Information Supports to Waterloo Region Newcomers

Sep 18 2013

Waterloo Region Settlement Services Directory is being created as the first outcome of the Building Local Information Support to Ontario Newcomers Project. Community Information Centre of Waterloo Region is one of the two pilot sites working with the Local Immigration Partnership to create firm bridges between the two sectors and at the same time contribute to the creation of anonline training for communities across Ontario .

The learning website has been launched at the 2013 InformOntario Symposium "Common Ground" in Markham and is open to InformOntario members and their local partners working together to create comprehensive, reliable and sustainable information resources.

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.

ConnectKW Project Worker Contracts

Sep 3 2013

The Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo has opportunities for youth ages 15 to 30 years to get 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 technology training at various community sites through small group workshops and in one to one coaching.

UPDATE: Deadline for applications is extended to Monday September 30th, 2013 at 4 PM

Community Information Centre Pamphlets 2013

Aug 29 2013

NEW and IMPROVED: Our information pamphlets have been revised and updated. They are better than ever before! The pamphlets are available for download on our Get Informed Page.

Come visit our Information Resource Centre on the third floor at 151 Frederick St. in downtown Kitchener. We enjoy sharing resources with guests!

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 .

Poverty Free KW invites Minister McMeekin for a visit

Jul 24 2013

Dear Minister McMeekin, We are following with interest and concern your informal 20-city tour on the Social Assistance Review Commission Report. We value this effort to validate what people think about the recommendations in this report and the process that has led to this point. We also invite you to come to Kitchener-Waterloo to hear about local contributions that have been made to the process to date.

Throughout all previous consultations, our message has been clear. It is time for action on the following: Raise the rates, Protect the well-being of people with disabilities, Reduce poverty for everyone.

Empowerment through Information

Jul 19 2013

Social Planning Council Board members and staff got together on July 18 to talk about the work we are doing, and about the the directions we can go in the future. It was wonderful to hear how much commonality there was around what we bring to the community: Quality Information Services, Empowerment through Information, Advocacy at Individual and Community Level, Social Planning and Development, Incubator Infrastructure, Relationship Building in the Community, Inclusive of Everyone Who Comes through Our Door! Come to visit us and see what we mean.

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.

Local Information Support to Ontario Newcomers

Jul 15 2013

The first workshop session of the Building Local Information Support to Ontario Newcomers Project (BLISON) has been launched in Kitchener on July 11, and facilitated both in-person and on line in Newmarket and Toronto. Social Planning Council is engaging its partners in strengthening local collaboration between the community information and settlement sectors under the lead of InformOntario, the Association of Community Information Centres of Ontario.

Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo Opens Doors

Jun 29 2013

Opening Doors was a theme for the 46th Annual General Meeting of the Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo held on June 27. It was an occasion for the Board, staff and volunteers to share the highlights of the activities in 2012, and present the Annual Social Development Awards to five (5) partner agencies in recognition of their contributions to the community in partnership with the Social Planning Council: John Wilson on behalf of the ONPHA and the Housing Opens Doors project, Lynn Macaulay on behalf of the Housing and Homelessness Umbrella Group (HHUG), Elizabeth Clarke on behalf of the YWCA K-W, Janice Ouellette for the Festival of Neighbourhoods on behalf of the City of Kitchener, and Mark Hildebrand for the City of Kitchener.