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National Carers Day Webinar: Caregivers’ Experiences of Palliative Care in Canada 12:00 pm
National Carers Day Webinar: Caregivers’ Experiences of Palliative Care in Canada @ Online
Apr 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
This National Carers Day shines a light on the essential role caregivers play in enabling individuals with life-limiting illness to choose and receive a palliative approach to care. Supporting caregivers by having informed conversations about death and end-of-life planning is important on the well-being of dying people and their caregivers, a palliative approach to care must include support for caregivers during the illness and after the death of the person they are caring for. Join the Canadian Home Care Association’s (CHCA) webinar to: Hear key insights from project; ‘Building Operational Excellence in Home-Based Palliative Care’ Understand caregivers needs and wishes throughout the Advance Care Planning and End-Of-Life stages of their caregiving journey Learn how the caregiver tool ‘When Someone Close to You is Dying’ helps caregivers understand what to expect how they can help, and prepare for the death of a loved one Engage in a Q&A session with our presenters This webinar is hosted by the Canadian Home Care Association.
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State of the Region 11:00 am
State of the Region @ Scotiabank Convention Centre
Apr 3 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
2019 State of the Region with Regional Chair Jim Bradley The Regional Chair’s annual address to the Niagara Business Community Early bird prices apply until March 15, 2019.
Understanding the Relationship Between Fear of Falling and Mobility in Older Adults 12:00 pm
Understanding the Relationship Between Fear of Falling and Mobility in Older Adults @ Online
Apr 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Fear of falling is an important psychological factor that has been associated with an array of adverse outcomes in older adults including decreased muscle strength and physical capacity, social isolation, falls, greater frailty, decline in mobility, higher risk of disability in daily living activities, and increased mortality. In this webinar we will discuss the following points: Fear of falling and its prevalence among older adults; Health consequences of fear of falling in the short and long terms, including physical disability; Evaluating fear of falling and discussing some available outcome measures for clinical practice; and Managing fear of falling Presenter: Dr. Mohammad Auais This webinar is hosted by the Loop Fall Prevention Community of Practice.
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Decent Work for Women Working in Ontario’s Nonprofit Sector 1:00 pm
Decent Work for Women Working in Ontario’s Nonprofit Sector @ Online
Apr 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Ontario nonprofit sector’s distinctive characteristics, trends, challenges, and opportunities significantly impact its labour force, one that consists of 80% women workers, many of whom are racialized and immigrants. Given the critical intersections between what we know about the labour market, the nonprofit sector, and women, the Ontario Nonprofit Network has documented the barriers that women working in the nonprofit sector face and we are now developing and implementing solutions to break down these barriers at the organizational, network, and systemic levels. In this webinar, ONN’s decent work for women Project Lead Pamela Uppal will share key findings from their recent reports, the 10 solutions ONN is working on – with particular emphasis on new maternity top-ups and compensation tools, and ways for women workers and nonprofit employers to join the decent work for women movement. During this webinar, Pamela will address the following questions: What barriers do women, particularly racialized and immigrant women and women with disabilities, face working in the nonprofit sector? How do they compare to other sectors? What can be done at the organizational, network, and systemic levels? How can we build a stronger decent work for women movement? This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage & the Ontario Nonprofit Network.
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Watch Your Words: The Power of Self-Talk and Self-Care for Educators 9:30 am
Watch Your Words: The Power of Self-Talk and Self-Care for Educators @ ECCDC Conference Room
Apr 6 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
What words do you use to describe yourself? What stories do you tell about yourself? What ‘house’ have you been building for yourself? If those questions made you freeze, want to fight or want to run from the workshop description, this may be what you need. Let’s learn to let go of limiting beliefs and ruminating self-talk by creating space for compassion and self-care with mindfulness and the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). This session is hosted by the Early Childhood Community Development Centre (ECCDC).
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Beyond the Umber Chicken: Bill Poole & The Poole Hall Press Opening Reception 2:00 pm
Beyond the Umber Chicken: Bill Poole & The Poole Hall Press Opening Reception @ Grimsby Public Art Gallery
Apr 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Please join the Grimsby Public Art Gallery for a reception for Beyond the Umber Chicken. Speakers and treats. Without Bill Poole would there even be a Grimsby Public Art Gallery? Or a Wayzgoose? We suspect not! A significant force in the regional art community, Bill Poole was the founding Director of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery as well as a crucial player in the revival of interest in letterpress and private press printing in the 1970s, including as one of the organizers of the first Grimsby Wayzgoose in 1979. This event is hosted by the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.
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Advancing Knowledge to Improve Quality of Life and Quality of Care Near End of Life in Long-Term Care 12:00 pm
Advancing Knowledge to Improve Quality of Life and Quality of Care Near End of Life in Long-Term Care @ Online
Apr 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The 2016 brainXchange webinar “End of Life in LTC Homes” introduced the Seniors – Adding Life to Years (SALTY) project, a pan-Canadian research program in four provinces (NS, ON, AB and BC) examining clinical, social, critical and policy perspectives on quality of life for residents in long term care. Now in its fourth and final year, our researchers will share some of the project’s findings about clinical and social approaches that can support an enhanced quality of life in long term care. Project activities have focused around four themes: evaluating innovative practice, monitoring care practice, mapping care relationships and examining policy context, and researchers will share findings from the first two themes. The project’s Scientific Co-Lead Carole Estabrooks, will provide a brief overview of the project; Lead investigator Kelli Stajduhar will present findings from the evaluation of the implementation of a palliative approach to care in long term care on Vancouver Island and discuss the relevancy of the findings for other jurisdictions; and Lead investigator Matthias Hoben will share his team’s work in developing an evidence-informed measure to effectively monitor quality of care near end of life in long term care. The webinar will include opportunity for Q & A. This webinar is hosted by brainXchange.
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Behavioural Economics 101: Nudging Better Choices and Decisions in Healthcare 12:00 pm
Behavioural Economics 101: Nudging Better Choices and Decisions in Healthcare @ Online
Apr 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Healthcare practitioners and administrators are tasked with staying at the forefront of innovation, cutting unnecessary tests and costs, and providing an excellent level of care to their communities. In this hectic environment, what principles can be deployed to help professionals make better management decisions for their team members, patients, residents, and organizations? Insights from the field of behavioural science provide a blueprint to help us redesign workplaces, processes, and interactions to improve well-being. This “Behavioural Economics 101” webinar will introduce participants to the fundamental findings from behavioural research and provide specific examples aimed at nudging better outcomes in the healthcare sector. By attending this webinar, you will learn: The fundamentals of behavioural research. Insights from behavioural science to help shape workplaces, processes and interactions. Specific examples aimed at nudging better outcomes in healthcare. This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care.
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Application Deadline: St. Catharines Committee on Older Adults and Youth Forum Task Force
Application Deadline: St. Catharines Committee on Older Adults and Youth Forum Task Force @ Online
Apr 11 all-day
Applications are now being accepted for the St. Catharines Committee on Older Adults and the Youth Forum Task Force. Committee on Older Adults – Statement of Purpose Lead a review / update of the City’s Older Adult Plan Support the implementation of the Older Adult Plan Provide advice / comment on staff reports, strategies and project plans responding to the Older Adult Plan Provide advice and support related to the City’s membership for the World Health Organization Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities At the request of Council, comment on strategic priorities, policies, programs, and initiatives that impact older adults Appointments for the Committee on Older Adults are the term of City Council (four years, lasting until late 2022). Youth Forum Task Force – Statement of Purpose The Youth Forum Task Force will be responsible for the planning, implementation, and coordinating funding (e.g. fundraising, sponsorship, etc.) for an annual youth forum. We are recruiting both Task Force Leaders (between the ages of 19 and 30) and Student Members (must be in high school). Task Force Leaders will be appointed for the Term of Council (lasting until 2022 or as determined by City Council). Student Members will be appointed for one-year terms. Applications are available online and are being accepted until April 11, 2019.
Navigating Change as a Leader in Early Education 9:00 am
Navigating Change as a Leader in Early Education @ ECCDC Conference Room
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Early education and care is rapidly changing across North America. With each change that the sector experiences, leaders in early childhood education (ECE) are called to guide their teams through the change process. Whether small or large, course-plotting for change is a complex and challenging task. Each day ECE leaders are called to support and play many different roles as they simultaneously lead change. Though contrary to popular belief, the formal leader does not have to carry this workload or responsibility alone. Through the distribution of leadership, the skill sets and expertise of early childhood educators can be used as a key resource for guiding the change process. If implemented well, distributed leadership can be a highly effective model for guiding change. As each stage of the change plan is explored, participants will be presented with ways in which they may begin or continue to build distributed leadership in to their practice. This session will look at getting to the heart of who we are as leaders and participants will be invited to consider a current organizational problem of practice. Thinking about this problem, we will collectively spend time considering and creating change plans. This session is hosted by the Early Childhood Community Development Centre (ECCDC).
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The Hurtful Body: Representations of Pain in Female Surrealist Art 7:00 pm
The Hurtful Body: Representations of Pain in Female Surrealist Art @ Grimsby Public Art Gallery
Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm
Artist Dina Theleritis will discuss the representation of pain in surrealist art. This event is hosted by the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.
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Trivia Night at the Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton/Niagara 5:00 pm
Trivia Night at the Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton/Niagara @ Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton/Niagara
Apr 13 @ 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Trivia night starts at 5:00 P.M with a cocktail hour. It will end at 11 P.M. The cost for a ticket is 30$ and the teams are made up of 8 people. Tapas are included with the purchase of a ticket. This event is to support the Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton/Niagara’s children programs across the Niagara region.
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Application Deadline: ECCDC Finance Manager
Application Deadline: ECCDC Finance Manager @ Online
Apr 15 all-day
The ECCDC is a not for profit, charitable organization inspiring excellence in early learning and child care through thought leadership, cutting edge training, innovative resources and coaching services highlighting best practices and emerging trends. The ECCDC exists so that early learning professionals are supported in offering exceptional opportunities to grow, learn and develop. In the 25 years since its creation by local volunteers, the ECCDC has become a leading early learning training, resource and referral organization. The ECCDC is seeking a highly professional, enthusiastic, and committed individual to join their dynamic team. Click here for more information about the Finance Manager position.
Public Open House Tours: Niagara Health & CMHA Niagara Shared Location 2:00 pm
Public Open House Tours: Niagara Health & CMHA Niagara Shared Location @ 264 Welland Avenue, St. Catharines
Apr 15 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A new shared location for programs provided in St. Catharines by Canadian Mental Health Association Niagara and by Niagara Health’s Adams Street Addiction Services will be opening at 264 Welland Avenue on Tuesday, April 16. Everyone is welcome to the Public Open House Tours of the new location anytime between 2 and 7 p.m. on Monday, April 15th. Programs to be provided at 264 Welland Avenue: Niagara Health ABC Program Hepatitis C Satellite Clinic Out and About Withdrawal Management (Detox) CMHA Niagara: Safe Beds Urgent Support Services Plus all other St. Catharines CMHA programs
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Policy Brief Presentation: Under the Knife and Under the Gun – An Overview of Regional Government in Niagara 9:30 am
Policy Brief Presentation: Under the Knife and Under the Gun – An Overview of Regional Government in Niagara @ Brock University - Pond Inlet
Apr 16 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
The Niagara Community Observatory at Brock University would like to invite you to a very important discussion on the future of regional government in Niagara. Under the Knife and Under the Gun: An Overview of Regional Government in Niagara is the latest policy brief released under the NCO, and is written by esteemed scholar Dr. David Siegel, a Brock professor, Niagara resident, and expert on local government in Ontario. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Carol Phillips. This event is hosted by the Niagara Community Observatory.
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Lifelong Learning Niagara: Special Lecture to Launch Spring Lecture Series 2019 10:00 am
Lifelong Learning Niagara: Special Lecture to Launch Spring Lecture Series 2019 @ Armenian Community Centre
Apr 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Speaker: Tim Jennings, Executive Director/CEO, Shaw Festival Topic: The Shaw Festival – Creating a More Human Theatre Experience A respected and awarded theatre manager in both Canada and the United States, Tim Jennings is a passionate social advocate known for his creativity, financial acumen, leadership skills and energy. Tim began his career in theatre production and management as Managing Director of Toronto’s Roseneath Theatre in 2000. In 2008, he assumed the role of Managing Director at Seattle Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis as its Managing Director. Tim joined the Shaw Festival as its Executive Director in late 2015. This event is hosted by Lifelong Learning Niagara.
Osteoporosis and Fracture Prevention Workshop 1:15 pm
Osteoporosis and Fracture Prevention Workshop @ White Oaks Conference Resort
Apr 17 @ 1:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Do you want to improve your confidence in screening, diagnosing, and optimizing care for patients with osteoporosis, including those with moderate risk? Through small-group discussions and case analysis, Osteoporosis and Fracture Prevention addresses key issues – including osteoporosis-related fractures, secondary causes and current care gaps – and examines pharmacological treatment options, opportunities for non-pharmacological treatment, and drug holidays. After active engagement in this program, participants will be better able to: Recognize the current care gap in osteoporosis fracture care including barriers and facilitators of quality care Recognize and describe the impact of osteoporotic fracture Apply a selective evidence-based approach to bone mineral density testing Assess and apply pharmacology and non-pharmacology strategies for patients at high risk of fractures Describe risks and benefits of treatment options to support shared decision making with patients and provide patients with guidance about osteoporosis management by linking them with resources for self-management This workshop is hosted by the Ontario College of Family Physicians.
Business of Ageing Niagara Network: How to Design a Healthy and Fulfilling Retirement Lifestyle 5:30 pm
Business of Ageing Niagara Network: How to Design a Healthy and Fulfilling Retirement Lifestyle @ Niagara College, Welland Campus - Room AH255
Apr 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Mike Drak, Co-Author of “Victory Lap Retirement” speaks on “How to design a heathy fulfilling retirement lifestyle” The Key to a Happy Retirement may be not retiring. The rules of retirement have changed and there’s more at risk than ever before. People are living longer and have to finance as many years in retirement as they had in their entire working career. The old idea of full-stop retirement is now neither sustainable nor desirable. The key is to work because you want to work and not because you have to. Victory Lap Retirement will challenge your thinking about your own employment lifestyle but also the new lifestyle of many of your clients and customers who have attained financial independence or “Findependence”. Come learn the principles of Victory Lap and Findependence at any age to better balance your work, family and leisure time and live a longer, happier, healthier and more fulfilled life. This event is hosted by the Business of Ageing Niagara Network.
SafeTALK Training 6:00 pm
SafeTALK Training @ 3550 Schmon Parkway, Suite 1, Thorold
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
SafeTALK is a 3 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. This workshop is hosted by Distress Centre Niagara.
Be Our Guest at Niagara-on-the-Lake Toastmasters 7:00 pm
Be Our Guest at Niagara-on-the-Lake Toastmasters @ Niagara College
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
If you would like to give presentations with confidence, become a leader in your organization or learn how to communicate more effectively, this is the time and place for you! Toastmasters is proud to announce that we have started a new club in Niagara On The Lake and we’re inviting you to come for a visit. Toastmasters is the first-choice provider of dynamic, high-value, experiential communication and leadership skills development. It’s time to get that job, ace that interview and advance your career with confidence. Toastmasters has the tools to help you whatever your personal and professional goals are. Please visit the club’s web site for parking and meeting room directions.
Grimsby Historical Society Trivia Challenge 7:30 pm
Grimsby Historical Society Trivia Challenge @ Grimsby Town Hall
Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm
GHS Trivia Challenge Peter Carr-Locke – GHS Programme Coordinator The Grimsby Historical Society Trivia Challenge puts teams of members against each other to determine how much trivia they know and how much of the GHS topics they remember. A fun challenge to celebrate our 2019 Spring Season. This event is hosted by the Grimsby Historical Society.
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Systems Integration in Practice: Practical Learnings From Communities Working Across Systems to Tackle Complex Social Issues 11:30 am
Systems Integration in Practice: Practical Learnings From Communities Working Across Systems to Tackle Complex Social Issues @ Online
Apr 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
This webinar hosted by the Systems Planning Collective, is all about Systems Integration in practice! Learn how to integrate diverse stakeholders such as government, non-profits, and key systems players in sectors such as health and justice to work together towards preventing and ending homelessness. Have you heard lots about the need to integrate systems like health and justice with homelessness but never quite figured out what this would look like on the ground? If so, this webinar’s for you. Have you been working at bringing key system players together but can’t figure out what you should all be doing now that you’re all meeting? If so, this webinar’s for you. Have you ever noticed you’re going to the same meetings about the same issues with the same people and wondered if this is what all the integration fuss is all about? If so, this webinar’s for you. In this SPC Webinar, we will hear from communities working to integrate diverse stakeholders (provincial, federal, municipal, non-profit) across diverse interests and common goals relevant to preventing and ending homelessness. This webinar is hosted by the Systems Planning Collective.
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Creating Age-Friendly Streets 1:00 pm
Creating Age-Friendly Streets @ Online
Apr 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
It’s widely known that the US population is aging. But how do we prepare our local transportation networks to support the mobility needs of older adults and keep them safe? This webinar series will offer key principles for considering the safety and mobility needs for older adults. During the first part of the series, panelists from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention, AARP, and the University of North Carolina’s Department of Emergency Medicine will share their perspectives on the importance of planning and designing for older adults. Following their presentations, panelists will respond to questions from the audience. Part II of this webinar series (April 29, 2019) will offer strategies for improving transportation networks to prioritize the safety and mobility of older adults. Panelists from AARP will share recommendations for planning and developing transit networks and prioritizing transit-oriented development. Representatives from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will share examples of design and engineering strategies for improving safety and comfort for older pedestrians. This webinar series is hosted by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.
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2019 Update on the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging 12:00 pm
2019 Update on the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging @ Online
Apr 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
This webinar will be presented by Dr. Parminder Raina, lead principal investigator of the CLSA, and Dr. Yves Joanette, scientific director of the CIHR Institute of Aging, via WebEx. Now in its third wave of data collection, the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) research platform has established itself as a leading resource for investigating critical questions on health, aging, disability and disease. In collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), this webinar will introduce the CLSA, explore how researchers and trainees can access data, and highlight some of the major data releases underway, including baseline genomics, biochemistry biomarkers and environmental health data. The presentation will also showcase upcoming data availability, including the first release of longitudinal data. Introductory remarks will be provided by Dr. Yves Joanette, professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montreal and the Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Aging, and a presentation will follow by Dr. Parminder Raina, professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact at McMaster University, scientific director of the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging and lead principal investigator of the CLSA. This webinar is hosted by the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging.
Dementia-Friendly Communities from a Care Partner Perspective 12:00 pm
Dementia-Friendly Communities from a Care Partner Perspective @ Online
Apr 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
This webinar will share findings from an Ottawa-based research study funded by the Alzheimer Society of Canada. The study, which is currently in its last year of funding, looked at the experiences of place, space and neighbourhood of care partners of people with dementia. How do care partners interact with the built, natural, and social environment? How are they supported locally? The findings have implications for both research and practice, and the development of dementia friendly communities in Canada. Presenter: Marjorie Silverman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Ottawa This webinar is hosted by brainXchange.
Recreation Therapy and Concurrent Disorders 12:00 pm
Recreation Therapy and Concurrent Disorders @ Online
Apr 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Alan Sage is an experienced recreational therapist who works on the Concurrent Disorders Inpatient Unit. The Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team invites you to their April educational session to learn all about the vast use and benefits of recreation when working with individuals experiencing mental health and substance use disorders. This session is hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team.
Public Meeting on the Future of Specialized Transit in Niagara 5:00 pm
Public Meeting on the Future of Specialized Transit in Niagara @ Civic Square Community Room
Apr 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
In an effort to better meet the transportation needs of regional and municipal specialized transit users, the Niagara Region has started a study to review these services throughout the region. The Niagara Region has hired consulting firm IBI Group to complete this study. The study is looking at the following issues: A review of specialized transit service governance, needs, requirements, service policies and procedures A review of the Niagara Specialized Transit’s (NST) current operations The creation of options to best meet the community’s needs The creation of a plan to fiscally responsibly guide specialized transit service improvements over the next five years The following topics will be discussed at the public meeting: Thoughts on current municipal and regional specialized transit services Future needs and expectations Major areas of concern Eligibility, registration and booking process Scheduling Transfers and fares Cross-regional travel On-time performance Two public meetings will be hosted. Each session will start with a 20 minute presentation followed by a discussion and question/answer period. Region staff will be available to answer your questions and hear your feedback. This public meeting is hosted by Niagara Region.
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Indigenous Peoples and the Health Care System: Exploring Health Equity for First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Ontario 12:00 pm
Indigenous Peoples and the Health Care System: Exploring Health Equity for First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Ontario @ Online
Apr 24 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
In recent decades, the health of Indigenous Peoples has been improving despite multiple issues regarding access and other impacts of the health care system. Join us as we explore this issue by highlighting health equity, discussing historical and current contexts, and exploring a discourse for ways in which clinicians can work to help improve their practice and care that will contribute to positive health outcomes for Indigenous Peoples in Ontario. This webinar is hosted by the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Community of Interest.
Breaking Barriers to Newcomer Mental Health in Niagara 1:00 pm
Breaking Barriers to Newcomer Mental Health in Niagara @ Online
Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The process of migration and resettlement can be extremely challenging and often puts the mental health and well-being of newcomers at risk. Despite pertinent and clear mental health issues in the newcomer population, availability and accessibility of services remain an issue. As this population continues to grow, it is essential to assess the prevalence of mental health issues in newcomers in order to adapt services accordingly. During this webinar, presenters will discuss: Needs of newcomers and refugees Barriers to accessing Mental Health Support Environmental Scan & Recommendations Best Practice Guidelines Presenters: Zainab Awad, Mental Health Program Coordinator, Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre Ali Ahmed, Mental Health Program Support Worker, Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre This event is hosted by Niagara Connects in partnership with Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre. A follow-up resource package will be distributed after the event.
How AGE-WELL Technology is Changing Homes of the Future and Promoting Independence for All 2:00 pm
How AGE-WELL Technology is Changing Homes of the Future and Promoting Independence for All @ Online
Apr 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
AGE-WELL takes a unique approach to technology development by engaging all stakeholders from the beginning to ensure technologies can help older adults age in place and maintain their independence for as long as possible. In this webinar, participants will: Learn about how AGE-WELL has advanced the development of technologies to enhance the home lives of Canadian seniors and their caregivers Understand the global context of technology and aging and where Canada fits Discover examples of successful AGE-WELL innovations being implemented today This webinar is hosted by AGE-WELL NCE.
Public Meeting on the Future of Specialized Transit in Niagara 5:00 pm
Public Meeting on the Future of Specialized Transit in Niagara @ St. Catharines Public Library - Central Branch
Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
In an effort to better meet the transportation needs of regional and municipal specialized transit users, the Niagara Region has started a study to review these services throughout the region. The Niagara Region has hired consulting firm IBI Group to complete this study. The study is looking at the following issues: A review of specialized transit service governance, needs, requirements, service policies and procedures A review of the Niagara Specialized Transit’s (NST) current operations The creation of options to best meet the community’s needs The creation of a plan to fiscally responsibly guide specialized transit service improvements over the next five years The following topics will be discussed at the public meeting: Thoughts on current municipal and regional specialized transit services Future needs and expectations Major areas of concern Eligibility, registration and booking process Scheduling Transfers and fares Cross-regional travel On-time performance Two public meetings will be hosted. Each session will start with a 20 minute presentation followed by a discussion and question/answer period. Region staff will be available to answer your questions and hear your feedback. This public meeting is hosted by Niagara Region.
Social Enterprise Niagara April Meetup 6:00 pm
Social Enterprise Niagara April Meetup @ Spark Niagara
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join Social Enterprise Niagara’s monthly social networking meetup. We welcome all community members who are interested in or engaged in Social Innovation or Social Enterprise! We will help define these terms at the beginning of the meeting and then create space for organic conversation, networking and connection to follow. This is a free meeting/meetup to connect with other like minded community members from 6-8pm April 24th. We host our SEN monthly Social Networking Meetups at Spark Niagara, a new business incubator in Niagara Falls! They take place on the last Wednesday of every month, and we hope to see you there! This event is hosted by Social Enterprise Niagara.
Public Meeting: Port Colborne Parks & Recreation Master Plan 6:30 pm
Public Meeting: Port Colborne Parks & Recreation Master Plan @ Port Colborne City Hall - Council Chambers (3rd Floor)
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
You’re invited to #PORTicipate in the Port Colborne Parks & Recreation Master Plan Public Meeting on April 24, 2019! The City of Port Colborne is preparing its Parks and Recreation Master Plan that will guide the future operations of Parks and Recreation services, facilities and amenities for the City. The Project Team has been conducting stakeholder engagement with City residents, recreational providers, City staff and Council. Consultation with community members is integral in the development of recommendations for the final Master Plan. The Project Team has compiled the results of the online survey, working sessions, interviews and community feedback. The stakeholder findings will be presented to the general public on Wednesday, April 24th. This meeting is hosted by the City of Port Colborne.
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5th Annual CKNN Conference: Strengthening Our Roots
5th Annual CKNN Conference: Strengthening Our Roots @ John D. Bradley Convention Centre
Apr 25 all-day
Join hundreds of other nonprofit sector leaders and supporters for the 5th Annual Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Conference, “Strengthening Our Roots”, featuring world-renowned charity guru, Dan Pallotta. Dan has generously agreed to make himself available for an exclusive speaking engagement and book signing opportunity, featuring his latest book, “Uncharitable”. In a time of change unlike anything we’ve ever experienced in our sector before – with new governments, new and revised policies and regulations, and increasingly complex challenges in our local communities – it’s important that we share our thoughts, collect ideas, discuss solutions, and get inspired. “Strengthening Our Roots” will feature key insights from nonprofit trailblazers who are driving success within their respective fields in this rapidly changing environment. The exclusive line-up features these notable visionaries: Betty Ferreira, Social Impact Innovations, Transformation and Foresight Strategist David Hartley, Consultant/Trainer, Board Governance Jennifer Jurgens, Principal, 1 Bold Step Paul Nazareth, Vice President Education & Development, Canadian Association of Gift Planners Doug Sartori, Founder, Windsor Hackforge Cathy Taylor, Executive Director, Ontario Nonprofit Network Daniele Zanotti, President & CEO of United Way Greater Toronto This conference is hosted by the Chatham-Kent Nonprofit Network.
Lessons Learned in Research Mentorship in Aging: Perspectives of a Mentor and Trainee 12:00 pm
Lessons Learned in Research Mentorship in Aging: Perspectives of a Mentor and Trainee @ Online
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
In this webinar, Dr. Jenny Ploeg will describe her experiences in the Aging, Community and Health Research Unit to provide research mentorship in aging. She will describe strategies used to develop capacity in the areas of evaluating health services for older adults and caregivers, patient and public engagement in research, and career development. Dr. Ploeg will highlight some of the work completed by trainees in the Research Unit. Dr. Esther Coker will describe her experiences as a PhD student working with Dr. Ploeg and mentorship strategies that were most valuable to her success. She will touch on some of the work she completed in the area of nurses’ oral hygiene practices with hospitalized older adults. Drs. Ploeg and Coker will conclude with lessons learned through their research mentorship experiences. This webinar is hosted by the Canadian Association on Gerontology.
Caring for Young Caregivers 1:00 pm
Caring for Young Caregivers @ Online
Apr 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Young caregivers are especially vulnerable to social isolation, mental health challenges and lower educational attainment. For the estimated 47% of young carers who attend classes, chronic lateness, absenteeism, insufficient time for assignments, anxiety and problems focusing can make balancing schoolwork and caregiving a challenge. Nationwide, an estimated 7% of young carers leave formal education early and the situation may be especially urgent in Northern Canada; in 2006 an estimated 46% of youth in the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut provided some form of unpaid care to others. Young carers are a diverse group, with varied experiences and needs. This webinar will explore the challenges faced by young caregivers who are struggling to balance higher education and caregiving duties. Speakers will discuss helpful policies, strategies and accommodations that can be made for students, as well as provide external resources to support them. This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.
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Implementing Inclusion in your Workspace Through Modern Policies and Progressive Practices 9:00 am
Implementing Inclusion in your Workspace Through Modern Policies and Progressive Practices @ 36 Page Street, St. Catharines
Apr 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
We live in a changing world. It can be hard to keep up with modern expectations, emerging terms and needs of diverse groups. Learn how to ensure you and your staff are responsive and progressive in providing service to everyone. In this workshop you will learn: emerging culturally sensitive terms (gender, race, ability, familial status etc.) and client-centered practices related to different groups of people respectful ways to address clients that acknowledge their experiences how to ask questions related to demographics that are required by funders policy writing tips that reflect modern values and protects the rights of staff and clients clear, easy-to-follow, respectful workplace practices that serve both staff and clients Presenters: Ashley Hoath-Murray, Co-Executive Director, Literacy Link Niagara Ashley is passionate about treating people in a manner that speaks to their needs and experiences. She is well-versed in the legal requirements and social expectations around human rights as they relate to identity. As a former Women’s Studies student with more than a decade of experience serving clients from diverse backgrounds, she believes in client-centered service and implementing practices to ensure that every client has a voice. As progressive practices related to gender, race and economic status are entering the mainstream, she feels it is the responsibility of non-profit agencies to be aware of changing social norms and expectations. Gay Douglas, Co-Executive Director, Literacy Link Niagara Gay has worked in non-profit management since 1989. She believes in a values-based approach in service delivery, that aligns beliefs with practices. She...
GNCC Annual Business Luncheon: A Forum on Governance Reform 11:00 am
GNCC Annual Business Luncheon: A Forum on Governance Reform @ Lookout Point Country Club
Apr 26 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
By the next election – or sooner – Niagara might be unrecognizable. The Province is looking to make change, but what will those changes be and how will they affect us? Join this panel of experts for their perspectives on what might happen, what should happen and what it means for business in Niagara. Panel of Experts: Joseph Lyons, Assistant Professor, Political Science & Director, Local Government Program, Western University Kate Daley, Co-Founder, Smart Growth Waterloo Region Doug Nadorozny, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Aurora Brock Dickinson, Adjunct Professor & Entrepreneur-in-Residence, University of Waterloo Fred Eisenberger, Mayor, City of Hamilton Rashmi Biswas, Executive Vice-President, Lake & Associates — Moderator The event will also feature the Volunteer of the Year Awards and the announcement of the GNCC 2019-2020 Board of Directors. Please note attendance to the Annual General Meeting from 11am – 12pm is complimentary for members. The Luncheon will begin at 12pm and a paid ticket is required. This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.
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Wayzgoose – Annual Book Arts Fair 9:00 am
Wayzgoose – Annual Book Arts Fair @ Grimsby Public Art Gallery
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Every year on the last Saturday of April a fascinating group of private press printers, bookbinders, print makers, paper marblers and other artisans gather at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery to celebrate the art of the hand-made books. Over 40 exhibitors display their work and provide live demonstrations in traditional book arts practices, sharing their expertise with the next generation of artists and artisans. Admission is free. This event is hosted by the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.
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Playhouse Build & Auction in support of Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara 10:00 am
Playhouse Build & Auction in support of Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara @ Pen Centre Parking Lot
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Celebrating their 5-Year Anniversary, this unique community fundraiser in support of Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara takes place on Sunday, April 28th in the Pen Centre Parking Lot. This is an outdoor fun-filled family event, with 5 teams building one-of-a-kind, custom backyard playhouses/playstructures that will be auctioned off to the community in attendance during a Live Auction at the end of the day. There will be lots of fun activities for the kids, including games, crafts, face painting and bouncy castles. Food vendors, community vendors and local Super Heroes are on hand to enjoy and interact with while watching the builders. Bring the kids, family and friends and enjoy an afternoon full of excitement, building and fun! This event is hosted by the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara.
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Improving the Accessibility of Sustainably-Produced Foods in Canada – Key Findings of a Food Secure Canada Research Project 12:00 pm
Improving the Accessibility of Sustainably-Produced Foods in Canada – Key Findings of a Food Secure Canada Research Project @ Online
Apr 29 @ 12:00 pm
Interest in sustainably-produced foods has grown exponentially in recent decades. Food Secure Canada has conducted a study called, “Sustainable Consumption For All” (April 2018 – March 2019) to better understand the barriers Canadians living on low-incomes face in accessing sustainably-produced food. The study was funded by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. The project utilized key informant interviews, focus groups with people living on low-income, and a nation-wide survey. Key research findings will be presented, followed by an interactive discussion about the project. We will also explore future research questions. This webinar is hosted by Food Secure Canada.
Alzheimer Niagara Public Forum: Advanced Care Planning 6:00 pm
Alzheimer Niagara Public Forum: Advanced Care Planning @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region - Pfizer Room
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region is hosting a Public Forum on the topic of Advanced Care Planning on Monday, April 29, 2019, at 6pm. This event is free of charge. Respite services available. Please call the office to discuss eligibility. Register today by calling 905-687-3914 or completing the online registration form. Speaker is Sarah Putman, Manager of Education at the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region. This public forum is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.
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CONNECT Conference 2019
CONNECT Conference 2019 @ Scotiabank Convention Centre
Apr 30 – May 3 all-day
CONNECT is Canada’s largest educational technology conference. This conference has attracted over 2000 participants, plus countless Exhibitors and Sponsors that came together under one roof to share best practices and expand our horizons of education technology in an ever increasing global and digital economy. This community of passionate educators, leaders, chief information officers, directors of education, IT experts, business managers and government sector institutions are committed to gathering once a year to learn, debate and exchange ideas, network and be inspired through a smorgasbord of world class speakers, presenters, exhibits and seminars. It is the only event in Canada that brings together the complete life-cycle of learning, from kindergarten to Higher Education, libraries and workplace learning.

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