Festival of Neighbourhoods

Neighbourhood Activity Trunk Holiday Gift

Dec 22 2013

NAT Holiday Gift Festival of Neighbourhoods is offering a special Holiday Gift - the first five neighbourhoods to book the trunk before January 1st 2014 will play for FREE! Next five neighbourhoods get a 50% off the booking fee. Our Neighbourhood Activity Trunk has a new look - See the awesome online catalog and book the trunk for you next activity for a reduced fee.

November E-Neighbour is out!

Nov 29 2013

A New Year begins for the Festival of Neighbourhooods. We are already collecting registrations gearing up for the first Early Bird Draw for all the activities you hosted by December 31st. Halloween and the Holiday season offers many opportunities for neighbours to get together indoors and outdoors! Read our November newsletter and tell us more about the great neighbourhood of yours.

2013 Festival Award Winners

Nov 8 2013

"The Festival of Neighbourhoods is really about providing resources, encouragement and recognition to Kitchener citizens for taking the small step to bring their neighbours together," said Janice Ouellete, the co-organizer of the 20th Festival Finale and the facilitator of volunteer resources fot the City of Kitchener.
All our volunteers did the wonderful job co-hosting a historic celebration and helped in making all our award winners shine. The Festival received an award itself from Catherine Fife, MPP Kitchener-Waterloo!

Below we present to you all the 20th Finale Winners and you can read more in this weeks edition of Kitchener Citizen!

20th Annual Festival Finale

Oct 22 2013

Sunday October 27, 2013
1 pm – 3 pm
Kitchener City Hall Rotunda

20 Years of Celebrating Neighbours!
Everyone is welcome to the Finale and to join in with the celebration of our neighbourhoods!

20th Festival Grand Finale October 27

Sep 13 2013

September 30th, 2013 marks the end of this year’s Festival of Neighbourhoods. Register any neighbourhood get-togethers held between October 1st, 2012 and September 30th, 2013 to enter the $10,000 capital improvement grant draw, and to receive recognition for the positive outcomes of bringing neighbours together.

Read more about this Summer Festival Blitzes, Summer Early Bird Winner, Ward Challenge and more in September issue of thE-Neighbour.

Community Conversations Matter

Aug 1 2013

Community conversations bring together community members, tell us new things about our community and the more involved a person is, the more integrated into their community they will feel. Festival of Neighbourhoods has partnered with Tamarack who sponsors the Community Conversations Award - join in and tell us about your neighbourhood.

Read the new Festival of Neighbourhoods blog to learn about a community conversation at the Courtland-Shelley 20th anniversary barbecue on June 3.

On a related note, Social Planning Council of Kitchener Waterloo's staff and board members had a conversation this past March about communities that was captured in the document, Seeking Community – Wonderful Wandering Wondering Conversations .

20th Anniversary Special Neighbourhood Awards

Jul 16 2013

We are celebrating the 20th year of the Festival of Neighbourhoods with special awards at the Festival Finale: The Mayor's Challenge, Tamarack Seeking Community Award, and Steadfast Neighbourhood Award. As always, the Ward Challenge is on! This year, you can track as activities appear on the interactive map of Kitchener Wards, and as well see what $10 000 grant winners have done in their neighbourhoods. Read more in the July edition of the E-Neighbour.

Mayor's Challenge Kick Off

May 29 2013

As part of its 20th season, Festival of Neighbourhoods is asking citizens of Kitchener to share stories about what their neighbourhood means to them. The Mayor’s Challenge Contest kicks off the Summer Festival of Neighbourhoods Season, asks simply that you submit a story in the medium of your choice, and the winning entry author and his/her neighbours will win a walking tour with the Mayor!

Find us this weekend at the Tremaine Park Charity BBQ and Animate the Trail events to learn more, or do not lose another moment to read through the contest details and the submission form!

Marigold Park Grand Opening at Topper Woods

May 10 2013

Marigold Park was the happiest place in the whole large Topper Woods! The grand opening of the park was celebrated on May 10th, with the red ribbon cut and a cake! Festival of Neighbourhoods bunch enjoyed telling stories of before and after, and how the weeds and shrubs turned to the most lively patch of green for young and old equally.

Festival of Neighbourhoods Shares the Spirit

Apr 16 2013

The Festival of Neighbourhoods Team presented at yesterday's Kitchener Council Meeting and shared some of the stories, that go back to 1994. We will celebrate neighbours that have been with us for 20 years, and have special awards. The Early Bird prizes were announced as well, the Alpine Community won a prize for their Free Skate Day, and Edgewater Estates won a swim party from the City of Kitchener for their Snow Day in the Park. The new Early Bird Deadline is June 30th and stay tuned for more surprises!