Niagara Aging Strategy and Action Plan: Booklet

The Niagara Aging Strategy and Action Plan is dedicated to advancing the vision of a “caring community that optimizes opportunities for overall well being to enhance quality of life as people age.” The Niagara Aging Strategy and Action Plan will become a “living document” and serve as a template for planning by service agencies, different levels of government, businesses and the community at large. Companion documents include:

Published By: Niagara Age-Friendly Community Network

Publication Date: April 2015

View Niagara Aging Strategy and Action Plan: Booklet

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Joint Health and Safety Certification Level 1 @ St. John Ambulance
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am – Jun 26 @ 5:00 pm

The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires any employer with more than twenty regular employees to establish and maintain a health and safety program which includes a Joint Health and Safety Committee.

In 2019, St. John Ambulance is launching Joint Health and Safety Committee Certification Training in Ontario. As a recognized leader in first aid training across Canada, this training is the perfect compliment to their commitment to health and safety overall.

What is covered in Join Health and Safety Committee Part 1:

  • Health and Safety and the law
  • Workplace Refusals
  • Duties and Obligations of a JHSC
  • Certifications
  • Hazard Management
  • Investigations
  • Critical injury accidents and deaths
  • Case Studies
  • When the Labour Board steps in
  • Resources for JHSCs

Call 905-685-8964 ext. 202 or register online.

This training is hosted by St. John Ambulance.

AGEWORKS – The Art of Ageing Forum @ Niagara College
Jun 26 @ 8:00 am – Jun 27 @ 5:00 pm

Are you a business professional who targets older people? Do you want to better understand them? Are you an academic who thirsts for more knowledge about this growing demographic? Or perhaps you’re a mindful consumer who cares about issues pertaining to ageing and longevity.

Hosted by Niagara College, AGEWORKS – The Art of Ageing Forum presents a varied assembly of thought leaders, organizations, and individuals who are striving to make a difference in terms of reducing ageist attitudes and reshaping what it means to age. Each of the 12 intriguing presentations will contain information and facts that will enlighten professionals, academics and inquiring consumers alike.

Business professionals can hear and discuss how global and local population trends and longevity issues can impact their business, and get an inside track on emotional triggers affecting their clients’ decisions as they age. They can also examine their own personal thought processes and behaviours about ageing issues to improve their professional perspective.

For academics and mindful consumers who are curious about positive ageing, the Forum provides an opportunity to immerse oneself in engaging presentations that will invoke new thoughts and motivations about ageing positively beyond just eating well and exercising.

Topics and speakers include:

  • Ageing is Changing: Global Trends in Ageing – Dr. Jane Barratt, International Federation on Ageing
  • Shaping our Local World – Sarah Webster, Centre for Studies in Aging and Health
  • Neuroplasticity: The Woman Who Changed Her Brain – Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, Author and Founder of Arrowsmith School
  • Intelligent Fear – Michael Clarkson, Author
  • Awaken Your Passion, Purpose and Potential – Grace Cirocco, Author
  • Laugh Yourself Silly – Sandra Summerhayes, Leadership Consultant
  • Making Sense of a Longevity Economy – Mark Venning, Change Rangers
  • Protirement: How to Make the Most of Life – Ellis Katsof, Author of Life 3.0
  • Your Future Reimagined – Michael Kennedy, Entrepreneur
  • Courage, Freedom, Happiness – Janet Rouss, Author
  • Creative Ageing & Connecting Generations – Pat Spadafora, Kaleidoscope Consulting
  • The Positive Effects of Mindfulness – Deidre Walsh, Integrative Health Coach

Networking events, art displays, and musical entertainment make this forum a must-attend if you plan on ageing anytime soon.

Information about discounted room rates and on-campus accommodation options is available on our website.

This event is hosted by Niagara College & AGEWORKS.

Niagara Falls Foreign Trade Zone Seminar @ Niagara Falls City Hall - Committee Room 2
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:15 pm

Niagara Foreign Trade Zone (NFTZ) Exporting Seminars will include speakers from government agencies, public-private institutions, as well as provide networking opportunities to exporting businesses in Niagara.

The purpose of these seminars is to create greater awareness opportunities and connect you to Federal/Provincial programs for your exports. Generate leads to your international supply chain, benefit from duties refund and tax relief programs, apply for market development assistance, and other resources for scaling your international presence. For businesses preparing to export, this is your ideal contact point for building up your resources. Last year, NFTZ seminars reached more than 150 businesses and serviced more than 75 companies.

Seminar Highlights

  • NFTZ introduction
  • International Market Insight
  • Key Exporting Programs
  • Incentives
  • Introduce Resource Institutions
  • Client Testimonials
  • Networking
  • Discussion

RSVP by email to or

Let’s Talk About… Human Trafficking @ Guild Hall
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The second session in the Port Colborne Public Library’s “Let’s Talk About..” series will focus on human trafficking. The event is to raise awareness about human trafficking and how it impacts the lives of people in the Niagara Region.

With presenters: Krystal Snider (Trainer-Intervention with Survivors of Human Trafficking, YWCA, Niagara Region), Skylar Burbidge (Survivor), Amanda Sanders (Detective Constable, Niagara Regional Police Service), and Wendy Sturgeon (Executive Director, Native Women Inc., Niagara Chapter).

This is a free event. Seating is limited. Pre-registration required.

This session is hosted by Port Colborne Public Library.

Brock University: Our Journey to the Cloud using SharePoint @ Online
Jun 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

We have all seen how SharePoint can inform and engage people across your organization and be a modern document management platform designed for collaboration. What’s the experience with an organization-wide deployment of SharePoint Online and how does this adapt to the requirements of Higher Education?

This session will dig into Brock University’s deployment of SharePoint from the perspective of both IT Pros and end-users, to get a full understanding of the value of SharePoint and what it took to deploy.

Speaker: Norman Young, Data Architect, Brock University

This webinar is hosted by Microsoft.

Tackling Homelessness Using Collaborative Outcome Planning @ Online
Jun 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

In order to address homelessness in a sustainable way, transformative change is needed. Join the Systems Planning Collective for a webinar where you’ll learn how a ‘Collective impact’ framework can be used to tackle transformative change within communities. The transformative work happening in Abbotsford, BC, will be used as a case study.

This webinar is hosted by the Systems Planning Collective.

The Roshni Project Webinar: Highlighting the Lived Experience of South Asian Women @ Online
Jun 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Presenter: Dr. Gursharan Virdee, psychologist and researcher at CAMH

Learn about:

  • The mental health realities of young South Asian women
  • The roles of family, faith communities, educators, and mental health service providers
  • The process and benefits of co-creation as a source of empowerment

About the Roshni Project

Following many years of hearing young South Asians in the Greater Toronto Area share challenges with accessing culturally-informed mental health supports and services, we came together to find a way to help. Young South Asian women in particular expressed a need to see a young South Asian mental health professional that ‘looked like’ them. Someone who understood what it was like to be a woman and straddle two completely different cultures — being Canadian and being South Asian. Through these dialogues emerged a number of gaps in the systems surrounding these young people, with the central and repeated theme being understood as a young South Asian and the role of gender in their experiences.

This webinar is hosted by the Evidence Exchange Network (CAMH).


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