Take a Deep Breath!

Apr 23 2019

Lifelong EngagementDeep Breathing sessions for activits started in April 20109: Living on low income takes its toll, so does being a social justice activist. Mental and physical stress comes with concerns about income, housing, food, care-giving to family members and friends, advocacy... This leads to many health problems, including inefficient breathing, the one thing we actually can control.

Traynor-Fairway Crossing a Priority Project

Apr 17 2019

Crossing five years afterWe are in April 2019, almost a year after the Rally of July 2018 in the midst of the municipal pre-election campaign, and still waiting for concrete work being done at the crossing. The train testing has been on for over 6 months and people's lives put at risk every day. Read more from a community advocate James Howe about the struggles and the patience of the residents in Traynor-Vanier. More about our work in this neighbourhood can be found at the Neighbourood Connections page

Empowerment of Ethno-cultural Groups

Apr 11 2019

Empowerment of Ethnocultural Groups After the Waterloo Region Multicultural Connections Forum, organized in November 2018, together with the Immigration Partnership and the WR Volunteer Action Centre, we followed up on the top priority that the representatives of cultural communities shared: Empowerment of Ethno-cultural Groups. The empowerment includes: access to resources (funding, space, information, communication and mentoring); mutual understanding (common spaces and activities, dialogue building); equity (anti-racism, removal of barriers for participation and representation in decision-making).

Neighbourhood Connections

Mar 27 2019

Cherry ParkThe Neighbourhood Connections Award has had a deep impact in neighbourhoods across Kitchener. Festival of Neighbourhoods, in itself, seemingly a simple approach, has contributed enormously in building close and loose ties among people in our community. They are our lifeline of access to information and opportunities. However, the Neighbourhood Connections Award, introduced in 2000 by Social Development Centre, helps us work through equity issues to build community capacity. Read about this unique process, welcomed by the Victoria Park neighbourhood in 2019, and more in our March E-Neighbour.

Being a Tenant in 2019?

Mar 18 2019

Being a Tenant in 2019?

Renters Educating and Networking Together are hosting an open meeting to support tenants to share their experiences and to learn from each other. With the support of the WR Community Legal Services dedicated staff and the Social Development Centre WR community developers, we can voice the concerns in the changing context of provincial legislation and municipal housing strategies. Tuesday, April 9th, 6pm to 8pm at St John Church in downtown Kitchener. Entrance on Duke Street. RSVP admin@waterlooregion.org or 519-579-3800.

Activating Energy and Ideas

Mar 15 2019

Activating Energy and Ideas“Civic Hub is a collaborative and inclusive space, 
where grassroots innovation and advocacy is anchored,
where faces go with names, and
where energy and ideas are activated.”  

Civic Hub enthusiasts adopted the vision for the Civic Hub on March 11th meeting. We hope to ensure collaboration on longterm solutions to social and economic challenges in the region through a common mandate: grassroots capacity building, sharing of resources and skills, streamlining promotion and recruitment for social justice advocacy, building opportunities for true inclusion and dialogue across diversity. 

Having Fun in the Neighbrrrhood?

Feb 7 2019

Winter E NeighbourWe have seen some cold spells this winter and we cannot have them discourage us from spending time with our neighbours! Yes, we showell together, and de-ice our sidewalks together, sure, some people bond and have fun this way. There are many paths to take in neighbourhood winterland. Some ideas are in our Winter E-Neighbour, including the 2018 Annua Celebration Inclusion Recognition Recipient neighbourhoods: Doon South, Schneider Creek, Auditorium and New Doon. Next time you organize a neighbourhood gathering in winter, think of the ways to be inclusive of everyone who cannot skate or walk through snow. 

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.