1. Resources & Publications

    Measuring Outcomes in Practice: Fostering an Enabling Environment for Measurement in Canada

    There is growing recognition that the social and economic challenges affecting individuals and communities are highly interconnected. Measuring Outcomes in Practice, a new report from Mowat NFP’s Enabling Environment series, argues that to address the root causes of these challenges in a systematic way, the charitable sector must shift from measuring outputs to...
  2. Resources & Publications

    Living in Niagara Report: Purpose, Format and Construction Methodology

    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. Report construction is facilitated by Niagara Connects, a Niagara-wide network of people...
  3. Community Blog

    Building True Partnerships in Niagara: Gaining Courage to Address the ‘Elephants in the Room’

    Engaged partners communicate, contribute and are proactive. True partnerships offer opportunities to share expertise and resources; innovatively address complex issues; build referral pathways; and fill gaps in programs and services. These are among the lessons learned by 57 people from 44 organizations participating in the May 9, 2017 True Partnerships...
  4. Resources & Publications

    Niagara Community Foundation 2015 Annual Report: Helping Good People Build Smart and Caring Communities

    The Niagara Community Foundation’s three-year strategic plan was implemented in 2015. This annual report highlights the accomplishments of the last year. Published By: Niagara Community Foundation Publication Date: April 2016
  5. Community Blog

    #Rethink Niagara: A Prosperous People Strategy for Niagara

    On December 3, 2015, 80 people gathered in Welland for a Niagara Connects event to learn about best practice in knowledge management, and work together to begin building the next Living in Niagara report. Findings of the #Rethink Niagara Environmental Scan were examined, as a way to strengthen Living in Niagara Indicators....
  6. Resources & Publications

    #Rethink Niagara: Brochure

    This 4-page brochures outlines the objectives, goals and framework for #Rethink Niagara, a prosperous people strategy for Niagara. Beginning in 2014, the #Rethink Niagara Reference Group of 15 leaders gathered building blocks to underpin a complete, restorative approach to economic development for a vibrant Niagara. The intent is to engage...
  7. Community Blog

    Implementing the Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter

    Earlier in 2015, Implementation Phase building blocks were gathered for the Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter, by diverse partners in the mental wellness continuum in Niagara. The following focus areas, identified by 50 people at the initial Implementation Phase working session in November, 2014, were examined: Housing and Homelessness...
  8. Resources & Publications

    Implementing the Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter: Focus Area Group Discussion Themes Summary

    On November 12, 2014, fifty (50) people gathered for the initial Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter Implementation Phase working session. As a result of their work together, the following focus areas for examining essential building blocks to construct the Implementation Framework for the Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter...
  9. Resources & Publications

    Niagara Community Foundation 2014 Annual Report: Helping Good People Build Smart and Caring Communities

    This annual report highlights the Niagara Community Foundation’s (NCF) priorities, strengths and plans. It includes a list of grants awarded, as well as grant and donor stories. The report concludes with financial and governance highlights, as well as a list of NCF Board of Directors, committees and sponsors. Published By: Niagara...
  10. Resources & Publications

    Collaboration for Addiction and Mental Health Care: Best Advice

    This document aims to consolidate knowledge and generate consensus on effective strategies for collaboration between mental health and addiction services, as well as a present a call to action for stakeholders at the pan-Canadian, system and service levels to meet these goals. Published By: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse Publication Date: June 2014

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Jun
19
Tue
Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region Annual General Meeting @ Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village - Building B, Auditorium
Jun 19 @ 6:30 pm

The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region invites you to attend their Annual General Meeting.

“Niagara EMS: Innovating to Better Address the Current & Future Needs in Niagara”

All are welcome, free of charge. Light refreshments will be provided.

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

Jun
20
Wed
Family and Children Services Niagara’s 120th Annual General Meeting @ Heartland Forest
Jun 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Family and Children’s Services (FACS) Niagara invites you to attend their 120th Annual General Meeting.

  • Reception and refreshments
  • Presentations and remarks
  • Youth bursary presentations
  • Staff recognition

Please RSVP by June 15th to maybeth.szilagyi@facsniagara.on.ca.

This event is hosted by Family and Children’s Services Niagara.

Business of Ageing Niagara Network June Event: Combating Ageism – What Does This Mean for Your Business? @ Niagara College
Jun 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Business of Ageing Niagara Network (BANN), launched by AGEWORKS™ in conjunction with Niagara College, is a membership-based networking group for individuals who are interested in learning more about issues pertaining to an ageing population, age inclusiveness and targeting older adults.

At this event, Pat Spadafora (Kaleidoscope Consulting and Founder & Former Executive Director of Sheridan Centre for Elder Research) speaks on how Ageism can affect your bottom line.

How is ageism perpetuated through everyday language, images, jokes and advertising?
How do you challenge your own attitudes towards ageism and begin to shift perceptions?
How do we ensure age-friendly businesses become the norm in Niagara?

Meetings will be held quarterly at Niagara College, Welland Campus on Wednesday evenings between 5:30 -7:30pm. Each meeting will have a relevant speaker/presentation topic for 30-45 minute, then 1.5-hour networking session. Refreshments will be served at each meeting.

BANN will connect businesses, industry leaders and subject matter experts by providing a platform for collaboration, professional development and resource sharing relating to issues pertaining to an ageing population, age inclusiveness and the longevity economy. The network offers a forum to come together to discuss business opportunities and to share information and ideas about diversifying their markets and expanding focus to benefit older consumers and leverage age inclusiveness.

This event is hosted by the Business of Ageing Niagara Network.

Jun
21
Thu
Making School Zones Safer: Partnership-Based School Traffic Management @ Online
Jun 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Across the country, traffic and dangerous driver behaviours around schools are increasingly frequent as more and more students are driven to school compared to previous generations. At older schools, the situation is often made worse because those sites were never designed to accommodate car traffic in the first place, as they were designed at a time when a majority of children walked to school.

In the city of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board has partnered with Green Communities Canada to tackle this issue through a pilot project called the School Traffic Management Program, which closely follows the School Travel Planning model. The program’s launch in Fall 2017 aligned with the launch of the City of Toronto’s Vision Zero Road Safety Strategy. Seizing this unique opportunity, stakeholders from both programs have been working closely with one another, bringing together staff from schools, police, public health and traffic operations. Through these collaborations, stakeholders in Toronto are building momentum and making gains toward school zone safety and active school travel unlike any the City has seen in recent history.

This webinar will explore how the School Traffic Management Program was established, describe some of the challenges of working collaboratively across departments, and give examples of some of the success stories of this work so far.

Presenter: Laura Zeglen, School Traffic Management Facilitator at Green Communities Canada

This webinar is hosted by Green Communities Canada.

Community Support Services of Niagara 18th Annual General Meeting @ Club Roma
Jun 21 @ 1:30 pm

Community Support Services of Niagara invites you to attend their 18th Annual General Meeting.

Doors open at 1:00pm. Light refreshments to follow. Everyone is welcome!

Please RSVP to Lisa Bosada, Administrative Assistant at lbosada@cssn.ca or by phone at 905-682-3800 ext. 31.

This event is hosted by Community Support Services of Niagara.

Jun
22
Fri
Quest CHC’s 9th Annual Barbeque @ Quest Community Health Centre
Jun 22 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Quest Community Health Centre invites you to their 9th Annual Barbeque.

Tour the Community Health Centre, talk to a Health Provider at the Health Check Table, meet the staff and board, enjoy a free lunch, enter to win a TV and other great prizes, play games, and enjoy live entertainment.

This event will be held on June 22nd, rain or shine. The Official Ceremony begins at 11:15am.

Please RSVP to rsvp@questchc.ca.

This event is hosted by Quest Community Health Centre.

Jun
24
Sun
Ride Don’t Hide @ Brock University
Jun 24 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Be a part of something bigger – join Ride Don’t Hide on June 24th, 2018.

When we hide, mental health stays hidden. When we ride, we create change. Ride or walk in plain sight this year and help us raise funds to support immediate mental health services offered by Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Niagara.

This year’s event will support the Safe Beds program, a voluntary, non-medical facility that offers 24/7 crisis counselling and a safe therapeutic environment for individuals to stay on a short-term basis in order to work through their crisis.

This event is designed for participants of all ages, with a 5km low-intensity route located on Brock University’s campus, and more challenging 15km and 25km routes extending down Cataract Rd towards Howell’s Family Pumpkin Farm.

This event is hosted by CMHA Niagara.

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