May 31 @ 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. Presenter: Dr. Gerry Wright, Director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research and Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University; Canada Research Chair in Antibiotic Biochemistry Antibiotics are the cornerstones of modern medicine. These wonder drugs not only have saved countless lives, they have enabled a large number of clinical interventions. From major surgeries, to cancer chemotherapy, to pre-term infants, the control of infection that antibiotics offer have had a profound impact on our quality and length of life. We are now at risk though of losing these advances. Bacteria have become increasingly resistant to our available drugs and the pharmaceutical industry has failed to provide new ones. We are at risk of entering a post-antibiotic era. Work on understanding how we got here and what we can do about it will be presented. This event is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.
OTF Webinar: Let’s Talk About the Grow Workbook 11:00 am
OTF Webinar: Let’s Talk About the Grow Workbook @ Online
May 31 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is providing support to potential grant applicants through a series of webinars focused on the OTF Investment Strategy. The session will include: An deep dive into OTF Grow Workbook of the grant application Time for Q & A’s. Interested in participating? Please reserve only 2 tickets per organization. It is recommended to book a boardroom if several on your team wish to participate. You are encouraged to prepare for this webinar by reviewing the What We Fund section of the OTF website. Webinar log-in details will be sent to registered participants a couple of days before the webinar to the email address used to register. Space is limited! Please sign up early, noting that a wait list will be maintained if required. This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Using Canadian Case Studies to Improve Healthcare for Inner City and Marginalized Populations 12:00 pm
Using Canadian Case Studies to Improve Healthcare for Inner City and Marginalized Populations @ Online
May 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Did you know? It is estimated that 5% of the population relies on more than 60% of healthcare services and costs. Some high risk/high cost populations – such as inner city and marginalized – have unmet health needs because there are no options for care. CFHI is profiling Canadian healthcare organizations that are successfully using population health-based initiatives to improve care and service for their inner city and marginalized populations. Join this webinar to: Discuss how the population health-based approach is creating impactful improvement for the most vulnerable populations Learn about innovative population health-based initiatives being used by organizations delivering care to inner city and marginalized populations Explore how CFHI is working to strategically advance the use of the Triple Aim framework in Canada This webinar is hosted by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement.
Social Enterprise Niagara Meetup: May Edition 5:00 pm
Social Enterprise Niagara Meetup: May Edition @ Mahtay Cafe
May 31 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Communities only get stronger when their leaders do. Additionally, local leadership is stronger, more relevant, and responsive when business, government, and the voluntary sectors work together. Typically the business sector measures success in terms of economic impact, whereas for nonprofits and charities, success is about being able to successfully address social issues. In other words we’re stacking up money versus humanity and compassion. Of course, we need both. And yet, we seem to separate the two with a very clear dividing line. This has created the challenge of not being able to find an infrastructure that addresses the need for both economic impact and social innovation. Brenda Herchmer, Principal Collaborator, Campus for Communities of the Future will lead us through a discussion of the need for a new kind of community leadership—focused on the system-thinking needed for transformative change grounded in collaboration, community building, and ultimately the responsive and nimble networks, webs, and meshwork required for both social and economic development. Campus for Communities of the Future is a micro college built as a social enterprise to “enhance the ability of seasoned and aspiring leaders to meet complex community demands…the Campus simplifies the complexity of this change with resources, learning, and coaching.” Products include community leadership online training and certification, as well as publications, consulting, workshops, and keynote addresses for stakeholders across the country. However, the reality is that the Principal Collaborator, Brenda Herchmer, never set out to build a social enterprise. Instead it evolved more as the result of...
Aging Well: Studying Healthy Cognitive Aging in Niagara 6:00 pm
Aging Well: Studying Healthy Cognitive Aging in Niagara @ Brock University - Academic South 203
May 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
You are invited to attend this free talk as part of Brock University’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research’s Speaker Series and Growing With Brock. Topic: Aging Well: Studying Healthy Cognitive Aging in Niagara Who: Older adults, families, educators, practitioners, students, researchers, and community members interested in learning more about healthy cognitive aging Free parking will be provided in D lot for all attendees. We all have one thing in common, we are getting older every day … but this might be a good thing for Niagara residents. During this community information evening Dr. Karen Campbell, Neuroscientist, will describe strategies for promoting healthy aging. Along the way Dr. Campbell will use her own research to explain how to improve cognitive abilities in older adulthood — providing tips and information to help the Niagara community better understand this important issue. This is event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required as space is limited. This event is hosted by Brock University’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research.

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