KWCF Townhall Meeting

Join us as we discuss our role in "Making it Easy for People to Do More Good" in our community.

We have also invited serial social entrepreneur Andreas Souvaliotis who will share his thoughts on "the power of a Carrot, connecting and influencing a nation one ‘nudge’ at a time."

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Providing Healthcare and Dignity to Refugee Newcomers

For many newcomers in our community, seeking medical treatment isn’t easy especially if they have arrived as refugees. Their traumatic experiences in getting here have put them all at risk, and in need of some form of medical care, if only assessment. Some have pre-existing conditions that have gone untreated, e.g. diabetes or nutritional deficiencies and recurring bouts of malaria; a large number require mental health and trauma counselling.

The Sanctuary Refugee Clinic has been operating since 2013 and has grown from 6 to more than 2600 patients. Of these, almost 47% are youth under the age of 20.

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It’s a “brand” new day at the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation

KITCHENER, ON (March 08, 2018) – Since 1984, the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) has been collaborating with funders and partners to identify and meet the current and future needs of our community. Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of a refreshed brand that builds on the core values of our organization, yet better aligns with our willingness to engage in new and exciting ways with the community.

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Linking, Listening and Learning

A message from Lynne Short
Vice President, The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation

At the time of this KWCF Update, I have been in my new role with the KWCF for two weeks, and many people have reached out to me. Conversations have followed a similar thread, so I thought it would be useful to provide answers to the two most commonly asked questions.

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Rochelle BenoitWhat's New
Lost and Found Theatre Brings Back a Holiday Favourite

Families wanting to get into the holiday spirit will soon be able to experience a unique take on a classic Christmas story. Next month, Lost and Found Theatre will be performing one of their original productions: Charles Dickens Writes a Christmas Carol.

“The cool thing about this version [of the story] is that it actually starts out in Dickens’ study, where he’s struggling with writer’s block,” explained Kathleen Sheehy, one of the Ensemble Members with Lost and Found…

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Celebrating Identity in our Community

What does it mean to be a Muslim woman in Waterloo Region? The Coalition of Muslim Women of KW’s new art exhibition, Celebrating Identity, aims to answer this question.

“This exhibition will be celebrating the complex, often multi-layered identities that often exist in first generation immigrants, with a focus on what it means to be a Canadian and Ontarian for newcomer Muslim women,” explained Ala’ Al-Thibeh, curator of Celebrating Identity.

Participating artists, all of whom are newcomer…

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Helping Families, One Turkey at a Time

Kitchener-Conestoga Rotary Club launches their 11th Annual Turkey Drive

As you sit down to enjoy your holiday dinner with friends and family, nearly 3,500 other families in Waterloo Region are also enjoying a turkey with all the fixings, because of the determination of the Kitchener-Conestoga Rotary Club.

In the coming months, as many of us begin rushing to put together the perfect turkey dinner, Jim Erb, past-chair of the Kitchener-Conestoga Rotary Club, is urging people to stop and think…

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Impact Investing at The KWCF

Dear Supporters,

Over the last several years there has been a growing interest and awareness across Canada in impact investing whereby private capital is mobilized to generate social and environmental value in addition to economic value.

Last year, The Board of Directors of The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation (The KWCF) agreed that part of the assets of The KWCF should be invested 'for impact' in local charities and not-for-profits. While furthering The…

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StoriesJames ShortWhat's New
Giving Children the Confidence they Need to "Get Ready for School"

Amanda* was nervous about her son, Oliver*, starting school in the Fall. She felt uneasy about leaving him for a full day, and wasn’t sure how he would handle the separation either. On top of that, she was worried Oliver would fall behind his classmates because he had never participated in daycare programs, or engaged with other children while learning.   

Luckily, Amanda spoke with a friend who told her about a free program that would help ease her worries: Get Ready for School™, offered by…

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Expanding the Commitment to Serve our Children and Youth

Thousands of families throughout Waterloo Region and beyond can attest to the life-changing services and support that KidsAbility Centre for Child Development provides. This year KidsAbility is celebrating 60 years of serving children and youth with special needs ranging from communication, physical, general and developmental delays, to more complex diagnoses such as autism and other rare medical syndromes. In short, KidsAbility helps children and youth realize their full potential.

In 2003,…

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An Incubator Focused on Building Non-Profit Capacity

Luka Atak came to Canada as a South Sudanese refugee when he was 16. After completing high school, he decided he wanted to give back to his community and help other youth who were arriving from his war-torn home country. He put his ideas to paper, and developed a plan to launch the Canadian Aweil Youth Association (CAYA), an organization aimed at helping young Sudanese newcomers and refugees engage in local community activities. But how could his small, grassroots organization survive without…

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Creating Meaningful Connections for Artists

Being a visual artist in Waterloo Region can be a difficult venture. There are numerous museums and galleries that showcase beautiful exhibitions, but it can be challenging for an emerging artist to display their work. Artists are also often asked to work for free, or simply donate their work. Misconceptions surrounding the value of fine art are often difficult to confront, as many artists work alone.

Cathy Farwell, a local artist in the region, and Project Manager for Art$Pay, recognized…

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Fostering a Positive Sense of Wellbeing in Waterloo Region

What does ‘wellbeing’ mean to you and your community?

According to Wellbeing Waterloo Region (WWR) “wellbeing means being safe, healthy, and feeling connected to the people and places around you. It’s about the quality of our neighbourhoods, parks, and the natural environment. It means being able to express ourselves fully and participate in the activities that we love.”

But do residents of Waterloo Region feel safe and welcome in their communities? Is there anything stopping them from…

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