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  1. COVID-19 Decision-Making: A Social Impact Tool for Social Purpose-driven Organizations

    The McConnell Foundation developed this tool to assist social purpose-driven organizations to address the challenge of pivoting their business models, to play their role in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. This resource will be of interest to leaders who are called upon to make immediate and profound decisions with far-reaching consequences,...
  2. Growing Close to Home: Creating Complete Rural Communities

    Complete communities provide residents with easy access to a variety of services and amenities, are attractive for businesses and employers, offer diverse housing options for different age groups and incomes, enable the efficient use of existing services and infrastructure, support active and/or public transportation, and protect vital natural features and...
  3. Peer Support Navigators: Easing Health Systems Navigation for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness in Niagara (Event Recording)

    This recording of the September 02, 2020 webinar shares information about the Niagara HELPS (Homelessness Emergency Liaison & Peer Support) project. Niagara HELPS is a new peer initiative that involves individuals with lived experience utilizing both their compassion and knowledge of community resources. The program also helps hospital Emergency Department...
  4. RETURN TO THE WORKPLACE: A Psychological Toolkit For Heading Back To Work

    This toolkit is a guide to support the mental health of individuals as they plan safe transitions back into their workplaces and to help employers as they develop policies and procedures for supporting staff returning to work. It contains information about the common symptoms individuals may experience as they think...
  5. Strategies for Social Connection Among Isolated Older Adults

    This resource presents a model for social connectedness that focuses on how older adults can change their thinking, feeling, and connections to reduce their distress during periods of isolation. Service providers and older adults can work together (even over the phone), by building a flexible “Connections Plan” to develop coping...
  6. State of Women’s Entrepreneurship in Canada 2020 report highlights

    This resource presents highlights of the first annual report from the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH). The report synthesizes government, academic, and expert research to highlight some of the structural barriers facing diverse women entrepreneurs in Canada. The report shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified structural barriers, has affected...
  7. NRT OnDemand: Niagara Regional Transit Ridesharing Pilot Project for Communities in West Niagara

    NRT OnDemand is a ridesharing pilot project for communities in West Niagara. The new service launches Monday, August 17, 2020. Rather than operating on a fixed route like conventional transit services, NRT OnDemand lets riders request trips in real-time through an app, or over the phone by selecting a pickup...
  8. CIHI’s Health Data and Information Governance and Capability Framework

    The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) consulted with more than 200 health systems leaders in 2018 and 2019 to identify practical actions to systematically improve the use of health data and information (HDI). The resulting framework was developed to respond to a growing awareness among Canadian health information organizations...
  9. Guide to Reopening Ontario’s Schools for the 2020/2021 School Year

    Guidance is provided by the Government of Ontario for schools and school boards to safely reopen for the 2020/2021 school year. It was developed under the following principles: -providing a safe and healthy school environment for students, teachers and staff, and safeguarding the broader communities in which they live -providing...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Sep
23
Wed
Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Racialized Young People @ Webinar
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This training will provide guidance to those providing mental health care to young people and their families around providing culturally competent care for diverse young people. The training will discuss various ways that young people and their families may have felt unheard or uncomfortable in mental health settings due to their racial and/or ethnic identity and will discuss approaches that practitioners can use to help decrease barriers to care for such young people and their families.

This training will discuss experiences young people and their families have of oppression, racism, and structural oppression, and while the goal is to help all participants have greater comfort in dealing with these issues, participants should come willing to acknowledge the role these factors play in young people’s lives.

Learning Objectives:

-Participants will have a greater understanding of the barriers to mental health care faced by racialized young people and their families.
-Participants will acquire strategies to engage racialized young people and their families in mental health care.
-Participants will be able to identify specific struggles that racialized and underserved children and youth may face in Canada and how these might affect their mental health

This webinar is brought to you by the SickKids Learning Institute.

Sep
24
Thu
Diversity in Action: Mental Health for the Underserved (Conference) @ Webinar
Sep 24 all-day

This year, our Annual Conference will focus on helping meet the mental health needs of those often underserved within our communities. With over 50 CECs worth of workshops to attend and sessions including on-demand learning materials and interactive live events, this year’s virtual conference has something for everyone.
When you register for the conference, not only do you gain access to incredible professional development, but you will also have access to informative and relevant keynote speakers and to an online community built by OAMHP for conference attendees to gather, share ideas, network, and get to know each other.
Workshops will run online from September 24 to October 10, over weekends and evenings for easier access. We hope to see you (virtually) there!

This conference is hosted by the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals

Digital Health Solutions for Women with Addictions @ Webinar
Sep 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

This free webinar will feature a 60-minute panel of experts discussing digital health resources for supporting women with addictions—both what is currently available and what is still needed—as well as the importance of solutions that are both gender- and trauma-informed. The presentation will be followed by a 30 minute Q&A session with members of the audience.

Panelists:
Leslie Buckley, Chief, Addictions Division, CAMH
Lena Quilty, Senior Scientist, Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute, CAMH
Michelle Coombs, Executive Director, Jean Tweed Centre
Betty-Lou Kristy, Director, Centre for Innovation in Peer Support, Support & Housing-Halton

This webinar is presented in collaboration by CAMH, Jean Tweed Centre, Centre for Innovation in Peer Support, and Addictions Mental Health Ontario, with funding from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.

Does Your Business or Organization Need Help Rebounding From COVID-19 Challenges? @ Webinar
Sep 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Julia Zhu, Associate Director, Co-op Education and Dana Tonus, Employer Relations and Special Initiatives from Co-op, Career, and Experiential Education (CCEE), Brock University at our Learning forum on September 24th.

Brock Co-op students are available to help your organization rebound from some of the challenges you are facing as a result of COVID-19. Thanks to a partnership between the Chamber of Commerce, Niagara Region, Brock University and local MP’s, our members are now able to tap into the talents Brock co-op students offer to assist with your business transition in response to COVID-19, free of charge.

This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.

Sep
26
Sat
Ladies Learning Code @ Webinar
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

National Ladies Learning Code Day is our signature event dedicated to teaching adults across Canada new coding concepts and digital tools to prepare them for the ever-changing digital landscape. This year we’re excited to teach SQL!

Join us virtually on September 26, 2020, to learn how to use SQL to make data-driven decisions related to sales, marketing, customer base, finance, health care and more.

This webinar is brought to you by the Niagara Chapter Canada Learning Code

Senior Pride Network Hosts a Talk: LGBT People and Long-Term Care @ Online
Sep 26 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Senior Pride Network Niagara is pleased to present a talk by Dr Tamara Sussman of McGill University. The talk is entitled Supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusivity in long term care homes.

The talk will take place on Wednesday, September 23 at 1:30 PM. It will be presented using Zoom technology. Kindly use the attached Evite to respond to this invitation. An email will be sent one week prior to the event with the Zoom link.

Dr. Sussman is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Mc Gill University. Her program of research focuses on how health services and systems impact older people and their family/friends. In this talk, Dr. Sussman will present findings from a Canadian study that examined current practices in LGBT inclusivity. Strategies for overcoming obstacles and improving services for LGBT older persons in long term care will be discussed.

This online event is hosted by Senior Pride Network Niagara

Carousel Players Giant Puppet Party @ Lester B. Pearson Park
Sep 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Carousel Players and professional designer and puppeteer Alexa Fraser bring you Carousel Players’ Giant Puppet Party, an outdoor, large space activity that allows for social distancing requirements.

Using a variety of materials and a video tutorial, families can create their own fabulous giant puppet right from home. Then, join us on Saturday September 26 at Lester B. Pearson Park at 2 pm for our Giant Puppet Party!

What does a Giant Puppet Party entail? Music, dancing, laughter, and more! Carousel Players’ Giant Puppet will lead everyone in song and dance, creating a community that is together, apart and making art. Families will be socially distanced and given staggered arrival times in an effort to ensure public safety for all attendees and staff.

This outdoor event is brought to you by the Carousel Players

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