Ontario Pre-budget Submission

Jan 29 2019

Mavyn Novick 2011Since the introduction of the Blueprint for Poverty Free Ontario in 2009 and the social assistance review, Social Planning Network of Ontario, Social Development Centre Waterloo Region and Disabilities and Human Rights Group have been asking for immediate increase of social assistance rates. It was 10 years ago. Disability and Human Rights Group is reminding Ontario government in their pre-budget submission that employment will never be a solution for many on ODSP, and that dignity and income security relies on the readiness of the government to bring its people out of poverty by increasing the rates significantly as other work related programs are being designed. Watch the presentations by Marvyn NovickHuman Dignity for All: Working for a Poverty Free Ontario, on behalf of the Social Planning Network of Ontario, at the event hosted by the Social Development Centre Waterloo Region, Ray of Hope, and Poverty Free Waterloo Region on April 28, 2011.

2019 Income Tax Clinic

Jan 20 2019

2019 Tax ClinicThis year, we will be hosting free income tax clinics.  During the tax season, we are offering bookable times, weekend appointments, and drop-off services for your tax return to be completed within two working days. Our clinics start Monday March 4th and will operate until Monday April 29th. In addition to English, we have volunteers that speak Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, and Farsi. Call or email to schedule a time:  519-579-3800 or tax-clinic@waterlooregion.org. To ensure that your return is completed accurately, please have all of the necessary documents as it applies to your situation from the tax clinic check listPlease note that if you are not receiving Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP), we can assist you in applying for it, even if not all the household members have filed taxes. 

Moving Forward Together - Civic Hub

Jan 3 2019

Small Groups

It was a year ago when thirty small groups gathered to talk about a long-term need for a creative common space.  It was in part about an affordable physical space to hold meetings and host events, and it seemed even more so about an expression of commitment to a full and inclusive democratic life. Since then, we have arrived at a common vision: A home, a landmark, ACCESSIBLE to everyone, for civic and grassroots groups to showcases what is being done in the community, for small groups to support each other and build their credibility and capacity to advocate and provide services to the public. How can we leverage the wealth of ideas and resources in Waterloo Region to create a civic social innovation hub? We will explore our vision and the ways to talk to people in our community about the initiative; we will learn about connections with the existing hubs and networks; we will investigate sustainability of such an endeavour; and we will take a look at the benefits of working across culture, identity, and ideas. January 21st, 6pm to 8pm at the Social Development Centre WR, corner of Water St. North and Duke St. in Kitchener.

RSVP by January 16th at admin@waterlooregion.org or 519-579-3800. Your voice counts too. 

Reversing Cycles that Produce Poverty

Nov 9 2018

Systemic Analysis of PovertyWork with us to explain systems that keep poverty in place. We are witnesses of the changing mindset towards poverty. The recognition of reasons why we cannot make a decent living now go beyond individual education or skill. It may be a life stage (youth or seniors) or ability (living with chronic health and mental health challenges); disruptive events such as injury, illness, natural disasters or job loss. At the end of the day, there are systemic factors (racism, xenophobia, employment standards, global recession, socio-economic and gender inequalities) that contribute to driving people in vulnerable circumstances into poverty and keeping them there. We can reverse those vicious cycles. Find out more and help us leverage the knowledge accumulated over the last 10 years: 519-579-3800 or sdcwr@waterlooregion.org.

Multicultural Connections Forum November 3

Oct 26 2018

Multicultural Connections Our community is booming with activities aiming to strengthen inclusion and belonging of citizens of all backgrounds. Still, 59% of newcomers to the region said that they feel isolated in the Immigration Partnership WR survey in 2017. Going beyond the survey response scales, we are bringing the members of ethno-cultural communities together to sit and unpack the meaning of social isolation and social connectedness. Together with the Immigration Partnership and Volunteer Action Centre, we hope to kick start some of the connections among diverse groups and spark action that can rally different voices around common causes.

Your Voice & Your Donation Count!

Every Voice Counts CampaignHelp us reach our core funding goal for a better common future - $20,000. We are fortunate to live in a prosperous region but the benefits of living here are not shared equitably. At this year’s provincial and municipal Meet the Candidates Forums, the residents told us that affordable housing, free transit, opioid crisis, gentrification, environmental justice and meaningful participation in decision-making would be the pressing issues in the coming years. This feedback testifies that some of us are missed, forgotten or left behind, and that we would all benefit from a broader community dialogue.

25th Annual Festival of Neighbourhoods Celebration

Oct 20 2018

2018 Celebration PosterIt is time to come together and celebrate! We are expecting you at Kitchener City Hall Rotunda on November 18, 1 to 3 pm. We will share stories and recognize the accomplishments of the neighbours who made their gatherings even more inclusive. Inclusion Challenge Recognitions will be made by the Independent Living Centre Waterloo Region, and we will draw two Neighbourhood Improvement Grants! There is a special announcement regarding the Neighbourhood Connection Award: “Reaching out across the diversity in our neighbourhoods is not easy but is so worth the effort and will enrich the community life in Kitchener -Trudy Beaulne". Wonderful supports received this year to make our celebratory event even more special: Boehmers Hargest Block, Steed and Evans, Victoria Park Neighbourhood Association, Alejandra Ivic Re/Max Twin City Realty Inc., Grand Valley Society of Architects, Strassburger, Mumbly Insurance, Swanson's Home Hardware Building Centre, Freure Homes, Waterloo Regional Police Service, Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region, ASCEND.

Municipal Elections 2018

Kitchener Meet the Candidates 2018

This is not a debate! We are hosting our traditional roundtable discussions with the candidates to build common ground for community dialogue that spans between elections. We will have the privilege to welcome into conversations the Regional Chair, Regional Council and Kitchener mayoral candidates. All the candidates that attended signed the Commitments for equitable and resilient Waterloo Region.

Kitchener Meet the Candidates, September 30th
Notes and Videos 
Waterloo Meet the Candidates 201812 pm to 2pm, St Matthews Lutheran Church Parish Hall,
54 Benton St, Kitchener, entrance from Church Street. 

Co-hosted by Trinity United Church.

Waterloo Meet the Candidates, October 14th
Nots and Videos
4pm to 6pm, First United Church 
16 William St W. in Waterloo.

Co-hosted by First United Church.

Great Neighbourhoods and the People Behind Them

Sep 28 2018

You and your neighbours are invited to enjoy a fun afternoon with neighbourly people like you once you have registered a neighbourhood activity with the FoN. Read more in our September E Neighbour about the great Kitchener neighbourhoods and the people behind them! Whether your get-together was simple or elaborate, as long as it was inclusive of all your neighbours and allowed them to interact face to face, it is eligible for prizes and awards. To ensure that your activity qualifies your neighbourhood for the $20,000 capital improvement grant draws just give us a call or email. Register qualifying neighbourhood activities held between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018 with the Festival of Neighbourhoods before October 5, 2018. Join us at the Festival Finale at Kitchener City Hall on November 18 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, when the draws for the $20,000 neighbourhood grants will be held and the winners announced.