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Application Deadline: Brock University Lifespan Centre Youth Engagement Committee
Application Deadline: Brock University Lifespan Centre Youth Engagement Committee @ Online
Jan 1 all-day
Brock University’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research is recruiting new members for its youth engagement committee (B-YEC). The B-YEC is made up of Niagara Region youth, aged 14 to 24, who assist the Lifespan Centre team in developing research ideas, keep the team informed about important matters affecting the wellness of youth in the Niagara, and provide a youth voice at various events. Interesting in applying or learning more? Click here for more information.
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Niagara Funders’ Roundtable 9:00 am
Niagara Funders’ Roundtable @ Fallsview Casino
Jan 8 @ 9:00 am – 5:15 pm
The Niagara Funders’ Alliance is a partnership of private, public and corporate sector funders who work collaboratively for the well-being of the community by sharing knowledge and information related to community resources, needs, priorities and trends. These sector-specific Funders’ Roundtable Sessions will be hosted by multiple funders and will provide you information regarding their funding priorities, how to apply, etc. There is no cost, please register for each session you wish to attend. Social Services Sector – 9:00 – 11:00am BCM Insurance Company Meridian Niagara Casinos Niagara Community Foundation Niagara Prosperity Initiative Ontario Trillium Foundation United Way Wise Guys Charity Fund Volunteer Recruit and Retain Workshop – 11:15am – 12:15pm Hosted by Terri Bruce, Director of Programs, INCommunities Arts and Culture Sector – 1:00 – 3:00pm BCM Insurance Company City of Niagara Falls City of St. Catharines – Cultural Investment Program City of St. Catharines – Parks Legacy Fund Meridian Ministry of Heritage, Sport and Culture Industries Niagara Casinos Niagara Community Foundation Ontario Trillium Foundation ProKids Wise Guys Charity Fund Environment Sector / Sports and Recreation Sector – 3:15 – 5:15pm BCM Insurance Company Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities Ministry of Heritage, Sport and Culture Industries Niagara Casinos Niagara Community Foundation Ontario Trillium Foundation ProKids Wise Guys Charity Fund This event is hosted by the Niagara Funders’ Alliance.
Public Forum on Youth and Mental Health – Changing Perspectives and Providing Services 8:00 pm
Public Forum on Youth and Mental Health – Changing Perspectives and Providing Services @ St. Catharines Public Library
Jan 8 @ 8:00 pm
Join the Niagara District Council of Women for this forum on the topic of youth and mental health. Speakers: Bill Helmeczi, Director of Strategic Standards and Practices, Pathstone Mental Health; team of advocates, Gateway Residential and Community Support Services This event is hosted by the Niagara District Council of Women.
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Self-Care for the Caregiver 10:00 am
Self-Care for the Caregiver @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Jan 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
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. This program is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.
Culturally Safe Research Models in Indigenous Communities 1:00 pm
Culturally Safe Research Models in Indigenous Communities @ Online
Jan 9 @ 1:00 pm
An examination of ethical, culturally safe practices when engaging in research with Indigenous communities. Best practices, including community-based research, OCAP principles, knowledge translation, and positioning communities as co-researchers will be discussed, including the development of a training module to assist AgingTech researchers in ethically engaging Indigenous communities to promote equitable access to technology. In this webinar, participants will: Discover the need for culturally appropriate technology for Indigenous older adults Understand the importance of ethical and culturally safe practices when engaging in research with Indigenous communities Learn about the development of a training module to assist AGE-WELL researchers to engage and collaborate with Indigenous communities to promote equitable access to technology Presenter: Dr. Carrie Bourassa, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health and AGE-WELL Network Investigator This webinar is hosted by AGE-WELL.
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Dance for Parkinson’s 11:00 am
Dance for Parkinson’s @ St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre
Jan 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Dance for Parkinson’s is a new program that invites people with Parkinson’s to experience the joys and benefits of dance while addressing symptom-specific concerns related to balance, cognition, motor skill, depression and physical confidence. Dr. Nancy Francis has been a Professor of movement education at Brock University for over 30 years. As a specialist in inclusive dance, she is excited to share her joy of dance for people with Parkinson’s. Classes begin January 13, 2020. Support persons are welcome to attend and participate at no extra charge.
Dementia 101 and Tips for a Healthy Brain 6:00 pm
Dementia 101 and Tips for a Healthy Brain @ Lincoln Public Library
Jan 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join this public forum hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region to learn about: What is Dementia? Warning Signs Diagnosis & Treatment Healthy Brain Tips This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.
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Safe & Healthy Aging in Your Community 2:00 pm
Safe & Healthy Aging in Your Community @ St. Catharines Public Library
Jan 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Get to know your community supports at this session hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region. There will be a panel discussion with service agencies, including a Q&A session. Learn about brain health, safety, community services, and living well with dementia. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Register by calling 905-687-3914. This session is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.
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Repeat Emergency Visits for Mental Health: A New Indicator in the Quality Improvement Plan 2020/21 for Acute Care 1:00 pm
Repeat Emergency Visits for Mental Health: A New Indicator in the Quality Improvement Plan 2020/21 for Acute Care @ Online
Jan 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Health Quality Ontario invites organizations to this webinar that will provide more information about the new 2020/21 QIP indicator: Repeat emergency visits for mental health. The webinar will be recorded and will be sent to registrants after the broadcast.
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Leading an Empowered Culture to Increase Mission Impact with Colleen Fleming 8:30 am
Leading an Empowered Culture to Increase Mission Impact with Colleen Fleming @ ECCDC
Jan 16 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
This session will focus on learning objectives related to both culture and improving staff accountability. Some of these objectives include but are not limited to: the importance of culture and how it supports your mission and strategic plan, how culture is formed and how it evolves over time, accountability at the staff and board level and organizational structures. This workshop is hosted by the Early Childhood Community Development Centre.
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Investment Readiness Program (IRP) Information Session 9:00 am
Investment Readiness Program (IRP) Information Session @ St. Catharines Golf and Country Club
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
The Investment Readiness Program (IRP) is a new opportunity funded by the Government of Canada and administered through community foundations for social enterprises to launch, design, measure and scale their organization or project to get ready to access social financing. The Niagara Community Foundation is hosting an Investment Readiness Program (IRP) Information Session to offer more details about applying and answer questions about the program. To RSVP, please email joanne.krick@niagaracommunityfoundation.org. Who qualifies? You may qualify if your organization is mission-driven, aiming to sell goods or services to earn revenue while also helping achieve positive social, cultural or environmental objectives. Specifically, charities, non-profit organizations, co-ops and businesses with a social impact may all qualify. Eligibility details: Eligible organizations can receive $10,000 to $100,000 in non-repayable funds to develop, design, measure and scale their social enterprises in order to get ready to accept investments. The IRP can assist organizations at any stage, from refining an idea to scaling up and preparing for investments. The IRP is open to social purpose organizations including charities, non-profits, co-operatives, and for-profit business with a social impact. This session is hosted by the Niagara Community Foundation.
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Owning Your Role as a Role Model 6:30 pm
Owning Your Role as a Role Model @ ECCDC
Jan 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Early Childhood Education is a demanding field that can be easy for those working in it to lose themselves. Maintaining clarity and a sense of purpose are absolutely integral to an early childhood professional’s health and well-being, as well as the health and well being of those they surround themselves with. Your responsibilities may be big, but your capacity to meet them is so much bigger. Through reflective and playful practices, you’ll discover the traits that give you the energy you need to be the person you always wanted to be. You’ll draw from the strength of the people that you’ve looked up to. And you’ll learn to see yourself through the eyes of those who look up to you. In that light, you can achieve a grounded sense of self, rooted and confident as you own your role as a role model. Workshop participants will participate in reflective practices that can contribute to a confident sense of self and will use hindsight as a foundation for future goal setting. This workshop is hosted by the Early Childhood Community Development Centre.
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Supporting Quality of Life Assessments of Frail Older Adults and Their Family Caregivers 12:00 pm
Supporting Quality of Life Assessments of Frail Older Adults and Their Family Caregivers @ Online
Jan 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Older adults living at home facing frailty and chronic illness, and their family caregivers, often experience challenges affecting their quality of life. Their priorities must be addressed by healthcare providers. Unfortunately, these are easily overlooked in the “hustle and bustle” of care. Tools for assessing quality of life make the priorities of patients and family caregivers visible to healthcare providers and leaders. The goal of the Canadian Frailty Network is to develop resources to support the use of quality of life assessment tools. The Network will meet with each group to identify their needs and the types of resources that would be helpful to them. Working with each group, they will develop customized resources that include education materials (for in person and self-guided learning), videos, and communication tools. These materials will be made freely available via an existing online person centred health information system, called the Quality of Life and Practice Support System (QPSS). The QPSS allows patients and family caregivers to complete quality of life assessment tools and share their information with healthcare providers. This project will help put the voices of older adults living with frailty, and of their family caregivers, at the centre of healthcare. This goal unites patients, families, clinicians, and healthcare and government leaders in the pursuit of a Canadian healthcare system that meets the needs of all Canadians. This webinar is hosted by the Canadian Frailty Network.
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Climate Change, Vulnerability and Health Equity in Canada: Understanding Linkages to Inform Adaptation 12:00 pm
Climate Change, Vulnerability and Health Equity in Canada: Understanding Linkages to Inform Adaptation @ Online
Jan 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Current emissions of greenhouse gases put the world on track for warming of more than 2 degrees Celsius, a level that increases the risk of potentially severe climate change impacts on health. Climate change is increasing risks to the health of Canadians, but not all populations and communities will be affected by climate change equally. Existing health inequities are exacerbated by climate change impacts and adaptations may inadvertently perpetuate inequities if broader social, political and economic factors are not considered. Information on the health risks to Canadians from climate change and a new framework for understanding intersecting vulnerabilities that is being developed for the next national climate change and health assessment will be discussed in this presentation. This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program.
Crossroads in Mental Health Crisis and Law Enforcement 12:00 pm
Crossroads in Mental Health Crisis and Law Enforcement @ Online
Jan 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Evolving social, economic and fiscal realities have created a strain in the treatment of mental illness. As a result of this strain, police services often become the first line of contact between a person in crisis and available resources. Police services have had to adapt to this new reality and find collaborative approaches to resolve these difficult, sometimes violent situations. The emergence of mobile crisis teams, situation tables and better training for front line officers has made an impact for some, but the need for a more integrated strategy still exists. This webinar will focus on the York Regional Police integrated strategy which includes all of the above and additional resources such as the digitized Brief Mental Health Screener, two full time social workers, a seniors safety unit which specializes in issues such as dementia and vulnerable persons, and Police/Hospitals Relations Committees as well as other resources and future plans. This webinar is hosted by the Human Services & Justice Coordinating Committee.
The Youth Voice Report: Five Big Ideas on How to Promote Mental Health from 2500 Young Advocates 1:00 pm
The Youth Voice Report: Five Big Ideas on How to Promote Mental Health from 2500 Young Advocates @ Online
Jan 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Jack.org youth voice report outlines five key recommendations to promote youth mental health: Help young people navigate the complex mental health care system so they can receive care that meets their needs in a timely fashion. Deliver mental health services that meet young people’s needs by consulting young people on how to deliver mental health services and involving young people in decisions that impact their mental health. Protect, promote, and maintain positive mental health on campuses by: managing crisis, offering a range of mental health resources, identifying and responding to struggle early, and applying a mental health lens to all policies, programs, and practices. Reimagine teaching and assessment practices to alleviate mental health struggle among young people. Encourage better social media practices by developing evidence-based guidelines on healthy social media use for young people and creating digital environments that foster positive mental health. Join the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health for a webinar to hear more about the findings and recommendations outlined in the report.
“Bland-scape” to Landscape: Start Depaving Your Community 2:00 pm
“Bland-scape” to Landscape: Start Depaving Your Community @ Online
Jan 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join Green Communities Canada and experts from the field to learn how you can bring the Depave Paradise program to your community. Learn how your municipality, school, community group, or business can get involved and support this exciting trend which is making waves across Canada. This free webinar will highlight: Why we need to Depave Paradise; Benefits of getting involved; Success stories from our partners and supporters; How Green Communities Canada can help you get depaving! This webinar is hosted by Green Communities Canada.
Women in STEM Experiences: Car Care Clinic 6:00 pm
Women in STEM Experiences: Car Care Clinic @ Niagara College's Green Automotive Tech Lab
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
In January, we will be opening the doors of Niagara College’s Motive Power shop to learn what goes on in your vehicle – how do they work, and what you should know! This session will allow you to understand common automotive terminologies and look at under the car of exhaust system, brake system, and oil/coolant system. Stephanie Thompson will be your guide to talk about how engines work. With female mechanics and apprentices, we’ll look at brakes, oil changes and work with tools to do your own tire change. To round out this team, Laurie Kroeker, CEO of Sunshine Automotive Solutions – an expert in the Customer Service. We’ll talk about how to ensure you have a reputable mechanic, and what to expect/ask for to not get taken advantage of in the shop. You’ll come out of this workshop knowing how to change a flat tire, an increased sense of car maintenance, and increasing your STEM knowledge around our cars.
Bring Each Other Home: A Caregiver’s Journey 6:30 pm
Bring Each Other Home: A Caregiver’s Journey @ Niagara Falls Public Library
Jan 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Angelina Fast-Vlaar is a retired college teacher and mother of five. She is also the author of “The Valley of Cancer: A Journey of Comfort and Hope,” “Seven Angels for Seven Days,” and “Finding Shelter: A Child’s Memoir of WWII. Angelina walked with her second husband, Joe Vlaar, through almost ten years of dementia. In her published work, “Bring Each Other Home: A Caregiver’s Journey” she recounts the peaks and valleys of that experience with the prayer that it will inspire, encourage, and enlighten readers. Angelina lives in St. Catharines, Ontario, where she enjoys walks along the lake and visiting with family and friends. A Q&A session will follow the author’s brief presentation. This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.
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14th Annual MS Trivia Night 5:30 pm
14th Annual MS Trivia Night @ Club Roma
Jan 24 @ 5:30 pm
Join the Niagara Peninsula Chapter of Hope on Friday, January 24th at Club Roma for an evening of fun, food, and facts! Featuring a full pasta dinner, great prizes, silent auction, raffles, and a cash bar, this witty trivia night will be sure to test your knowledge of all things. Proceeds support those affected by MS in the Niagara Region. This event is hosted by the Niagara Peninsula Chapter of Hope, MS Society of Canada.
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Walk For Alzheimer’s 11:30 am
Walk For Alzheimer’s @ Brock University - Sean O'Sullivan Theatre
Jan 26 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join the movement! The new IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s builds on the strength of thousands of community walks across the country. It’s a great opportunity to rally around this increasingly prevalent disease, raising awareness and much-needed funds to support local programs and services in the Niagara Region. This event is perfect for all ages and mobility levels! On Sunday, January 26, 2020, make memories matter by joining in the cause. Invite your family, friends, neighbours and co-workers too; every step you take together may be one step closer to a world without Alzheimer’s disease. Stations along the walk route will showcase and deliver health-related information and product samples for maintaining a healthy brain through diet, social activities and physical exercise. Come out early to experience the Wellness Fair in Guernsey Market Hall. Collect stickers from visiting vendors and then try your luck at the prize wheel! A variety of vendors will provide interactive information around living well in your community and strategies to keep your brain healthy. The event will also feature Fluffy the Clown, musical entertainment by Cory Cruise and a raffle table. Make sure to bring the kids who are sure to enjoy our Kids Zone presented by Babysitting Angels. This walk will be held indoors. Registration at 9:30 a.m. in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre (Schmon Tower entrance); registration closes at 11:00 a.m. The walk begins at 11:30 a.m. Free parking is available in Lot D. Prizes include a $1000 Via Rail Travel Credit, Rascal Flatts...
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Designers of the Future: Application of Dementia-Friendly Design Principles 12:00 pm
Designers of the Future: Application of Dementia-Friendly Design Principles @ Online
Jan 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Short summary of the presentations: In the fall of 2018, the Ryerson School of Interior Design 3rd year studio students were tasked with creating a conceptual redesign of the Alzheimer Society of Ontario’s (ASO) offices. During the development of the conceptual redesign, students met with the ASO and received a tour of the ASO’s and Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s facilities. Students were tasked with creating a new office interior design for staff and spaces for client and community programs. These two student presentations are notable due to how principles of dementia-friendly design were used in these projects. This studio emphasized the importance for future designers that universal accessibility needs to accommodate those with physical and cognitive disabilities. This webinar is hosted by brainXchange.
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Cyber Security: Best Practices and Being Prepared 12:00 pm
Cyber Security: Best Practices and Being Prepared @ Johnny Rocco's
Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Every day, new security concerns arise in the digital world. If you think you’re too small to be noticed, you’re wrong. Protecting your computers is more than just installing an anti-virus and trusting it to work. Hackers and scammers go after all kinds of businesses and organizations — big and small — with constantly changing methods. It is essential to stay on top of emerging techniques in the digital security world. Attendees will learn: Best practices for password policies How to recognize phishing attempts and deceptive links Potential risks of accessing storage devices such as foreign USB drives and unproven network locations Modern virus protection and emerging viral trends and technology Presented by: Non-Profit Niagara Council with special presenter Bryan Lachapelle, President, B4 Networks Sponsored by: YMCA Niagara This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and design, and Mathematics) Rich Environments 6:00 pm
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and design, and Mathematics) Rich Environments @ ECCDC
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The first session in this series will consider what STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and design, and Mathematics) is and what this can look like in an early learning and child care setting. Educators will have opportunities to reflect on how they can integrate STEAM into a variety of program areas that support and encourage inquiry based learning. Educators will have opportunities to Mess About with materials that they can utilize to provide STEAM rich early learning environments and the links to Tinkering. This workshop is hosted by the Early Childhood Community Development Centre.
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Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region Caregiver Wellness: Travel Tips and Virtual Travel Experience 10:00 am
Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region Caregiver Wellness: Travel Tips and Virtual Travel Experience @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Jan 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Topics for this caregiver learning session include: Strategies to reduce stress while travelling with someone living with dementia Explore respite options Experience a virtual armchair travel vacation to Tofino, B.C. Learn how to create & enjoy your own armchair travel experiences This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.
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Regional Chair’s Address 11:30 am
Regional Chair’s Address @ Americana Conference Resort
Jan 30 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Join the South Niagara Chambers of Commerce (representing Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Port Colborne-Wanfleet and Welland/Pelham Chambers of Commerce) for lunch as Regional Chair Jim Bradley presents his Regional Chair’s Address. The moderated discussion will cover topics including the aftermath of non-amalgamation, the status of development in Niagara, and transportation including land, sea and air. This event is hosted by the South Niagara Chambers of Commerce.
Five Ways Volunteering Can Enhance Your Job Search 1:00 pm
Five Ways Volunteering Can Enhance Your Job Search @ Online
Jan 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Job hunting can be challenging in today’s market and applicants need every edge they can get. Volunteering is a great way to gain crucial experience, build transferable skills, network and cultivate references, and hone your approach to job applications. Discover how to search for and apply to volunteer positions and what to expect along the way! Topics will include: The benefits of volunteering The types of volunteer roles available and the commitments they require How to locate your nearest volunteer centre and search for volunteer roles online What to expect when applying for a volunteer role The five ways volunteering can enhance your job search This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.
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Renting in Niagara: Housing Supports and Tenant Rights (Fort Erie) 1:00 pm
Renting in Niagara: Housing Supports and Tenant Rights (Fort Erie) @ Fort Erie Public Library
Jan 31 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Offered in partnership with the Niagara Community Legal Clinic and local libraries throughout Niagara, these sessions support the goals of Niagara’s 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Action Plan, A Home for All by increasing access to education about rights and responsibilities for those who rent property in Ontario. You will: Learn about housing programs in Niagara and how to access them. Know your rights as a tenant. Topics will include: maintenance and repair issues, common grounds for eviction (the process and amount of notice required), when can a landlord enter a tenant’s unit. Session dates and locations: January 31, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Fort Erie Public Library (Central Branch) January 31, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., St. Catharines Public Library (Central Branch) January 31, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., West Lincoln Public Library (Smithville Branch) February 26, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Port Colborne Public Library February 28, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Niagara Falls Public Library March 27, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Welland Public Library (Main Branch) This event is hosted by the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network.
Renting in Niagara: Housing Supports and Tenant Rights (St. Catharines) 2:00 pm
Renting in Niagara: Housing Supports and Tenant Rights (St. Catharines) @ St. Catharines Public Library
Jan 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Offered in partnership with the Niagara Community Legal Clinic and local libraries throughout Niagara, these sessions support the goals of Niagara’s 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Action Plan, A Home for All by increasing access to education about rights and responsibilities for those who rent property in Ontario. You will: Learn about housing programs in Niagara and how to access them. Know your rights as a tenant. Topics will include: maintenance and repair issues, common grounds for eviction (the process and amount of notice required), when can a landlord enter a tenant’s unit. Session dates and locations: January 31, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., St. Catharines Public Library (Central Branch) January 31, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., West Lincoln Public Library (Smithville Branch) February 26, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Port Colborne Public Library February 28, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Niagara Falls Public Library March 27, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Welland Public Library (Main Branch) This event is hosted by the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network.
Women in STEM 2:00 pm
Women in STEM @ Rodman Hall Art Centre
Jan 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Women have always worked and succeeded in STEM fields. But women have also faced barriers to their full participation in STEM stemming from both overt discrimination and implicit bias. Today, the successes and obstacles to women in STEM are at the forefront of public attention. Movies like Hidden Figures highlight the forgotten role of women of colour in space exploration. Studies about the lack of women in senior management at tech firms make headlines. Businesses, governments, universities, and civic organizations run a range of programs to promote more women in STEM, from camps to teach girls to code to better maternity leave policies. In this keynote talk, Kira will draw on the insights from the latest research on gender and diversity in STEM organizations, so that we can think together about the ways that organizations can help or hinder women. Research shows that gender-balanced firms are crucial to ensuring that social biases don’t get replicated in designing technology– to ensure, for example, that crash-test dummies aren’t designed with only men in mind. History shows us that women have been responsible for major scientific discoveries, like DNA, and for programming the first computers. The aim of this talk is to bring the insights from this research to bear on your own experiences as women in tech organizations. Event Program: 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Networking 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Keynote Presentation and Q&A Session 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Networking This event is hosted by Innovate Niagara.
Renting in Niagara: Housing Supports and Tenant Rights (West Lincoln) 3:00 pm
Renting in Niagara: Housing Supports and Tenant Rights (West Lincoln) @ West Lincoln Public Library
Jan 31 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Offered in partnership with the Niagara Community Legal Clinic and local libraries throughout Niagara, these sessions support the goals of Niagara’s 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Action Plan, A Home for All by increasing access to education about rights and responsibilities for those who rent property in Ontario. You will: Learn about housing programs in Niagara and how to access them. Know your rights as a tenant. Topics will include: maintenance and repair issues, common grounds for eviction (the process and amount of notice required), when can a landlord enter a tenant’s unit. Session dates and locations: January 31, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., St. Catharines Public Library (Central Branch) January 31, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., West Lincoln Public Library (Smithville Branch) February 26, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Port Colborne Public Library February 28, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Niagara Falls Public Library March 27, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Welland Public Library (Main Branch) This event is hosted by the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network.

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