Niagara Knowledge Exchange

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Niagara Knowledge Exchange is a place for people to access and exchange news and ideas on Niagara-focused planning, collaboration, learning, innovation and community action.

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Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter

The Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter, built by 65 diverse organizations working in the mental health and addictions continuum in Niagara is a collective statement based on evidence and community expert opinion, gathered through a systematic process facilitated by Niagara Connects and Health Living Niagara.

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Generating knowledge that drives community action

Niagara Connects is led by community volunteers. Its role is to champion synergistic, collaborative planning in the region, leveraging existing community assets for a stronger future for Niagara. Fostering a culture of Niagara-focused research and evidence-informed planning is also central to the Council’s role.

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Living In Niagara
Report

The Living in Niagara – 2008 and 2011 report – a measure of Niagara-wide quality of life. Read more…
Living in Niagara Report

Niagara Knowledge Exchange

Designed to help foster connections between people, resources and ideas. Read more…
Niagara Knowledge Exchange

Niagara Age-Friendly Community Initiative

Local action toward making Niagara a more age-friendly community for all ages.  Read more… Niagara Knowledge Exchange

Rowing the Boat Together

Community service workers collaborating, sharing knowledge, learning & networking.  Read more…
Rowing the Boat Together

August 2014 eNewsletter

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The countdown is on to the November 25, 2014 release of the third Living in Niagara report! Produced tri-annually on behalf of the Niagara-wide community by Niagara Connects, the report measures quality of life in Niagara across 12 Sectors that align with the social determinants of health. The 12 Living in Niagara Sectors form the basis of […]

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June 2014 eNewsletter

eNewsletter

One way that many of us stay connected in the Niagara-wide community is by subscribing to each other’s electronic distribution lists. Canada’s new upcoming Anti-Spam Legislation is changing the way that this relationship is established – requiring organizations, networks and businesses that make use of commercial electronic messages, such as this e-newsletter, to obtain expressed […]

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Niagara Mental Health Charter Launched

Niagara mental health charter launched

Niagara Falls Review May 28th, 2014 There is now a solid foundation in Niagara to address mental health and addictions. Following years of work by local agencies, facilitated by Niagara Connects and Healthy Living Niagara, the Niagara Mental Health and Addictions Charter was launched Wednesday at Welland Community Wellness Complex. More than 65 agencies have […]

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April 2014 eNewsletter

eNewsletter

Recently, a community partner said to us: “Niagara Connects is doing what you do best: gathering the community in a safe, trusted social space for important conversations on emerging issues of Niagara-wide importance”. Another comment we often hear is: “Niagara requires the leadership you are providing right now”. Beginning in 2005, Niagara Connects has been built by the community […]

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February 2014 eNewsletter

eNewsletter

Data tells the tale. With 18,000+ page views in its first 7 months, the niagaraknowledgeexchange.com (NKE) tool is seeing steady growth in information-sharing activity. Exchange is happening within and across all 12 Living in Niagara Sectors and the platform now offers 163 resources & publications, 173 events, 52 partners & projects and 8 community blog posts. With […]

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Knowledge to drive action

Knowledge to drive action

Niagara Connects launches online tool tracking 12 sectors of life in Niagara Niagara This Week – St. Catharines December 12, 2013 By  Steve Henschel WELLAND — Niagara Connects is taking its wealth of information online. Last week the Niagara-wide network focused on planning, learning and innovation for Niagara’s future celebrated the launch of niagaraknowledgeexchange.com. The website […]

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December 2013 eNewsletter

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Beginning eight years ago, the people building Niagara Connects envisioned a Niagara-wide culture of focused planning based on relevant, reliable information, and diverse evidence seen through the 12 lenses of the Living in Niagara Sectors. Now, those leaders’ vision is realized through the Niagara Knowledge Exchange and theLiving in Niagara report. Hundreds of people in Niagara have worked […]

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Two Innovative Niagarans among Canadians Short-Listed for Prestigious 3M Health Leadership Award

3M Health Leadership Award

Niagara, Ontario. Two individuals working for a stronger Niagara are among those short-listed for the prestigious 2013 3M Health Leadership Award. Now in its third year, this prize celebrates leaders who inspire change in communities across Canada. Both Catherine Mindorff-Facca, Senior Associate with Niagara Connects, and Terry Thomson, a Detective Sergeant with Niagara Regional Police […]

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Builders of Niagara Connects Honoured Through Launch of niagaraknowledgeexchange.com Planning Tool

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Welland, Ontario.  People from across Niagara honoured the Builders of Niagara Connects today by officially launching niagaraknowledgeexchange.com.  This online tool is a source of information for people seeking relevant, reliable information to support evidence-informed planning toward a stronger future for Niagara.  Forty-five community leaders were recognized for leading hundreds of people in building the Niagara […]

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Niagara Connects wants to see the region reach its full potential

Niagara Connects chair Dr. Madelyn Law looks over the network map created last December of the group's more than 1,500 links to other organizations in the community.

By Maryanne Firth, The Tribune Thursday, November 28, 2013 4:56:49 EST PM And to help it do that, the volunteer-led network has been hard at work over the past eight years creating tools to help strengthen Niagara’s future. During a networking breakfast Thursday at Riverstone Event Centre in Welland, the group officially launched its latest […]

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Taking the pulse of Niagara’s young adults

At Tuesday's Generation Flux youth forum at Amici's Banquet and Conference Centre in Thorold, speakers (left) Mario De Devitiis of NEXT Niagara, Ian Bird, CEO of Community Foundations of Canada and Mary Wiley of Niagara Connects

By Don Fraser, QMI Agency THOROLD, October 29, 2013 THOROLD - This is a youthful generation under a world of stress. And while they’ve never been better educated, they’re often in deep debt and can take years to land decent employment. Their mental health is feeling the strain and many of them are becoming disconnected from their communities. It’s […]

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October 2013 eNewsletter Issue No. 3

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Issues and hot topics that cross more than one of the 12 Living in Niagara sectors, in combination with timely, relevant, reliable information that informs focused planning fuel the community’s work through Niagara Connects. Cross-sector issues require careful up-front planning and decision-making, to ensure solutions are person-centered and supported by front-line community intelligence. Developing an age-friendly […]

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September 2013 eNewsletter Issue No. 2

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On August 28th, Niagara Connects hosted 123 people at over 80 sites around Niagara for an online webinar to orient people to the Niagara Knowledge Exchange (NKE). It was exciting to see and hear the positive response to the NKE – a reflection of the fact that the community has built Niagara Connects and the […]

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“Collective vigilance, learning and action” – Social Innovation Researchers’ Collective Impact Model Aligns With Work of Niagara Connects

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The Collective Impact model we championed at the launch of the Living in Niagara – 2011 report really does align with the work Niagara Connects leads on behalf of the Niagara-wide community.  Kania and Kramer wrote about Collective Impact in the Winter, 2011 edition of the Stanford Innovation Review. According to these researchers, “Collective Impact […]

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July 2013 eNewsletter

eNewsletter

The Niagara Knowledge Exchange (NKE) platform is now a reality.  Built by the Niagara-wide community, it’s a vibrant tool for learning, innovation, collective action and focused planning for a stronger future for Niagara. The Niagara-wide community’s vision to create the NKE began as early as 2005.  Since then, Niagara Connects (formerly known as Niagara Research […]

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