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Cultural City Planning: Mass Culture Digital Discussion 1:30 pm
Cultural City Planning: Mass Culture Digital Discussion @ Online
Feb 1 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Integrating Arts & Culture into municipal development and resiliency building initiatives: How do we mobilize cultural plans into action? How do we move beyond traditional consultation models and into collaborative action? By 2050, more than 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. As municipalities grapple with such projections and issues such as climate change, transportation and affordable housing, a City’s ability to respond and adapt are key to its future success and vitality. With recently elected city councils, municipalities continue to be entrenched in numerous resiliency building initiatives to prepare themselves for the future. What role does arts and culture play in these initiatives to strengthen cities? With many cities already having cultural plans in place, what are the next steps? How do municipal staff and sector leaders move forward with cultural plans and projects to ensure that arts and culture practitioners are meaningfully included and involved in City development and resiliency initiatives? How can we also plan for and with suburbs, rural regions, and networks of towns and cities? Join Mass Culture as they bring together Patrick Tobin (Director, Arts and Culture Services – City of Toronto), Sanjay Shahani (Executive Director, Edmonton Arts Council), Branislav Henselmann (Managing Director, Cultural Services – City of Vancouver) and facilitator Bridget MacIntosh (Arts & Culture Consultant) in a national conversation exploring this topic. Artists, cultural workers, municipal planners, policy-makers, researchers… are all invited to contribute their perspective and experience to enrich this conversation, during the digital gathering and afterwards on the...
Multi-Employer Job Fair – Port Colborne 2:00 pm
Multi-Employer Job Fair – Port Colborne @ Port Cares
Feb 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
PC Works Employment at Port Cares is hosting a multi-employer job fair on Friday, February 1st from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Lots of great jobs from Niagara Region employers! On-site employers include: Great Wolf Lodge, Kanetix, Bayshore Home Health, Seasons Retirement Communities, Paul’s Garden Centre, Whisky Run, First Student Canada, Original Foods, Harveys, Ondemand Staffing, and Whisky Run. Bring your resume and meet with your next employer! This job fair is hosted by PC Works Employment at Port Cares.
Love on the Brain – Event in Support of the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region 5:30 pm
Love on the Brain – Event in Support of the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region @ Paris Crepes Cafe
Feb 1 @ 5:30 pm
“Love on the Brain” is an event in support of the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region. 3-course dinner, silent auction, healthy brain foods & nutrition education presentation. For tickets call Brittany at 905-353-9555. $65 per person.
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Supporting Youth Living With and Affected By HIV 11:30 am
Supporting Youth Living With and Affected By HIV @ Online
Feb 4 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
What are the barriers to accessing supports for young people living with and affected by HIV? How are these youth currently being supported? What strategies are critical in providing well-rounded supports for youth living with and affected by HIV, and how can youth-serving organizations adopt these best practices? As we approach the fourth decade since the first cases were diagnosed, we better understand how HIV works, and how the disease impacts individuals and transforms communities. HIV is incurable, but it is preventable and treatable. Join YouthREX for a conversation with frontline practitioners and young people about barriers and opportunities for youth living with and affected by HIV, and learn how youth workers can promote evidence-informed best practices for effectively supporting these youth. Learn more about: The social drivers that contribute to, and result in, increased vulnerability, stigma, and discrimination What youth workers can do to support young people and break down the stigma associated with HIV How youth workers can integrate a critical approach when engaging youth living with and affected by HIV This webinar is hosted by YouthREX.
Information Session: Niagara Prosperity Initiative (NPI) Request for Proposals 1:00 pm
Information Session: Niagara Prosperity Initiative (NPI) Request for Proposals @ Four Points by Sheraton
Feb 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Proposals are invited from the community for projects that will provide an effective service to address poverty for residents of Niagara. The Niagara Prosperity Initiative (NPI) seeks to build strong neighbourhoods to ease the enduring impacts, stigma and stress associated with living in poverty. Stronger and healthier communities will provide individuals with social supports and access to the broader factors that affect health. Applications will be available at http://www.niagaraprosperityinitiative.ca/ from February 4, 2019 to March 1, 2019. An information session will be held on Monday, February 4, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Four Points by Sheraton (3530 Schmon Parkway, Thorold). This information session is hosted by the Niagara Prosperity Initiative.
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Policy Brief Presentation: Ohnia:Kara – An Aspiring Global Geopark 9:00 am
Policy Brief Presentation: Ohnia:Kara – An Aspiring Global Geopark @ Brock University - Cairns Building, Room 207
Feb 7 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Ohnia:kara (Mohawk for ‘neck between two bodies of water’) is a local grassroots initiative aimed at bringing the UNESCO Global Geopark brand to Niagara. Our policy brief introduces this relatively new concept to Niagara stakeholders and answers the question: ‘What is a geopark, and how might it enhance an already popular tourism destination?’ The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and open Q & A. Light refreshments will be served. This is an exciting opportunity to highlight the geological uniqueness that is Niagara and we hope discussions from this presentation will help move the initiative forward within the community. Please RSVP to Carol Phillips at cphillips3@brocku.ca. This event is hosted by the Niagara Community Observatory.
Government Funding for Hiring and Training Staff 1:00 pm
Government Funding for Hiring and Training Staff @ Online
Feb 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
In this webinar, Mentor Works will cover the top trends in government funding and the elements organizations should be aware of when they’re considering various incentive programs. Participants will learn key tactics to develop a funding plan, as well as details on some of the top hiring and training grants available to Canadian organizations. Learn how to develop your workforce with government funding. Receive insight on how to: Explore the government funding landscape and key funding elements Discover wage subsidies for hiring interns, summer students, and recent graduates Learn how to access training grants to bridge skill gaps and develop employees This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.
Self-Care for the Caregiver 5:22 pm
Self-Care for the Caregiver @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region - Pfizer Room
Feb 7 @ 5:22 pm – 6:22 pm
Do you… Feel overwhelmed in caring for others? Experience insomnia, worry, or anxiety? Have trouble dealing with your feelings? Find it hard to find time to take care of yourself? Have trouble asking for help and following through on it? Please join Denise Verreault, Director of Programs & Services at the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region, as she takes you through a sixteen-week educational program designed to help you learn how to take better care of you as you care for others. The three-hour weekly class will focus on self-awareness exercises, stress management, group discussion, and take-home exercises. You can learn how to develop your inner capacity to be resilient and strong regardless of your current life challenges. Sessions take place on Thursdays from January 10 to April 25, 2019. This program is hosted by the Niagara Caregiver Network.
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Findings from the 2017 CAMH Monitor Survey 12:00 pm
Findings from the 2017 CAMH Monitor Survey @ Online
Feb 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The webinar will highlight findings of the 2017 CAMH Monitor survey, the longest ongoing study of adult mental health and substance use in Ontario. In the past year, there were significant increases in the number of adults who reported cannabis use, self-rated poor mental health, thoughts of suicide, as well as taking more frequent mental distress days. The findings of the Monitor can help public health professionals, policy-makers, and other mental health and addictions professionals understand trends as a way to inform policy, programs and practice. This webinar will: Present an overview of findings from the 2017 Monitor; Discuss key mental health and substance use trends among adults in Ontario; Provide an opportunity to pose questions to the CAMH Monitor researchers. Presenters: Dr. Robert Mann, Senior Scientist, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, CAMH; Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Dr. Hayley Hamilton, Senior Scientist, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, CAMH. Anca Ialomiteanu, Research Methods Specialist and Manager of the CAMH Monitor, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, CAMH Target audience: Service providers, health promotion and public health professionals, policy-makers, individuals working in community settings. This webinar is hosted by the Evidence Exchange Network.
Trivia Night to Benefit Oak Centre and the Lake House 6:00 pm
Trivia Night to Benefit Oak Centre and the Lake House @ Royal Canadian Legion
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00pm, pizza at 6:30pm, and the competition begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are $20 per person (8 people per table). Tickets include pizza, snacks, and door prize entry ballot. There will be a cash bar, prize for winning team, and team names. Tickets are first come first served. For tickets or more information, please contact Sylvie, Marlena, or Natalie J. at 905-788-3010. This fundraiser is hosted by the Oak Centre.
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Using Spreadsheets in Program Evaluation
Using Spreadsheets in Program Evaluation @ Online
Feb 11 all-day
A free 4-week online certificate course about key concepts, tools and techniques required to manage, analyze and visualize quantitative data for a youth program evaluation. In this certificate, participants will learn the key concepts, tools and techniques required to manage and analyze quantitative data for a youth program to be able to illustrate and communicate their evaluation story. The certificate is designed to facilitate a foundational understanding of data management and analysis using spreadsheets within your program evaluation within the youth sector context. Frontline youth workers, management staff, and other professionals who have completed YouthREX’s introductory certificate: Understanding Program Evaluation for Youth Wellbeing (or equivalent), will find this certificate useful, particularly if working within a youth-led initiative. Applications are due January 11, 2019. This program is hosted by YouthREX.
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Age-Friendly Niagara Network Community Forum 9:00 am
Age-Friendly Niagara Network Community Forum @ Meridian Community Centre
Feb 13 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The AFNN, in partnership with the Pelham Seniors Advisory Committee, is hosting a Niagara-wide forum at the newly-opened Meridian Community Centre in Fonthill. This event will provide updates on developments in research on aging; explore the positive effects, for Niagara, of older adults of all income levels having access to a range of suitable housing options; and engage people in Age-Friendly action that creates the conditions for aging well in neighbourhoods across the region. Participants will include older adults from across Niagara, newly-appointed municipal Seniors and Age-Friendly advisory committee members, recently-elected and returning municipal council members, as well as individuals whose focus is on lifespan wellness. Speakers will include Dr. Parminder Raina, lead investigator for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging; Sarah Webster, Knowledge Broker with the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program (and Niagara Connects Sr. KB); Arlene Etchen, Knowledge Mobilization, CMHC (who will share her ‘hot off the press’ work showing the relationship between social inclusion and housing options); and municipal Age-Friendly leaders in Thorold who are working to better understand ways to improve access to a range of housing options for older people in our community. This event is hosted by the Age-Friendly Niagara Network.
Southern Tier Mayor’s Luncheon 11:30 am
Southern Tier Mayor’s Luncheon @ Bridgewater Country Club
Feb 13 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Join the South Niagara Chambers for lunch and presentations from five mayors of the Niagara Region! This event is sponsored by PenFinancial Credit Union.
State of the City – St. Catharines 4:30 pm
State of the City – St. Catharines @ Club Roma
Feb 13 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
2019 State of the City St. Catharines Annual Address by Mayor Walter Sendzik Supporting Business For 2019 & Beyond 2019 Team Stc Award Recipients To Be Announced Interactive Discussion Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments included. This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.
Niagara-on-the-Lake Toastmasters Meeting 7:00 pm
Niagara-on-the-Lake Toastmasters Meeting @ Niagara College
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
If you have ever wanted to improve your speaking skills, become a better communicator and develop your leadership skills, this is the time and place for you! Toastmasters are proud to announce that we are starting a new club in Niagara On The Lake. Toastmasters is an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping others develop their skills in leadership and public speaking. It’s time to get that job, ace that interview and lead teams with confidence. We have the tools to help you whatever your goals are. This event is hosted by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Toastmasters.
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Addressing Psychological Health and Safety in Nonprofit Workplaces 1:00 pm
Addressing Psychological Health and Safety in Nonprofit Workplaces @ Online
Feb 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The psychological health of your teams is becoming increasingly important in the context of performance, retention, and cost – all things that are crucial to achieving your mission. Join the Canadian Mental Health Association to hear more about how organizations both small and large are addressing psychological health and safety. You will learn about practical, low-cost (or no-cost!) strategies you can implement quickly and that are proven to help create a culture that enables your employees to do their best and thrive at work. This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.
Self-Care for the Caregiver 5:22 pm
Self-Care for the Caregiver @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region - Pfizer Room
Feb 14 @ 5:22 pm – 6:22 pm
Do you… Feel overwhelmed in caring for others? Experience insomnia, worry, or anxiety? Have trouble dealing with your feelings? Find it hard to find time to take care of yourself? Have trouble asking for help and following through on it? Please join Denise Verreault, Director of Programs & Services at the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region, as she takes you through a sixteen-week educational program designed to help you learn how to take better care of you as you care for others. The three-hour weekly class will focus on self-awareness exercises, stress management, group discussion, and take-home exercises. You can learn how to develop your inner capacity to be resilient and strong regardless of your current life challenges. Sessions take place on Thursdays from January 10 to April 25, 2019. This program is hosted by the Niagara Caregiver Network.
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Indigenous Strategies: Homelessness in Niagara 8:00 am
Indigenous Strategies: Homelessness in Niagara @ Silver Spire United Church
Feb 15 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
According to the Niagara Homelessness Point in Time Count, almost one quarter of the respondents identified as Indigenous or having Indigenous ancestry. This is vastly disproportionate to the 2.8% of Niagara’s overall population within the Niagara Region. The “Indigenous Strategies: Homelessness in Niagara” conference represents a key opportunity to engage us on the issue of housing and homelessness in Niagara and its disproportionate impact on the urban Indigenous population. Key experts in the Indigenous housing and homelessness sector will be discussing the reality of Indigenous homelessness in Niagara Region, and discuss some innovative solutions currently underway between urban Indigenous housing service providers, mainstream organizations, and all levels of government. The input gathered during subsequent discussion will inform Niagara Region’s engagement on the Housing and Homelessness Action Plan. All are welcome. Lunch is included. This event is hosted by the Niagara Aboriginal Working Group on Homelessness.
Physical Literacy for Older Adults 12:30 pm
Physical Literacy for Older Adults @ Kiwanis Aquatic Centre
Feb 15 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
This half-day workshop will introduce participants to a new training program designed to integrate physical literacy development into activity for older adults. The activities presented can be easily implemented by a recreation leader or health care worker. Workshop participants will be introduced to the concepts of physical literacy and encouraged to try activities that create durability. If you are a recreation leader, health care worker, exercise specialist or volunteer who care about the importance of quality programming for older adults, please register for one of the free workshops offered by the City of St. Catharines.
Art House Cafe Lecture: The Deep Now by Speaker Andrew James Smith 7:00 pm
Art House Cafe Lecture: The Deep Now by Speaker Andrew James Smith @ Grimsby Public Art Gallery
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm
Enter the world of the Protogon. This arrangement of polygons (flat shapes enclosed by straight lines) evolve from two parents, ‘flats’ and ‘sharps’. It is from a quantum state where there is no room for curves. Its inherent spiral corkscrews through our lives, threading the future with the past. The pattern permeates our deepest thoughts, tapping an endless supply of experience. Partake of the treasures artist Andrew James Smith has retrieved from that well. He managed to captured arrangements never created before although they are fundamental. Andrew spent five decades unravelling these variations. Two years ago, he published some of his revelations in an academic journal. Andrew attended the California College of Arts and Crafts on a full scholarship. He was the resident artist at the Coach House Press, and taught papermaking at Massey College. He represented Canada at the 1st Handmade Paper Conference. He was represented by the Isaacs Gallery, Geraldine Davis Gallery, and Gallery Moos, exhibiting in Germany, Brazil, and as far away as Japan. His art is found in major public collections such as Cambridge Galleries, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the National Gallery in Ottawa. He received many awards and was featured in The Globe & Mail, Quill & Quire, Maclean’s, TVO, and FashionTV. This event is hosted by the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.
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Boys and Girls Club of Niagara’s 21st Annual Sweep for Kids Bonspiel
Boys and Girls Club of Niagara’s 21st Annual Sweep for Kids Bonspiel @ Niagara Falls Curling Club
Feb 16 all-day
Join the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara for their 21st Annual Sweep for Kids Bonspiel charity fundraiser. The event will see 20, 4-person teams from beginners on up, participate in a curling competition with all proceeds in support of the Boys & Girls Club of Niagara. Take to the ice to enjoy some friendly competition and comradery, with the ultimate goal of raising funds to support the organization’s programs and services benefitting children and youth across the Region. Registration fees are $50 per person or $200 per team, and includes 2 games (6 ends) and lunch. There will be prizes for top pledges, trophies for the winning teams and silent auction. Register in person at the Boys and Girls Club (8800 McLeod Rd., Niagara Falls), by phone during business hours (905-357-2444 x221), or online. This event is hosted by the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara.
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West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session 9:30 am
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Community Care West Niagara
Feb 19 @ 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. Presentation: Lynda O’Donnell, Administrative & Fundraising Coordinator, Food Rescue Please RSVP your attendance to flowe@employmenthelp.org.
Person-Centred Language Matters 12:00 pm
Person-Centred Language Matters @ Online
Feb 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The Person-Centred Language Commitment Statements, informed by the authentic voice of persons with lived experience, were created to promote the consistent use of person-centred language that is appropriate, respectful, life-affirming and inclusive when talking with and referring to older adults presenting with or at risk for responsive behaviours/ personal expressions that may be associated with dementia, complex mental health, substance use and/or other neurological conditions and their care partners. Learn about Behavioural Supports Ontario’s Person-Centred Language Initiative and engage in self-reflection and discussion on why we need appropriate language and explore ways to transfer, translate and implement the concepts included in the report which was released in October of 2018. Presenters: Kate Ducak, Project Officer, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging Gagan Gill, Public Policy & Programs Analyst, Alzheimer Society of Ontario Tina Kalviainen, Strategic Communications Specialist, Provincial Coordinating Office, Behavioural Supports Ontario This webinar is hosted by Behavioural Supports Ontario and brainXchange.
Ontario Prescription Opioid Tool: A How-To Guide for Policy and Practice 2:00 pm
Ontario Prescription Opioid Tool: A How-To Guide for Policy and Practice @ Online
Feb 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Ontario Drug Policy Research Network will be hosting a webinar on the application of the Ontario Prescription Opioid Tool for policy and practice. The intended audience for this webinar is anyone engaged in work related to opioids at the Public Health Unit, LHIN, or provincial level. Presented by: Dr. Tara Gomes, Principal Investigator, Ontario Drug Policy Research Network. Monitoring trends and patterns of opioid prescriptions and the associated risks has become a provincial and national priority. The Ontario Prescription Opioid Tool allows public access to data related to indicators for opioid prescribing in the province from 2012 onwards using data from the Narcotics Monitoring System (NMS) housed at ICES. This data captures all opioid prescriptions dispensed in retail pharmacies across Ontario. The tool also includes information on pharmacy-dispensed naloxone, a program introduced in June 2016 in the province, using data from the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program. This tool, which was made to complement Public Health Ontario’s interactive tool on opioid-related harms, is interactive and the graphs and maps are adjustable to present patterns in the distribution of these indicators by age, sex, LHIN and PHU. All data displayed on the tool is available for download. The objectives of this webinar are to: Outline the opioid-related indicators included within the tool Describe some of the methodological approaches, strengths and limitations of the data Provide a walk-through demonstration of the tool, including how to find and interpret information, and how to download the data Allow opportunities for feedback, questions and...
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Age-Friendly Niagara Consultation: 5-Year Review of Niagara’s 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Action Plan (HHAP) 9:00 am
Age-Friendly Niagara Consultation: 5-Year Review of Niagara’s 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Action Plan (HHAP) @ BCM Insurance Co. - Community Room
Feb 20 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
This event will support the 5-year review of Niagara Region’s 10-year Housing and Homelessness Action Plan (HHAP). It will provide the Age-Friendly Niagara Network an opportunity to: Hear about the recent and ongoing work of the HHAP Share about the experience of older adults related to housing and homelessness from 2013-2018 (the first 5 years of the HHAP) Review and validate input received from community stakeholders through the 5-year review process Provide input on the housing needs of older adults and how those needs could be addressed in 2019-2023 (the next 5 years of the HHAP) Refreshments will be provided. Space is limited to 50 participants. RSVP to Jennifer McKenzie by phone (905-980-6000 ext. 3808) or email (Jennifer.McKenzie@niagararegion.ca). For more information, please contact Jeffrey Sinclair, Homelessness Action Plan Advisor, Homelessness Services, Niagara Region by phone (905-980-6000 ext. 3814) or email (Jeffrey.Sinclair@niagararegion.ca). This event will be held in the Community Room at BCM Insurance Co. Plenty of free parking is available behind the building. Please enter through the front doors. The Community Room is at the back of the building, past the main reception desk. This event is hosted by Niagara Region and the Age-Friendly Niagara Network.
Strategies to Reduce Alcohol-Related Harms and Costs in Canada 1:00 pm
Strategies to Reduce Alcohol-Related Harms and Costs in Canada @ Online
Feb 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
The Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) are pleased to present findings from the Canadian Alcohol Policy Evaluation (CAPE) project. Building on the report released in 2013, the CAPE project provides a rigorous assessment of whether evidence-based alcohol policies were being implemented in each of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories as well as by the Federal government as of 2017. During this webinar participants will learn about: high-level findings and project methods selected findings from key policy areas demonstrating their potential for protecting public health and safety This research will inform evidence-based alcohol policies in Canada to reduce and prevent alcohol-related harms. Additional project information and resources are available on our CAPE project page. Presented by the Canadian Alcohol Policy Evaluation (CAPE) Project Research Team. Presenters include: Tim Stockwell, Director, Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, Victoria, BC Norman Giesbrecht, Emeritus Scientist, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, Toronto, ON Ashley Wettlaufer, Research Coordinator, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, Toronto, ON Kara Thompson, Research Associate, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS Samantha Cukier, Doctoral student and Research Fellow, Dartmouth College Target audience includes: public health, policy makers, system planners, researchers. This webinar is hosted by Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) & Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
Social and Emotional Learning Through Nature and Play 2:00 pm
Social and Emotional Learning Through Nature and Play @ Online
Feb 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This webinar will explore the development of Social Emotional Learning through nature and play. Join us as we speak with Marlene Power of Child and Nature Alliance of Canada. Marlene will highlight the Forest and Nature Schools movement which offer children “opportunities to build an on-going relationship with the land, to a dedicated educator, to one another, and to themselves.” This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Richard Pierpoint 7:30 pm
Richard Pierpoint @ Grimsby Town Hall
Feb 20 @ 7:30 pm
Richard Pierpoint: Donna Ford – President of Central Ontario Network for Black History Donna is a researcher on early Black Settlers who as Runaway Slaves arrived during the Underground Railroad era and settled in St. Catharines and Niagara region. Richard Pierpoint was a child slave brought from Senegal in West Africa across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. He became a soldier in the Revolutionary War in the United States and fought in the War of 1812 in Canada. In the latter stages of his life, he was a leader in the community. Richard Pierpoint served a pioneer in John Butler’s rangers. By 1780 he was stationed with them in the Niagara region and was granted 200 acres of land on Twelve Mile Creek, in what later became Grantham Township. In 1812 he enlisted in the Coloured or Black Corps and saw action at the battle of Queenston Heights on 13 October 1812 and was also involved in heavy fighting during the siege of Fort George (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 27 May 1813. He wished to return to the West African settlement he had left in the hold of a slave-ship some 60 years earlier but instead the old soldier received a location ticket for 100 acres of land in unsettled Garafraxa Township on the Grand River, near present-day Fergus. In May 1825 Richard Pierpoint completed the settlement duties in clearing and fencing five acres and erecting a house. He probably died in late 1837 – an old African brought by...
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The Importance of Recreational Programs for Those Diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia 12:00 pm
The Importance of Recreational Programs for Those Diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia @ Online
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
This webinar will touch on the importance of recreational programs specifically designed for people living with Young Onset Dementia (YOD) and their care partners. Learn about The Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s Boomers Club, a weekly social program for YOD and their families and explore ways to support the unique needs of this population. This webinar is hosted by brainXchange.
Introducing the 2019 CharityVillage Salary and Benefits Report 1:00 pm
Introducing the 2019 CharityVillage Salary and Benefits Report @ Online
Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
CharityVillage is pleased to be releasing a brand new, fully updated edition of their popular Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report – the most comprehensive of its kind in the country! This webinar will give you a basic introduction to the report, unveil the executive summary, and will provide tips and pointers on how to read the report and interpret the data. This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.
Ask the Expert: The Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project 1:30 pm
Ask the Expert: The Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project @ Online
Feb 21 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Do you have any burning questions related to your work and the mental health of immigrants and refugees? If so, join the Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project for an online live-session with subject matter experts Dr. Debra Stein and Bonnie Wong. You will be joining social, settlement, and health service providers across Canada in asking our experts questions to support your every day work with immigrants and refugees. This session is hosted by the Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project.
Self-Care for the Caregiver 5:22 pm
Self-Care for the Caregiver @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region - Pfizer Room
Feb 21 @ 5:22 pm – 6:22 pm
Do you… Feel overwhelmed in caring for others? Experience insomnia, worry, or anxiety? Have trouble dealing with your feelings? Find it hard to find time to take care of yourself? Have trouble asking for help and following through on it? Please join Denise Verreault, Director of Programs & Services at the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region, as she takes you through a sixteen-week educational program designed to help you learn how to take better care of you as you care for others. The three-hour weekly class will focus on self-awareness exercises, stress management, group discussion, and take-home exercises. You can learn how to develop your inner capacity to be resilient and strong regardless of your current life challenges. Sessions take place on Thursdays from January 10 to April 25, 2019. This program is hosted by the Niagara Caregiver Network.
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Taking Action Against Abuse of Older Adults: Certificate Workshop 9:00 am
Taking Action Against Abuse of Older Adults: Certificate Workshop @ Grantham Lions Club
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Crime Stoppers Niagara, in partnership with the Niagara Elder Abuse Prevention Network and the Alzheimer Society of Niagara is offering a free one-day workshop. 9:20 – Opening Remarks 9:30-10:30 – Finding Your Way with Jessica Pace, Alzheimer Society of Niagara, focusing on supporting people with dementia to stay engaged in their community while mitigating the risks of wandering and going missing. 10:45-12:00 – Abuse of Older Adults, Be Part of the Solution with Dion McParland, Niagara Elder Abuse Prevention Network & Alzheimer Society of Niagara: Introductory workshop will provide awareness of abuse of older adults to front-line staff and volunteers; to gain awareness, develop best practices in responding to abuse, by learning communication skills and directing to the appropriate resources, and be part of the solution. 12:00-12:45 – Lunch 12:45-3:15 – Abuse of Older Adults, Be Part of the Solution Limited spots available. If you wish to attend, please call Sara Stevens at 905-938-5463 by February 18, 2019. This workshop is hosted by Crime Stoppers Niagara, the Elder Abuse Prevention Network, and the Alzheimer Society of Niagara.
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Coldest Night of the Year: YWCA Niagara Region 4:00 pm
Coldest Night of the Year: YWCA Niagara Region @ Grimsby Secondary School
Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The 4th annual Coldest Night of the Year West Niagara is being held in support of the YWCA’s West Niagara Affordable Housing program! Get excited for the non-competitive 2km, 5km, or 10km walk that raises awareness about and funds for the fight against poverty and homelessness in our community! And don’t forget, after the walk you can join the YWCA back inside to warm up with some chili and vote for your favourite in our “Chilly” Cook-Off. The goal of YWCA’s West Niagara Affordable Housing program is to provide transitional supportive housing to all of West Niagara, which will lead individuals to self-sufficiency within the time frame of one to three years. Together with community partners, the YWCA Niagara Region provide supportive programming and housing solutions to individuals who are committed to attaining self-sufficiency. Partners include community organizations, individuals, service providers and the faith community as well as residential clients.
Meridian Credit Union Coldest Night of the Year for Project SHARE 4:00 pm
Meridian Credit Union Coldest Night of the Year for Project SHARE @ St. Paul Catholic High School
Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm
The Meridian Credit Union Coldest Night of the Year is a 2, 5 or 10 km winter walk raising funds to support the hungry, homeless and hurting in Niagara Falls who rely on Project SHARE. Gather a team or friends, family or coworkers, or join Project SHARE’s team, collect pledges and come out for a fun winter walk. Warm up after with hot chocolate and soup. Register to walk, volunteer or donate at www.cnoy.org.
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Executive Director’s Forum of South Niagara: Bill 47 and the Ever Changing Legal Landscape of Employment Law 8:30 am
Executive Director’s Forum of South Niagara: Bill 47 and the Ever Changing Legal Landscape of Employment Law @ A Child's World
Feb 26 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
EDUCATION TOPIC: Bill 47 and the Ever Changing Legal Landscape of Employment Law PRESENTER: Leanne E. Standryk, Partner, Labour, Employment and Sports Law, Lancaster, Brooks & Welch LLP Leanne was called to the Ontario Bar in 1998. After her call to the Ontario Bar, Leanne became a Legal Consultant for the Ministry of the Attorney General at the Crown Law Office in Toronto and joined Lancaster, Mix & Welch (now Lancaster Brooks & Welch LLP) as an associate shortly thereafter. Leanne acts for a variety of employers both in the private, charitable, not for profit and public sector and is experienced in the full range of employment and labour issues including employment contract issues, terminations, workplace restructuring, labour relations, contract negotiation, wrongful dismissal, workplace privacy issues, occupational health and safety, as well as policy development. This session will focus on Bill 47 and the ever changing legal landscape of employment law. In particular, Leanne will present a summary of Bill 148 in review, a summary of Bill 47, and an ‘Employment Law 101’ including an overview of employment agreements and obligations on termination.
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Work and Health: Using HEIA to Analyze the Implications of Bill 47 12:00 pm
Work and Health: Using HEIA to Analyze the Implications of Bill 47 @ Online
Feb 27 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Employment is an important determinant of health. From inadequate pay to occupational hazards, poor jobs can contribute to increased injuries, disease and mortality. Alternatively, healthy and safe work can be a source of income, meaning and social connection that contributes positively to workers’ health and wellbeing. Rebecca Cheff and Malaika Hill, researchers from Wellesley Institute, will share how the HEIA tool was used to identify potential health equity impacts of recent changes to workers’ protections in Ontario. This webinar will outline how a rapid desktop health equity analysis was conducted on the changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act introduced by the Making Ontario Open for Business Act (Bill 47). It will also discuss how results were disseminated using a report, blog, infographics and social media to highlight the potential harms to the health of workers and families. This webinar is hosted by the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Community of Interest.
Inclusive Entrepreneurship 2:00 pm
Inclusive Entrepreneurship @ Online
Feb 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
In this webinar Nisa Mali, Senior Policy Analyst at the Brookfield Institute will share what leading academics and practitioners are learning about what is needed to increase access to entrepreneurship for all Canadians. These perspectives will be grounded in the real experiences entrepreneurs who will share their journeys and their thoughts on the supports needed for others who wish to follow the same path. This is a must-see webinar for anyone whose work supports entrepreneurship or employment skills training. This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Business of Ageing Niagara Network: Protirement, Not Retirement 5:30 pm
Business of Ageing Niagara Network: Protirement, Not Retirement @ Niagara College, Welland Campus - Room AH255
Feb 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Ellis Katsof, MSW and author of Life 3.0 speaks on “Protirement not Retirement” There are dozens of books telling us how to plan financially for retirement but few people plan properly for their future lives. Ellis interviewed over 100 baby boomers from all walks of life who reached the next capture of their lives and were left wondering “What’s Next?” Come hear insights and ideas to start you on a planned path to creating a fulfilling third chapter of your life. This event is hosted by the Business of Ageing Niagara Network.
Cannabis Information Session 6:00 pm
Cannabis Information Session @ Niagara Region Public Health
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Residents are invited to learn more about: Information about cannabis and its uses Risks and harms associated with cannabis use Legalization information Practical tools and resources to reduce the harms associated with cannabis use Light refreshments will be provided. Register with Roberta Santin. This event is hosted by Niagara Region Public Health.
Niagara-on-the-Lake Toastmasters Meeting 7:00 pm
Niagara-on-the-Lake Toastmasters Meeting @ Niagara College
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
If you have ever wanted to improve your speaking skills, become a better communicator and develop your leadership skills, this is the time and place for you! Toastmasters are proud to announce that we are starting a new club in Niagara On The Lake. Toastmasters is an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping others develop their skills in leadership and public speaking. It’s time to get that job, ace that interview and lead teams with confidence. We have the tools to help you whatever your goals are. This event is hosted by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Toastmasters.
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Putting UN General Comment 21 on Children in Street Situations to Work for Canadian Children and Youth 12:00 pm
Putting UN General Comment 21 on Children in Street Situations to Work for Canadian Children and Youth @ Online
Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Join A Way Home Canada, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, the American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness & Poverty, Justice for Children and Youth and the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children as we explore UN General Comment 21 on Children in Street Situations, as well as the newly released General Comment 21 Implementation Recommendations report. These are important tools in our advocacy toolbox for furthering our collective vision to prevent and end youth homelessness. The webinar will include a discussion on: The background, process and purpose of UN General Comment 21 and the Implementation Recommendations report Implications for the Canadian legal community, service providers and people with lived experience An overview and calls to action related to the UN Canadian review process of our progressive realization of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Gambling on Campus: A Hidden Problem? 1:00 pm
Gambling on Campus: A Hidden Problem? @ Online
Feb 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Gambling is a common and increasingly popular activity, especially among young adults. It can be a healthy form of entertainment for most of the population- but for some it can negatively impact their physical and mental health, as well as strain social and cultural ties. Technological advances have increased the accessibility of gambling beyond traditional land-based activities (e.g. casinos), allowing individuals to gamble from the comfort of their computer or smartphone, any time they feel like it. These advances have also blurred the line between gambling and gaming, with many traditional smartphone or computer-based games now including gambling elements (e.g. loot-boxes). This brief presentation will provide an overview of gambling behaviour and harm, its relationship to other mental health conditions university/college students are susceptible to, and provide considerations for developing campus services and polices to promote healthy play and reduce negative health outcomes. This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.
Self-Care for the Caregiver 5:22 pm
Self-Care for the Caregiver @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region - Pfizer Room
Feb 28 @ 5:22 pm – 6:22 pm
Do you… Feel overwhelmed in caring for others? Experience insomnia, worry, or anxiety? Have trouble dealing with your feelings? Find it hard to find time to take care of yourself? Have trouble asking for help and following through on it? Please join Denise Verreault, Director of Programs & Services at the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region, as she takes you through a sixteen-week educational program designed to help you learn how to take better care of you as you care for others. The three-hour weekly class will focus on self-awareness exercises, stress management, group discussion, and take-home exercises. You can learn how to develop your inner capacity to be resilient and strong regardless of your current life challenges. Sessions take place on Thursdays from January 10 to April 25, 2019. This program is hosted by the Niagara Caregiver Network.

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