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
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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
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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.

Beyond the Wellbeing WR Survey

Aug 23 2018

DropinSocial Development Centre and the Disabilities and Human Rights Group hosted on July 18 a drop-in session to support low income and persons with disabilities fill in the Waterloo Region Community Wellbeing Survey. Thanks to the help of ‘peer connectors’, we assisted individuals who were not reached yet to fill in this lengthy survey. This way, the participants had a chance to add their voices and potentially influence the planning of municipal and community services in the next four years. The staff, peers, and summer students from the Social Development Centre provided personal support to participants with different needs regarding vision, hand dexterity, literacy, and focus. Filling in a survey could take between 45 to 70 minutes. We helped 25 participants in one afternoon. 

Civic Hub Meet Up

Jul 20 2018

Small Groups"The Social Development Centre is a Community Service Hub and without the hub the wheel does not spin - it just rolls, wobbles and crashes and the spokes fly around in every direction."  Loralie Broderick, CityWatch of WaterlooRegion

This is a quote from 2015 when many of our collaborators were sending in testimonies to support our funding requests. It sounds true today more than ever. After the First Small Groups Networking forum, we are exploring the universe of the local social innovation spaces to decide how to move forward with a unique idea of bringing small nonprofits together under a shared platform. The space in itself is not the highest priority. The 30 groups that came together in November told us that they seek cross promotion and recruitment from a co-working space. If you are struggling to reach out and connect to the community, consider this short survey and do come and meet with us on the 26th of July at  pm at the Social Development Centre.

Traynor-Vanier Rally

Jul 16 2018

Traynor Vanier RallyResidents of Traynor-Vanier neighbourhood are finally succeeding in bringing togther strong voices in support of the pedestrian crossing over the ION tracks. Their uphill struggle started back in 2014 with the creation of KW Tenant Group. On July 14th 2018, they come together, organized a rally and invited Region of Waterloo and City of Kitchener councillors to tell them how it feels walking through or around the fence to reach the stores, transit connections and workplaces on the other side of the Fairway Road. The informal routes were so important and engrained, that families high up from Courtland Avenue still find it safer to cut across the fence. The whole neighbourhood has a potential of being reivigorated if we connect the dots: Traynor Park, the community trail, the pedestrian crossing and importance of citizen led solutions. We will keep an eye on the big picture.

Future Focus, 51st Annual General Meeting

Jun 28 2018

The Social Development Centre has always been at the forefront of innovative community initiatives and has proudly seen most of them become independent and adopted by the best possible hosts. By becoming a Member, you can contribute to the future innovative projects, that may be now only a glimmer of possibility but have the potential to become the leading social development enterprises. You can find out more about our work in 2017 in the Activity Report and recognize the trends in the making.

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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