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Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Training Program 9:30 am
Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Training Program @ Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre
Sep 5 @ 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Dreaming of starting your own business? This 8-week training program could make it a reality! Is owning a business right for you? What business should you choose? How does owning a business work in Canada? Mentorship and micro loan opportunities are available. For more information or to register, contact Lori at 905-732-5337 or lwebster@wellandheritagecouncil.com. This training program is hosted by Welland Heritage Council & Multicultural Centre.
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Agricultural System Consultation Webinar 9:30 am
Agricultural System Consultation Webinar @ Online
Sep 6 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is inviting members of the agricultural community to join a webinar on the Agricultural System consultations. The webinar is intended to increase the awareness of the agricultural community on the province’s draft Agricultural System mapping and Implementation Procedures. It will also provide an opportunity for OMAFRA to gather your ideas on how to maximize the benefits of moving to an Agricultural System across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Those interested may participate in the webinar from their own home or business, or by attending one of six host sites: Colborne, Elora, City of Kawartha Lakes, Midhurst, Town of Simcoe or Vineland. To participate, you must pre-register by September 1 by calling OMAFRA’s Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or by sending an email to ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca. When registering, please provide: your name name of the agricultural organization/s you belong to your municipality whether you will log on to the webinar individually or attend one of the six host sites (please specify which location) Those who pre-register will receive the agenda, webinar & teleconference information, and location details. This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
Honeymoon City Toastmasters Club Meeting 7:00 pm
Honeymoon City Toastmasters Club Meeting @ Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #479
Sep 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Toastmasters is a non profit educational organization devoted to developing public speaking and service leadership skills. Open to all adults. The first meeting of the 2017 season will be held on September 6th. Meetings are held every Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. from September to June. This event is hosted by the Honeymoon City Toastmasters.
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Fort Erie: Shared Learning Local Hub Session 9:00 am
Fort Erie: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Lighthouse
Sep 7 @ 9:00 am
Shared Learning Local Hub sessions are being held in 5 areas across Niagara for front-line community service and outreach workers to: Connect for shared learning; Share ideas and best practice information to enable client success; and Strengthen relationships concerning clients’ access to services and benefits. To be part of this session, contact Mary Anne Feagan at maryanne.feagan@bridgeschc.ca.
Literacy Day 4:00 pm
Literacy Day @ DSBN Academy
Sep 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
September 8th marks the International celebration and awareness campaign on literacy. In preparation for this day, you are invited to to engage with specialized edtech companies, local libraries, teachers and other professional educators in the study of literacy practices from early childhood through adolescence. This networking event will showcase innovative literacy resources to engage readers and support literacy. Take this opportunity to celebrate this international awareness day with your students by highlighting the importance and value of literary education. This event is hosted by iHub.
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Brock Bazaar 9:00 am
Brock Bazaar @ Brock University - Academic South Hallway
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Do you have any items sitting around your house or out in the garage that you’re looking to sell? Then the Brock Bazaar is for you! Register to sell your items for $15/table (before August 5th) on this website or in person at Brock University in Mackenzie Chown A 204. After August 5th, the registration fee is $20/table. Registration fee includes: parking, and one (1) table for your yard sale items! You keep the profits from your sales. $15 tabling fee will be donated to support Alternative Reading Week Bursaries for Brock students. Attending the event to browse and shop is free and NO ticket is required! This event is hosted by the Brock Leaders Citizenship Society.
Brock Cares Day of Service 12:30 pm
Brock Cares Day of Service @ Various
Sep 9 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
The Brock University Student Life & Community Experience department, in collaboration with the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU), will be hosting the annual Brock Cares Day of Service, which is at the culmination of Orientation Week. During the Brock Cares Day of Service, volunteers spend the day in the community volunteering at various community organizations in Niagara. Hundreds of students will participate in projects that are not only meaningful, but also encourage a lasting community involvement. If you are interested in partnering with Brock for the 9th Brock Cares Day of Service, kindly fill out this form. Following the Brock Cares Day event, they will be hosting their annual VolunteerFEST on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017. This event is hosted by Brock University.
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Big Move Cancer Ride
Big Move Cancer Ride @ Club Roma
Sep 10 all-day
Push yourself to the limit at the 9th Annual Big Move Cancer Ride. Cycle the 100K with other hardcore riders, try the 50K route for a bit of a challenge or cruise the 25K at your own pace. Whether individually or part of a team, register today and join the ride to raise money for the Walker Family Cancer Centre! This event is hosted by OneFoundation for Niagara Health.
12th Annual Suicide Awareness Walk 6:00 pm
12th Annual Suicide Awareness Walk @ St. Catharines Market Square
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm
In recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day and of all those whom we have lost, Distress Centre Niagara will be hosting its 12th Annual Suicide Awareness Walk at Market Square in downtown St. Catharines. All proceeds raised from this event will support Distress Centre Niagara’s 24-hour crisis phone line. In 2016, volunteer crisis workers responded to a total of 14,269 calls and logged over 7,140 volunteer hours. The Walk will honour those who we have lost to suicide, as well as their loved ones who continue their daily lives as survivors. You can pre-register by contacting Distress Centre at dcniagara@distresscentreniagara.com or via telephone (905)682-8122. For more information please visit the Distress Centre Website where you can find the flyer and the pledge form. This event is hosted by the Distress Centre.
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Deadline: NCF Community Grant Application 12:00 pm
Deadline: NCF Community Grant Application @ Online
Sep 11 @ 12:00 pm
Niagara Community Foundation’s Community Grants Program focuses on finding ways to help individuals, families, organizations and communities prosper. While Niagara is facing many challenges, we also have an opportunity to seek new and sustainable ways of addressing community issues and creating a more collaborative approach to meeting the challenges facing organizations and our community. Grant Making Priorities: Addressing the issues/indicators in the Living in Niagara Report 2014, or, Assisting with the development and implementation of tools and resources that would contribute to an organization’s success; including professional and organizational development and training Click here for more information on eligibility and the application process. This grant is provided by Niagara Community Foundation.
Connections First: An Introduction to the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region 1:00 pm
Connections First: An Introduction to the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Sep 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Connections First is a new introductory session where people can get connected to the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region. Persons with dementia and their partners in care learn about living well with dementia through Wellness and Healthy Brain Strategies, find out why it is important to connect with community services and get support. Participants have opportunity to explore Normal Aging and Dementia and hear about recommended first steps. Sessions will be held monthly. Registration is required (see contact information above). These sessions are hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.
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Smart Employers Talk: Building a Better Economy One Job at a Time 8:30 am
Smart Employers Talk: Building a Better Economy One Job at a Time
Sep 12 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
In June 2017, the Liberal Government of Ontario introduced legislation to create #decentwork and #goodjobs through a plan for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs. This plan recommends raising the minimum wage to $15, ensuring part-time workers are paid the same hourly wage as full-time workers, introducing paid sick days for every worker and stepping up enforcement of employment laws. Some employers across Ontario expressed their negative opinions about the proposed changes, stating that this plan for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs would threaten their bottom line, leading them to slash jobs, raise prices or shut down altogether. The goal of this conference is to provide #smartemployers – who vary in scope and size – an opportunity to share how providing #decentwork and #goodjobs has allowed them to surpass their competition, and ultimately this will #buildabettereconomy. Their stories demonstrate that supporting a good jobs strategy can result in greater productivity and profitability for businesses, improved job and income security for workers, and decreased inequality and injustice for all of society. This conference is hosted by Ryerson University.
Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario 11:30 am
Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario @ Online
Sep 12 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
The province of Ontario is committed to improving services for young people through the creation and support of integrated youth service hubs. These ‘youth wellness hubs’ will be places where young people aged 12-25 can receive walk-in, one-stop access to mental health and addictions services, as well as other social and employment supports, all under one roof. This webinar will give service providers the opportunity to learn more about the Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario (YWHO) initiative, including: What are integrated youth service hubs? What evidence exists to support this model of service delivery? How are hub locations being selected in Ontario? How can people apply to get a youth wellness hub in their community? What is the timeline for putting these hubs in place? This presentation will be followed by a Q&A session, and will also provide an opportunity for service providers to give feedback on the YWHO initiative and to share their knowledge about integrated youth services already in place in Ontario. This webinar will also be held on September 13, 2:00-3:00 p.m. This webinar is hosted by CAMH & Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario.
Gambling: Worth the Risk? 12:00 pm
Gambling: Worth the Risk? @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
Sep 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Presenter: Dr. Iris Balodis, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University What to expect: Learn how to identify when gambling becomes a problem Become familiar with the prevalence rates among those with mental health issues and other concurrent disorders Learn about marked differences between gambling and other addictions Enhance your skills in assessment, treatment and referral You will receive a Certificate of Attendance for each Education Session that you attend. This session is hosted by the Concurrent DIsorders Capacity Building Team.
4-Week Family Coping Skills Groups 7:00 pm
4-Week Family Coping Skills Groups @ Niagara Falls
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Topics include but are not limited to: Understanding the symptoms of mental illness Developing a healthcare plan Useful community resources Setting limits Problem solving as a family unit Improving two-way communications Effective ways to advocate for your relative Non-violent crisis intervention training Psychiatric medications Self-care for the caregiver Guest speakers supplement the facilitators. Facilitators are mental health professionals as well as family members. Location is provided upon registration. These sessions are hosted by the Family Mental Health Support Network of Niagara.
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Brock VolunteerFEST 10:00 am
Brock VolunteerFEST @ Brock University - Guernsey Market Hall
Sep 13 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Brock University’s Student Life & Community Experience invites community partners to VolunteerFEST, an opportunity to recruit volunteers and share information about programs and services to students, faculty, and staff. By reserving a booth, you will have the opportunity to promote your organization and foster a positive community image. A four foot table, two chairs, and a parking pass will be included in a $15.00 registration fee. This event is hosted by Brock University.
Gambling: Worth the Risk? 12:00 pm
Gambling: Worth the Risk? @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
Sep 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Presenter: Dr. Iris Balodis, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University What to expect: Learn how to identify when gambling becomes a problem Become familiar with the prevalence rates among those with mental health issues and other concurrent disorders Learn about marked differences between gambling and other addictions Enhance your skills in assessment, treatment and referral You will receive a Certificate of Attendance for each Education Session that you attend. This session is hosted by the Concurrent DIsorders Capacity Building Team.
New and Evolving Elements of Research on Dementia 12:00 pm
New and Evolving Elements of Research on Dementia @ Online
Sep 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
There has been a systematic effort over the past few years to get a more accurate and early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common cause of late-onset dementia. International guidelines for research diagnostic criteria are now leading to national guidelines for use of biomarkers, such as brain imaging using positron-emission tomography (PET). New ligands (radioactive makers of different brain changes) are being systematically studied across the range of AD (from no symptoms to mild complaints, then measurable memory decline, and then dementia), in order to see if there is a special timing of the disease where drugs acting on amyloid buildup, tau hyperphosphorylation, or neuroinflammation will be more useful. Multiple clinical trials are running in Canada across the range of AD, in order to improve symptoms and/or modify disease progression. Updates on such studies are available on the Alz Soc of Canada web-site. Other causes of dementia are also being studied, in particular fronto-temporal dementia. Special teams of investigators are studying the natural history of this condition (the GENFI study). This webinar is hosted by brainXchange.
12-Week Family Coping Skills Groups 7:00 pm
12-Week Family Coping Skills Groups @ St. Catharines
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Topics include but are not limited to: Understanding the symptoms of mental illness Developing a healthcare plan Useful community resources Setting limits Problem solving as a family unit Improving two-way communications Effective ways to advocate for your relative Non-violent crisis intervention training Psychiatric medications Self-care for the caregiver Guest speakers supplement the facilitators. Facilitators are mental health professionals as well as family members. Location is provided upon registration. These sessions are hosted by the Family Mental Health Support Network of Niagara.
Human Trafficking: Public Meeting 7:30 pm
Human Trafficking: Public Meeting @ St. Catharines Public Library, Central Branch, Mills Room
Sep 13 @ 7:30 pm
Speaker: Suzanne Mason, Public Education Staff, Niagara Regional Sexual Assault Centre Who is being trafficked? Who is responsible? What supports are in place for victims? Public Safety Canada defines human trafficking as “the recruitment, transportation, harbouring and/or exercising control, direction or influence over the movements of a person in order to exploit that person, typically through sexual exploitation or forced labour.” For more information, contact Gracia Janes (contact information above). This public meeting follows a Niagara District Council of Women Business Meeting at 7:00 p.m. This event is hosted by the Niagara District Council of Women.
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Changing Workplaces: Bill 148, The Economy, and Your Business 7:30 am
Changing Workplaces: Bill 148, The Economy, and Your Business @ Hilton Garden Inn
Sep 15 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Join the GNCC and Ontario Chamber of Commerce at the presentation of the economic impact study for BIll 148. Find out how this legislation, the most comprehensive review of Ontario labour law in 25 years, will affect the Ontario economy and your business. Join Karl Baldauf, Vice-President of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and a panel of industry leaders to have your questions on this game-changing legislation answered. This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.
Designing Public Spaces to Support Vibrant Communities: Owen Sound 12:15 pm
Designing Public Spaces to Support Vibrant Communities: Owen Sound @ Harrison Park Community Centre
Sep 15 @ 12:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Keynote addresses provided by: Paul Young, OALA, Consultant; HC Link, and Pierre Chauvin, Partner, MHBC Planning Local Presentations: Planning for Wellness: How Gardens Facilitate Healing by Thomas Dean CMHA’s Owen Sound Food Forest by Teresa Pearson Butterfly Gardens of Saugeen Shores: Creating Healthy Communities by Kerry Jarvis Harrison Park, City of Owen Sound, Walking Tour by Adam Parsons Workshop Objectives: To highlight the importance of public spaces in healthy community design To support OPPI’s Call to Action – Planning for the Public Realm To hear about successful design strategies from local communities To identify both the health and economic benefits of well designed public spaces To facilitate a discussion how public spaces can meet the needs of our population This workshop is hosted by the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.
Positively Hilarious Comedy Night Fundraiser 8:00 pm
Positively Hilarious Comedy Night Fundraiser @ Showtime Comedy and Entertainment
Sep 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Positive Living Niagara invites you to a Positively Hilarious Comedy Night Fundraiser at Showtime Comedy & Entertainment! The show starts at 8pm, doors open at 7pm. Must be 19+. Contact Linn (phone number above) to purchase your tickets. This fundraiser is hosted by Positive Living Niagara and Showtime Comedy & Entertainment.
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Amazing Race Niagara
Amazing Race Niagara @ Polonia Park
Sep 17 all-day
Amazing Race Niagara is a fun event for families, friends or work colleagues consisting of teams of four who travel by car throughout the Niagara Region competing against each other by completing various activities in order to receive clues for the next location. The theme revolves around being a Hero just for one day with fun activities where teams receive points to achieve the highest score! You can be a hero just for one day & let children, youth & their families impacted by abuse in Niagara, know you care! Pledges for this event support Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre and Niagara Chapter, Native Women Inc.
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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training 8:30 am
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Sep 18 @ 8:30 am – Sep 19 @ 4:30 pm
ASIST is a two-day workshop that provides practical training for caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Participants in the workshop learn how to: Recognize invitations to help Reach out and offer support Review the risk of suicide Apply a suicide intervention model Link people with community resources Registration fee includes two days of instruction, workshop materials, comprehensive book, and wallet card. Certificate received upon completion of the workshop. Certificates awarded at discretion of trainers based on appropriate participation. Attendance is required for full two days to receive certificate. Learning formats include use of simulations, role-playing, group discussions, etc. Participants are responsible for their own refreshments and lunch. Make cheques payable to Distress Centre Niagara. Space is limited. Please email to dcniagara@distresscentreniagara.com.
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Learn@Lunch: Blockchain 101 12:00 pm
Learn@Lunch: Blockchain 101 @ Americana Conference Resort & Spa
Sep 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Enjoy lunch and a presentation by John Gerryts, Co-Founder & CEO, Oaken Innovations. Introduction to Blockchain: What is it? How does it work? Why it is valuable? How can businesses utilize it? John Gerryts is a Technologist that has been involved in the cryptocurrency space since 2013. Beginning as an active miner, John is the organizer for the Niagara Bitcoin Meetup Group, and has led a few projects surrounding IoT + Blockchain technology (mostly related to Ethereum.org as early as PoC3). For the last 23 years, John has been involved at different levels of technology, with roles such as Network Administrator, Telecommunications Specialist, and Senior Network & Electronics Integrator. His Project Airlock placed 3rd at the “In Crypto We Trust” Hackathon which has since been mentioned in the Canadian Senate and on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast by Andreas Antonopolous. Tickets include presentation and lunch. This session is hosted by Innovate Niagara.
Non-Profit Leadership Certificate Program 12:00 pm
Non-Profit Leadership Certificate Program @ Brock University
Sep 19 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tailored to fit a leadership development gap in the non-profit sector, this program provides you with the tools and information you need to successfully lead teams and organizations. Content for this specialized certificate program is the result of polling over 600 non-profit organizations on their professional development needs. Seminar topics include: Change management Coaching for performance Succession planning for organizational leaders The role of influence as a core leadership skill in achieving consensus Human resources management for non-HR managers Converting strategic thinking to actionable outcomes Finance for non-financial managers How to develop and use “Key Performance Indicators” (KPIs) to manage your organization’s success Program cost is $2,994 + HST per participant. The cost to your organization could be as low as $499 per participant with the Canada-Ontario Jobs Grant. This program is hosted by the Brock University Goodman School of Business.
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A Model for One-On-One Support for Immigrant and Refugee Families: The ASPIRE Program 1:00 pm
A Model for One-On-One Support for Immigrant and Refugee Families: The ASPIRE Program @ Online
Sep 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Having started out as a family-run food drive in 2010, the Vancouver-based Muslim Food Bank and Community Resources has evolved over the years to offer extensive services under its ASPIRE (Actualizing Self Reliance by Providing Inspiration, Resources & Education) program. Through its model of community members becoming involved as volunteer case workers, the ASPIRE program offers a unique model of promoting mental health and emotional support to refugee families through the strength of human connections. In this Refugee Mental Health Project webinar, Social Worker, Jugnoo Salahuddin, will discuss some of the features and successes of the ASPIRE program. This webinar is hosted by the Refugee Mental Health Project.
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150 Acts of Reconciliation: Diving Deeper 12:00 pm
150 Acts of Reconciliation: Diving Deeper @ Online
Sep 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
82% of Canadians feel they have a role to play in the reconciliation process (The Environics Institute), and at this particular moment in time where, after six generations, reconciliation is possible. It is essential that the nonprofit sector work with Indigenous peoples to develop our collective path. The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada is excited to launch the third round of the Journey to Reconciliation Webinar Series with: 150 Acts of Reconciliation: Diving Deeper. Join The Circle’s Kris Archie as she sits in conversation with Crystal Fraser and Sara Kormarnisky, co-authors of 150 Acts of Reconciliation for the last 150 days of 2017. As we approach the close of 2017 – the year of Canada’s 150th birthday – there have been robust discussions around reconciliation. As individuals working in a sector dedicated to achieving positive impact, what actions can we take to better understand our role in contributing this collective path? In this dynamic webinar, you will: Go beyond the tagline: understand the fundamental complexities of what reconciliation means Understand the 150 Acts of Reconciliation and apply them to the nonprofit sector Identify parallels in social justice movements as we begin to understand the impact of colonization in Canada Identify what work remains and how to keep moving forward through dialogue and practice This webinar is hosted by the The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.
Fundraising & Communications: How Can We Achieve Program Sustainability? 1:00 pm
Fundraising & Communications: How Can We Achieve Program Sustainability? @ Online
Sep 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
New research into the area of program sustainability has shown that there are concrete steps you can take to increase the longevity of your programs. Although many organizations diligently develop a strategic plan, few seem to draft a formal sustainability plan. In this engaging webinar you will learn what factors can increase the sustainability odds of your program and the benefits of developing a formal sustainability plan. At the end of this webinar you will be able to: define four types of program sustainability state the factors that promote program sustainability list reasons for developing a formal program sustainability plan This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.
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Trauma-Informed Youth Justice 9:00 am
Trauma-Informed Youth Justice @ Attachment and Trauma Centre for Healing (ATTCH)
Sep 22 @ 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. This workshop is hosted by the Attachment and Trauma Centre for Healing (ATTCH).
Transdisciplinary Sustainability Seminar Series: Using Integrated Field and Remote Sensing Approaches to Investigate Hydroecological Impacts of Climate-Induced Landscape Changes in Northern Yukon 11:00 am
Transdisciplinary Sustainability Seminar Series: Using Integrated Field and Remote Sensing Approaches to Investigate Hydroecological Impacts of Climate-Induced Landscape Changes in Northern Yukon @ Brock University - Schmon Tower, Room 105
Sep 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Throughout the year, the ESRC are hosting a series of transdisciplinary seminars in conjunction with the Sustainability: Science and Society program. These seminars will run biweekly during term time and are open to everyone. In the first seminar, Dr. Kevin Turner (Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies at Brock University) will discuss the findings of his research investigating the hydroecological impacts of climate-induced landscape changes in northern Yukon. Changing climatic conditions have induced widespread responses in northern landscapes, and there is much uncertainty in how this will impact the carbon budget that influences global temperatures. Dr. Kevin Turner’s research aims to inform predictions of how the hydrology and biogeochemistry of climate-sensitive areas will respond to future changes. This seminar is hosted by the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre.
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Datathon 2017
Datathon 2017 @ Brock University
Sep 23 – Sep 24 all-day
The Datathon is an educational conference that will provide students of any background with an opportunity to interact, network, and learn about the increasingly important field of data analytics. Datathon will blend the experience and knowledge of educators with hands-on learning. Attendees will learn how big data is changing the world and how to think like a Data Scientist, then be able to put this new knowledge into practice at Interactive Workshops and in the Datathon Competition. Interactive workshops will give you an opportunity to learn the basics of data analytics from the experts. Workshops include introductions to SAS, RStudio and Python. The focus will be how you can develop analytical tools, analyze datasets, and develop useful insights. This event is open to learners from all walks of life, university, college, high school, and those already working! You don’t need any prior experience with programming or data analytics to attend! You will have the opportunity to learn concepts from the ground up, and those with experience will be able to further develop their skills.
Fitness Fundraiser in Support of Pelham Public Library 9:15 am
Fitness Fundraiser in Support of Pelham Public Library @ Fenwick Fire Hall
Sep 23 @ 9:15 am
Join the Pelham Public Library for 90 minutes of rocking music and a great cardio workout! Meet various instructors and try some new fitness styles. There will be door prizes, a silent auction, and snack bar. Proceeds will support Pelham Public Library programming.
National Learn to Code Day 10:00 am
National Learn to Code Day @ Accenture
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
On September 23rd, 2017, Ladies Learning Code is hosting its fifth annual National Learn to Code Day — the first and only event of its kind in Canada. On that day, over 1,500 Canadians will gather together in over 25 communities to challenge themselves to learn a new skill: Using Data to Solve Problems: An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Beginners. In partnership with Accenture, Ladies Learning Code will build on their mission of teaching Canadians 21st century digital skills and encourage them to use Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to make meaning of data. Seating is limited, please register online. This event is hosted by Ladies Learning Code Niagara Chapter.
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West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session 9:30 am
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ McNally House Hospice
Sep 26 @ 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. Host presentation: Amanda Black, Community Engagement Coordinator, McNally House Hospice 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.
Expanding Access to Counselling, Psychotherapies, and Psychological Services: Value and Efficacy 11:00 am
Expanding Access to Counselling, Psychotherapies, and Psychological Services: Value and Efficacy @ Online
Sep 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
One in five people living in Canada will experience a mental health problem or illness each year. Yet there is no universal insurance coverage for counselling, psychotherapies, and psychological services in Canada. Increasing access to evidence-based counselling, psychotherapies and psychological services would address unmet mental health needs in Canada, and makes good economic sense. Join the MHCC for a 4-part webinar series, running from September to December 2017, exploring policy considerations for expanding access. This webinar is hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Lunch & Learn: Great Companies Share Great Stories 12:00 pm
Lunch & Learn: Great Companies Share Great Stories @ Coppola's Ristorante & Banquet Facility
Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
We’ll look at the Top 5 Tips for telling great stories. We have been telling stories to each other for over 27,000 years. Stories are what connect us. Telling a story can spark the emotional side of your client’s brain so you can relate better to your audience. If you convey your story you will connect with your customers. Once you learn to tell a good story, your customers will want more and they’ll want YOU! Each participant will receive a digital copy of the ebook ‘Top Ten Tips for Telling Great Stories” Presentations by: Janice Arnoldi, Janice and Robin Digital Communications This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.
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Fall Lecture Series: Scorned as Timber, Beloved by Sky – The Story of Emily Carr 10:00 am
Fall Lecture Series: Scorned as Timber, Beloved by Sky – The Story of Emily Carr @ Armenian Community Centre
Sep 27 @ 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. Scorned as Timber, Beloved by Sky: The Story of Emily Carr Presenter: Anna Stanisz, Associate Director, Creative Learning & Programs, McMichael Canadian Art Collection Listen to a fresh perspective on being a British Columbia woman artist in a world dominated by Group of Seven giants. This lecture series is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.
Understanding Intergenerational Trauma and Intergenerational Healing: Recovery, Resilience & Wellness 10:00 am
Understanding Intergenerational Trauma and Intergenerational Healing: Recovery, Resilience & Wellness @ Online
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
How can an understanding of intergenerational trauma and intergenerational healing support the recovery process for youth and build their resilience? Why does “trauma-informed” youth work that is framed by anti-oppression and addresses systemic issues that youth experience support trauma recovery? The webinar will review key principles and insights into trauma-informed practice for youth work, including constructs such as resilience and recovery and practice options to support the healing journey of those impacted by intergenerational trauma. This webinar is hosted by YouthREX.
Employee Benefits: How Benchmarking Can Help You Attract and Retain Nonprofit Talent 12:00 pm
Employee Benefits: How Benchmarking Can Help You Attract and Retain Nonprofit Talent @ Online
Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Benchmarking is critical to organizational success. Employee needs and preferences are growing more diverse and, increasingly, employees are interested in customized benefits packages. Knowing what other organizations have on tap can better position your organization in the labour market. Because benefits can have an effect on employee productivity, it’s crucial employers get them right. Join the Ontario Nonprofit Network for this webinar to gain an understanding of how benchmarking can help ensure that your organization is offering the perfect blend of benefits to attract and retain the talent you need. What you’ll learn in this webinar: Learn how other organizations are structuring their benefits plans and the strategies they are using to cut costs without compromising coverage Explore ways to effectively communicate information about your plan to employees Doing it right: Best practices in employee benefits This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Nonprofit Network.
State of Workplace Policies and Practices in Canada: Implications and Recommendations 12:00 pm
State of Workplace Policies and Practices in Canada: Implications and Recommendations @ Online
Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Join the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Centre on Substance Use and Addiction to discuss current workplace policies and practices in Canada. Employers are increasingly challenged with difficult decisions on how to address issues of substance use in the workplace, including balancing public safety, employee productivity, human rights compliance, and providing effective and appropriate employee support among others. Proposed legislation to legalize cannabis has created an area of uncertainty as employers and employees attempt to discern between medical and recreational use and the impact on fitness for duty. In response to increased demand from employers, practitioners, and other stakeholders wanting more information on, and knowledge of how to address, substance use affecting the workplace, the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) conducted a broad study to better understand the issue and make recommendations. This webinar will set the context of substance use and the workplace. The CCSA presenters will then discuss the findings from the study, which included an environmental scan of current policies, national survey, and key informant interviews. The discussion will finish with suggestions on how to apply some of the knowledge gained from the study in the workplace and ways to move forward. This webinar is hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
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Life 3.0: Protirement, Not Retirement Workshop 8:00 am
Life 3.0: Protirement, Not Retirement Workshop @ Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre
Sep 28 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
People are living 20 or more years after they retire. As a result, Boomers have reinvented the retirement concept. The Life 3.0: Retirement Lifestyle Planning Workshop facilitated by Ellis Katsof helps Boomers, whether they are mid-career, five years from retiring, on the verge of retiring or recently retired, develop vibrant post-retirement lifestyle plans. We know how difficult it is to plan for your post-retirement life; but we also know how important it is to begin doing so BEFORE you retire. Whether you are 40, 50 or 60 years old, Baby Boomers interviewed for Life 3.0 said lifestyle changes made while you are working will help you ease into an enjoyable and rewarding retirement. Based on advice from 100 retired Boomers, from all walks of life, the Life 3.0 Workshop will help you: Learn how to change your lifestyle, while you are working, to enhance your retirement years; Learn the difference between Retirement and Protirement; Learn how to apply the Protirement 3-Stages Framework to enhance your Protirement Planning process; Use this Framework, developed from advice given by 100 retired individuals, to create a vibrant post-retirement lifestyle; and Apply this framework to develop your personalized Protirement Checkerboard. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Do you want to learn how to change your life now to improve your post-retirement life ? If you are in any of the following groups, the Life 3.0 Workshop is for you: Mid-Career; 5 years from retirement; On the verge of retirement; Recently retired; Financial Planners; Human Resources Specialists; Employers; or...
Niagara Falls: Shared Learning Local Hub Session 10:00 am
Niagara Falls: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Heart Niagara
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Shared Learning Local Hub sessions are being held in 5 areas across Niagara for front-line community service and outreach workers to: Connect for shared learning; Share ideas and best practice information to enable client success; and Strengthen relationships concerning clients’ access to services and benefits. To be part of this session, contact Erica Siebert at esiebert@powerhouseproject.ca.
Stress and Burnout for Front-line Staff: Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health 1:00 pm
Stress and Burnout for Front-line Staff: Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health @ Online
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Men and women working in the front-lines as student support professionals provide support to students experiencing emotional, mental and physical difficulties. Providing this level of constant care is demanding and stressful and can encroach upon the personal life of the professional counsellor or therapist if the updating of adequate support measures is ignored. The webinar covers burnout and stress for front-line staff in the postsecondary mental health sector, and various coping strategies. Key learnings: Understanding stress and burnout What constitutes a Critical Incident (CI) Defusings and Debriefings Types of stress Coping strategies This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.
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Deepening Community Engagement 11:00 am
Deepening Community Engagement @ Online
Sep 29 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Join this webinar to learn about community engagement techniques that use drama and art to help community members express their identity, feelings and aspirations, and make meaningful connections with others. These workshops can be adapted for specific populations and are often helpful to people with language barriers. Utilizing art and drama releases participants’ creative energies and creates deeply empowering experiences for participants. The results of these workshops may also provide insights that can help shape service planning and development. This webinar is hosted by HC Link.
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Sleep 101: From Zzzzs to A’s Promoting Healthy Sleep for Children Aged 3-7 10:00 am
Sleep 101: From Zzzzs to A’s Promoting Healthy Sleep for Children Aged 3-7 @ Brock University - Sean O'Sullivan Theatre
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
You are invited to a free talk as part of Brock University’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research’s Speaker Series and Growing With Brock. Spend the morning with Krista Guenther, Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant. She’ll discuss the key elements to providing a healthy foundation of sleep for your preschooler to school aged child. Krista will be able to give you the tools you need to ensure a well rested family. This is a family friendly event. Parents are welcome to bring their child to in to the talk however, Growing with Brock will be also providing free child-minding for registered children of parents attending the talk. *Children must be over 4 years of age and have registered here with a Child Care Reservation as there is limited availability for child care.* Free parking for attendees will also be provided. This event is hosted by Brock University’s Lifespan Centre and Growing with Brock.

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