Growing Traditions in Kitchener

Jan 12 2015

Colin`s Toy Drive 2014This year we encourage you to come together with your neighbours to connect with each other and to grow your own traditions. In the January E-Neighbour you can read about neighbourhoods tha come together each year, month or week and the impact those activities have on their families and their communtiy. We hope you will jump on the "traditions bandwagon" and register all activities and events. The first Early Bird registrations deadline is January 13th! 

Ontario Budget 2015 - Have Your Say

Jan 9 2015

Ontario ParliamentThe budget process is underway across Ontario. Since January, delegations presented before the Minister of Finance and before the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. The Government has set up an online consultation tool to gather even more input on how to deliver on the announced priorities. You can have your say through written submission, by phone, by fax, on the online forum and through social media. We have published some useful documents to help you prepare, and we are sharing submissions other organizations have made. Be informed and be involved!

Warming Centres Open in Waterloo Region

Jan 6 2015

Staying warm and safe is important during the winter season.  It is essential to understand how to avoid the serious effects of extreme cold weather. The Region of Waterloo Public Health website shares a guide to identifying and dealing with symptoms of extreme cold exposure. If an extreme cold warning is issued for the Region of Waterloo by Environment Canada, warming centres will open throughout the City of Kitchener, City of Waterloo, and City of Cambridge. Rural centres serving North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich will also be operating. Overnight emergency shelters are available across the region as well. Keep warm!

Holiday Meals in Waterloo Region - 2014

Dec 17 2014

Happy HolidaysHere is a list of Holiday Meals in Kitchener-Waterloo that are open to anyone in need of a hot meal this holiday season. Thanks to various community groups for this information. Please share widely! If you come across any dinners in Kitchener, Waterloo or Cambridge that aren't on our list, please contact 

We have also created a document "Holiday Emergency Information" that lists emergency services across the Waterloo Region in case you find yourself in need this holiday season. 

Giving This Holiday Season - 2014

Dec 3 2014

Giving this Holiday Season

Our enquiry counsellors have prepared a list of ways to give and get involved this holiday season across the Waterloo Region called "Giving this Holiday Season".  Find opportunities to volunteer your time, donate in-kind, give food, make monetary donations and how  to help and support your community after the holidays are over. Contact or call 519-579-3800 to have an item added to this list.


2015 Federal Pre-Budget Community Consultation

Dec 1 2014

2015 Pre-Budget ConsultationWe are opening the Budget Season with the community consultation regarding 2015 Federal Budget. All our appreciation to Stephen Woodworth, MP Kitchener Centre, for providing support for this community forum where we can start giving this holiday season. A special gift is your experience, ideas and caring for the needs of your community. Join us for an open discussion about what the region would need to have addressed in the 2015 budget: Saturday December 13th at 4 pm at the Downtown Community Centre. Click to read the media release.

United Nations International Day for Persons with Disabilities - December 3, 2014

Nov 27 2014

IDPD breakfastDecember 3, 2014 marks the date of the annual United Nations International Day for Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) .  This year's theme is  Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology. Here are two ways to mark this important date: Breakfast hosted by the Independent Living Centre and afternoon meeting of the Disabilities and Human Rights Group. Continue reading for more details.

Festival of Neighbourhoods Planning Group

Nov 24 2014

Capital Grant WinnerThe November E-Neighbour brings good memories of the last Finale celebration and reminds us of the award winners. The New Season has already started and we hope you will embrace the new theme and make it part of your neighbourhood gatherings "Creating Connections, Growing Traditions".  We are thrilled to open a Festival of Neighbourhoods Planning Group and to invite you all to the first meeting on December 9th, 6 - 7:30 pm at the Youth Room at the Downtown Community Centre. Meet like-minded people and help shape the future of the Festival. 

ConnectKW Contracts Application Deadline Extended

Nov 13 2014

Connect KW CoachingThe Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo has two opportunities for youth 15 to 30 years to get paid work experience. Project workers will assist with achieving the objectives of ConnectKW, a network of public internet access sites across K-W. Project Workers will provide introductory technology training at community sites through one to one coaching and in small group workshops. Apply by 12 noon Friday December 5, 2014.

Non-unionized Workers Need Support

Nov 5 2014

Stronger Workplaces Legislation or Bill 18 has been pushed fast forward. On Monday November 3rd, the legislature moved  to expedite the passage of the law with few options to for advocates and groups give input. The Social Planning Council and the Poverty Free Kitchener-Waterloo Action Group are meeting with our local Members of the Provincial Parliament, Michael Harris, Catherine Fife and Daiene Vernile, and are hoping that our suggestions will be passed on to the sub-committee working on the proposal. The Government is already increasing funding for legal clinics and we hope there will be more investment in workerss action services across the province. See what the only Workers' Action Centre in Toronto has to say about Bill-18.