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. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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....
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. Community Blog

    NiagaraOpenData.ca – a new tool for sharing Open Data Sets

    Sparks of innovation occur when data is openly shared and put into the hands of people. The Niagara Open Data portal (www.niagaraopendata.ca) is Niagara’s newest tool for sharing of open data sets. It is a welcome complement to our community’s Living in Niagara Report and Niagara Knowledge Exchange (NKE) tools. Together,...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

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.

Jun
26
Tue
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) @ Mountainview United Church
Jun 26 @ 8:30 am – Jun 27 @ 4:00 pm

The emphasis of the ASIST workshop is on suicide first-aid, to help a person at risk stay safe and seek further help.

Attendance at the full two days is required in order to receive a certificate of completion.

Learn how to:

  • Recognize invitations to help
  • Reach out and offer support
  • Review the risk of suicide
  • Apply a suicide intervention model
  • Link people with community resources

Contact Sara Wardell (swardell@mainstreamservices.com) to register.

This workshop is hosted by Mainstream.

Seniors Information and Active Living Fair @ Coronation Centre
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The City of Niagara Falls and the Coronation Recreation Centre are hosting a free Seniors Information and Active Living Fair.

There will be seminars, over 30 information booths, a free blood pressure clinic, free food, and a live country band.

Youth-Centred Approaches to Meaningful Engagement – Engaging Youth in Program Design & Development @ Online
Jun 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

How can we intentionally and meaningfully engage youth in the design, development, and evaluation of our programs? How can we ensure that our work is youth-centered and reflective of youth voice?

Youth organizations deliver critical programs to improve youth wellbeing across Ontario. In this webinar series, discover strategies and best practices for meaningfully engaging youth in program planning (design and development) and evaluation.

Part One will focus on engaging youth in program planning, and will feature YouthREX’s Stefanie Stuart, Youth Program Supports Manager, in conversation with frontline youth workers and young people.

This webinar is hosted by YouthREX.

Niagara Health Annual General Meeting @ Niagara Health - St. Catharines Site
Jun 26 @ 2:30 pm

Niagara Health invites you to their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 26th at 2:30pm.

This event will be held in the Community Leaders’ Auditorium at the St. Catharines site.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gervan Fearon, President and Vice-Chancellor Brock University

RSVP to Corporate Communications by June 15 (see email address above).

This event is hosted by Niagara Health.

Jun
27
Wed
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) @ Mountainview United Church
Jun 27 @ 8:30 am – Jun 28 @ 4:00 pm

The emphasis of the ASIST workshop is on suicide first-aid, to help a person at risk stay safe and seek further help.

Attendance at the full two days is required in order to receive a certificate of completion.

Learn how to:

  • Recognize invitations to help
  • Reach out and offer support
  • Review the risk of suicide
  • Apply a suicide intervention model
  • Link people with community resources

Contact Sara Wardell (swardell@mainstreamservices.com) to register.

This workshop is hosted by Mainstream.

Multiculturalism Day Celebration
Jun 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

June 27 is Canada’s Multiculturalism Day Celebration – Many Flags, Many Nations: Niagara’s Multicultural Mosaic

Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre invites the community to join it in celebrating Canada’s ethnic diversity on Multiculturalism Day by producing the national flag replicas of the many communities of immigrants that have made Niagara their new home.

Program starts at 10:30 a.m. with live music, interactive activities, World Cup live streaming, and a community barbecue.

This event is hosted by Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre.

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