Trudy Beaulne Lives in All That We Do

Trudy's message

Dear Community,

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Staff and Members of the Social Development Centre of Waterloo Region (SDCWR), it is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we are writing to inform you of the passing of our beloved Executive Director, Trudy Beaulne on Friday, January 5th, 2018.

Trudy joined the SDCWR in June of 1999, and for over eighteen years acted as the agency’s longest-serving Executive Director. Throughout this time, Trudy shared with us her vast fountain of knowledge, her incredible leadership abilities, and her hope and love for humanity as the true caregiver for Mother Earth.

Trudy was a community advocate, who fought tirelessly throughout her life to represent society’s marginalized populations. Her leadership style was based on the empowerment of others, and she held strong a person-centred perspective towards social justice and equality. Beyond the SDCWR, Trudy was also engaged with countless community projects. She served for two decades on the Boards of the Social Planning Network of Ontario and InformOntario – The Association of Community Information Centres in Ontario. Trudy was equally rooted in her own residing community, serving on the Board of the Mount Hope-Breithaupt Park Neighbourhood Association, while providing leadership to Kitchener’s Festival of Neighbourhoods for the last 24 years. Trudy was most vocal in regards to poverty elimination, respect for human rights and dignity, and improving the lives of persons with disabilities. Trudy contributed to the success of numerous initiatives in the Region, including Livable and Inclusive Communities, Living Wage Waterloo Region, Poverty-Free Waterloo Region, Affordable Housing and VisitAble Housing. Determined to broaden the decision-making process to include voices from a whole spectrum of lived experiences, Trudy advocated and provided space for accessible and inclusive public consultation and deliberation wherever possible.   

Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting Trudy could testify to the fact that her passion was contagious. For Trudy, her work was not simply a vocation to her—it was a way of life. Trudy’s very soul lived and breathed compassion. To be around her was to feel inspired.

In recent years, changes in our societal landscape and challenges with retaining consistent levels of funding, made work at the Centre extremely unpredictable. Nevertheless, Trudy remained steadfast in her unwavering commitment to making the Centre an agency that could provide leadership and resources for community development in Waterloo Region. It is the legacy of her work that we are committed to carrying forth in the years to come and we hope you will join us. 

One of Trudy’s favourite quotes was Mahātmā Gandhi’s “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Trudy – you have forever changed our worlds. We miss you more than words can possibly ever say. 


With Deepest Sorrow, 

Carol Motuz

President, Board of Directors
Social Development Centre Waterloo Region

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Trudy Beaulne, our spirited and beloved Executive Director, passed away on Friday, January 5, 2108. Visitation and sharing of memories are taking place on Friday, January 12th at Henry Walser Funeral Home 507 Frederick St, Kitchener. Visitation starts at 10am and Memories will be shared at 2pm.

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 increased.
        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 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.

Living Wage Week 2017

Nov 9 2017

Living Wage Week 2017We celebrated the 2017 Living Wage Week in the region and recognized a fantastic group of 44 employers in our community! Documented employer case studies strengthen the Living Wage message and rationale. A must read, the first Waterloo Region Employer Case Studies: Mennonite Central Committee Ontario, Leis Pet Distributing Inc. and Kindred Credit Union. Proud to be a part of the Evaluation Committee for the Living Wage Waterloo Region and to participate in the Social Planning Network Ontario supporting changes to Bill 148 regarding the increase of minimum wage and improvement of employment standards.

24th Festival of Neighbourhoods Celebration

Oct 28 2017

We have been supporting neighbours in Kitchener for 24 years now! We invite everyone to this year's Celebration to mark the finale of another successful year and to recognizes everyone who hosted inclusive neighbourhood gatherings. We will welcome eleven neighbourhoods who registered this year for the first time and learn from those who have been registering for the five last years or longer! Join us on November 19th, at Kitchener City Hall from 1pm-3pm. Together, we will REACH! into the new year and bring our neighbours closer together. 2017 Celebration Sponsors

Pedestrian Crossing Project at a Standstill

Oct 12 2017

Traynor Fairway Fence October 2017This October, the residents in Traynor-Vanier woke up seeing the Fairway side of the tracks completely fenced off. The fence opening on the Traynor side will be closed as well as the LRT testing starts in November. After the consultation in January, the residents did not receive any follow up information about the joint city-region plan to install a pedestrian crossing.

Community Groups Networking

Oct 1 2017

Networking MeetingTogether with the Fair Vote Wateloo Region, we are calling on citizen/volunteer led groups interested in networking and mutual support to come together on November 1st: civic, neighbourhood, environmental, professional, social justice, ethnocultural groups!

Equity and Inclusion in Education

Sep 26 2017

SPNO LogoWe are opening up a discussion about equity and inclusion in education across 14 communities in Ontario with the support of the Social Planning Network of Ontario. We invite students, parents and community members as equity advocates to join teachers, administrators and researches in the region to create strategies and resources to improve student well-being. We would like to hear from you and answer all the questions you may have before the October 12th. Join the meeting from  4:30 – 6:00 pm at Waterloo Region District School Board Education Centre at 51 Ardelt Avenue in Kitchener. 

Traynor Park is Back

Sep 21 2017

Traynor Park DesignThe work of Traynor-Vanier tenants and management, together with Social Development Centre staff and volunteers made a neighbourhood dream come true! Traynor Park has been removed at the end of 2013 and after advocacy and community consultations in 2017, it is being rebuilt after the ideas brought forward by the residents.