Niagara Children’s Planning Council

The Niagara Children’s Planning Council (NCPC) mission is to ensure children in Niagara receive the best start in life.

Niagara Children’s Planning Council Vision:
• Niagara – a community that ensures every child will reach optimal potential through cooperative investment in the Early Years.
• All children in the Niagara region are safe, healthy and respected.
• All families in Niagara are supported to provide children with the best possible opportunities early in their lives.

The NCPC structure is organized around four results statements:
• Children are Healthy
• Children are Learning
• Children are Safe
• Families are Strong, Stable and Connected

These result statements are the NCPC community goals. They reflect the council’s desire to focus attention on children by:
• Improving overall health and well-being,
• Providing rich learning opportunities and creating life-long learners,
• Supporting safe environments at home, school and in their community at large, and
• Supporting families in the rewarding but oftentimes challenging work of caring for their children.

With this focused attention, the Niagara community can engage in thoughtful planning that purposely examines the support necessary for children to learn, be healthy, be safe and live in strong, stable and connected families. The four result statements are ‘what’ NCPC and community partners are working towards, and cooperative investment is ‘how’ they intend to do so.

Karen Schmidt
Niagara Children’s Planning Council

CONTACT DETAILS
Email: Karen.Schmidt@niagararegion.ca
Phone: 905-980-6000 ext 3828

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Celebrate Local Food Week in Ontario @ Community Event
Jun 1 – Jun 6 all-day

Celebrate Local Food Week in Ontario

Ontario’s Local Food Week takes place from June 1st – 6th, 2020.

It’s an important time as ever to support local! Celebrate the first week of June by making a special effort to buy local, support local businesses, and thank our hard-working producers across the province.

For more information about Ontario’s Local Food Approach Here

For a list of local businesses in Niagara in need of support visit here

Jun
4
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Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Level 1 (Live Webinar Series) @ Webinar
Jun 4 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

This June 4, 5, 11 and 12, 2020 training will be offered as a live webinar series

In this introductory four-day certificate program, participants will learn the main strategies for cognitive and behavioural therapy (CBT). Tools discussed will include case formulation and conceptualization; identification and modification of thoughts; behaviour activation; behaviour experiments; exposure; role-playing; cognitive rehearsal; and problem-solving. This course is not specific to a particular client population or clinical disorder. It provides instruction on a set of tools that can be applied to common and more complex mental health conditions. The format of this training includes didactic presentation, experiential exercises, feedback, and a focus on micro-skills development.

Agenda Day 1:
Morning Session: Case formulation and conceptualization in cognitive behaviour therapy
Afternoon Session: Working with automatic thoughts

Agenda Day 2:
Morning Session: Working with underlying assumptions and core beliefs
Afternoon Session: Problem-solving therapy

Agenda Day 3:
Morning Session: Cognitive behaviour therapy for youth
Afternoon Session: Cognitive behaviour therapy for youth, continued

Agenda Day 4:
Morning Session: Cognitive behaviour therapy strategies for the treatment of anxiety
Afternoon Session: Cognitive behaviour therapy strategies for the treatment of complex disorders

This program is offered by the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute

AGE-WELL Epic Conference 2020 (8-Weeks, Every Tuesday & Thursday) @ Webinar
Jun 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The “Supportive Homes & Communities” Challenge Area focuses on promoting independent living through appropriate supports and services, including the design of physical spaces and the use of technology within the environment.

Chair: Frank Knoefel, Bruyère Research Institute

Commenter: Sherry Baker, Vice-Chair, Older Adult and Caregiver Advisory Committee

Oral Presentations:

Live More SmarTech: Autonomy and independence through collaboration and technology
Naomi Zingman Daniels, University of Toronto

Smart home technology to support persons living with dementia who experience night-time wandering and their caregivers
Laura Ault, Bruyère Research Institute

Seniors’ perceptions of the robot
Zahya Idrissi, University of Sherbrooke

#AWepic2020

This conference is brought to you by Age-Well

Jun
5
Fri
PORTicipate-Outdoor Activities and Games in Port Colborne @ Port Colborne
Jun 5 all-day

With the warmer weather here, the City is encouraging residents to enjoy some much-needed activity by getting outside to enjoy the current amenities open in Port Colborne. In celebration of recreation and parks month, throughout the month of June, the City of Port Colborne’s parks and recreation division will be providing the community with a new opportunity each week throughout the month of June, encouraging residents to PORTicipate.

“Now more than ever it’s important for our community to stay active and connected to the available recreation amenities in our city”, said Blair Holinaty, recreation coordinator. “Residents are encouraged to stay connected through social media, or the City’s website, to how they can PORTicipate each week by learning about the City’s parks, trails, and recreation opportunities, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are also prizes to be won each week!”

For week one of recreation and parks month, June 1-7, 2020, residents can play ‘Name that Tree’. Parks staff planted four tree species in H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park this spring. All submissions that name all four trees correctly, photos attached, will be entered to win a PORTicipate prize pack! Winners will be selected at random and announced on Monday, June 8, 2020.

This event is brought to you by the City of Port Colborne

The 5Five5Challenge-Pathstone Foundation @ Online Fundraiser
Jun 5 all-day

We need YOU, your family, your business, your club to come together. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a catastrophic effect affecting three of the biggest stressors on a person’s mental health. All of our community events that support the work we do have been canceled, yet we are still here, doing our best to support kids and families across Niagara who rely on our services to support their mental health. This year, we won’t come close to answering the call without your help.

Join our challenge and donate $5, invite 5 friends, and make a 5-minute video of your most fun and awesome talents and submit them.

This fundraiser is brought to you by the Pathstone Foundation

CBD & Cannabis Update: What Counsellors and Clinicians Need To Know @ Webinar
Jun 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This workshop is designed to answer the questions that counsellors and clinicians have, in order to help them better educate their clients. Presented by Dr. Michael Verbora, MBA, MD, who is an internationally recognized expert on medical cannabis. He will answer questions such as…

-Who benefits from cannabis/CBD and what conditions is it known to help?
-Is it safe?
-For whom is cannabis/CBD contraindicated?
-What about children, youth, people with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia?
-Who is at risk for cannabis addiction?
-Differences between CBD and THC
-Why are some people prescribed CBD on its own whereas others are prescribed a THC/CBD mix?
-What are the typical doses recommended for different conditions?
-Are there Health Canada regulated clinics dispensing cannabis/CBD?
-Where to refer clients who may benefit from cannabis/CBD treatment

This online event is hosted by Mission: Empowerment

World Environment Day Webinar @ Webinar
Jun 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

World Environment Day Webinar

In this webinar we’ll explore why biodiversity and ecosystems management are important components for building sustainable food systems. You’ll hear from researchers working directly with communities engaged in food production practices that are centred on biodiverse ecosystems. Drawing on community-based research in Brazil, Ecuador, and the Northwest Territories, you’ll learn about the unique challenges facing food systems actors and how communities are using agroforestry and other ecological food production principles to guide their work.

This event is hosted by UNESCO Chair on Food, Biodiversity and Sustainability Studies

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