Information Session: Niagara Prosperity Initiative RFP 1:00 pm
Information Session: Niagara Prosperity Initiative RFP @ MacBain Community Centre - Coronation Room
Feb 1 @ 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 www.NiagaraProsperityInitiative.ca from February 5, 2018 to March 2, 2018. For more information, contact Natalie Chaumont (contact information above). This information session is hosted by the Niagara Prosperity Initiative.
Pathways Speaker Summit: Truths Revealed 6:30 pm
Pathways Speaker Summit: Truths Revealed @ Club Roma
Feb 6 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Hear the myths and truths about the future of education and career opportunities in Niagara and beyond. Administrators, teachers, parents, students and the community are invited to hear directly from local business and education leaders about emerging industries, markets and job opportunities. Get the facts straight from the source and be informed about real pathway options for students. This event is ideal for students and parents Grades 6-10. Now is the time to discover your passion, become informed and set realistic goals to plan your pathway to success. This event is hosted by Niagara Catholic District School Board & Niagara Workforce Planning Board.
Engaging Planners as Livable Community Allies 11:00 am
Multiple Moves Through the Health System: Using Big Data and Lived Experience to Understand and Change 12:00 pm
The Fountain of Health Initiative for Optimal Aging – An Innovative Approach for Mental Health Promotion 1:00 pm
More Than Money: Leveraging the Benefits of Sports Hosting in Niagara 2:30 pm
More Than Money: Leveraging the Benefits of Sports Hosting in Niagara @ Brock University - Cairns Building, Room 207
Feb 7 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
In the winter of 2017, Master’s student Chris Charlebois surveyed 251 people attending the Scotties Tournament of Hearts to measure how they perceived the national championship affecting St. Catharines and Niagara region in terms of economic, social, and environmental impacts. This Niagara Community Observatory policy brief #30, written by Charlebois and Julie Stevens (Director of the Centre for Sport Capacity) presents those findings, as well as economic impact indicators of eight other sporting events held in Niagara over the past five years, in an effort to offer a better methodology for local decision-makers to measure the success of these types of events, and in turn, find ways to effectively support sport-event hosts in the region. Panelists: Sue Morin, Business Development Manager at Venture Niagara Tim Rigby, Niagara Regional Councillor, Royal Canadian Henley Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Carol Phillips (contact information above). This research presentation and panel discussion is hosted by the Niagara Community Observatory and Centre for Sport Capacity.
Ecological Nationalism and the Canadian Environmental Imaginary 11:00 am
Ecological Nationalism and the Canadian Environmental Imaginary @ Brock University - Schmon Tower, Room 105
Feb 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
The Anthropocene – the new epoch of indelible human impact on the Earth system – manifests, at this stage of its history, as a moment of profound ecological crisis. A key question for humanity is therefore how we should govern ourselves as the planetary force we have become. In this paper, Dr. Byron Williston (Department of Philosophy, Wilfrid Laurier University) asks how this question applies to Canadians and approaches it from the standpoint of what we might call the Canadian environmental imaginary. His key claim is that if we are able to meet the challenges of the Anthropocene responsibly it is crucial for us to cultivate a kind of nationalism that has environmental concerns as its central focus. This is ecological nationalism. As we will see, the specifically Canadian version of ecological nationalism can flourish only if we alter fundamentally the way we have so far imagined our relation to nature in this country. Dr. Williston closes by applying the results of the analysis to Canadian climate policy post-Paris. This event is hosted by the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre and Posthumanism Research Institute.
Sustainable Development as a Complex Problem 12:45 pm
Sustainable Development as a Complex Problem @ Brock University - Schmon Tower, Room 105
Feb 9 @ 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm
The industrial revolution, based on linear models and deterministic science, has led to phenomenal advances in technology, economic development and quality of life. This success has also resulted in wholesale biodiversity loss, environmental pollution on a planetary scale, climate change, poverty in the underdeveloped south and an extraordinary concentration of financial wealth. While linear science is good for technological development it is not adequate for understanding the complexity of living beings. We need new paradigms and ways of learning about ourselves and our relationships with the environment. This seminar will present some concepts from systems thinking that might help us to deal with the sustainability challenge we currently face. This event is hosted by the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.
Us and Them Documentary Screening 7:00 pm
Southern Tier Mayors’ Luncheon 11:30 am
Southern Tier Mayors’ Luncheon @ Lipa Park
Feb 13 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Mayors of the region’s six southernmost communities will come together to discuss new and useful economic and community-based information at the joint Chambers of Commerce Southern Tier Mayors’ Luncheon on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. In the past, the mayors’ presentations have highlighted both the achievements and future plans for growth and development collectively as well as for individual communities. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Welland/Pelham Chamber of Commerce (contact information above).
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session 9:30 am
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Community Care West Niagara
Feb 20 @ 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. Presentations: Nicole Sutherland – Community Care West Niagara Erin Riseing – Niagara West Community Garden Collective, Niagara Community Garden Network Please RSVP your attendance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alcohol and Drugs on Campus: What Students and Staff Have to Say 10:30 am
Pardons Canada Information Session 1:00 pm
Pardons Canada Information Session @ Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre
Feb 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Grand River Employment and Training in conjunction with Apatisiwin Employment and Training is holding an information session for Pardons Canada. The purpose of this session is to share the information that is needed to apply and receive pardons for criminal records. A criminal record can be a barrier to employment that sometimes seems impossible to conquer, but there is help available. This session is hosted by Grand River Employment and Training & Apatisiwin Employment and Training.
Executive Director’s Forum of South Niagara 8:30 am
Basic Income: Collective Action on Social Policy 10:00 am
The Stakeholder Inclusion in Practice Change Project: Improving Person-Centred Care During Mealtimes in LTC 12:00 pm
SafeTALK Training 1:00 pm
SafeTALK Training @ TBA
Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
SafeTALK is a 3.5 hour workshop where you will learn: To be a suicide alert helper To be aware that opportunities to help a person with thoughts of suicide are sometimes missed, dismissed and avoided To use TALK steps (Tell, Ask, Listen and Keep Safe) and activate a suicide alert How and where to connect persons with thoughts of suicide to further help and care To register to attend, please request a registration form by email. This training is hosted by Distress Centre Niagara.
The Willow Community Member Art Show 2:00 pm
The Willow Community Member Art Show @ Mahtay Cafe
Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Come and check out some awesome artwork from The Willow Community. Opening reception will be held from 2-4 pm in the Community Room at Mahtay Cafe. This is a great opportunity to celebrate art, diversity, community, and have some conversations. The Willow Community is a nonprofit arts organization that provides free art classes to people with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions in the Niagara Region. Visit www.thewillowcommunity.com to learn more.