Hundreds of people and organizations contribute to the sustainability and growth of Niagara Connects. Together we are building up Niagara’s capacity to weave together diverse data assets and strengthen the and (NKE) tools. Several Niagara community partners invest in Niagara Connects subscription and services, for customized community engagement; Knowledge Broker support for evidence-informed planning; and opportunities to engage, share and contribute to Niagara Connects network activity.

Niagara Connects thanks these community leaders for investing in building a culture of sharing data, information and knowledge. Ultimately this leads to a stronger future for the people of Niagara!

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Investment Readiness Program (IRP) Information Session @ St. Catharines Golf and Country Club
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

The Investment Readiness Program (IRP) is a new opportunity funded by the Government of Canada and administered through community foundations for social enterprises to launch, design, measure and scale their organization or project to get ready to access social financing.

The Niagara Community Foundation is hosting an Investment Readiness Program (IRP) Information Session to offer more details about applying and answer questions about the program. To RSVP, please email

Who qualifies? You may qualify if your organization is mission-driven, aiming to sell goods or services to earn revenue while also helping achieve positive social, cultural or environmental objectives. Specifically, charities, non-profit organizations, co-ops and businesses with a social impact may all qualify.

Eligibility details:

  • Eligible organizations can receive $10,000 to $100,000 in non-repayable funds to develop, design, measure and scale their social enterprises in order to get ready to accept investments.
  • The IRP can assist organizations at any stage, from refining an idea to scaling up and preparing for investments.
  • The IRP is open to social purpose organizations including charities, non-profits, co-operatives, and for-profit business with a social impact.

This session is hosted by the Niagara Community Foundation.

Owning Your Role as a Role Model @ ECCDC
Jan 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Early Childhood Education is a demanding field that can be easy for those working in it to lose themselves. Maintaining clarity and a sense of purpose are absolutely integral to an early childhood professional’s health and well-being, as well as the health and well being of those they surround themselves with.

Your responsibilities may be big, but your capacity to meet them is so much bigger. Through reflective and playful practices, you’ll discover the traits that give you the energy you need to be the person you always wanted to be. You’ll draw from the strength of the people that you’ve looked up to. And you’ll learn to see yourself through the eyes of those who look up to you. In that light, you can achieve a grounded sense of self, rooted and confident as you own your role as a role model.

Workshop participants will participate in reflective practices that can contribute to a confident sense of self and will use hindsight as a foundation for future goal setting.

This workshop is hosted by the Early Childhood Community Development Centre.

Supporting Quality of Life Assessments of Frail Older Adults and Their Family Caregivers @ Online
Jan 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Older adults living at home facing frailty and chronic illness, and their family caregivers, often experience challenges affecting their quality of life. Their priorities must be addressed by healthcare providers. Unfortunately, these are easily overlooked in the “hustle and bustle” of care. Tools for assessing quality of life make the priorities of patients and family caregivers visible to healthcare providers and leaders. The goal of the Canadian Frailty Network is to develop resources to support the use of quality of life assessment tools.

The Network will meet with each group to identify their needs and the types of resources that would be helpful to them. Working with each group, they will develop customized resources that include education materials (for in person and self-guided learning), videos, and communication tools. These materials will be made freely available via an existing online person centred health information system, called the Quality of Life and Practice Support System (QPSS). The QPSS allows patients and family caregivers to complete quality of life assessment tools and share their information with healthcare providers.

This project will help put the voices of older adults living with frailty, and of their family caregivers, at the centre of healthcare. This goal unites patients, families, clinicians, and healthcare and government leaders in the pursuit of a Canadian healthcare system that meets the needs of all Canadians.

This webinar is hosted by the Canadian Frailty Network.

Climate Change, Vulnerability and Health Equity in Canada: Understanding Linkages to Inform Adaptation @ Online
Jan 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Current emissions of greenhouse gases put the world on track for warming of more than 2 degrees Celsius, a level that increases the risk of potentially severe climate change impacts on health. Climate change is increasing risks to the health of Canadians, but not all populations and communities will be affected by climate change equally. Existing health inequities are exacerbated by climate change impacts and adaptations may inadvertently perpetuate inequities if broader social, political and economic factors are not considered.

Information on the health risks to Canadians from climate change and a new framework for understanding intersecting vulnerabilities that is being developed for the next national climate change and health assessment will be discussed in this presentation.

This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program.

Crossroads in Mental Health Crisis and Law Enforcement @ Online
Jan 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Evolving social, economic and fiscal realities have created a strain in the treatment of mental illness. As a result of this strain, police services often become the first line of contact between a person in crisis and available resources. Police services have had to adapt to this new reality and find collaborative approaches to resolve these difficult, sometimes violent situations. The emergence of mobile crisis teams, situation tables and better training for front line officers has made an impact for some, but the need for a more integrated strategy still exists.

This webinar will focus on the York Regional Police integrated strategy which includes all of the above and additional resources such as the digitized Brief Mental Health Screener, two full time social workers, a seniors safety unit which specializes in issues such as dementia and vulnerable persons, and Police/Hospitals Relations Committees as well as other resources and future plans.

This webinar is hosted by the Human Services & Justice Coordinating Committee.

The Youth Voice Report: Five Big Ideas on How to Promote Mental Health from 2500 Young Advocates @ Online
Jan 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The youth voice report outlines five key recommendations to promote youth mental health:

  1. Help young people navigate the complex mental health care system so they can receive care that meets their needs in a timely fashion.
  2. Deliver mental health services that meet young people’s needs by consulting young people on how to deliver mental health services and involving young people in decisions that impact their mental health.
  3. Protect, promote, and maintain positive mental health on campuses by: managing crisis, offering a range of mental health resources, identifying and responding to struggle early, and applying a mental health lens to all policies, programs, and practices.
  4. Reimagine teaching and assessment practices to alleviate mental health struggle among young people.
  5. Encourage better social media practices by developing evidence-based guidelines on healthy social media use for young people and creating digital environments that foster positive mental health.

Join the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health for a webinar to hear more about the findings and recommendations outlined in the report.

“Bland-scape” to Landscape: Start Depaving Your Community @ Online
Jan 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Green Communities Canada and experts from the field to learn how you can bring the Depave Paradise program to your community. Learn how your municipality, school, community group, or business can get involved and support this exciting trend which is making waves across Canada.

This free webinar will highlight:

  • Why we need to Depave Paradise;
  • Benefits of getting involved;
  • Success stories from our partners and supporters;
  • How Green Communities Canada can help you get depaving!

This webinar is hosted by Green Communities Canada.


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