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...

Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Apr
19
Thu
Top Compliance Issues for Canadian Registered Charities and Recent Developments @ Online
Apr 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Are you a board member, senior executive or executive director of a Canadian registered charity? Feeling confused about Canada Revenue Agency regulations? Wondering what are some new developments with registered charities? If so, you won’t want to miss this free webinar!

This webinar, presented by charity lawyer Mark Blumberg, provides plain language information and resources about the compliance obligations of Canadian registered charities. It also covers the top Canada Revenue Agency concerns for Canadian registered charities.

Mark will also provide participants with a checklist of the top 20 compliance concerns with links to resources that provide further information.

This webinar is hosted by Charity Village.

Concussions: What Are They and What Should I Be Doing? – Presented by Dr. Charles Tator @ Brock University - Sean O'Sullivan Theatre
Apr 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Topic: Concussions – What are they and what should I be doing? – presented by Dr. Charles Tator, along with a panel of Brock University faculty, students and alumni

Who: Anyone interested in concussions – Parents, sport organizations, policy makers, organizations, educators, practitioners, coaches, and the general public

Parking: Free parking is provided for attendees in D-Lot

This is event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required as space is limited.

Have you or a family member ever experienced a concussion? Has your organization been working towards a concussion policy? Are you a coach or educator who is concerned about concussions?

Dr. Charles Tator, Neurosurgeon, along with a panel of Brock University faculty, students and alumni, will provide an overview of the current state of concussions from a broad perspective.

Speakers will use their own research to explain key issues for parents, organizations, policy makers, educators, practitioners, coaches, and the general public.

For more information, please contact Jayne Morrish, Knowledge Mobilization Officer (contact information above).

This event is hosted by Brock University’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research.

Apr
21
Sat
Niagara Farm Day @ West Niagara Agricultural Centre
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Niagara Farm Day organizers hope this event will become an annual opportunity for families to spend time learning about Niagara agriculture and its important contribution to our food supply and the local economy.

Visitors to Niagara Farm Day will be able to visit with a number of primary producers who will each have a display featuring the primary focus of their farm. This will include dairy, bees, horse, beef, grains & oilseeds, flowers and more. Plans are also under way to allow visitors to experience a virtual reality tour of a farm with technology supplied by Farm & Food Care.

As the event draws closer, additional details and additional confirmations of participating commodities will become available. In the meantime, organizers invite everyone to “save the date” and plan to attend a fun agricultural themed family event. A great way to welcome the Spring season.

This event is hosted by the Niagara Federations of Agriculture & West Niagara Agricultural Society.

Apr
22
Sun
Sip & Share in Support of Project SHARE @ Lundy Manor Wine Cellars
Apr 22 @ 11:30 am

Join Project SHARE for their newest event!

Sip & Share is a spin-off of Traveling Tapas. Purchase a ticket to travel to 5 Niagara wineries to enjoy food & wine pairings at each location.

Ticket price is $100. Tickets can be purchased by phone (see contact information above) or by visiting Project SHARE between 8:30am-4:30pm.

Registration is at 11:30am, and buses depart at 12:00pm sharp.

This event is hosted by Project SHARE.

Apr
24
Tue
Community Overdose Response Planning @ Online
Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

A public health approach to community overdose response planning works to prevent overdose deaths, promote access to substance use services, and strengthen system responses to promote health equity.

This webinar will:

  • Describe the key elements of a community overdose response plan.
  • Introduce tools to assess a community’s current state and overdose response needs.
  • Describe how to develop and implement a community overdose response plan.

This webinar is hosted by the CAMH Provincial System Support Program.

Connecting with Ontario Seniors: Moving from Social Isolation to Social Inclusion @ Online
Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

“The social isolation of seniors can cause communities to suffer a lack of social cohesion, higher social costs, and the loss of an unquantifiable wealth of experience that older adults bring to our families, neighbourhoods, and communities.” (Stats Canada, 2016). Reaching out to socially isolated older adults requires us to rethink our traditional service and program delivery methods.

During this webinar, Bonnie Schroeder will review why older adults are isolated and how this isolation differs from loneliness and solitude. Rachel Sutcliffe will then present findings from an Ottawa-based program entitled “Seniors Centre Without Walls”. Nancy Angus will conclude the presentation by describing the “Grand Individuals Aging with Neighbours in Thunder Bay” (GIANTS) program.

This webinar will be of particular interest to community planners and service providers interested in better understanding how we can connect to and include socially isolated older adults.

A resource package will be provided to participants following the event.

This webinar is hosted by the Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program.

Apr
25
Wed
CONNECT 2018 – Canada’s Learning and Technology Conference @ Scotiabank Convention Centre
Apr 25 – Apr 27 all-day

CONNECT 2018 is Canada’s national learning and technology conference.

CONNECT 2018 will create a unique opportunity for educators, administrators, and technology specialists to CONNECT and engage with peers from across Canada with the goal of exploring how technology can be used to enhance teaching and learning. With over 2000 educators and administrators, as well as technology industry leaders attending this year, you will have a unique and powerful opportunity to present your teaching methods and products; showcasing new, innovative, and critical thinking, teaching and learning.

This conference is hosted by the District School Board of Niagara.

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