Oral History Project - Trudy Beaulne's Work & Legacy

Apr 20 2018

Leading Women AwardOral History Project, initiated in 2017 to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Social Development Centre Waterloo Region, continues this May through collaboration with the Commons Studio to record the testimonies about the contribution Trudy Beaulne made over 18 years as the Executive Director of the organization. 

On April 20, 2018 Trudy Bealunewas recognized as one of the recipients ofthe Leading Women Leading Girls Award by the Ontario Ministry for the Status of Women. Trudy's daughters,
Laura and Rebecca, received the award.

The Oral History Project will capture Trudy’s work and vision that shaped the Social Development Centre in its unique community building role. Everyone who has been involved or impacted by this work is welcome to share a unique piece of history. If you want to contribute to the Oral History Project get in touch with us sdcwr@waterlooregion.org.

Affordable Housing and Cost of Living

Mar 26 2018

AliveALIVe Group had a joint meeting with Poverty Free KW group on March 23rd. The meeting was dedicated to the topic of affordable housing and the increasing costs of living that make it impossible for low-income earners and social assistance recipients not to go into debt without much hope of repaying it. The need for more affordable housing has set some federal and provincial wheels in motion, but as the policies are being developed, many of the current needs will remain unmet.

Help Us Help Ontario Campaign

Mar 22 2018

Help us help OntarioA much needed minimum wage boost has come to Ontario. The Government recognized the impact of higher labour costs on the small business. The nonprofit sector requires similar consideration! The Social Planning Network of Ontario urges you to tell your MPP and to share the campaign in your networks: Help Us Help Ontario

Time to Break the Ice

Mar 13 2018

Spring is just around the corner and with it come great opportunities to bring your neighbours together. Is your neighbourhood ready to wake up from its beauty sleep? As the ice melts, greet everyone on your street and in front of your building. Tell us about who moved in and who likes to stop and chat. If you get some neighbours together for a clean up or a walk, register with the Festival of Neighbourhoods! We have the March 15 Early Bird registration deadline coming up. Read more in the March E-Neighbour.

Rooted in Lived Experience

Mar 9 2018

Groups With Lived ExperienceOnly being rooted in lived experience of people in the region can we aspire to be successful in fulfilling our mandate. Trudy Beaulne's approach to social policy development was anchored firmly in support and collaboration with small groups where people came to find resources, to share what they know and to take action together. Groups such as Disabilities and Human Rights and Poverty Free KW have been advising us over the years as we developed projects on poverty elimination, social assistance reform, accessibility standards, visitable housing, service delivery and more. If you want to join one of the groups or be an ally, you can come to one of the upcoming meeting at our Centre. 

Priorities and Values, In Her Own Words 1999-2016

Trudy Beaulne’s Values and Priorities in Community Building, in her own words.
"Our work is guided by values, generally social justice, participatory democracy, community knowledge, diversity and building relationships—social capital—because that is the foundation of society and solid communities.”

1999 ED Report

“It has become apparent that social planning councils and community information centres play an important role in the community.”

Tribute Page for Trudy Beaulne - Add Your Story

Trudy Beaulne Lives in All that We Do
Letter from the Board, Staff and Members


I will remember her as a fierce advocate for change in the political systems to help underprivileged people.

Hazel Courtney


Trudy was a dedicated and tireless community builder. I will always remember her for her generosity, kindness and ironclad commitment to making the community a better place.

Dave Thomas 

Ontario Electricity Support Program

OESPAs of November 15th, hydro customers cannot be disconnected and the winter disconnection ban extends until April 30, 2018. 
        May Changes to the Ontario Electricity Support Program: credits are increasing by 50% and the maximum income threshold has been raised.
        Contact the Social Development Centre 519-579-3800 to make an appointment and we can help you with your application.  Our intake workers can answer your questions, check your eligibility, do the manual income verification and help you fill out an application. 

Read more at the Ontario Energy Board website and in our local announcement.

Consultation: Traynor-Fairway Crossing Alternative Locations

Dec 4 2017

Crossing AlternativesThe City of Kitchener and Region of Waterloo joint project team has presented an at-grade gated pedestrian crossing as a preferred solution during the open house on December 2. Due to the safety concerns and the most direct access to the essential commercial area, the preferred crossing would require a new formal fenced walkway north of the LRT and a new walkway access the commercial area to the south of the tracks leading to the crossing with the traffic lights. Residents can review other alternative crossings presented and give their feedback before December 22, 2017.

Neighbours Reach Out!

Nov 20 2017

November 2017 E-NeighbourNeighbours reach out, connect and belong at Kitchener’s Festival of Neighbourhoods celebration!  KITCHENER— On Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, Kitchener’s Festival of Neighbourhoods hosted its annual celebration marking the festival’s 24th season. More than 17,000 people from across Kitchener participated in the 130 gatherings registered with Festival of Neighbourhoods. Neighbourhood gatherings ranged in size from four to 1,000 participants.

The Schneider’s Creek and Settlers Grove neighbourhoods took home the Festival’s main prize, two $20,000 capital grants provided by the City of Kitchener.

The Pillar Award, sponsored by Steed and Evans, for a neighbourhood who has registered an event for five or more years, was presented to Bridgeport neighbourhood. The Newcomer Award (for a first-time registered activity), sponsored by the Victoria Park Neighbourhood Association, was presented to the Doon South neighbourhood.