Belonging, Volunteering, Giving & Leadership 2011

  1. Volunteering in Niagara

    Volunteering: The act of volunteering enriches the volunteer and contributes much to the community, the local economy and the not-for-profit sector; it helps to build the overall social capital assets of a region. Niagara has a rich array of human and cultural services that actively engage volunteers, as directors on...
  2. Charitable giving in Niagara

    In 2007, almost 23 million Canadians – 84% of the population aged 15 and over made a financial donation to charitable or other not-for-profit organizations in the previous 12 month period (2004 – 85%).  Donors increased by 2.9% in part due to increase in population 15 and older. Canadians donated...
  3. Voting in Niagara

    Civic participation builds the capacity of a community and a nation through input into the decision-making process that shapes policies, activities and laws. One way to exercise civic participation is through engaging in political activities, leadership and voting. Voter participation in Ontario for the 2008 Federal Election was 61.4% in...
  4. Sense of community belonging in Niagara

    In 2010, 70.6% of those over 12 years of age rated their sense of belonging to their local community as very strong or somewhat strong. Research shows a high correlation of sense of community-belonging with physical and mental health. Niagara rating of sense of belonging was higher than Ontario at...
  5. Trust in others in Niagara

    It takes trust in one another to build a safe community where everyone feels comfortable to engage with others and to turn to neighbours and officials when help is needed. Trust is also required to participate in shared community activities and to share resources and ideas. In 2003, nearly 6...
  6. Participation in social networks and social activities in Niagara

    Participation:  Being socially connected with families, friends and with community contacts through social institutions, clubs and organizations fosters social interaction, increases a sense of belonging and inclusion, provides emotional support and builds possible networks for positive action. Involvement in social activities:  In 2003, 61% of Canadians reported that they were...
  7. Having a religious affiliation in Niagara

    Having a religious affiliation is believed to be of benefit to the individual, but also supports building social networks, civic engagement and voluntarism in a region. Philanthropy in the form of volunteering time or donating money is encouraged by all major religions. In the 2008 General Social Survey (GSS) by...
  8. Leadership Diversity in Niagara

    A community thrives if there are opportunities for leadership at all levels and involving the rich diversity of individual voices, ideas, input and decision making. Leadership Niagara brings together individuals recognized as emerging and aspiring leaders, and gives them the opportunity to explore, strengthen and apply enhanced leadership skills in...