On the Table


On the Table Waterloo Region – What happens next?
Between September 27th and 29th, Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF) and the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation (CNDCF) invited hosts to bring together friends, colleagues, neighbours and other community members over some food to talk about what matters most to you. Early indicators are showing the event was a success! Our community was buzzing with discussions.

We thought you might be interested in what’s happening next

  • Part of the value of those discussions was the conversations themselves. Great things happen when we come together, share food, and have a conversation.

  • People have made connections to others that could further develop which will provide a greater sense of belonging in our community.

  • Many of the hosts are using input and ideas they received to move forward initiatives in Waterloo Region, and will be engaging people who attended their “On the Table” event if they expressed interest in being part of next steps.

  • KWCF and CNDCF are collecting high level feedback from the hosts and are in the process of creating a report of the topic areas and key themes to provide back to the community within the next few months.

Many people have asked if we will organize “On the Table” again. It may look different, and it may not be an annual event, but based on the interest generated this year – we plan to.

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Thank you to our hosts, including those listed below.
We couldn’t have done it without you!



What’s On the Table?
On the Table is an event organized by Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation (KWCF), and Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation (CNDCF) to encourage community connection.

Between September 27th and 29th, 2019, we’re inviting you to bring together your friends, colleagues or strangers over some food to talk about what matters most to you. This is an event that’s happening across Waterloo Region, where you’re in charge. Whether it’s a meal, snack or coffee break, On the Table encourages individuals or organizations to take the time and connect with one-another face-to-face.

Solving social isolation is complicated, but connecting with people can be easy. Each host will choose their own venue, arrange to serve food and drink, and talk about the issues and ideas they find most interesting. The topics will be collected and shared – giving us a snapshot of what’s on people’s minds throughout Waterloo Region right now.

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Be an On the Table Host
Choose to be the person who gets good things started.

Register to host an On the Table conversation, and contribute your imagination and energy to shaping conversations with friends old and new, all around a meal and a topic.

We’ve created all you need to get started:


Join the conversation!
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Thank you to our friends at The Chicago Community Trust and Vancouver Foundation for permitting us to adapt On the Table using their materials and insights for Waterloo Region.