Living in Niagara-2017 Report: 62 Suggested Action Steps Across 12 Sectors

The Living in Niagara report is a triennial measure of quality of life in Niagara, across 12 Sectors that align with the Social Determinants of Health. The report and its Sectors are described, built, and owned by the Niagara-wide community. It is produced by Niagara Connects, a Niagara-wide network of people working together to plan, learn, innovate and lead community action toward a stronger future for Niagara.

This resource provides an overview of a total of 62 Suggested Action Steps across the 12 Sectors of the Living in Niagara 2017 report; and the Main Action Themes Arising in each Sector.

This companion video describes the critical indicators for reflecting on life in Niagara.

Published By: Niagara Connects

Publication Date: 2017

View 62 Suggested Action Steps Across 12 Sectors

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Mar
25
Mon
Wainfleet Community Meeting @ Wainfleet BIC Church
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Township of Wainfleet is starting its 2019 Budget Review Process. Provincial law requires that the Township establish balanced operating and capital budgets to govern our annual operations. In this way, Council ensures that the amount of money that the Township intends to spend balances with the money the Township collects.

Join Mayor Kevin Gibson and Council for an important community meeting to discuss your ideas for the the 2019 budget and for the future of the Township.

This meeting is hosted by the Township of Wainfleet.

Mar
26
Tue
Executive Directors Panel for New EDs and Future Leaders @ Niagara Safety Village
Mar 26 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

EDUCATION TOPIC: Mentorship Panel Discussion

PANELISTS: Kim Cole, Tamara Coleman-Lawrie, Shirley Cordiner, Michelle Lewis, Barb Van Der Heyden and Glen Walker

The Executive Director’s Forum Steering Committee Members are delighted to offer a mentorship and panel discussion for new and future executive leaders in our community who wish to hear from seasoned professionals.

Collectively, the Steering Committee brings more than 100 years of experience to Niagara. The Panelists will offer best practices, resources, ideas, feedback and a fulsome discussion in areas of:

  • Stepping Into Your New Role as ED
  • Fundraising/Grants
  • Amalgamation
  • All Things Board Related
  • Accreditations
  • Financials – making sense of them
  • Policy Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Program Design, Implementation & Evaluation
  • Human Resources
  • Performance Reviews

This special panel presentation of the Executive Director’s Forum is being offered to address the needs of our new and future leaders as they prepare to lead in executive and professional roles.

Mar
27
Wed
Indigenous Health Symposium: Complementary Tools to Address Indigenous Mental Health Needs @ Canadian Coptic Centre - Trinity Hall
Mar 27 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

There is a strong and growing movement among many Indigenous Peoples to bridge the gap between traditional Indigenous health and wellness, and contemporary medical practices.

Peel Aboriginal Network, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association – Halton Region Branch, Reach Out Centre for Kids, and the Mississauga Halton and Central West LHINs, is pleased to host Strength and Resilience, a one-day Symposium on complementary tools to address Indigenous mental health needs.

Participants will come away from this Symposium having:

  • increased their knowledge and awareness of the critical mental health issues impacting Indigenous Peoples in Canada
  • broadened their understanding of traditional Indigenous healing and its role in providing culturally safe care
  • deepened their knowledge on how to better connect with Indigenous patients, clients and communities
  • explored ways to enhance synergies between traditional Indigenous healing and contemporary medical practices

This event is offered at no cost, but space is limited.

This symposium is hosted by the Peel Aboriginal Network.

Passing the Torch – Succession Planning @ YMCA Employment Centre
Mar 27 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Over the next 5 years Canadians will be retiring at a pace unparalleled in human history. The biggest demographic wave in the country’s history is hurtling into retirement. The baby boomers – that massive bubble of people born in the two decades following the Second World War – have begun the transition from employment to retirement.

This phenomenon has serious implications for non-profit, charitable and volunteer organizations whose senior management staff are planning to retire in the next 3-5 years. Boards of Directors are watching as knowledgeable and experienced senior staff make their plans to depart, often without a plan to replace their prized employee or the expertise they take with them. It’s important to create a range of succession plans for emergency and planned departures, to ensure sustainability, consistency and continued organizational success.

This workshop is suitable for board members and senior staff of non-profit, charitable and volunteer organizations and will explore:

  • the context for succession planning and who should be involved
  • your board’s role as employer of the staff leader
  • the relationship between mission, vision, values and succession planning
  • types of succession plans – emergency, long/short term, permanent
  • sample succession policies and steps in succession planning
  • tools and resources to help you create your own succession plan

Register online by March 25.

This workshop is hosted by Literacy Link Niagara.

Therapeutic Touch for Care Partners @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Mar 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Therapeutic Touch is a holistic evidence based therapy that incorporates the intentional and compassionate use of universal energy to promote balance and well-being.

Research shows that Therapeutic Touch is effective in:

  • Promoting relaxation response
  • Reducing anxiety and stress
  • Managing pain
  • Improving sleep
  • Facilitating the body’s natural healing process
  • Fostering a sense of well-being

Speaker: Doreen Sullivan

Register today by calling 905-687-3914.

This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.

Substance Use and the Workplace: Understanding Impairment @ Online
Mar 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

How do employers effectively address substance use problems in a way that support employees’ ability to thrive in the workplace and beyond?

The recent legalization of cannabis in Canada has many employers trying to find a way to quickly build or update policies to protect and maintain safe workplaces. However, it is essential to not focus solely on cannabis use when developing or amending impairment policies.

It is important to remember that substance use disorders are not a moral failing or a choice, but rather an illness. Human rights legislation dictates that employers are legally required to accommodate employees in these situations. It is also important to keep a balance between the employees’ needs and the employers’ need, as well as to ensure the physical and psychological health and safety of all employees.

Join this webinar to hear from Bryce Barker and Shawna Meister, from the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA), to gain a better understanding of comprehensive Fit-for-Duty (FFD) / Impairment policies and best practices.

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

Let’s Talk About… Housing and Homelessness in Port Colborne @ Port Colborne Public Library
Mar 27 @ 6:30 pm

The first session in the Port Colborne Public Library’s “Let’s Talk About…” series will focus on housing and homelessness in Port Colborne.

Join presenters Jeffrey Sinclair (Homelessness Action Advisor, Community Services, Niagara Region) and Christine Clark-Lafleur (Executive Director, Port Cares) who will discuss homelessness, housing affordability, and the myths and misperceptions about homelessness. An overview of the Niagara Region’s 10-Year Housing and Homeless Action Plan will be presented.

The session is open to the public. All are welcome.

This event is hosted by the Port Colborne Public Library.

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