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 Interactive Map

    The map includes a significant portion of the more than $5.5 million that the Niagara Community Foundation has awarded since 2013 to great causes and organizations from one end of the region to the other. The vast majority of these grants come from the Foundation’s endowment funds, established to ensure...
  3. Partners & Projects

    Datathon Analytics

    Datathon Analytics is a student-led start-up that organizes technology focused conferences and events. Our goal is to provide people with opportunities to learn about emerging technologies and business processes. Datathon events give students and professionals an opportunity to learn and work with analytical tools in a sandbox environment and form...
  4. Resources & Publications

    Normalizing Conversation, Not Consumption: A Public Health Approach to Cannabis (Community Consultations)

    Between 2017-2018 the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) led 23 community consultations across Canada to seek input from health and social service providers who were curious about how to respond to cannabis use in their communities. On April 13, 2018, Niagara Connects partnered with CPHA to host a consultation session...
  5. Resources & Publications

    The Landlord Engagement Toolkit: A Guide to Working with Landlords in Housing First Programs

      This toolkit is meant to be a practical “how to” guide to working with landlords in the context of a Housing First program. It will help program providers build effective, lasting relationships with landlords. Although many aspects of the toolkit will apply to a wide range of programs, the...
  6. Community Blog

    Living in Niagara – 2017 Quality of Life Report Released

    On Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 350 community members attended the 16th annual Niagara Community Foundation Leaders Breakfast and helped to celebrate the launch of the Living in Niagara – 2017 quality of life report. The Living in Niagara – 2017 report aims to support evidence-informed planning in the Niagara context...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. Resources & Publications

    Two-Year Progress Report on Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan

    This report describes the progress made by the government of Ontario and its partners since the release of the one-year update of the Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan. The report highlights progress in the following areas: the 2017 Ontario Community Hubs Summit, the launch of the...
  10. 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...

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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