1. Community Blog

    Contributing Citizens, Workers, Volunteers, Innovators and Leaders: What We Know About Older People in Niagara

    Here in Niagara, we’ve heard about our aging population, and we know that more than one-third of our population is over 55 years of age. Data in the Living in Niagara-2017 report shows that it’s time for us to address ageism in our community. We can begin by shifting our...
  2. Community Blog

    Local Volunteer Opportunities Offer Older People in Niagara a Way to Stay Healthy and Connected

    Think volunteering is just a nice thing to do for others? Think again! Volunteering can be the key to good health. Research shows volunteering can have a positive impact on social, physical and emotional wellbeing. Older people who remain active and stay connected to their community have reduced stress-related illnesses,...
  3. Resources & 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...
  4. Resources & Publications

    Recognizing Volunteering in 2017: Summary Report

    This study aims to better understand what kinds of activities people consider to be volunteering, how people are currently engaged in communities, and how we can recognize a broader definition of volunteering through the notion of ISR that reflects a full spectrum of engagement. Building on a brief definition of...
  5. Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors

    The number of seniors in Ontario is forecast to double to 4.6 million within the next 25 years – and Ontario aims to become the best place in the world to grow older. This Action Plan focuses on areas that seniors say they care about most, including living independently for...
  6. Resources & Publications

    Building the Base: Bethlehem Housing and Support Services Annual Report (2016-2017)

    This annual report details how Bethlehem Housing and Support Services has invested in the community and helped women, men and families in the Niagara region in 2016-2017. Published By: Bethlehem Housing and Support Services Publication Date: 2017
  7. Resources & Publications

    Civic Engagement: An Essential Ingredient for Healthy Communities

    Civic engagement generally refers to activities aimed at the betterment of society that are initiated and directed by community members rather than governments, institutions or large organizations. While some people have strong connections to their community and decision-makers, many others experience barriers to civic participation. To promote equitable civic engagement,...
  8. Resources & Publications

    Youth Volunteer Engagement: Skills Development and Social Inclusion

    Volunteering helps people and communities reach their potential. With 44% of Canadians 15 years of age and older volunteering an average of 154 hours each year, youth (aged 15-24 years) are leading the way with a volunteer rate of 55%. This resource describes how volunteering enables skill development and social inclusion...
  9. 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...
  10. Resources & Publications

    Launching the Niagara Community Foundation Centre of Excellence in Non-Profit Governance: Event Recording

    This is an event recording of the January 20, 2016 webinar with presenters Liz Palmieri, Joanne Krick, Mary Wiley & Sarah Webster. 155 participants joined this event from 88 different organizations across Niagara. During this webinar presenters: Shared information about the development of the Centre of Excellence; Reviewed the Centre...

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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