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

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

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Young Onset Dementia Care Partner Group @ Webinar
Aug 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Caring for someone with young onset dementia (dementia diagnosed prior to 65) can present its own unique challenges. This is a facilitated group intended to connect people on a similar journey and to offer a place where care partners can assess support and engage socially. If you are a child, spouse, relative, friend – any informal caregiver caring for someone living with young onset dementia you are welcome to join our group!

Upcoming dates:
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 7:00 – 8:30pm
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:00 – 8:30pm

This webinar is brought to you by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region

Webinar- Non-suicidal Self-injury in Adolescents @ Webinar
Aug 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

There has been an explosion of self-harm among teenagers in the last 10 years. Why? This webinar will define a new (DSM-V) syndrome, called Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Disorder and will explore the epidemiology and prevalence, along with an explanation of the underlying root causes of self-harm.

This training is suitable for:

Educators: Teachers, ECE, School administration, Support Staff. Mental Health Professional: Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Psychologists, Social Workers. Medical Professions: Nurses, Psychiatrists, Pediatricians, Family Doctors. Direct Service Workers: Child and Youth Workers.

This webinar will define a new (DSM-V) syndrome, called Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Disorder. The epidemiology and prevalence will be described, along with an explanation of the underlying root causes of self-harm. The central roles of social media, emotion dysregulation, and insecure attachment will be outlined. NSSI has a complex and nuanced relationship to actual suicide attempts, along with borderline personality disorder. Those relationships will be clarified.

Finally, the evidence for various treatment approaches will be explained, so that clinicians can feel empowered to make rational decisions when encountering this distressing problem.

Learning Objectives:

Define the criteria for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Disorder, and describe its prevalence/epidemiology.
Understand the reasons why teenagers hurt themselves.
Describe the role and function of NSSI.
Clarify the relationship between NSSI and suicidal behaviour; between NSSI and BPD.
Understand which treatment approaches work with NSSI.

This webinar is brought to you by the SickKids Learning Institute

ZOOM Practice Sessions with Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region @ Online
Aug 6 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Join us to test out your connection to the Zoom network and increase your comfort using the platform to connect with programs.

Explore the features inside of Zoom including:
– Using the chatbox
– Renaming your display name
– Turning your video on and off
– Mute and un-mute
– Display options

This informational session is brought to you by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region

When Technology Takes Over @ Webinar
Aug 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

An interactive presentation addressing questions and concerns of parents/ caregivers and service providers regarding the use of technology by youth (grades 7 and up). Presented by school-based addiction counsellors from Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services, Ottawa, Ontario.

Zoom link: HTTPS://ZOOM.US/J/91561792640

This presentation is brought to you by Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services

Exploring the Role of the Education Sector in Preventing and Ending Youth Homelessness @ Webinar
Aug 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

This webinar features presentations on the education sector’s role in preventing and ending youth homelessness. The presentations will explore student experiences of homelessness followed by discussing the education sector’s role in responding to youth at-risk of homelessness and school disengagement. Highlights from three school-based early intervention projects, Duty to Assist, The Upstream Project and Youth Reconnect, will be showcased as emerging examples of youth homelessness prevention responses. We encourage anyone who is interested in the wellbeing of students to join us on this webinar!

• Jacqueline Sohn, PhD | Postdoctoral Fellow, The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
• Erika Morton | Systems Planning Officer, The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
• Mary-Jane Mckitterick | Community Planning Manager, A Way Home Canada
• Jayne Malenfant | Vanier and Pierre Elliott Trudeau scholar, PhD Candidate at McGill University

Business After 5 Online with The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce @ Online
Aug 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for our newly revised and online Business After 5 series, presented by Meridian!

Hosted this month by Hilton Garden Inn, Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Grab your favourite drink, some snacks, and meet us for a virtual BA5 via Zoom. Update us on your business, chat with other GNCC members in our virtual breakout rooms, and more.

Admission is FREE. Please register via Eventbrite!

Please ensure you have a microphone (and webcam if possible) so that you can participate! Join us for general and guided conversation plus messages and updates from our host

Strengthening Families Together (4-Week Series) @ Webinar
Aug 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Are you a caregiver providing support to someone living with mental health challenges? Join IAM Mental Health for our 4 session family education group.

Our program covers challenges facing families, handling stress and anxiety, practical strategies around communication, and coping with daily living including; scheduling daily activities, motivation, wellness and crisis planning, and caregiver well-being.

Our program also addresses coping with changes in daily living and the stresses associated with COVID19.

Session 1: Tuesday August 11 2020 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Session 2: Tuesday August 18 2020 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Session 3: Tuesday August 25 2020 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Session 4: Tuesday September 1 2020 6:00pm – 8:00pm

This webinar series is brought to you by the Institute for Advancements in Mental Health


Ontario Trillium Foundation

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