1. Partners & Projects

    Spark Technical Academy

    Spark Technical Academy in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada offers non-accredited skills training in Cybersecurity and other emerging technology areas, in partnership with Stratford University. This skills training academy has been created by the team of Spark Niagara Innovation Centre whom have an extensive background in both the academic and innovation sector....
  2. Community Blog

    Building a Stronger Socio-Economic Future for Niagara

    Communities are strengthened when decision-making and planning processes are informed by local, reliable and relevant data.  Niagara Connects is taking a new approach to amplify the impact of data found at livinginniagarareport.com and niagaraknowledgeexchange.com. This month we began providing increased opportunities for people to access these rich sources of Niagara-focused...
  3. 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...
  4. Community Blog

    Let’s Work Together to Make a Smart Niagara!

    Smart Cities empower communities to address real issues through the use of data and connected technology. The Government of Canada has created the Smart City Challenge and is calling on communities across the country to bring forward their best ideas for improving the lives of their residents through innovation, data...
  5. Resources & Publications

    Niagara Region Agri-Food Strategy

    Agri-food is an inclusive term that refers to all forms of commercial agricultural activity and all stages of food and beverage processing. Agri-food encompasses ornamental horticulture – flowers, shrubs, and trees grown in greenhouses and in nurseries- as well as equine activities and bio-based products derived from agriculture that are...
  6. Community Blog

    Leadership Niagara Class of 2018 Choose Their Community Projects

    Anticipation was high as Leadership Niagara’s Community Leadership Program convened for the second time this year. On a warm and sunny Friday in late October, it was time for the class of 2018 to select their community project work and decide how they would positively impact the Niagara region over...
  7. Community Blog

    Leadership Niagara: A Decade of Strengthening Community Belonging

    The Leadership Niagara (LN) Community Leadership Program encourages leadership and positive change by developing the capabilities of aspiring leaders who care about the Niagara community; who understand its strengths and weaknesses; and who are willing to make a personal investment to improve quality of life. Since its inception in 2007, LN  has...
  8. Community Blog

    Leadership Niagara Kicks-off the 2017/2018 Community Leadership Program

    With 37 participants, 4 facilitators, and 5 amazing guest speakers, the wood-laden conference room at the Niagara Falls Public Library began to hum with excitement as the clock moved closer to 9 o’clock on Friday, September 15. The first to address the new class: Leadership Niagara’s Executive Director, Shane Malcolm....
  9. 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...
  10. Community Blog

    The Strongly Sustainable Revolution: Using the Triple Bottom Line Approach to Business Development

    There’s a quiet business revolution taking shape in Niagara. New and experienced entrepreneurs, with business ideas ranging from food services to tool libraries, are considering more than just profits in their business objectives. Sparked by the desire to better the environment and their community, social entrepreneurs are quietly designing their...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Dec
11
Tue
Integrated Youth Services: Laying the Foundation @ Online
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Integrated youth services (IYS) often provide a “one-stop-shop” for mental health, physical health, substance use and addictions, education, vocational supports, housing, and other social services. IYS initiatives meet the needs of youth and young adults aged 12-25 across multiple domains of their lives by reducing systemic barriers, including the division between paediatric and adult services, and limited cross-sector collaboration.

Frayme has had the unique opportunity to learn from 10 international IYS initiatives to gain ‘on the ground’ practical information that’s largely unavailable in the literature.

This webinar is the first in a 6-part series and will present aggregated findings on how these IYS are organized and operated. Considerations discussed will include partner and stakeholder engagement, rationales for establishment, organizational principles, governance and leadership structures, funding, and barriers and enablers. There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions.

Learning objectives:

This webinar will allow participants to:

  • Learn about the scope of integrated youth services (IYS), including the principles, processes, and funding sources that guide and facilitate their establishment
  • Differentiate between IYS networks and single sites, and understand their governance structures and responsibilities
  • Explore enablers, barriers, and sustainability concerns related to IYS

This webinar is hosted by Frayme.

Internet, Gaming and Hyper-Sexual Addictions @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presented by:

  • Michael Amlung, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster University
  • Lana Vedelago, M.Sc. Student, Neuroscience Graduate Program

Aims of the session:

  1. Present an overview of prevalence and proposed diagnostic criteria of problematic online gaming, internet addiction, and hyper sexuality.
  2. Expand on the relationships between these problematic behaviors and other issues like alcohol and substance use, impulsivity, and symptoms of mental illness.
  3. Present the current state of research on effective treatment strategies.

Attend the session in-person or remotely.

This session is hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team.

Dec
12
Wed
Internet, Gaming and Hyper-Sexual Addictions @ St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Upper Auditorium
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Presented by:

  • Michael Amlung, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster University
  • Lana Vedelago, M.Sc. Student, Neuroscience Graduate Program

Aims of the session:

  1. Present an overview of prevalence and proposed diagnostic criteria of problematic online gaming, internet addiction, and hyper sexuality.
  2. Expand on the relationships between these problematic behaviors and other issues like alcohol and substance use, impulsivity, and symptoms of mental illness.
  3. Present the current state of research on effective treatment strategies.

Attend the session in-person or remotely.

This session is hosted by the Concurrent Disorders Capacity Building Team.

Reducing Barriers to Healthcare Access for Immigrant and Refugee Communities @ Online
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Newcomers face many challenges while adapting to their new home and navigating systemic barriers. These post-migration stressors significantly impact their well-being.

Refugees tend to be more vulnerable to poorer health outcomes upon arrival than immigrants as a result of several factors, including: needing to flee their homes due to persecution, war or violence; having lived in refugee camps; and being forced to separate from family.

In addition, refugees face barriers to accessing needed healthcare services in Canada, such as immigration status, poverty, competing priorities, lack of information on services, and cultural and linguistic barriers.

In this webinar, you will have an opportunity to explore:

  • how immigrants and refugees can be negatively impacted, often inadvertently, when interacting with the healthcare system
  • how healthcare providers can help mitigate these barriers to enhance health equity to newcomer populations.

Presenter: Norma Hannat, Social Worker, New Beginnings Refugee Clinic, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

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Dec 25 all-day
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Boxing Day
Dec 26 all-day
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New Year’s Day
Jan 1 all-day

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