1. Resources & Publications

    Niagara Community Foundation 2017 Annual Report: Helping Good People Build Smart and Caring Communities

    This annual report describes the ways in which the Niagara Community Foundation (NCF) has enabled community improvement by providing funding and community knowledge, and brought organizations together to form partnerships based on the respective strengths of each organization to focus on key community priorities. This report describes how NCF has...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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
  6. 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....
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Aug
17
Fri
15th Annual Mayor’s Au Marché @ 13th Street Winery
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The 15th Annual Mayor’s Au Marché will take place at 13th Street Winery on Friday, August 17th in support of the Investing in St. Catharines Youth Fund. Guests will enjoy sampling from local wineries and craft breweries along with an array of culinary delights from local restaurants. This special event will also include the talents of local up and coming musicians.

The Investing in St. Catharines Youth Fund helps young people in financial need fully participate in the recreational, sports and cultural life of our City. More than 3,000 children and youth have benefited from this program since it began in the summer of 2004. With your support of this year’s event, we can increase this number.

A portion of the net proceeds will be permanently endowed in the Investing in St. Catharines Youth Fund in the St. Catharines Community Fund, which is an affiliate of the Niagara Community Foundation.

The event takes place on Friday, August 17th from 7pm to 10pm at 13th Street Winery. The price of a ticket is $125 (all inclusive). A tax receipt will be forwarded for a portion of the ticket price.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Community Foundation.

Aug
18
Sat
SHRED-IT in Support of Niagara-on-the-Lake Palliative Care @ Meridian Credit Union Parking Lot
Aug 18 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

SHRED-IT provides residents with a convenient and economical way to dispose of confidential documents and at the same time raise funds for this important community organization offering free services to residents with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Organized by Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Palliative Care in partnership with Meridian Credit Union, confidential materials are professionally shredded for $6 a banker’s box or 3 for $15.

Volunteers from Meridian, Community Palliative Care, the community along with students from Royal Elite International Academy will be there to greet resident and receive their materials for shredding.

It’s an initiative where everyone benefits – Meridian customers and residents help protect themselves from identity fraud, student volunteers demonstrate their involvement in the community and the proceeds raised stay in the community to support palliative care.

This event is hosted by Niagara-on-the-Lake Palliative Care and Meridian Credit Union.

Aug
21
Tue
Game-Bling: Where Gaming Meets Gambling @ Online
Aug 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

This webinar will explore how technology has changed the gambling market, the blurred lines between gambling and gaming, the increased risks and how to stay safe if one chooses to engage in gaming and gambling activities.

Content is designed for parents/guardians, teachers, counselors, college/university students and adults involved in young people’s lives.

Key objectives of this webinar:

  • Discuss impacts of excessive use of technology and affects of parents’ technology use on children (parent version)
  • Explore underage gambling opportunities: E-sports, Fantasy Sports, In-game ‘gambling’, Skins Betting, etc. and other impacts of technology in gaming and gambling
  • Question the blurred lines between gaming and gambling
  • Notice warning signs of problematic behaviors (video gaming, excessive technology use, social gaming and gambling)
  • Provide support resources and harm reduction strategies
  • Make informed decisions with regards to gambling and gaming

This webinar is hosted by the YMCA of Greater Toronto.

Skills for Substance Use Engagement @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Aug 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presented by: Elisha Dekort, Interim Manager of Community Psychiatry Services and the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team

This presentation will provide an overview of the different evidence based practices for working with clients who use substances and how to utilize those practices to build engagement.

Attend on August 21st or 22nd in-person or remotely via webcast.

These sessions are hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team.

Using Health and Demographic Information to Support Community Services @ Online
Aug 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This one hour webinar explores three available online health data sharing websites:

  • Public Health Ontario Snapshots
  • Public Health Ontario Social Determinants of Health Mapper
  • Niagara Region Public Health & Emergency Services Niagara’s Village of 100

Improving the health of everyone in the Niagara community requires collaboration between public health and community partners. Access to community demographics as well as behavioural and health outcome data is important for better understanding the needs of the Niagara community.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Better understand priority populations in the Niagara community
  • Inform programs and services that address the community’s needs
  • Support funding proposals

This webinar is hosted by Niagara Region Public Health.

Aug
22
Wed
Skills for Substance Use Engagement @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Aug 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presented by: Elisha Dekort, Interim Manager of Community Psychiatry Services and the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team

This presentation will provide an overview of the different evidence based practices for working with clients who use substances and how to utilize those practices to build engagement.

Attend on August 21st or 22nd in-person or remotely via webcast.

These sessions are hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team.

Aug
23
Thu
What is Healthy Food in Health Care? @ Online
Aug 23 @ 12:00 pm

The question of what qualifies as “healthy” food is highly contested in healthcare and beyond.

This webinar will bring together varying perspectives of dietitians, a chef and an Indigenous speaker for a rich discussion around how hospitals and health care facilities can lead the charge in expanding the definition of healthy food related to how it is produced, prepared and consumed which generates impacts on patient, population, and planetary health.

Join panelists: Joshna Maharaj, Take Back the Tray; Dr Janice Sorensen, Langara College; Diane Imrie, University of Vermont Medical Centre; and an Indigenous speaker (TBC); to explore ways to better connect food and health through the patient meal experience, food service operations, food environments, and making connections from health care settings into community.

This webinar is hosted by Nourish.

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