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
18
Sun
PwC MS Bike – Niagara @ Crystal Ridge Arena and Community Centre
Aug 18 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

On August 18, cycle along the historic Niagara parkway before hitting the picturesque Friendship Trail. Choose either a 40km or 75km flat route and make this one of the best ways to experience the Niagara region.

With easy access to some of Ontario’s premier wineries and small towns, you can make this a full-weekend experience by visiting local attractions before joining us on Saturday for the evening social with fellow PwC MS Bike cyclists.

PwC MS Bike gives you a fully supported cycling and fundraising experience through every kilometre of your journey.

This event is hosted by the MS Society.

Aug
21
Wed
Anger Solutions – Summer Training @ Thorold
Aug 21 – Aug 23 all-day

Everything you need to run an effective group counseling or coaching sessions in one package!

Are you frustrated with the time and effort required to research and develop effective anger tools? Need a solid base of tools and resources?

The Anger Solutions Program as developed by Julie Christiansen, MA over 4 years of study and practical use. It has been delivered to over 150 agencies across Ontario for over 20 years, and is currently in use by various corrections-based, addictions and recovery, and social service agencies across Canada and internationally.

Facilitator Boot Camp August 21, 2019 $397+HST/person All training materials included.

Train The Trainer 3-Day Intensive Course August 21-23, 2019 $1,197+HST/person All training materials and first year license included.

Aug
22
Thu
Supporting the Rainbow Community in Long-Term Care @ Online
Aug 22 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

This is the second webinar in a series of two, focusing on the LGBTQI2S+ community living in long-term care homes. This session will address a variety of real case scenarios and challenges provided by registered attendees.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn strategies to build culturally-competent staff and volunteer teams
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how to create a culture in your LTC home that feels welcoming and safe to LGBTQ residents
  • Explore opportunities to communicate effectively to residents, families, and the public that you are an LGBTQI2S-friendly and inclusive home

This webinar is hosted by Ontario Centres for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care.

Aug
28
Wed
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) @ TBA
Aug 28 @ 8:30 am – Aug 29 @ 4:30 pm

ASIST is a two-day workshop that provides practical training for caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

Participants in the workshop learn how to:

  • Recognize invitations to help.
  • Reach out and offer support.
  • Review the risk of suicide.
  • Apply a suicide intervention model.
  • Link people with community resources.

Please contact dcniagara@distresscentreniagara.com to register.

This workshop is hosted by Distress Centre Niagara.

Self-Care for the Caregiver @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Aug 28 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Self-Care for the Caregiver is a 16-week educational program designed to help you learn how to take better care of yourself.

Presenter: Denise Verreault, Director of Programs and Services, Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region

This program occurs every Wednesday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. from August 28, 2019 to December 11, 2019.

Sep
2
Mon
Labour Day
Sep 2 all-day
Sep
5
Thu
Fort Erie Service Provider Meeting @ Crystal Ridge Community Church
Sep 5 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Service Provider Shared Learning Sessions are being held 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.

Presentations: Advancing Crystal Beach and CNIB

Please RSVP your attendance to tamara@unitedwayniagara.org.

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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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