A few weeks ago I had the great privilege of attending the 2014 Niagara Community Foundation Leaders Breakfast at the Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre in St. Catharines, ON. Myself, along with my colleges from the Social Innovation Research Associates Program (SIRAP) at Brock University were recognized (among several others) for our contributions to the 3rd annual Living in Niagara Report. The report, which is released every three years, offers a snapshot of quality of life in the Niagara region and was launched on November 25th.
I was charged with handling the data in the “Learning and Education” sector and had been working with Niagara Connects and community leaders over the course of the past year to gauge the quality of education in Niagara. It should be mentioned that Niagara Connects is the only organization in Canada compiling an integrative set of community indicators in a real time virtual document with a digital interactive feature. This provides an innovative outlet for community dialogue. It was incredible to see the report come together and the highly positive response from the community.
|Niagara Connects Chair, Madelyn Law and myself
Photo Credit: Brittany Holyome
The event itself was attended by over 500 people, which included leaders from industry, academia, and the local and provincial governments. For those interested in learning more about the 2014 Living in Niagara Report, the entire 44-page document can be viewed or downloaded at http://www.livinginniagarareport.com.