1. 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...
  2. Resources & Publications

    Living in Niagara Report: Purpose, Format and Construction Methodology

    The Living in Niagara report is a triennial measure of quality of life in Niagara, across 12 Sectors that align with the Social Determinants of Health. The report and its Sectors are described, built and owned by the Niagara-wide community. Report construction is facilitated by Niagara Connects, a Niagara-wide network of people...
  3. Community Blog

    Take 15 Minutes to Help Draw the Picture of How Data is Being Used Every Day in Niagara

    Data helps us to explore patterns and trends to strengthen planning and see opportunities in Niagara differently, through the lens of relevant, reliable evidence. The Data and Knowledge Niagara Reference Group designed a Data in Niagara Inventory survey to draw a picture of the data continuum in Niagara. You are invited...
  4. Community Blog

    How do You Define Data for Niagara?

    The Data and Knowledge Niagara Reference Group is describing qualities of data for Niagara, by: identifying people and organizations working in data in Niagara and beyond; building an inventory of who is gathering data in Niagara, and how they are using and sharing data; and describing the relationship between data,...
  5. 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...
  6. 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,...
  7. Resources & Publications

    Mowat Not-for-Profit (NFP)

    This research hub looks at the NFP sector and to provide evidence-based research and analysis on systemic issues facing the sector in Canada, with a particular focus on Ontario. Resources include: Sector Signals: short descriptions and analyses of early warning signs that should be on the sector’s radar. Sector Opportunities: activities that are...
  8. Community Blog

    #Rethink Niagara: A Prosperous People Strategy for Niagara

    On December 3, 2015, 80 people gathered in Welland for a Niagara Connects event to learn about best practice in knowledge management, and work together to begin building the next Living in Niagara report. Findings of the #Rethink Niagara Environmental Scan were examined, as a way to strengthen Living in Niagara Indicators....
  9. Resources & Publications

    #Rethink Niagara: Brochure

    This 4-page brochures outlines the objectives, goals and framework for #Rethink Niagara, a prosperous people strategy for Niagara. Beginning in 2014, the #Rethink Niagara Reference Group of 15 leaders gathered building blocks to underpin a complete, restorative approach to economic development for a vibrant Niagara. The intent is to engage...
  10. Resources & Publications

    Visualizing the Impact of the Great War on St. Catharines

    This blog and accompanying map reveal the impact the WWI call to service had on St. Catharines. This resource also provides a concrete example that: Open data does not need to be complicated. Open data does not have to be expensive. Anyone can work with open data to come up with new understandings....

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Feb
26
Mon
Not-For-Profit Executive Forum 2018 @ Hyatt Regency Toronto
Feb 26 – Feb 27 all-day

As a progressive leader in your NFP, you are looking to make an impact for your organization. At the forum you will learn to embrace and harness the power of change to become stronger in the face of social, political and digital disruption. This year, CPA Canada has specifically tailored content for both charitable and not-for-profit organizations to speak to your unique needs as an organization. They will also provide updates in technical areas such as accounting standards, taxation and legal compliance to round off your skills as a senior leader.

Don’t miss Canada’s premier national not-for-profit event.

Can’t make it to Toronto? Attend the forum virtually from your desktop or tablet. Save $100 off registration and cut travel costs, without diminishing your access to expertise.

Topics include:

  • navigating and embracing change
  • key updates from the Accounting Standards Board
  • compliance and tax updates
  • harnessing the power of emerging technology and data
  • presenting financial information to your board
  • social enterprise
  • succession planning

This event is hosted by CPA Canada.

Feb
27
Tue
Bill 148 – Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Act: Better Business Practices Series @ ECCDC - Conference Room
Feb 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bill 148 the Fair Workplaces & Better Jobs Act has been passed and has come into force on January 1, 2018. The Act has a significant number of changes to the Employment Standards Act (ESA) that will affect all workplaces in Ontario including Child Care Organizations.

This informal interactive seminar will provide Organizations with an opportunity to assess the potential impact this legislation may have on your Organization.

Facilitators Asha Rampersad from Bernardi HR Law will be present to answer many of your legal questions about how to best manage your child care regarding the proposed labour reforms.

Terri Carr and Joy Lerman from TJ Solutions have worked all over Southern Ontario for more than 15 years. Their focus is on providing seminars and solutions in managing your child care/family resource organizations.

This seminar is hosted by ECCDC.

Engineering Effective Events @ Online
Feb 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Event marketing strategies leave a lasting, brand-focused impression by grabbing the attention of a group of people who are gathered together, creating a sense of belonging and community and forwarding your organization’s mandate.

If executed professionally and successfully, event marketing will provide attendees (partners, donors and supporters) with an experience that will resonate in their minds for months, if not years, to come.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to turn your event into the must-attend occasion on your community’s social calendar while adding significant value to your brand, operations and bottom line.

Presenters will use case studies to run you through developing the initial concept, thematic devices, venue, MC and speakers, entertainment, food, venue decoration, audio/video, set-up and teardown and attendee (and sponsor) follow-up.

This webinar is hosted by the Sustainability Network.

Feb
28
Wed
Mental Health in the Workplace: The Duty and Benefits of Accommodating Employees with Disabilities @ Online
Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Everyone has the right to equal treatment in employment and cannot be discriminated against on the basis of actual or perceived disability. Accommodation is a way of helping employees work more effectively by overcoming limitations caused by disabilities, including mental illnesses.

Changes in labour law, occupational health and safety, employment standards, workers compensation, and human rights decisions are all pointing in the need for employers to provide a psychologically safe workplace.

Join in as guest speakers unpack these developments and share what employers need to know and do to support their employees in realizing their potential and contributing to their workplace and broader community.

This webinar is hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Supporting International Students: Campus Mental Health @ Online
Feb 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Many international students do not readily seek mental health supports, despite facing multiple challenges in their transition to a new country and educational system.

This webinar will look at some of the barriers to access, including stigma of mental health issues, differing cultural perceptions of the definitions, causes, and handling of mental health, and a lack of awareness of supports offered on and off campus.

Presenters will discuss ways to overcome these barriers while taking into account the cross-campus collaborations needed to enhance support for international students.

Presenters:

  • Ali Dohadwala, International Student Counsellor at George Brown College.
  • Ashley Sullivan, Manager of International Student Integration and Support at George Brown College.
  • Nadia D’Lima, International Student Services Manager at Centennial College.

This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.

Application Deadline: Niagara Connects Call for Board Members @ Online
Feb 28 @ 5:00 pm

Niagara Research and Planning Council (operating as Niagara Connects) is seeking new Board Members. Niagara Connects is a Niagara-wide network for collaboration, planning, learning, innovation and community action toward a stronger future for Niagara.

Mission: “Generating knowledge that drives community action”.

Guiding Principles:

  • Community strengths, research, and evidence are linked in order to plan for a stronger Niagara
  • Different interests are engaged to work together mobilizing for change; and
  • Research and activities are guided by communities.

Applicants should be prepared to:

  • Actively engage in supporting Niagara Connects’ mission and mandate within the community of Niagara
  • Have some flexibility to attend Board and committee meetings during business hours
  • Attend regularly-scheduled meetings of the Board
  • Work diligently to complete Board-related activities and projects
  • Participate on committees of the Board as appropriate

Click here for more information about Niagara Connects, application guidelines, and submission instructions.

Mar
1
Thu
Motivational Interviewing for LBS, Employment Services and Community Agency Staff @ Conversations Cafe
Mar 1 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

What is Motivational Interviewing?

It’s a collaborative conversation to strengthen a person’s own motivation for and commitment to change. It’s a goal-oriented method of communication with particular attention to the language of change.

How can this workshop help you and your clients?

Motivational Interviewing is a person-centered counselling method for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change. It uses open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections and summaries to allow for you to encourage and support clients to make positive changes. It is designed to strengthen a client’s motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own arguments for change.

Workshop/Training Fee (per person): $119 includes lunch, refreshment breaks and materials.

Online registration forms are due by February 22, 2018.

This workshop is hosted by Literacy Link Niagara.

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Niagara Knowledge Exchange is powered by a Niagara-wide network of people for collaboration, planning, learning, innovation and community action toward a stronger future for Niagara. We work hard to help foster a culture of Niagara-focused research and evidence-informed planning to support your community development innovations. To learn more about Niagara Connects, please visit our central website: www.niagaraconnects.ca or contact us: Email: info@niagaraconnects.ca, Phone: 905-688-6236
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