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

Jun
25
Sun
Ride Don’t Hide @ Brock University
Jun 25 all-day

Ride Don’t Hide is a family-friendly community bike ride hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), with the goal to raise awareness and help break the stigma surrounding mental health, all while raising essential funds to support mental health programs.

The community event is a ride, not a race, with routes designed for riders of all ages and abilities—from novice rider to advanced cyclist. Kids under 12 ride free!

This event is hosted by CMHA Niagara.

Family Croquet Day Tournament in Support of Red Roof Retreat @ The Village Green at the Garrison House Restaurant
Jun 25 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join the Red Roof Retreat for the 8th Annual Family Croquet Day Tournament.

There will be prizes, live entertainment, and family fun! Registration fee includes drink ticket and picnic lunch.

Register online or RSVP to Karen (see contact information above) to pay at the gate.

This event is hosted by Red Roof Retreat.

Jun
27
Tue
West Niagara: Shared Learning Local Hub Session @ Mountainview Christian Reformed Church
Jun 27 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 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.

This session will be hosted by Sherry Cain, Executive Director of Rose Cottage Visiting Volunteers.

Host presentation: Community Hospice, upcoming training courses and community partnerships.

There will be roundtable updates, networking, and sharing of materials and resources.

To be part of this session, contact Faith Lowe at flowe@employmenthelp.org.

Engaging the Power of Technology for Youth Work @ Online
Jun 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join YouthREX for this webinar as they explore how and in what ways the youth sector could potentially leverage technology to increase access to information and resources, while also creating space for connection between stakeholders.

Guest speakers Michael Furdyk (Co-Founder and Director of Technology at TakingITGlobal), Kathryn McLeod (Marketing and Innovation Lead at mindyourmind), and Jessica Valleu (Virtual Youth Outreach Worker at East Metro Youth Services in Toronto) will share how they leverage technology to work with youth.

This webinar is hosted by YouthREX.

Public Information Centre: Growth Near Future GO Stations @ Fleming Centre - Front Lobby
Jun 27 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Niagara Region will be holding a series of public meetings to provide information and consult with residents about future development of the area surrounding four proposed GO Train stations.

In 2016, the Province confirmed daily GO Train service to three station locations: Grimsby, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls, with a fourth potential future station location in Beamsville (Town of Lincoln).

The Public Information Centres, set for dates in June, will provide an opportunity for residents to learn about the status of the Niagara GO Hub and Transit Stations Study initiated by Niagara Region in 2015. The study will determine appropriate land uses for each proposed site, including scale of development and improvements to infrastructure required to accommodate future growth within the station area.

The public meetings will all take place from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. with a presentation at 6:30 p.m.:

  • Niagara Falls – June 15 – Niagara Falls Public Library (LaMarsh Room), 4848 Victoria Avenue
  • St. Catharines – June 19 – Ridley College (2nd Century Building), 2 Ridley Road
  • Grimsby – June 22 – Grimsby Town Hall (Council Chamber), 160 Livingston Avenue
  • Beamsville – June 27 – Fleming Centre (Front Lobby), 5020 Serena Drive

For more information about the study and to provide input into the planning study via an online survey, visit www.niagararegion.ca.

This session is hosted by Niagara Region.

Jun
28
Wed
Application Deadline: Local Poverty Reduction Fund @ Online
Jun 28 all-day

The third and final round of the Local Poverty Reduction Fund is open.

The Local Poverty Reduction Fund (the Fund) was announced in April 2015 and is now in its final year of awarding grants. The Fund is providing $50 million over six years to support innovative, local, community-driven solutions that measurably improve the lives of those most affected by poverty.

The fund’s focus on measuring success – and the evidence that will be shared as a result – will help support local efforts to prevent and reduce poverty and to build a body of evidence of what works.

This grant is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Combating Stigma in Healthcare: What Works and Why @ Online
Jun 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Research shows stigma and discrimination in healthcare to be a major barrier to access, quality care, treatment, and recovery. Join this webinar to learn about the problem of mental illness-related stigma in healthcare and evidence-informed solutions.

Since 2009, Opening Minds, the anti-stigma initiative of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), has been conducting evaluation studies of anti-stigma programs targeting various healthcare provider audiences.

Join Dr. Stephanie Knaak, MHCC Research Associate, as she highlights key findings from this research, including healthcare providers’ main learning needs for stigma reduction, key ingredients for program effectiveness, successful programming models, and specific programs available for replication and sharing.

Also learn about the By Health For Health Collaborative, led in partnership with MHCC and HealthCareCAN and the Declaration of Commitment to Psychological Health and Safety in Healthcare.

This webinar is hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

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