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Celebrating our 30th Anniversary November 19th

Don’t miss this year’s 30th Anniversary Celebration on November 19th from 1-3pm at Kitchener’s City Hall Rotunda. We are so happy to be back in the swing of things to enjoy this milestone with all of our neighbours. You can RSVP for the celebration by clicking on the link on our right sidebar and just fill out the form.

Whether you are a new neighbourhood group just considering how to start your journey with creating more propinquity where you live, or you are a group that’s been around awhile, or you are well-established association this is a time to mingle and get to know each other just a bit better. If you are interested in having a display table to share your journey this year just connect with heather@waterlooregion.org. And she will help you make that happen.

We are thrilled this year to reinstate our draw for two $20,000 capital improvement fund projects. Those neighbourhoods who registered their inclusive gatherings before Halloween are eligible for the draw. We haven’t been able to offer this opportunity since before the pandemic. All you need to do is make sure someone from your neighourhood attends the gathering and your neighbourhood will be added to the draw. These funds can be put towards all sorts of interesting projects like park benches, picnic tables, accessibility improvements to already existing structures, improvements to green spaces, outdoor fitness equipment, murals and the list goes on. Feel free to talk to us about your ideas if you are eligible to win these funds.

We are also presenting two special cash awards this year. The Trudy Beaulne Inclusion Award and the Pros of Proquinity Honour. Both of these awards support winning neighbourhoods with a gift of $500.00 that can be put toward activities and projects in the next year. Come and celebrate with us. Bring the whole family it will be an amazing time to connect. Kitchener is a great place to live. Lets make it even better!

Acute Propinquity Dysfunction?!

Acute Propinquity Dysfunction, Your Neighbourhood Too? 

Propinquity

Signs your neighbourhood is suffering from the Acute Propinquity Dysfunction:
Empty Streets
No one is outside hanging out
Rarely do you see people walking biking jogging conversing
Everyone you know is only ever seen inside a car or a building
There are no living breathing human beings spotted on the streets

These Boosters can Help!

Organize a neighbourhood (Winterlude) snow man show
Create an online arts & crafts group
Shop and make deliveries for neighbours who cannot leave their homes
Start a Book Club
Walk & Bike when you can
Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe in your snow covered green spaces & walking paths

Book a Covid Safe Virtual Living Room or our physical COVID Safe LIVING Room to you at your next public event? Let’ chat heather@waterlooregion.org.

Register your activities and let us know how you are boosting PROPINQUITY in your neighbourhood!

Winners $20,000 City of Kitchener Capital Improvement Fun Announced at this Years 30th Anniversary Gathering.

This is the first year since 2019 where Festival of Neigbhourhoods was able to hold its draw for the City of Kitchener Capital Improvement Fund. Two lucky neighbourhoods Olde Berlin Town and Mill Park were the happy recipients this year and we are excited to see what projects they are able to realize with this help. But they were not the only winners. Central Frederick Neighbourhood Association won $250 in our Early Bird Draw for making sure they registered their inclusive gatherings before September 15th. The Trudy Beaulne Inclusion Award went to Cedar Hills Community Association this year and there were three neighbourhoods recognized for being Pros of Propinquity: A Better Tent City, Victoria Hills, and Stanley Park. A special thank you goes to our Jury this year which included Joanne Johnson from Paulander, Brad Ullner from the Social Development Centre Waterloo Region Board of Directors and Dan Lajoie from the Independent Living Centre. Of special note Paulander Princess inducted all winners as honorary members of the Paulander Princess along with Regional Chair Karen Redman and Kitchener Centre MPP Mike Morrice.

Two Summer Positions Open

Summer Job Positions open, 8 weeks, 35 hours per week, at 15.50/hr, between June 5th – Sept. 1st Are you outgoing, diligent, wanting to learn, and like people? The Social Development Centre Waterloo Region and Festival of Neighbourhoods have openings for youth seeking experience in community organizing and social development. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all equity seeking groups. Please respond before midnight on June 2nd. See more detail in the job posting describing the two positions and get in touch with heather@waterlooregion.org if you have any questions.

Tug of war games

2022 Annual Celebration Nov 20 In-Person!

This will be the first time we are meeting in person in the same physical space for Festival of Neighbourhoods November Celebration since 2019. This year we are meeting the Propinquity Challenge all over the place!

Propinquity is one of the main factors in interpersonal attraction. It refers to the physical or psychological proximity between people. It can mean kinship between people or a similarity in nature between things.

We are through the worst of a global pandemic and things are returning to a more conducive environment for re-establishing a sense of propinquity where we live, work, raise our families, and go to school and celebrate!

We are looking forward to seeing you in person! This is a new beginning for the Festival and we want to celebrate with you together. RSVP here.

This will be the first time we are meeting in person in the same physical space since 2019. What a relief that is!

We also recognize that safety precautions are always good when it comes to public health. Therefore we will have masks and sanitizer available for attendees but you are not required to wear masks. It is suggested if you are concerned. It is always an option and we want to ensure that you are given the tools you need to stay reasonably safe and comfortable in shared spaces especially if you are concerned that contracting any viruses may be of serious consequence to your health.

Book A Table for the This Years Celebration

We are offering information display tables to any of you who would like to be able to showcase and express all you have done this year and over the pandemic to keep propinquity alive and growing. You can share and talk to others who are participating and display images of your events and activities. You can show us the geographic boundaries of your neighbourhoods by exchanging with others who are doing the same. Show us your neighbourhoods attributes, parks, community centres, green spaces, businesses, etc. Show us what’s missing that you wish you had. Will you need access to power? Let us know. 

First come, first served. Email Heather.Majaury@waterlooregion.org.

Pop Up Park Living Room Oct 15

Join us in the living room space we will be making cozy on Saturday October 14 in front of the City Hall! Heather Majaury, the coordinator of the Festival of Neighbourhoods and David Alton, the facilitator of the Lived Expertise Working Group will be your hosts for the day.

Session 1: 

Spaces, Places, & Faces: Festival of Neighbourhood 
A Lively and interactive facilitated POP UP PARK LIVING ROOM session helping visitors to think outside the box when it comes to park planning. Get Creative & Brainstorm.Have fun considering what park lands and shared living space means to you and your neighbourhoods. What works for one part of the city may not be what works for another? Share ideas about where to go now. Walking Paths, Nature Areas, Food Forests, Playgrounds and other Activities for All Ages. Contemplate our joy, connection, collective health and well-being and the mutil-layered use of shared spaces and conscious places. Consider how to realize more Propinquity in Kitchener Parks now and in the future through a playful approach to good conversation 

LUNCH & LEARN with The Social Development Centre
Bring your lunch and hang out  at the  POP UP PARK LIVING ROOM. This is a casual time to visit our installation and learn about the Social Development Centre Waterloo Region. Sit and chat with hosts David Alton: Coordinator Lived Expertise Working Group and Heather Majaury: Festival of Neighbourhoods Coordinator. They will share interesting anecdotes and share what programs and opportunities there are to get involved with the SDCWR. As we emerge from COVID there are all sorts of ways to benefit from and be a part of the Social Development Centre. It’s a great way to meet people, exchange ideas, connect with change makers and thought leaders throughout the region. Learn about Festival of Neigbourhoods, The Civic Hub, Eviction Prevention, and the Lived Expertise Working Group, Electricity Subsidy Support and most recently our Ride for Refuge.  We are a space where you are invited to find your place. 

Session 2:

Homelessness, Parks & Community

Canada is facing a growing homelessness crisis. What does that mean for our park spaces? You have likely already seen people living in tent communities in parks across the City. Meet Lived Expertise Consultants at the POP UP PARK LIVING ROOM, to ask your questions and learn from the people directly supporting unsheltered communities. Put faces to the homelessness crisis and learn how you can play a role in getting people housed. Parks are shared spaces for all residents of the City, but that doesn’t mean navigating the complexity of this crisis isn’t challenging for us all. This session is a safe space for visitors to ask questions, build understanding, and imagine solutions together. Explore a human rights approach to housing and how unsheltered communities, advocates and city staff are striving to meet it.

Are you up for a Neighbourhood Exchanage?

Neighbourhood Exchagnger

Neighbours visiting each other neighbourhoods has been a thrilling experience during the pandemic when we could not gather as usual – but it seems to continue to attract attention. If you wish to learn more, go to a part of the city that you never visited before or unlike where you live, maybe we can connect you with another neighbour we know who would love to give you a tour, tell you about gatherings and activities people love doing together, and in return, come to visit your neighbourhood! Contact heather@waterlooregion.org to become the next Neighbourhood Exchanger!