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

Feb
20
Wed
Richard Pierpoint @ Grimsby Town Hall
Feb 20 @ 7:30 pm

Richard Pierpoint: Donna Ford – President of Central Ontario Network for Black History

Donna is a researcher on early Black Settlers who as Runaway Slaves arrived during the Underground Railroad era and settled in St. Catharines and Niagara region.

Richard Pierpoint was a child slave brought from Senegal in West Africa across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. He became a soldier in the Revolutionary War in the United States and fought in the War of 1812 in Canada. In the latter stages of his life, he was a leader in the community.

Richard Pierpoint served a pioneer in John Butler’s rangers. By 1780 he was stationed with them in the Niagara region and was granted 200 acres of land on Twelve Mile Creek, in what later became Grantham Township.

In 1812 he enlisted in the Coloured or Black Corps and saw action at the battle of Queenston Heights on 13 October 1812 and was also involved in heavy fighting during the siege of Fort George (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 27 May 1813.

He wished to return to the West African settlement he had left in the hold of a slave-ship some 60 years earlier but instead the old soldier received a location ticket for 100 acres of land in unsettled Garafraxa Township on the Grand River, near present-day Fergus.

In May 1825 Richard Pierpoint completed the settlement duties in clearing and fencing five acres and erecting a house. He probably died in late 1837 – an old African brought by the slave trade to the frontier of settlement in a land he never took for his own.

This event is hosted by the Grimsby Historical Society.

Feb
21
Thu
The Importance of Recreational Programs for Those Diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia @ Online
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This webinar will touch on the importance of recreational programs specifically designed for people living with Young Onset Dementia (YOD) and their care partners.

Learn about The Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s Boomers Club, a weekly social program for YOD and their families and explore ways to support the unique needs of this population.

This webinar is hosted by brainXchange.

Introducing the 2019 CharityVillage Salary and Benefits Report @ Online
Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

CharityVillage is pleased to be releasing a brand new, fully updated edition of their popular Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report – the most comprehensive of its kind in the country!

This webinar will give you a basic introduction to the report, unveil the executive summary, and will provide tips and pointers on how to read the report and interpret the data.

This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.

Ask the Expert: The Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project @ Online
Feb 21 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

Do you have any burning questions related to your work and the mental health of immigrants and refugees?

If so, join the Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project for an online live-session with subject matter experts Dr. Debra Stein and Bonnie Wong.

You will be joining social, settlement, and health service providers across Canada in asking our experts questions to support your every day work with immigrants and refugees.

This session is hosted by the Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project.

Self-Care for the Caregiver @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region - Pfizer Room
Feb 21 @ 5:22 pm – 6:22 pm

Do you…
Feel overwhelmed in caring for others?
Experience insomnia, worry, or anxiety?
Have trouble dealing with your feelings?
Find it hard to find time to take care of yourself?
Have trouble asking for help and following through on it?

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.

Sessions take place on Thursdays from January 10 to April 25, 2019.

This program is hosted by the Niagara Caregiver Network.

Feb
22
Fri
Taking Action Against Abuse of Older Adults: Certificate Workshop @ Grantham Lions Club
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Crime Stoppers Niagara, in partnership with the Niagara Elder Abuse Prevention Network and the Alzheimer Society of Niagara is offering a free one-day workshop.

9:20 – Opening Remarks

9:30-10:30 – Finding Your Way with Jessica Pace, Alzheimer Society of Niagara, focusing on supporting people with dementia to stay engaged in their community while mitigating the risks of wandering and going missing.

10:45-12:00 – Abuse of Older Adults, Be Part of the Solution with Dion McParland, Niagara Elder Abuse Prevention Network & Alzheimer Society of Niagara: Introductory workshop will provide awareness of abuse of older adults to front-line staff and volunteers; to gain awareness, develop best practices in responding to abuse, by learning communication skills and directing to the appropriate resources, and be part of the solution.

12:00-12:45 – Lunch

12:45-3:15 – Abuse of Older Adults, Be Part of the Solution

Limited spots available. If you wish to attend, please call Sara Stevens at 905-938-5463 by February 18, 2019.

This workshop is hosted by Crime Stoppers Niagara, the Elder Abuse Prevention Network, and the Alzheimer Society of Niagara.

Feb
23
Sat
Coldest Night of the Year: YWCA Niagara Region @ Grimsby Secondary School
Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The 4th annual Coldest Night of the Year West Niagara is being held in support of the YWCA’s West Niagara Affordable Housing program!

Get excited for the non-competitive 2km, 5km, or 10km walk that raises awareness about and funds for the fight against poverty and homelessness in our community! And don’t forget, after the walk you can join the YWCA back inside to warm up with some chili and vote for your favourite in our “Chilly” Cook-Off.

The goal of YWCA’s West Niagara Affordable Housing program is to provide transitional supportive housing to all of West Niagara, which will lead individuals to self-sufficiency within the time frame of one to three years.

Together with community partners, the YWCA Niagara Region provide supportive programming and housing solutions to individuals who are committed to attaining self-sufficiency. Partners include community organizations, individuals, service providers and the faith community as well as residential clients.

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