How to Use This Platform

The Niagara Knowledge Exchange (NKE) is a tool to support evidence-informed planning, collective action and Niagara-wide community innovations. It is a populated by members of the Niagara-wide community in partnership with the Knowledge Brokers at Niagara Connects.

Using the NKE:

The following navigation strategies will help you find the information you are looking for:

  • Filtered access to the four NKE content areas from the top of your screen including the Community Calendar, Resources & Publications, Partners & Projects, and Community Blog.
  • Use of the site-wide search bar from the top-right of your screen enabling you to focus your content search.
  • Filtered access to content related to Niagara Sectors listed on the right side of your screen enabling you to find events, resources, projects and blogs linked to any of the 12 Niagara Sectors identified in the Living In Niagara Report (2011).
  • User generated Tags that add another dimension to the platform content using common topic words. Use the tag cloud on the right of your screen to select a topic of interest and find events, resources, projects and blogs related to that topic.
  • Related Content that is promoted once you select a specific event, resource, project or blog. This helps you see other content from each of the content areas that may be of interest based your current selection.
  • A sitemap providing you an at-a-glance view and access to all pages across the NKE.

Making best use of the Community Calendar: This area features community events that will accelerate change, build community capacity, facilitate collaboration, share and spread innovation and enable evidence-informed community planning.

Viewable in list or calendar format, the Community Calendar will help you to:

  • Know what is going on in the Niagara region
  • See the rhythm of activity in your community
  • Identify and register for events of interest
  • Plan your own organization and/ or network’s activities around previously scheduled events

Making best use of Resources & Publications: This area catalogues resources and publications that will support, guide and inform collaboration and decision-making in the Niagara region.

The Resources and Publications catalogue will help you to:

  • Understand the current trends, issues and data related to each of the 12 Niagara Sectors
  • Use this information to build business cases for future projects and work
  • Identify collaborative topics that cross multiple sectors
  • Consider how your work fits into the current context

Making best use of Partners & Projects: This area features projects, networks, councils and working groups in the Niagara region that are dedicated to fostering collaboration to accelerate positive change and collective impact within the Niagara region.

The Partners and Projects will help you link with others to:

  • Partner on common projects
  • Mobilize around common issues
  • Share resources
  • Explore collaborative opportunities
  • Replicate successes
  • Avoid duplicating what is already being done

Making best use of the Community Blog: This area features blogs written by our Niagara Connects Knowledge Brokers, as well as community partners. The Community Blog is an area for exchange within the Niagara community about new ideas, hot topics and upcoming opportunities for collaboration.

This area of the site will help you to:

  • Consider how new ideas, approaches and collaborative strategies can be applied within your own practice setting
  • Build capacity to better connect to and leverage the information and resources within your community

How to contribute

You are able to contribute to all four content areas of the Niagara Knowledge Exchange. Sharing content on the Niagara Knowledge Exchange will enable you to:

  • Keep the community abreast of the great work you are doing
  • Contribute to the knowledge base used to inform planning in the Niagara region
  • Engage others in your work, strengthening your own capacity for evidence-informed decision-making
  • Spread innovation and success to other organizations and sectors

To share an event, resource or project, simply click the “Submit” link located in the right-hand side navigation within each content section of this site and fill out the form. Or, since you’re here, you can do so by clicking one of the direct links below:

And, if you are interested in becoming a guest blogger, please email info@niagaraconnects.ca

Click here to view a ‘guided tour’ of the NKE

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Mar
30
Mon
Trauma Grief and Loss Conference-Online @ Online
Mar 30 – Apr 3 all-day

ATTCH is pleased to be offering another leading-edge trauma and attachment conference series March 30 – April 3, 2020, this will now be offered fully online. This comprehensive conference will give you practical tools to take your trauma processing to a deeper level and learn effective tools and skills to work with grief and loss.

· Day 1 ~ March 30 :

· Healing Trauma: Cool Hacks for Kids, Teens, their parents, and Adults Part 1 .

· Day 2 ~ March 31 :

· Healing Trauma: Cool Hacks for Kids, Teens, their parents, and Adults Part 2 .

· Days 3 & 4

· Strategies for Processing and Healing Grief with Anne-Marie Lockmyer (2-day training).

· Day 5

· When Words Fail: Expressive Arts Approaches to Grief and Loss with Cher Curshen.

*Pre-requisite: Must have completed core 3-day certification trainings in order to complete these trainings. See details on the website.

This conference is hosted by ATTCH. Please contact by email to register reception@attch.org.

Mar
31
Tue
Dementia-Friendly Canada Project @ Online
Mar 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us online for this presentation that will speak to the Dementia-Friendly Canada project, including: an introduction to the concept of dementia-friendly communities, a review of existing dementia-friendly communities initiatives in Canada, and an overview of project activities to date and next steps. A dementia-friendly community is a place where people living with dementia, as well as their care partners and families, feel welcomed, acknowledged and included. Many Alzheimer Societies across Canada have been successful in creating these communities. The Dementia-Friendly Canada project will expand these initiatives across Ontario, B.C., Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and invest in training and outreach programs to enable more communities to support Canadians living with dementia.

Registration is FREE, but space is limited

This event is hosted online by brainXchange

Intimacy & Dementia: How Close Can We Get? @ Online
Mar 31 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This webinar series will explore our own values and beliefs about intimacy and aging and the relationship between these sensitive topics when we are supporting persons with dementia. There are challenges presented by the desire for intimacy when faced with physical, mental, psychological, social and environmental barriers. Participants will be encouraged to share some of their unique situations and strategies will be shared and discussed.

This webinar is the first of a two part series in partnership with ASC / CCNA. Part two (which takes place Tuesday April 28) will use case examples to highlight some common challenges that arise when issues of intimacy arise in persons with dementia and strategies will be offered to help us support meaningful relationships.

This integrated KTE webinar event is brought to you by brainXchange in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA).

COVID-19 Fraud and Scams: How to Recognize, Reject and Report @ Online
Mar 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

While the global COVID-19 pandemic continues, there are those who are actively exploiting people, perpetrating frauds, scams and devising new cybercrimes associated with COVID-19. Nothing is more important than protecting and safeguarding the well-being of older adults in our communities. Helping them protect their finances during these difficult times is critical and being informed is the first step.

EAPO is joined by the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Ontario Securities Commission and the Ontario Provincial Police, as we host a webinar that brings to light some of these crimes, providing important information on how to protect ourselves and the most vulnerable in our communities from falling prey to these fraudulent behaviours.

Speakers will highlight the new emerging approaches used by fraudsters, but more importantly, they will share with participants where and how these can be reported.

Please join us for this all-important session and learn how YOU can protect yourself, your friends and family members during these challenging times and help stop these growing trends.

This webinar is brought to you by Elder Abuse Prevention (On)

Apr
7
Tue
Workplace Wellness Series for Educators: Finding Your Happy @ ECCDC
Apr 7 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

An Introduction to the 16 Guidelines to Transform Your Life and Relationships

Join Elizabeth Skronski for this new session. Many of us search all our life for our Holy Grail to happiness and well-being, yet the answer often lies within us. Drawing on proven techniques from modern psychology, ethics, cognitive behavioural approaches, and centuries-old Eastern philosophy, 16 Guidelines is a holistic approach to increase our emotional resilience, confidence, and overall well-being.

This workshop is a taster to a two-day workshop that looks at the neuroscience behind happiness and introduces “The 16 Guidelines“ which provide practical tools for a more meaningful, fulfilled life. The idea behind the 16 guidelines is simple: to change the way we experience the world, we transform the way we think, act, and relate to others to find meaning. This workshop will teach techniques, including mindfulness, that can be shared with others, to improve personal relationships at home, reduce stress in the workplace, and overall increase your sense of happiness and well-being.

Registration fee includes all session materials and nutrition break.

This workshop is hosted by the Early Childhood Community Development Centre.

Apr
9
Thu
“Drag” Yourself to Trivia in Support of the Many Hands Project @ Canadian Polish Society Hall
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Niagara College Event Management students and Many Hands Project presents “DRAG” yourself to TRIVIA, a fun, pop-culture themed trivia night co-hosted by 2 Drag Queens.

All proceeds will go to Education Foundation of Niagara creating bursaries for DSBN students pursuing post-secondary education at Niagara College.

Featuring rounds of pop-culture trivia, pizza, snacks, cash bar, games, and prizes.

This event is hosted by the Many Hands Project.

Apr
10
Fri
Good Friday
Apr 10 all-day

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Niagara Knowledge Exchange is powered by a Niagara-wide network of people for collaboration, planning, learning, innovation and community action toward a stronger future for Niagara. We work hard to help foster a culture of Niagara-focused research and evidence-informed planning to support your community development innovations. To learn more about Niagara Connects, please visit our central website: www.niagaraconnects.ca or contact us: Email: info@niagaraconnects.ca, Phone: 905-688-6236
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