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

    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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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
  5. 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,...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. Resources & Publications

    Donation of Goods Portal

    This portal provides agencies in Niagara with an online spot to post their needs – anything from household goods to clothing to food. Individuals, businesses or groups wanting to donate items, can search the Donation Portal to view these donation opportunities. They will be able to search by Donation Categories, by keyword...
  10. Resources & Publications

    Charity Village Resource Repository

    This resource repository includes blogs and webinar recordings on the following topics: News: The latest nonprofit news Human Resources: Guidance on creating job descriptions, planning your nonprofit career, recruiting staff and managing performance Management: Financial management, technology, governance, operations, leadership and strategic planning Communications: Public relations, crisis communications, internal communications,...

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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