1. Community BlogPartners & Projects

    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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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....
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. Resources & Publications

    Niagara Open Data

    The Niagara community is providing this catalogue to put data in the hands of the people. This website provides open access to datasets from various organizations in Niagara, including: municipalities, community groups, provincial agencies, not for profits, schools and more. It is managed by a consortium made up of people from these...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

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.

CharityVillage Webinar: Networking Without the Butterflies @ Online
Aug 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Building and maintaining your professional network is akin to planting the seeds of career success. Equally as important is developing a networking strategy and refining your targeted communication for different touchpoints. Your personal brand is the impression you leave with people. All of your interactions serve to reinforce this brand, so why not be thoughtful and deliberate about the impression you are leaving behind?

Skill Level: Intermediate. This session will go beyond a simple introduction to networking and will be useful to mid-career professionals.

Key learning points include:

  • Understand the various approaches to networking, and the circumstances when each is most effective
  • Understand your current brand, or the impression you leave behind
  • How to tell your unique career story
  • How to define, then articulate your value proposition
  • Practical exercises to get ready and confident to “get out there” and grow your network

This webinar is hosted by CharityVillage.

Niagara Shores Artists Art Show Opening Reception @ Town of Lincoln Museum & Cultural Centre
Aug 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Opening Reception for Niagara Shores Artists show and sale. Meet the artists! Complimentary refreshments and live entertainment by the Figure Four.

Niagara Shores Artists also invite you to join their closing reception on December 13, from 5:00 to 9:00pm. Cory Cruise will be performing and refreshments will be available.

This event is hosted by Niagara Shores Artists.

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