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 Bealune was recognized as one of the recipients of the 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.

Daiene Vernile, MPP Kitchener Centre, presented the award speaking about Trudy’s Legacy in Waterloo Region at the ceremony held at the Victoria Hills Community Centre: "Trudy is a woman who dedicated her entire life to building our community, making it safer and a better place for vulnerable people to live in. Trudy was a person who cared deeply for the disenfranchised and was always ready to help whenever and wherever she was needed".

Carol Motuz the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Social Development Centre Waterloo Region summarized Trudy’s work: “Trudy contributed to the success of numerous initiatives in the Region, including Livable and Inclusive Communities, Festival of Neighbourhoods, Living Wage Waterloo Region, Poverty-Free Waterloo Region, Connect KWand VisitAble Housing.”

Read what other members of the community have said about Trudy's life.