Annual General Meeting June 28

Jun 23 2016

Welcome Celebration 2016We are expecting you on Tuesday June 28th, 2016 at the Hearth Rm, 74 Frederick St. Kitchener. The Annual General Meeting starts at 6pm and at 7pm we will open up a community forum: Progress and Next Stage Action. We have worked together with many partners and allies on the priorities we identified in 2014: Community Social Planning; Strong Neighbourhoods; Poverty; Inclusion; Diversity; Access to Information, Digital Inclusion, Environment. They are evolving year after year and we want to hear from you not only about how the context we live in changes, but how our action needs to transform too.

Free Technology Training for Older Adults

Jun 14 2016

Peer Coaching 2016Our technology peer coaches are offering support with computers and mobile devices (smart phones and tablets). Call us to book a coaching session 519-579-3800 and we will match you with an available coach that can show you what is possible with this new technology. Helping people master new technologies and improving Internet literacy has been a long standing objective for the Social Development Centre information services. Take a look at some of the resources we co-created with peer-coaches: map of computer and Internet access sites, coaching material, information resources for seniors.

Celebrate Neighbours Day 2016

Jun 8 2016

Festival of Neighbourhoods team will be celebrating this year's Neighbours Day and would like to see you and talk to you on your street about all the extraordinary and powerful things that happen in the ordinary, everyday, common places that we share. Read about some of the stories the neighbours have told us. What is your story? Share it at or registser your neighbourhood activity with us. Find a list of all the Neighbours Day activities at the City of Kitchener website or on our Festival Map 2016.

Summer Student Positions 2016

May 31 2016

The Social Development Centre Waterloo Region has three openings for students seeking experience in a community social development setting: Community Resource Associate (8 weeks), Community Development Animator (8 weeks), Festival of Neighbourhoods Community Animator (10 weeks). Please submit your complete application by 12 noon Tuesday June 7, 2016 to

Welcome Celebration

May 27 2016

Welcome Celebration 2016We are inviting the community to join us Wednesday June 1, 6:30 pm for a community and family drum circle. Sing along and join a round dance with aboriginal teachings to welcome everyone to our new location and to celebrate our partnership with Trinity United Church and to acknowledge the traditional lands we are on in much of Waterloo Region.

Heatwaves Project Seeking Participants

May 20 2016

'Reducing Social Vulnerability for Extreme-Heat Events in Older Adults' research project is looking for participants. Please share the information about the current survey in your network and help us recruit 300 participants who are 60 years of age or older. The study involves completing a brief questionnaire either online, in person, or over the phone. The questionnaire should take less than 30 minutes to complete. Participants will receive a $10 gift card for Tim Hortons to compensate for time and any participation expenses.

May E-Neighbour is Here!

May 1 2016

Start planning for this summer's neighbourhood fun. Meet more neighbours for one of many Jane's Walk this weekend and begin making big and small plans for gatherings outdoors in the sun. Read more about the tips and tools we have for you and get in touch if you need some help setting up your first neighbourhood activity! 

We Are Moving Downtown

Apr 28 2016

Trinity United Church Our Centre reopened at 74 Frederick Street on Monday May 9th. During the transition you can still reach us by phone at community HelpLine 519-579-3800 and our administration line 519-579-1096. We will be responding to emails as well at We look forward to continue to serve the community at our new location and our Walk-in hours will be posted as soon as the sidewalk construction work in front of the church is completed.

VisitAble Housing Forum Report

Apr 7 2016

The forum we hosted on VisitAble Housing was attended by planners, builders, realtors, elected officials, advocates and consumers. All supported the concept and agree that everyone would benefit from this thoughtful and inclusive design. Explore and learn more about this concept that holds a promise to improve lives of many - view the videos of the presentations and accompanying slides. We posted a brief report from the afternoon workshop and would like to hear from you as well. 

Income Support Programs that Truly Work

Mar 17 2016

On Wednesday March 16, 2016, I was interviewed by CBC K-W regarding the basic guaranteed income. Before and after the interview there have been brief news items that report I am not in support of basic guaranteed income. At no time did I say that a guaranteed income was a bad idea. I did say it was a good direction to go with much still to be worked out. People who have only heard these brief items have been understandably critical. I have written the summary below which presents the main points I made. Trudy Beaulne, Executive Director, Social Development Centre Waterloo Region