1. Partners & ProjectsResources & Publications

    Living in Niagara – 2017 Report: Action Themes Arising

    The Living in Niagara – 2017 report aims to support evidence-informed planning in the Niagara context by offering data to guide research and focused decision-making in the Niagara context. This handout summarizes the action themes arising in each of the 12 quality of life sectors. Related Resources: Living in Niagara...
  2. Resources & Publications

    Ontario Early Years Child & Family Centres: Initial Plan for Niagara Region

    Over the last year, Niagara Region Children’s Services has been working with the Ministry of Education and local early years sector service providers who have provided valuable input, feedback, and recommendations to inform the needs assessment. This has allowed Niagara Region Children’s Services to develop a local Ontario Early Years...
  3. Resources & Publications

    2015 Performance Measurement Report

    This report marks the tenth year of reporting results to the public, and the first year reporting nationally as opposed to the previous provincial-level benchmarking. From across Canada, there are 10 single-tier and 5 upper-tier municipalities (including Niagara), who have contributed to this report. The 2015 MBNCanada Performance Measurement Report...
  4. Resources & Publications

    It Starts Here: YMCA Annual Report To The Community 2015-2016

    This annual report includes a summary of the key statistics, financial highlights, donors and community stories from 2015-2016 Published By: YMCA Niagara Publication Date: 2017  
  5. Resources & Publications

    A Profile of Wellbeing in Ontario: The West Region

    The Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW) has produced detailed reports of community wellbeing for five regions, based on boundaries used by Ontario ministries. This particular report, provides a snapshot and full portrait of Western Ontario, using the latest data from 2014 and 2015 to form a comprehensive picture of wellbeing in Ontario. These reports are designed...
  6. Resources & Publications

    The 2016 Canadian Index of Wellbeing National Report: How are Canadians Really Doing?

    For more than 10 years, the Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW), based at the University of Waterloo, has provided comprehensive analyses of how we are really doing in the areas of our lives that matter most. It draws from almost 200 reliable data sources, primarily from Statistics Canada, that provide 64 indicators...
  7. Resources & Publications

    A Case for the Need for Standards for Older Adult Recreation Programs: A Literature Review

    For the first time in Canadian history, people over the age of 65 outnumber those under the age of 15. Governments, organizations and individuals have been working collaboratively to assess the impact of a rapidly ageing population. Undoubtedly, the demographic shift is having significant implications for those who provide services to people in...
  8. Resources & Publications

    Downtown Revitalization in St. Catharines: Building Vibrant Public Spaces (Policy Brief #25)

      As part of a larger research project, Brock geography Professor Michael Ripmeester surveyed more than 300 St. Catharines residents regarding their opinions about the latest infrastructure improvements to the downtown core, including the Meridian Centre, Ontario First Performing Arts Centre, and the new Brock campus. While participants were generally...
  9. Resources & Publications

    Are Canadian Kids Too Tired to Move? The 2016 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children & Youth

    The ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth is the most comprehensive assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada. The Report Card synthesizes data from multiple sources, including the best available peer reviewed research, to assign evidence-informed grades across 12 indicators. Over the years, the Report Card has been replicated in numerous...
  10. Resources & Publications

    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...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Dec
11
Mon
Building for Mental Health: Healthy Built Environments for Children and Youth @ Online
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

This webinar will describe how the built environment intersects with the social environment to influence the mental health of children and youth, offering evidence and defining roles for public health .

This webinar will focus on factors in the urban built and social environments that promote child and youth mental health, and how public health can work to support these factors through upstream approaches. Content will include research that explores:

  • How positive mental health in children and youth is impacted by characteristics of the built and social environments;
  • The intersection between the built and social environments and how they impact child and youth mental health;
  • Equity-related influences within the built and social environments on child and youth mental health; and
  • The role of public health in promoting population mental health through built environment initiatives.

The goal of this webinar are to offer evidence and define roles for public health that will inform policy actions to address inequities and create healthy built environments that promote child and youth mental health. This webinar can support working towards meeting Medical Officer of Health competencies, especially “communication, collaboration, and advocacy for the public’s health”.

This webinar is hosted by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health.

Dec
12
Tue
You Are How You Eat: Food, Culture, and Social Inequality @ Online
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Though the need to eat is certainly a constant, ideas about food and how we cook, eat, and share it are constantly shifting. The culture of food both reflects and help to shape our society.

For the past 20 years, interest in food — from the Food Network to an exploding restaurant culture to an increase in appreciation for home cooking — has been on the ascent. This has been buoyed by a multi-faceted “food movement” that contains everyone from farmers to chefs concerned eaters to health and food justice activists.

Though there are synergies and momentum toward progressive change building within this movement, there are also complex dynamics related to race, class, gender, and social inequality.

Sociologist Alice Julier has looked at subjects ranging from food as a vehicle for gentrification to how race, gender, and socio-economic experience reveal themselves around the dinner table.

In this webinar, Alice will dig into how inequality plays out through a variety of aspects of our current food culture.

This webinar is hosted by Community Food Centres Canada.

Leadership Niagara’s Holiday Clothing Drive in Support of the Salvation Army’s Niagara Mobile Outreach Program @ St. Catharines Club
Dec 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Help make the holidays warmer for those in need.

Join Leadership Niagara for a night of cheer and goodwill at their holiday clothing drive and help make a difference in our community!

Leadership Niagara will be collecting gently used winter items such as sleeping bags, hats, gloves, warm socks, and coats; all to be donated to the Salvation Army’s Niagara Mobile Outreach Program https://nmop.ca/, which will then distribute them to vulnerable people on the streets in the Niagara region.

If you would like to give warmth to those in need this holiday season, bring the items you wish to donate to the St. Catharines Club on Tuesday, December 12th between 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM – and join friends in our community as we celebrate this season of giving.

This clothing drive is hosted by Leadership Niagara.

Dec
13
Wed
Songs from the Willow: A Music-Making Workshop Series @ Rodman Hall Art Centre
Dec 13 all-day

The Willow Community and The Niagara Song Project are proud to announce the launch of Songs From The Willow, a music-making workshop series for consumers of mental health and addiction services.

Workshops will focus on the complete process of making an “album” of music: from lyric writing, to music composing, to album packaging art, to music recording, to organizing an album release party, to social media marketing. All skills and art forms will be explored, making this a very inclusive and accessible series.

Open to the Niagara Region Community and The Willow Community’s membership, this series hopes to inspire creativity, community, empowerment, collaboration, and healing within the participants. TWC and TNSP hope to reduce the stigma that comes with mental illness and addiction recovery by showing that this distinct population can create meaningful and relevant art.

Workshops will take place at Rodman Hall Art Centre and Niagara Artists Centre in St. Catharines, and will run from December 2017 to July 2018.

This series is hosted by The Willow Community and the Niagara Song Project.

International Soup Festival @ The Robby
Dec 13 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join Niagara Folk Arts & Multicultural Centre and experience a world of flavour!

Newcomers from the community have gathered in teams, each team will prepare a soup from their country and will share it with the public.

Each ticket is $6 and it includes 1 tasting for every soup, you can purchase tickets at the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre on 85 Church Street, St. Catharines OR on Snapd.

For more information contact Claudia at crothman@folk-arts.ca or 905-685-6589 Ext. 241.

This event is hosted by Niagara Folk Arts & Multicultural Centre.

“I Am a Person with Dementia and a Person with Rights”: Learning to Practice from a Human Rights Perspective @ Online
Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Participants in this webinar will:

  1. Learn an overview of the human rights’ movement in Canada, including recent developments and engagement with the United Nations
  2. Be encouraged to consider how our human rights apply to people living with a dementia
  3. Hear personal stories and case examples that illustrate common instances of discrimination and abuse of human rights that occur regularly in our health and social care systems

Presenter: Phyllis Fehr M.L.A., R.N., S.A.N.E., Advocate, Ontario Dementia Advisory Group board member, Dementia Alliance International board member

This webinar is hosted by brainXchange.

Expanded Access to Psychotherapies: What About Income and Equity? @ Online
Dec 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Expanding access to publicly funded psychological interventions can improve mental health outcomes, quality of life, and offset costs in other areas.

As jurisdictions consider ways to expand access, issues of equity must be foundational to service models, so that access in Canada can finally be based on need rather than on income.

One in five people living in Canada will experience a mental health problem or illness each year. Yet there is no universal insurance coverage for counselling, psychotherapies, and psychological services in Canada.

Join Mary Bartram, doctoral candidate at Carleton University, as she presents the findings from her research on income-based inequities in access to psychotherapy in Canada, and lessons learned from the broader equity impacts of reforms in Australia and the UK.

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

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