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

Aug
23
Wed
OTF Workshop: Capital Investment Stream @ St. Catharines Museum, Lockview Lounge
Aug 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

You are invited to a two-and-a-half hour workshop presented by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) that focuses on OTF’s popular Capital Investment Stream.

If your organization is planning a project to improve your community space with a capital improvement (such as a renovation, new building, equipment purchase, etc.), then this workshop is for you!

This workshop will offer concrete ways to build an effective Capital project and a strong OTF application “from the ground up”.

The deadline for the Capital Investment Stream is October 25, 2017 at 5 p.m. ET, and if you plan on applying, be sure to register your organization with OTF by October 4, 2017 at 5 p.m. ET.

This workshop is hosted by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Aug
26
Sat
LDANR’s “Walk With Me for LD” Summer Event @ Heartland Forest
Aug 26 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Join the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region (LDANR) for their first “Walk With Me for LD” summer event!

They will be walking the trails at Heartland Forest and having a BBQ for all attendees. There will be lots to do for the whole family, including games and activities with lots of fun prizes!

Proceeds will support LDANR’s programs and services in Niagara.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

This event is hosted by the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region.

14th Annual Mayor’s Au Marché @ 13th Street Winery
Aug 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Proceeds from Au Marché will support the Niagara Community Foundation’s Investing in St. Catharines Youth Initiative, helping young people fully participate in the recreational, sports and cultural life of the city.

Au Marché provides you with an opportunity to connect with the many like-minded individuals and companies interested in helping a cause supported by St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik.

Above all, your commitment supports the St. Catharines Community Fund at the Niagara Community Foundation, an organization working with and supporting many charities in all sectors and in all corners of Niagara.

The relaxed atmosphere throughout the evening, the enjoyment of Niagara wines, craft beer and St. Catharines restaurants, the cachet of being surrounded by community leaders and the support of a worthy cause; make participating as a sponsor or guest an opportunity not to be missed.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Community Foundation.

Aug
31
Thu
Deadline to Submit Feedback: A Food Policy for Canada @ Online
Aug 31 all-day

The decisions we make as individuals and as a country about food have a direct impact on our health, environment, economy, and communities.

A Food Policy for Canada will set a long-term vision for the health, environmental, social, and economic goals related to food, while identifying actions we can take in the short-term.

A food policy is a way to address issues related to the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of food.

Learn more by reading the food policy consultation document and have your say!

Sep
5
Tue
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.

Sep
7
Thu
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 @ 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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