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  1. Age-Friendly Niagara Network: 2018 Impact

    This placemat summarizes the milestones achieved by the Age-Friendly Niagara Network in 2018. Published By: Age-Friendly Niagara Network Publication Date: February 2019 Related posts: Age-Friendly Niagara Network: Implementing the Niagara Aging Strategy & Action Plan (NASAP) Focused Action Priorities (2018-2019) Achieving “A Community for all Ages” Across Niagara: Two-Page Candidate Brief from the...
  2. Niagara Roots, Global Reach: Brock University Institutional Strategic Plan 2018-2025

    The Institutional Strategic Plan describes Brock University’s history and its current environment, including challenges and opportunities that this entails. The University’s mission, vision and guiding values are outlined, as well as four strategic priorities, each with goals and actions, to be achieved over the next seven years. These will inform...
  3. Ohni:kara An Aspiring Global Geopark (Policy Brief #37)

    While the concept of geoparks date back to the 1990s, specifically with their establishment in Europe and China, it wasn’t until 2004 that the Global Geoparks Network was formed under UNESCO. Furthermore, the official branding of the UNESCO Global Geopark did not occur until 2015. There are currently 140 UNESCO...
  4. Homelessness in 2030: Essays on Possible Futures

    This book aims to distill the wisdom needed to end homelessness from all the knowledge that leading researchers have gained from their extensive work. This collection of essays covers hopeful visions, dystopian scenarios, insights by country, and paradigms and policy. Published By: Y-Foundation Publication Date: 2019 Related posts: The Roadmap for the...
  5. Innovating Employment Podcast: Empowering older workers to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset

    Helen Hirsh Spence, CEO and Founder at Top Sixty Over Sixty joins the program to discuss empowering older workers (over the age of 55) to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset. Key takeaways from the episode: While ageism is typically associated with wrongful dismissal from a job, it is also associated with...
  6. Cannabis Market Data

    This information is collected under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations, which replaced the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations on August 24, 2016. Based on market data, there is an overall sufficient supply of cannabis for medical purposes to meet the current needs of registered clients. Published By: Government of...
  7. The City of Welland’s Road to Certification with ISO 37120 Sustainable Cities and Communities: Indicators for City Service and Quality of Life

    This article demonstrates the City of Welland staff’s inter-departmental approach to collecting and uniting data from across city departments, to create a user-friendly open data system for stakeholders and city staff. Through team-work and consistency, Welland was able to report more than 90 of the total 100 indicators and achieve...
  8. Immigration and Language in Canada, 2011 and 2016

    This document focuses on immigration and language in Canada. It presents a general statistical portrait of immigrants by certain language characteristics and by their main countries of birth, using data from the 2011 National Household Survey and the 2016 Census of Population. This document presents a descriptive analysis of recent...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Feb
20
Wed
Richard Pierpoint @ Grimsby Town Hall
Feb 20 @ 7:30 pm

Richard Pierpoint: Donna Ford – President of Central Ontario Network for Black History

Donna is a researcher on early Black Settlers who as Runaway Slaves arrived during the Underground Railroad era and settled in St. Catharines and Niagara region.

Richard Pierpoint was a child slave brought from Senegal in West Africa across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. He became a soldier in the Revolutionary War in the United States and fought in the War of 1812 in Canada. In the latter stages of his life, he was a leader in the community.

Richard Pierpoint served a pioneer in John Butler’s rangers. By 1780 he was stationed with them in the Niagara region and was granted 200 acres of land on Twelve Mile Creek, in what later became Grantham Township.

In 1812 he enlisted in the Coloured or Black Corps and saw action at the battle of Queenston Heights on 13 October 1812 and was also involved in heavy fighting during the siege of Fort George (Niagara-on-the-Lake) on 27 May 1813.

He wished to return to the West African settlement he had left in the hold of a slave-ship some 60 years earlier but instead the old soldier received a location ticket for 100 acres of land in unsettled Garafraxa Township on the Grand River, near present-day Fergus.

In May 1825 Richard Pierpoint completed the settlement duties in clearing and fencing five acres and erecting a house. He probably died in late 1837 – an old African brought by the slave trade to the frontier of settlement in a land he never took for his own.

This event is hosted by the Grimsby Historical Society.

Feb
21
Thu
The Importance of Recreational Programs for Those Diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia @ Online
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This webinar will touch on the importance of recreational programs specifically designed for people living with Young Onset Dementia (YOD) and their care partners.

Learn about The Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s Boomers Club, a weekly social program for YOD and their families and explore ways to support the unique needs of this population.

This webinar is hosted by brainXchange.

Introducing the 2019 CharityVillage Salary and Benefits Report @ Online
Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

CharityVillage is pleased to be releasing a brand new, fully updated edition of their popular Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report – the most comprehensive of its kind in the country!

This webinar will give you a basic introduction to the report, unveil the executive summary, and will provide tips and pointers on how to read the report and interpret the data.

This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.

Ask the Expert: The Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project @ Online
Feb 21 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

Do you have any burning questions related to your work and the mental health of immigrants and refugees?

If so, join the Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project for an online live-session with subject matter experts Dr. Debra Stein and Bonnie Wong.

You will be joining social, settlement, and health service providers across Canada in asking our experts questions to support your every day work with immigrants and refugees.

This session is hosted by the Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project.

Self-Care for the Caregiver @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region - Pfizer Room
Feb 21 @ 5:22 pm – 6:22 pm

Do you…
Feel overwhelmed in caring for others?
Experience insomnia, worry, or anxiety?
Have trouble dealing with your feelings?
Find it hard to find time to take care of yourself?
Have trouble asking for help and following through on it?

Please join Denise Verreault, Director of Programs & Services at the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region, as she takes you through a sixteen-week educational program designed to help you learn how to take better care of you as you care for others. The three-hour weekly class will focus on self-awareness exercises, stress management, group discussion, and take-home exercises. You can learn how to develop your inner capacity to be resilient and strong regardless of your current life challenges.

Sessions take place on Thursdays from January 10 to April 25, 2019.

This program is hosted by the Niagara Caregiver Network.

Feb
22
Fri
Taking Action Against Abuse of Older Adults: Certificate Workshop @ Grantham Lions Club
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Crime Stoppers Niagara, in partnership with the Niagara Elder Abuse Prevention Network and the Alzheimer Society of Niagara is offering a free one-day workshop.

9:20 – Opening Remarks

9:30-10:30 – Finding Your Way with Jessica Pace, Alzheimer Society of Niagara, focusing on supporting people with dementia to stay engaged in their community while mitigating the risks of wandering and going missing.

10:45-12:00 – Abuse of Older Adults, Be Part of the Solution with Dion McParland, Niagara Elder Abuse Prevention Network & Alzheimer Society of Niagara: Introductory workshop will provide awareness of abuse of older adults to front-line staff and volunteers; to gain awareness, develop best practices in responding to abuse, by learning communication skills and directing to the appropriate resources, and be part of the solution.

12:00-12:45 – Lunch

12:45-3:15 – Abuse of Older Adults, Be Part of the Solution

Limited spots available. If you wish to attend, please call Sara Stevens at 905-938-5463 by February 18, 2019.

This workshop is hosted by Crime Stoppers Niagara, the Elder Abuse Prevention Network, and the Alzheimer Society of Niagara.

Feb
23
Sat
Coldest Night of the Year: YWCA Niagara Region @ Grimsby Secondary School
Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The 4th annual Coldest Night of the Year West Niagara is being held in support of the YWCA’s West Niagara Affordable Housing program!

Get excited for the non-competitive 2km, 5km, or 10km walk that raises awareness about and funds for the fight against poverty and homelessness in our community! And don’t forget, after the walk you can join the YWCA back inside to warm up with some chili and vote for your favourite in our “Chilly” Cook-Off.

The goal of YWCA’s West Niagara Affordable Housing program is to provide transitional supportive housing to all of West Niagara, which will lead individuals to self-sufficiency within the time frame of one to three years.

Together with community partners, the YWCA Niagara Region provide supportive programming and housing solutions to individuals who are committed to attaining self-sufficiency. Partners include community organizations, individuals, service providers and the faith community as well as residential clients.

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