1. Community Blog

    Newcomer Data Available to Inform Niagara Planning and Decision Making

    Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre (NFAMC) is a community based non-profit charitable organization whose team of professional staff and volunteers provide vital settlement services to newcomers as they strive to create a rewarding life in Canada.  We are happy to share annual data around status, language and country of origin...
  2. Community Blog

    Niagara Dental Health Coalition Region-Wide Survey

    Between two to three million people across Ontario do not visit a dentist each year. There are many factors at play and the Niagara Dental Health Coalition has launched a survey to learn more about these factors and how they impact areas such as employability, health, and social interaction. The...
  3. Resources & Publications

    Vital Signs: Sport and Belonging

    The 2015 Vital Signs report explores the importance of belonging. From healthier and more meaningful lives; safer, more resilient and more inclusive communities; flourishing culture and identity and greater community participation; a greater sense of belonging has an extraordinary capacity to transform our lives and our communities. Yet the research found that...
  4. Resources & Publications

    2015 Local Labour Market Planning Report

    The 2015 update to the Labour Market Plan is built upon extensive research and evidence-based analysis of the Niagara region’s labour market strengths and challenges. This update aims to illustrate these strengths and challenges in a clear and rigorous manner. This document is intended to be used by community organizations,...
  5. Resources & Publications

    Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance: Section 3 Demographic Growth

    The objective of this resource is to present a demographic profile for the Golden Horseshoe (GH) using the most recent (2011) census data. This section incorporates data from earlier census periods where available and allows for the identification of key demographic profiles and trends regarding population, immigration, social and cultural...
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    Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan

    A community hub can be a school, a neighbourhood centre or another public space that offers co-located or integrated services such as education, health care and social services. Each hub is as unique as the community it serves. The Advisory Group’s action plan lays out eight overarching recommendations, which the...
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    Vote Pop Up: A Kit for Community Groups to Ignite Voter Participation

    Vote PopUp is an easy-to-use, do-it-yourself kit designed to give first-time or infrequent voters the opportunity to practice casting a ballot prior to the election and to affirm their commitment to political participation. It also provides groups an excellent opportunity to connect with communities during election time. Vote PopUps can be integrated into...
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    Turning Points: YMCA of Niagara Annual Report 2013-2014

    This report provides an at-a-glance summary of how the YMCA of Niagara has strengthened the foundations for a healthy community in Niagara. It details current programs and provides data about service delivery and philanthropy outcomes. Published By: YMCA of Niagara Publication Date: December 2014

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

The Foundations of Social Enterprise Workshop @ Rose City Kids New Youth Centre
Mar 26 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

This is the first of a series of workshops that will run across Niagara starting March 2018 to create social and economic value by embracing, preserving, promoting, and expanding the cultural heritages that make Niagara a home for all.

Seedling for Change in Society and Environment, Simply Sustainable, Leah Feor and Tom Jakop from Social Enterprise Niagara are partnering to bring to Niagara for the first time ever an inclusive and diverse collaborative space where you can give your skills, competencies, and knowledge a renewed sense of purpose and direction to create and contribute positive impact in communities across Niagara.

Working definition: Social enterprising is about mobilizing your passion and resources to realize your full potential in a financially sustainable way for social impact. You start by going around talking to people and getting to know about common wants and needs and then develop together action steps for success for a common good.

This workshop is hosted by Seedling for Change in Society and Environment.

Crisis Intervention for Adults Using a Trauma-Informed Approach: A Best Practice Guideline @ Online
Mar 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

A crisis is an emotional and physical reaction to a life event. The life events that can cause a crisis are diverse, and may include learning of receiving a new medical diagnosis, loss of a loved one, experiencing violence, witnessing a natural disaster, or triggers that bring back past trauma. A crisis event may interfere with your ability to cope and do daily activities.

RNAO’s Crisis Intervention for Adults Using a Trauma-Informed Approach: Initial Four Weeks of Management Third Edition Best Practice Guideline (BPG) is relevant for all domains of nursing practice (i.e., clinical practice, research, education, and policy and administration) as well as for other members of the interprofessional team across all practice settings at the unit, organization, and system levels.

For the purposes of this Guideline, the interprofessional team is comprised of multiple health-care providers (regulated and unregulated), first responders (such as police officers), and peer support workers who all work collaboratively to deliver comprehensive and quality responses, care, and services to people within, between, and across health-care and community settings. The Guideline is applicable in all practice settings and promotes consistent, evidence-based response and care.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Highlight components of guideline development process, including the systematic review
  • Highlight main themes of guideline recommendations
  • Share areas for future research
  • Describe implementation supports, including evaluation measures to demonstrate the impact of the guideline

This webinar is hosted by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.

Cultural Safety: Ethical and Equitable Health Care for Indigenous Patients, Families, and Communities @ Online
Mar 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This webinar will introduce participants to the concept of cultural safety in Indigenous Health Care, an orientation that imperative for members of settler society to offer ethical care to Indigenous clients, patients, families, and communities.

Consistent with the Truth and Reconciliation’s Calls to Action, cultural safety asks members of settler society to critically reflect on personal and collective culture, history, colonial context, dominant historical narratives, as well as Indigenous voice and experience.

This webinar is hosted by brainXchange.

Population-based Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in Canada @ Online
Mar 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Given that FASD is the leading known preventable birth defect and cause of developmental delay among Canadians, it is crucial to estimate the prevalence of this disorder. To date, there have been no rigorous population-based active case ascertainment epidemiological studies of FASD previously undertaken in the general population of Canada.

Join Dr. Svetlana Popova as she discusses her ground-breaking study which provides the first population-based estimate of the prevalence of FASD among elementary school children in Canada.

During the webinar, Dr. Popova will present the study methodology, including the assessment and diagnostic procedures, the results and will also speak to the implications of the study findings from a Canadian perspective and globally.

This webinar is hosted by CHNET-Works!

Leadership Workshop Series @ ECCDC - Conference Room
Mar 28 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

8:00 am Registration and Breakfast

8:30 am to 11:30 am Managing and Leading an Intergenerational Workplace
As a supervisor, director or manager, you have to lead an ever changing and dynamic team. From younger educators who just embarking on their careers to older and experienced educators that bring a lifetime of wisdom and experience. In some cases, age differences and differing views and values emerge and that’s when you need to know how to make an inter-generationally diverse team come together, celebrate differences, maximize strengths and build stronger connections. Discover how two generations can come together to support and educate the latest generations.

11:30 am to 12:00 noon Networking Lunch

12:00 pm to 3:00 pm What We Permit, We Promote! The Leadership “Boot Camp”
Don’t let the “boot camp” part scare you off from attending this super leadership workshop. We’ll look again the MUST DOs of effective leaders and you will feel a renewed sense of confidence in your ability to get results with your staff and make the changes and improvements you want and need in your programs or centre.

Registration fee includes both sessions, continental breakfast and lunch.

This workshop series is hosted by the ECCDC.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) @ TBA
Mar 28 @ 8:30 am – Mar 29 @ 4:30 pm

ASIST is a two-day workshop that provides practical training for caregivers seeking to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Distress Centre hosts ASIST workshops throughout the year.

Participants in the workshop 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.

This workshop is hosted by Distress Centre Niagara.

Taking Care of You: Self Care for the Caregiver @ Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region
Mar 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

If you are a caregiver or care partner, then this two-hour workshop is for you.

Join the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region and learn coping strategies and useful tips at this free session.

This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region.


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