Niagara Woman Abuse Screening Project

The Ontario Woman Abuse Screening Project is a provincial committee, originally funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, bringing Addictions, Mental Health and Domestic Violence organizations together. The goal is to transform services for abused women with mental health and/or addiction issues through screening for woman abuse, sexual assault and trauma and providing abuse/trauma informed services in the mental health and addiction sectors.

In the Niagara Region a total of 16 organizations have collaborated to create a training tool specific to the Niagara Region that includes information on how to support abused woman suffering with addictions and/or mental wellness issues, information on how addictions and mental health organizations can support and safety plan for woman dealing with current or historical abuse and trauma and detailed referral lists specific to the Niagara Region. The mission of this committee is to collaborate to empower women with complex, concurrent issues and transform services so they are welcoming, helpful, integrated and based on a shared understanding of how mental health, addictions, abuse and trauma issues intersect. The Niagara Region Woman Abuse Screening Project wants to ensure that every service in the Niagara Region is the right door for women dealing with mental, health, addictions and abuse/trauma in her life. The committee is striving to do this by bringing individuals from all three sectors together to share work, create a collaborative screening tool and provide free interagency training on the intersections of abuse/trauma, mental health and addictions.

Participating organizations include:

  • Gillian’s Place
  • Bethlehem Place
  • YWCA Niagara
  • Community Addiction Services Niagara
  • Women’s Interim Support Home
  • Women’s Place of South Niagara
  • Family Counseling Centre
  • Niagara Chapter Native Women Inc
  • Niagara Health – Addiction Services
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Centre De Santé Hamilton/Niagara
  • Probation and Parole
  • FACS Niagara
  • Design For A New Tomorrow
  • Niagara Regional Native Centre
  • Niagara Region Community Mental Health Program

Jennifer De Angelis
Women’s Place of South Niagara

CONTACT DETAILS
Phone: 905-356-3933 ext 224
Email: ProgMgr@wpsn.ca

 

Cindy Jennings
Community Addiction Services Niagara

CONTACT DETAILS
Phone: 905-625-5425 ext. 238
Email: CJennings@cason.ca

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Apr
23
Tue
Public Meeting on the Future of Specialized Transit in Niagara @ Civic Square Community Room
Apr 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In an effort to better meet the transportation needs of regional and municipal specialized transit users, the Niagara Region has started a study to review these services throughout the region. The Niagara Region has hired consulting firm IBI Group to complete this study.

The study is looking at the following issues:

  • A review of specialized transit service governance, needs, requirements, service policies and procedures
  • A review of the Niagara Specialized Transit’s (NST) current operations
  • The creation of options to best meet the community’s needs
  • The creation of a plan to fiscally responsibly guide specialized transit service improvements over the next five years

The following topics will be discussed at the public meeting:

  • Thoughts on current municipal and regional specialized transit services
  • Future needs and expectations
  • Major areas of concern
  • Eligibility, registration and booking process
  • Scheduling
  • Transfers and fares
  • Cross-regional travel
  • On-time performance

Two public meetings will be hosted. Each session will start with a 20 minute presentation followed by a discussion and question/answer period. Region staff will be available to answer your questions and hear your feedback.

This public meeting is hosted by Niagara Region.

Apr
24
Wed
Indigenous Peoples and the Health Care System: Exploring Health Equity for First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Ontario @ Online
Apr 24 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

In recent decades, the health of Indigenous Peoples has been improving despite multiple issues regarding access and other impacts of the health care system. Join us as we explore this issue by highlighting health equity, discussing historical and current contexts, and exploring a discourse for ways in which clinicians can work to help improve their practice and care that will contribute to positive health outcomes for Indigenous Peoples in Ontario.

This webinar is hosted by the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Community of Interest.

Breaking Barriers to Newcomer Mental Health in Niagara @ Online
Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The process of migration and resettlement can be extremely challenging and often puts the mental health and well-being of newcomers at risk. Despite pertinent and clear mental health issues in the newcomer population, availability and accessibility of services remain an issue. As this population continues to grow, it is essential to assess the prevalence of mental health issues in newcomers in order to adapt services accordingly.

During this webinar, presenters will discuss:

  • Needs of newcomers and refugees
  • Barriers to accessing Mental Health Support
  • Environmental Scan & Recommendations
  • Best Practice Guidelines

Presenters:

  • Zainab Awad, Mental Health Program Coordinator, Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre
  • Ali Ahmed, Mental Health Program Support Worker, Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre

This event is hosted by Niagara Connects in partnership with Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre. A follow-up resource package will be distributed after the event.

How AGE-WELL Technology is Changing Homes of the Future and Promoting Independence for All @ Online
Apr 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

AGE-WELL takes a unique approach to technology development by engaging all stakeholders from the beginning to ensure technologies can help older adults age in place and maintain their independence for as long as possible.

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Learn about how AGE-WELL has advanced the development of technologies to enhance the home lives of Canadian seniors and their caregivers
  • Understand the global context of technology and aging and where Canada fits
  • Discover examples of successful AGE-WELL innovations being implemented today

This webinar is hosted by AGE-WELL NCE.

Public Meeting on the Future of Specialized Transit in Niagara @ St. Catharines Public Library - Central Branch
Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In an effort to better meet the transportation needs of regional and municipal specialized transit users, the Niagara Region has started a study to review these services throughout the region. The Niagara Region has hired consulting firm IBI Group to complete this study.

The study is looking at the following issues:

  • A review of specialized transit service governance, needs, requirements, service policies and procedures
  • A review of the Niagara Specialized Transit’s (NST) current operations
  • The creation of options to best meet the community’s needs
  • The creation of a plan to fiscally responsibly guide specialized transit service improvements over the next five years

The following topics will be discussed at the public meeting:

  • Thoughts on current municipal and regional specialized transit services
  • Future needs and expectations
  • Major areas of concern
  • Eligibility, registration and booking process
  • Scheduling
  • Transfers and fares
  • Cross-regional travel
  • On-time performance

Two public meetings will be hosted. Each session will start with a 20 minute presentation followed by a discussion and question/answer period. Region staff will be available to answer your questions and hear your feedback.

This public meeting is hosted by Niagara Region.

Social Enterprise Niagara April Meetup @ Spark Niagara
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Social Enterprise Niagara’s monthly social networking meetup. We welcome all community members who are interested in or engaged in Social Innovation or Social Enterprise! We will help define these terms at the beginning of the meeting and then create space for organic conversation, networking and connection to follow.

This is a free meeting/meetup to connect with other like minded community members from 6-8pm April 24th. We host our SEN monthly Social Networking Meetups at Spark Niagara, a new business incubator in Niagara Falls! They take place on the last Wednesday of every month, and we hope to see you there!

This event is hosted by Social Enterprise Niagara.

Public Meeting: Port Colborne Parks & Recreation Master Plan @ Port Colborne City Hall - Council Chambers (3rd Floor)
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

You’re invited to #PORTicipate in the Port Colborne Parks & Recreation Master Plan Public Meeting on April 24, 2019!

The City of Port Colborne is preparing its Parks and Recreation Master Plan that will guide the future operations of Parks and Recreation services, facilities and amenities for the City.

The Project Team has been conducting stakeholder engagement with City residents, recreational providers, City staff and Council. Consultation with community members is integral in the development of recommendations for the final Master Plan.

The Project Team has compiled the results of the online survey, working sessions, interviews and community feedback. The stakeholder findings will be presented to the general public on Wednesday, April 24th.

This meeting is hosted by the City of Port Colborne.

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