Stories of Engagement and Solidarity

Jun 8 2018

RENT LogoYou are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of R.E.N.T. (Renters Educating and Networking Together) Wednesday, June 20, 2018 – 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Lang’s Community Health Centre, 1145 Concession Rd., Cambridge - Rm. E105. We are excited to hear the presenters: "Rent Strikes - Stories of Engagement and Solidarity" and talk about RENT actions and projects in 2018/2019 that you would like to be a part of. We open our doors to all the tenants, tenant associations and allies in Waterloo Region. 

Meet the Candidates Provincial Election 2018

Poster Meet the Candidates 2018"The Social Development Centre forums are a valuable part of how I decide who to vote for - thank you for running them!"
Kourtney, May 2018

We are continuing with the unique tradition started by Trudy Beaulne through hosting three forums where people can meet their candidates. As usual, it is not a debate, but a conversation supported by several organizations active in the areas of affordable housing, healthcare, income security, environmental justice, and democratic reform.

Kitchener Centre Meet the Candidates
May 23, 6pm to 8pm at St John Church in Kitchener

Kitchener Conestoga Meet the Candidates
May 28, 6pm to 8 pm, Wilmot Recreation Complex in Baden

Waterloo Meet the Candidates 
May 29, 6pm to 8 pm at First United Church in Waterloo

Splash of Summer Activities

May 25 2018

May E Neighbour 2018Take a look at some of the gatherings hosted in Kitchener neighbourhoods in the summer 2017. In our May edition of thE-Neighbour, you will find ideas and suggestions how to enhance a sense of belonging and connectedness with your neighbours. Summer months are as well the time when our staff and volunteers do outreach and if you want them to stir things up on your street or your building, write to us now at  Read more about the neighbourhoods that received a boost in previous years. 

Summer Jobs 2018

May 16 2018

Summer Students 2017The Social Development Centre Waterloo Region has two openings for students seeking experience in a community social development setting. The positions open are the Community Resource Associate and Social Planning Associate. The positions would be filled for 8 weeks, between June 5, 2018 – August 25, 2018 for 30 hours per week. If you between 16 and 30, have just completed a full year of post-secondary education and will be going back to school full time this fall, you can submit an application

Every Voice Counts! Come on Board!

May 14 2018

The Social Development Centre of Waterloo Region is recruiting Board Members to join the team at the 51st Annual General Meeting on June 28, 2018.

Board of Directors provides the oversight and the support for the operation and the strategic direction of the Centre, and at this particular time, is working hard to ensure the sustainability of the work and the legacy of our impact. Read more about our work to make every voice be heard

We are seeking candidates for the Board of Directors who reflect the diversity of the community in order to fill positions with specific expertise and experience. (read more)

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All Candidates Meetings - How To

Apr 27 2018

All Candidates How To

The Social Development Centre Waterloo Region has been the host of many all-candidates sessions and has learned that a good way to share knowledge is to bring people together in a meaningful conversation.  Small group conversations place us in a more equal position and open a wider space for exchange. The candidates are encouraged to ask questions and residents are encouraged to answer them! As one of the candidates in 2014 put it:

“What a relief not to be pushed against each other but have a true chance to know the people and the issues better!”  

 To prepare for a more traditional all-candidates session, see the guide from the Income Security Advocacy Centre. If you wish to organize a participatory meet-the-candidates session, see our quick guide and enjoy the process!


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

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.