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Jan
21
Mon
2019
Civic Hub – 2nd Small Groups Summit @ Social Development Centre
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dear All,

It has been a year since our initial mobilization around the idea of a Civic Hub. A number of us continued meeting throughout the 2018 and worked on grants, connections and the first vision statement: A home, a landmark, accessible to everyone interested in civic and grassroots groups to showcase what is being done in the community, to allow groups to support each other, recruit, communicate and build credibility and capacity for advocacy and delivery of services to the community.

The number of small groups and organizations interested in the initiative is growing. A number of projects bringing together ethnocultural groups in Waterloo Region in 2018 testified that common, affordable space is a foundation for communication, collaboration and growth for many groups who feel isolated, under-resourced and in constant competition for supports.

However, there is little understanding of the core work that civic groups and small non-profits do in Waterloo Region.

We can learn together with other non-profit networks who want to create hubs for their sectors, such as WR Environmental Network and WR Arts Council.

Our strength is in our diversity and our common vision.

On January 21st 2019, we will gather again to share updates and brainstorm ideas about the next steps in creation of a Civic Hub.


6pm at SDC Office Map
in St John Church,
23 Water St North in Kitchener
Entrance and doorbell on Duke St.

RSVP by January 15th. Please get in touch if you need more information or have ideas/comments to share before the 21st.

Wishing you only the best to come in 2019.
Warmest Holiday Regards,
Aleksandra Petrovic

Executive Director
Social Development Centre Waterloo Region
23 Water St. North, Kitchener ON, N2H 5A4
(entrance and doorbell on Duke Street)
Phone: 519-579-3800

Your Voice and Your Donation Count!
Give for A Better Common Future

We will gather again in the New Year! | Social Development Centre Waterloo Region office reopens on January 2nd 2018 (people sitting in a discussion group with notetakers in the background)

Show your support for cycling infrastructure @ Kitchener City Hall
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monday night: Show your support for cycling infrastructure in the 2019 Kitchener budget!

CycleWR logo

Hello fans of cycling infrastructure!

Thanks to you, we got a lot of bike-friendly councillors elected; now it’s time to make sure the funding comes through!

This Monday evening, January 21 at 7:00 p.m., we’re asking everyone to come to a public input meeting at City Hall to show your support for the proposed cycling infrastructure projects in the 2019 budget for the City of Kitchener. We don’t want to risk these projects getting cut from the final version!

All you have to do is show up

Representatives from CycleWR and TriTAG are presenting, but it would be great to have a big crowd in the viewing gallery. If you’ve got a bike helmet, bring it along for councillors to see! Scroll down for more info about the budget and where to go on Monday.

If you’re an extra-eager beaver, you can also register to delegate as an individual.

    Not a Kitchener resident?

    You can still show up on Monday to show your support for these projects!
    And stay tuned for another email next week about budget input for Waterloo, Cambridge, and the townships — and put February 6 in your calendar for a Region of Waterloo public input session!

    Save the date: Region of Waterloo, February 6

    On February 6, we’ll need your help showing the Region of Waterloo how much support there is for cycling infrastructure! We’ll send details next week!

    Where to go on Monday night

    Kitchener City Hall is at 200 King Street West. It’s a block away from the Charles Street Bus Terminal, and there’s bike parking in the parking garage off Young Street.

    Council Chambers are up the stairs to the left of the main King Street entrance.

    Projects in the proposed budget:

    • protected bike lanes and complete street treatments for Queen’s Boulevard, Belmont Avenue, and Water Street
    • a ‘Dutch roundabout’ with cycling facilities at Huron and Strasburg
    • replacing the rickety bridge on the Iron Horse Trail in Victoria Park
    • continued improvements to the Iron Horse Trail, including widening, lighting, and amenities like signage and benches
    • winter maintenance for bike lanes
    • resident-led traffic calming

    Come out Monday night to help make sure these project happen!

    Small Groups Networking Meeting hosted by @SPCofKW @ St. John The Evangelist Church
    Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Making It Easier | Community Groups are the heart of our community | Civic society, social justice, environmental, neighbourhood assoications, professional associations, ethnocultural groups; all contribute to a rich community life

    Civic Hub will bring together small non-profits and ethnocultural groups to support each other and work towards equity and inclusion.

    2nd Small Groups Networking Meeting is on January 21, 2019!

    RSVP at admin@waterlooregion.org

    Jan
    23
    Wed
    2019
    Refugee Vision Care
    Jan 23 all-day
    Nith Valley Ecoboosters Monthly Meeting
    Jan 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Nith Valley Ecoboosters The Nith Valley Ecoboosters are committed to achieving and supporting a long-term healthy environment in Wilmot and Wellesley Townships through

    • education
    • action
    • and collaboration.

    Please join us

    7:00pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month.

    For more information,
    Contact: +1-519-662-9372
    E-mail: nvecoboosters@gmail.com

    Jan
    25
    Fri
    2019
    Ontario Budget Consultation in Kitchener-Waterloo
    Jan 25 all-day

    From: Social Development Centre WR <sdcwr@waterlooregion.org>
    Date: Mon, Dec 24, 2018, 11:13 AM
    Subject: Jan 8 deadline to register a 2019 ON Budget delegation for Jan 25

    Ontario Budget Consultation in Kitchener-Waterloo is on January 25.

    Interested delegations to provide their contact name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and preferred location to the Clerk of the Committee by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

    Aleks

    ———- Forwarded message ———
    From: Ontario Health Coalition <ontariohealthcoalition@list.web.net>
    Date: Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 12:41 PM
    Subject: [OHC] pre-budget hearings x-Ont: deadlines, dates & locations included

    Ontario Health Coalition | Protecting public healthcare for all Dear Members and Supporters:

    This is a reminder and some additional information about pre-budget hearings. The government has announced that the Standing Committee of the Ontario Legislature on Finance & Economic Affairs will be holding pre-budget hearings across Ontario. The Standing Committee has now selected dates for each location. I have pasted the information from the Standing Committee website below.

    We are asking local coalitions to register for the hearings in their towns and encouraging all supporters, members and affiliates to do the same. We will provide a template submission for everyone as soon as possible and we can provide all the support you need to make it local and relevant to your issues while echoing the key messages. Could you let me know if you are applying for Standing so that I can be in touch with you about this?Please note the deadlines to apply for standing to make an oral presentation. There is no flexibility in the deadlines and if you would like to present you need to apply asap. To apply, you can phone or email your contact information (as per the notes below) and simply state that you would like to make an oral presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs in the pre-budget consultations.

    Here is the information from the Standing Committee:

    2019 PRE-BUDGET CONSULTATIONS

    The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs will meet to conduct Pre-Budget Consultations.

    The Committee intends to hold public hearings in Toronto on January 15 and 29, 2019; and in Dryden on January 21, in Timmins on January 22, in Ottawa on January 23, in Sarnia on January 24, in Kitchener-Waterloo on January 25, and in Peterborough on January 28, 2019.

    Interested people who wish to be considered to make an oral presentation to the Committee on January 15, 2019, should provide their contact name, mailing address, phone number, and email address to the Clerk of the Committee by 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 7, 2019.

    Interested people who wish to be considered to make an oral presentation to the Committee during the week of January 21, on January 28, or on January 29, 2019, should provide their contact name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and preferred location to the Clerk of the Committee by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

    Those who do not wish to make an oral presentation but wish to comment on the issue may send a written submission to the Clerk of the Committee at the address below by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

    The Committee will stream live from location when available. For the link to the webcast, and to find times and availability, please visit the Legislative Assembly website at http://www.ola.org.

    Stephen Crawford, MPP, Chair
    Timothy Bryan, Clerk
    Room 1405, Whitney Block
    Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON M7A 1A2

    Telephone: +1-416-325-3526
    Facsimile: +1-416-325-3505
    TTY: +1-416-325-3538
    E-mail: comm-financeaffairs@ola.org

    Collect calls will be accepted.

    Ces renseignements sont disponibles en français sur demande.

    —–
    ~ Protecting Public Medicare for All ~
    Ontario Health Coalition
    15 Gervais Drive, Suite 201
    Toronto, ON M3C 1Y8
    ohc@sympatico.ca
    www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca
    +1-416-441-2502

    Jan
    26
    Sat
    2019
    SEED LIBRARY ANNIVERSARY PARTY @ Idea Exchange - Preston
    Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm

    Celebrate the second anniversary of the Idea Exchange Preston Seed Library with music, food and seed sharing! Cake cutting and remarks from 2:00 – 2:30 pm. Musical performance by Madison Galloway from 2:30 – 4:00pm.

    Details: https://ideaexchange.org/programs/event/seed-library-anniversary-party

    Jan
    27
    Sun
    2019
    Family Literacy Day @ Conestoga Mall
    Jan 27 @ 10:00 am

    Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy in Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related family activities. On Sunday January 27, 2019 from 10:00am -4:00pm join the fun at Conestoga Mall. With performances by Erick Traplin, interactive activities, and free books (while they last).

    Special activity – Stop, Drop & Read at 11:30am

    Jan
    28
    Mon
    2019
    AVP Community Workshop @ Unity Kitchener
    Jan 28 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    We at Alternative Vision for Peace are excited to announce that we will be holding a community basic level workshop starting in January. The workshop, called “Shifting Perspectives” represents the first level of training for the Alternatives to Violence Project. We are always looking for persons such as yourself to grow our facilitator base so we hope to have you on board. And, of course, we would love to have you participate even if you decide not to go further.

    Our workshops are experiential—no boring lectures! They are for everyone exploring how violence impacts their lives and learning skills in conflict resolution (personal and professional).

    The six sessions of the workshop are scheduled as follows:

    Monday evenings, January 28 – March 4 from 6:30-9:30 pm

    Location: Unity Kitchener, 2631 Kingsway Drive, Kitchener

    The cost for the six sessions is $90; however, there is an early-bird fee of $75 for registrations received by January 7th. Bursaries are also available where there is a need.

    A copy of our workshop flyer is below to give you more information on the workshop. Please feel free to pass this information along to those who have a heart for this work or may benefit from the experience.

    Best wishes,
    Jean Herzog,
    Coordinator

    SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES WORKSHOP

    Positive Practical Powerful

    Expect the best | Respect for self | Transforming Power | Caring for others | Ask for a nonviolent path | Think before reacting

    Dates — Monday evenings, January 28 – March 4, 2019 (day may change for Family Day)
    Time — 6.30 – 9.30 pm
    Location — Unity Kitchener,
    2631 Kingsway Drive,
    Kitchener.

    Cost — $90 for the six sessions
    Early Bird by Jan. 7 – $75
    (Bursaries are available)

    Who Should Attend? Anyone who wishes to communicate more effectively, be more confident, improve self-esteem and sense of self-worth, widen circle of friends, have fun and laugh!

    Check out the video of those who have made changes in their lives: www.avpkw.ca

    This Experiential Workshop allows you to:

    • Learn how simple, everyday actions impact our lives
    • Shift from focusing on problems to promoting strengths
    • Explore creative ways to experience harmony in daily life
    • Experience time-proven exercises to develop skills for peaceful conflict resolution
    • Draw on that creative spirit which dwells within each person to transform our circumstances
    • Experience fun, laughter and time for reflection

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:

    avp-kw@hotmail.com

    TO REGISTER:

    unitykitchener@gmail.com

    or call Unity: +1-519-894-0810

    SPACE IS LIMITED

    Presented by AVP

    Facilitators and participants are volunteers from all walks of life. Our fundamental belief is that there is a power for peace and good in everyone, and that this power has the ability to transform relationships.

    Jan
    30
    Wed
    2019
    Refugee Vision Care
    Jan 30 all-day
    Jan
    31
    Thu
    2019
    Increasing Diversity and Inclusivity in the Sustainability Movement
    Jan 31 @ 8:00 am

    WREN’s Annual Breakfast Learning SessionThe local environmental movement has made great strides, but we are still falling behind on bringing in a diversity of voices. By being more inclusive, we also find new perspectives and ideas. 

    This year, we will chat about the importance of building inclusion into our actions and how we might do so. Sometimes even small changes can have huge impacts!

     

    This breakfast will be the beginning of a larger conversation. We will feature a panel of experts including Kevin Sutton, A/J’s Elder in Residence, Christine Lefave, Hilary and Kamil.

    Increasing Diversity & Inclusivity in the Sustainability Movement

    Feb
    1
    Fri
    2019
    @CitizensLobbyCA — School Strike for Climate: Let’s Declare a Climate Emergency in Waterloo Region @ Waterloo City Hall
    Feb 1 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

    Caterina Lindeman writes:

    Citizen's Climate Lobby
    Citizen’s Climate Lobby
    On February 1, 2019, young people will be sitting out of classes across Waterloo Region and again take to the streets to demand that our leaders face responsibility for our warming planet. The Fridays for Future School Strike for Climate will take place at Waterloo City Hall Map on Friday February 1, from 12:30 to 1:30 PM. Supporters of all ages welcome.

    Organizing behind Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, climate strikers will be asking cities and councils across Waterloo Region, as well as the federal and provincial governments, to declare a climate emergency.

    Thunberg blasts our collective inaction on climate change: “Some people say that we are not doing enough to fight climate change. But that is not true. Because to ‘not do enough’ you have to do something. And the truth is we are basically not doing anything.”

    Greta’s not alone. Another youth activist, Jamie Margolin of Zero Hour, has begun her own campaign to rouse global leaders into concrete measures to stabilize our shared climate. Recently, Margolin compared climate change to “a time bomb about to go off and everyone [is] ignoring it.”

    We know that our futures will be disrupted by climate, and feel that we have no voice. So we are making ourselves visible across the world. Thirty-five thousand students in Brussels went on strike from school this past week alone, joining school strikers across Europe and heatwave-stricken Australia.

    Like our peers across the world, students in Waterloo Region are frightened of an uncertain future dramatically altered by climate impacts and planetary instability. We don’t see the point in attending school for an education for a future that has been neglected by Canada’s government and by decision-makers world-wide.

    We strike because we are being ignored. We strike because our elders are sacrificing us for short-term profits. We see, as Greta does, that our leaders “need to put their economic goals aside to safeguard the living conditions of humankind in the future.”

    Given that the world has until 2030 to cut emissions in half in order to secure a safe climate future, cities across the UK have declared climate emergencies, intending to fully decarbonize their economies. Canada’s precedent for declaring a climate emergency has just recently been set by Vancouver, and Christine Boyle, Vancouver city councillor, told journalists: “I was really inspired to see the students…that they are acting similarly to students around the globe to get older elected leaders in office to listen to them.”

    If our leaders truly listened to the science on climate change, as we young people are doing, they would not be building further fossil fuel infrastructure, would be ending all fossil fuel and animal agriculture subsidies, and would be investing heavily in a zero-carbon energy future.

    We need our elected officials and other citizens to speak out with us for our futures. Today. We need all levels of government to declare a state of climate emergency, and we need every decision they make to be made as if our future depends on it. Because it does.


    The strike on February 1st will be the second climate strike in Waterloo. The first one was on January 11th. I wrote a blog post about my experience helping to organize the first strike.

    Feb
    4
    Mon
    2019
    AVP Community Workshop @ Unity Kitchener
    Feb 4 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    We at Alternative Vision for Peace are excited to announce that we will be holding a community basic level workshop starting in January. The workshop, called “Shifting Perspectives” represents the first level of training for the Alternatives to Violence Project. We are always looking for persons such as yourself to grow our facilitator base so we hope to have you on board. And, of course, we would love to have you participate even if you decide not to go further.

    Our workshops are experiential—no boring lectures! They are for everyone exploring how violence impacts their lives and learning skills in conflict resolution (personal and professional).

    The six sessions of the workshop are scheduled as follows:

    Monday evenings, January 28 – March 4 from 6:30-9:30 pm

    Location: Unity Kitchener, 2631 Kingsway Drive, Kitchener

    The cost for the six sessions is $90; however, there is an early-bird fee of $75 for registrations received by January 7th. Bursaries are also available where there is a need.

    A copy of our workshop flyer is below to give you more information on the workshop. Please feel free to pass this information along to those who have a heart for this work or may benefit from the experience.

    Best wishes,
    Jean Herzog,
    Coordinator

    SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES WORKSHOP

    Positive Practical Powerful

    Expect the best | Respect for self | Transforming Power | Caring for others | Ask for a nonviolent path | Think before reacting

    Dates — Monday evenings, January 28 – March 4, 2019 (day may change for Family Day)
    Time — 6.30 – 9.30 pm
    Location — Unity Kitchener,
    2631 Kingsway Drive,
    Kitchener.

    Cost — $90 for the six sessions
    Early Bird by Jan. 7 – $75
    (Bursaries are available)

    Who Should Attend? Anyone who wishes to communicate more effectively, be more confident, improve self-esteem and sense of self-worth, widen circle of friends, have fun and laugh!

    Check out the video of those who have made changes in their lives: www.avpkw.ca

    This Experiential Workshop allows you to:

    • Learn how simple, everyday actions impact our lives
    • Shift from focusing on problems to promoting strengths
    • Explore creative ways to experience harmony in daily life
    • Experience time-proven exercises to develop skills for peaceful conflict resolution
    • Draw on that creative spirit which dwells within each person to transform our circumstances
    • Experience fun, laughter and time for reflection

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:

    avp-kw@hotmail.com

    TO REGISTER:

    unitykitchener@gmail.com

    or call Unity: +1-519-894-0810

    SPACE IS LIMITED

    Presented by AVP

    Facilitators and participants are volunteers from all walks of life. Our fundamental belief is that there is a power for peace and good in everyone, and that this power has the ability to transform relationships.

    Feb
    5
    Tue
    2019
    Roundtable Discussions for Clarification of Thought — @WorkingCentre @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
    Feb 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Weaving Ecology | A year exploring the intricacies of living within our limits

    Every Tuesday The Working Centre logoThe Working Centre holds a roundtable discussion on various topics:

    • 5 February 2019: Inhabit Place
    • 12 February 2019: Expand Community
    • 19 February 2019: Use Tools Wisely
    • 26 February 2019: Honour the Indigenous Worldview

    It’s free, so please drop in and chat a while.

    Also supported by the Waterloo School for Community Development

    Feb
    7
    Thu
    2019
    Rally Against Cuts to Education @ Amy Fee's Office
    Feb 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Protect Public Education | No Cuts to Education | Information Rally Supporting Education Funding

    Protect Public Education
    No Cuts to Education
    Information Rally Supporting Education Funding

    When: Thursday, 7 February 2019 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
    Where: MPP Amy Fee’s Office, 4281 King Street East, Kitchener, N2P 2E9 Map
    Why: Supporting the Education Budget from a proposed $1 billion cut

    Please pledge your support at
    OSSTF District 24 MPP Information Rally Against Cuts to Education

    OSSTF/FEESO logoOSSTF/FEESO

    Our Water Our Future @ First United Church
    Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Our Water | Our Future | no Bill 66 Doug Ford’s government for the developers has introduced a new disturbing piece of legislation. Bill 66 would allow developers to bypass important environmental protections and land use controls established under other provincial laws, plans and policies, such as the Clean Water Act and the Greenbelt Act, that protect our environment and our health.

    The Canadian Environmental Law Association has said that Bill 66 together with other recent “laws to eliminate or dilute important environmental statutes, regulations and programs … constitutes the biggest and most significant environmental rollback to occur in a generation in Ontario.”

    Join us to learn more about the implications of Bill 66 for our water and for our future.

    First United Church
    16 William St W, Waterloo, ON N2L 1J3 Map

    Please REGISTER — admission is free

    While we appear to have made important progress on turning back one of the most egregious components of Bill 66, there remain significant problems in this bill, including Schedule 5 repealing the Toxics Reduction Act. Major concerns remain that the Ford ‘government for the developers’ may reduce the support for monitoring and enforcement of legislation that protects our water, land and air quality.

    Join us on February 7th at First United Church in Waterloo at 7pm to celebrate our progress on Bill 66 and to engage with experts as they explain other current dangerous proposals and corresponding calls for action.

    We have two powerful keynote speakers: Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director of the Canadian Environmental Law Association, former water policy advisor for Ministry of the Environment, and legal representative for citizens in the Walkerton Inquiry; and Bruce Davidson, Co-founder and Vice-Chair of Concerned Walkerton Citizens.

    There will be lots of time to have your questions answered, as well as presentations from Susan Bryant of APT Environment on Elmira’s ongoing water contamination; Kevin Thomason of Grand River Environmental Network on countryside protection; and Arlene Slocombe of Waterloo Wellington Water Watchers on source water protection.

    Refreshments will be served; please bring along your travel mug or water bottle.

    This event is being organized by the following community partners:

    Feb
    9
    Sat
    2019
    ECO DAY @ Idea Exchange - Preston
    Feb 9 @ 1:00 pm

    Drop in during our Repair Café for hands-on activities to make your everyday more eco. Upcycled jewelry, DIY junk drawer organizers, fermented foods, paper making, sewing projects and more! We will also have our Learn to Solder with Tinker Truck program (registration required).

     

    Full schedule here: https://ideaexchange.org/programs/event/eco-day

    Feb
    11
    Mon
    2019
    Alliance Against Poverty Regular Meeting @ The Working Centre
    Feb 11 @ 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm

    We are an alliance of individuals from a variety of economic and social situations who strive to end poverty within our society by:

    • practicing solidarity between those who have enough and those who do not have enough
    • learning from one another through experience, reflection, and action
    • applying direct political pressure to all three levels of government
    • a personal commitment to group values and actions
    AVP Community Workshop @ Unity Kitchener
    Feb 11 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    We at Alternative Vision for Peace are excited to announce that we will be holding a community basic level workshop starting in January. The workshop, called “Shifting Perspectives” represents the first level of training for the Alternatives to Violence Project. We are always looking for persons such as yourself to grow our facilitator base so we hope to have you on board. And, of course, we would love to have you participate even if you decide not to go further.

    Our workshops are experiential—no boring lectures! They are for everyone exploring how violence impacts their lives and learning skills in conflict resolution (personal and professional).

    The six sessions of the workshop are scheduled as follows:

    Monday evenings, January 28 – March 4 from 6:30-9:30 pm

    Location: Unity Kitchener, 2631 Kingsway Drive, Kitchener

    The cost for the six sessions is $90; however, there is an early-bird fee of $75 for registrations received by January 7th. Bursaries are also available where there is a need.

    A copy of our workshop flyer is below to give you more information on the workshop. Please feel free to pass this information along to those who have a heart for this work or may benefit from the experience.

    Best wishes,
    Jean Herzog,
    Coordinator

    SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES WORKSHOP

    Positive Practical Powerful

    Expect the best | Respect for self | Transforming Power | Caring for others | Ask for a nonviolent path | Think before reacting

    Dates — Monday evenings, January 28 – March 4, 2019 (day may change for Family Day)
    Time — 6.30 – 9.30 pm
    Location — Unity Kitchener,
    2631 Kingsway Drive,
    Kitchener.

    Cost — $90 for the six sessions
    Early Bird by Jan. 7 – $75
    (Bursaries are available)

    Who Should Attend? Anyone who wishes to communicate more effectively, be more confident, improve self-esteem and sense of self-worth, widen circle of friends, have fun and laugh!

    Check out the video of those who have made changes in their lives: www.avpkw.ca

    This Experiential Workshop allows you to:

    • Learn how simple, everyday actions impact our lives
    • Shift from focusing on problems to promoting strengths
    • Explore creative ways to experience harmony in daily life
    • Experience time-proven exercises to develop skills for peaceful conflict resolution
    • Draw on that creative spirit which dwells within each person to transform our circumstances
    • Experience fun, laughter and time for reflection

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:

    avp-kw@hotmail.com

    TO REGISTER:

    unitykitchener@gmail.com

    or call Unity: +1-519-894-0810

    SPACE IS LIMITED

    Presented by AVP

    Facilitators and participants are volunteers from all walks of life. Our fundamental belief is that there is a power for peace and good in everyone, and that this power has the ability to transform relationships.

    Waterloo Region Health Coalition monthly meeting @ Heather Room, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
    Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    The Waterloo Region Health Coalition is the local chapter of the Ontario Health Coalition | Protecting Public HealthOntario Health Coalition. The chapter meets on the second Monday of every month, except on holidays, when the meeting is on the first Monday of that month.

    Meetings are held in the Heather Room of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 54 Queen Street North, Kitchener. Map

    Contact:
    Jim Stewart <jim.stewartgo@gmail.com> or +1-519-588-5841
    Riani de Wet <dewetriani@gmail.com> or +1-226-606-1623

    Feb
    12
    Tue
    2019
    Roundtable Discussions for Clarification of Thought — @WorkingCentre @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
    Feb 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Weaving Ecology | A year exploring the intricacies of living within our limits

    Every Tuesday The Working Centre logoThe Working Centre holds a roundtable discussion on various topics:

    • 5 February 2019: Inhabit Place
    • 12 February 2019: Expand Community
    • 19 February 2019: Use Tools Wisely
    • 26 February 2019: Honour the Indigenous Worldview

    It’s free, so please drop in and chat a while.

    Also supported by the Waterloo School for Community Development

    Feb
    17
    Sun
    2019
    Prayers and Conversations for the Soul @ Home of Barry and Tracey May
    Feb 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

    Spirituality Unity Devotion and Soul
    Detox Thoughts and Expand Souls

    Where Religions Meet: Anne Pearson — Chair of Hamilton Interfaith Group and retired Religious Studies Professor McMaster University will be here to open this ongoing 1st Sunday Per Month Gathering.

    Share prayers and inspirational readings. Engage in conversations about what we have in common in the spiritual values and principles about how we ought to live our lives. Explore Unity in Diversity.

    Join an open discussion about the distinctions and overlaps between the world’s religions. What does it mean to be good? What are the fundamental qualities of character that religions teach to advance human development?

    Some themes to share from your religion include Self-Knowledge, Justice, Mercy, Peace, Reciprocity, Sacredness, Consultation, Spiritual Growth Through History.

    Hosted at: Home of Barry & Tracey May
    329 Langlaw Drive, Cambridge, Ontario Map
    Date 17 February 2019 (followed by 1st Sunday Per Month)
    Time: 2:00pm — 4:30pm
    Please RSVP: +1-519-267-4873
    tracey.farrell.may@gmail.com

    Feb
    18
    Mon
    2019
    AVP Community Workshop @ Unity Kitchener
    Feb 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    We at Alternative Vision for Peace are excited to announce that we will be holding a community basic level workshop starting in January. The workshop, called “Shifting Perspectives” represents the first level of training for the Alternatives to Violence Project. We are always looking for persons such as yourself to grow our facilitator base so we hope to have you on board. And, of course, we would love to have you participate even if you decide not to go further.

    Our workshops are experiential—no boring lectures! They are for everyone exploring how violence impacts their lives and learning skills in conflict resolution (personal and professional).

    The six sessions of the workshop are scheduled as follows:

    Monday evenings, January 28 – March 4 from 6:30-9:30 pm

    Location: Unity Kitchener, 2631 Kingsway Drive, Kitchener

    The cost for the six sessions is $90; however, there is an early-bird fee of $75 for registrations received by January 7th. Bursaries are also available where there is a need.

    A copy of our workshop flyer is below to give you more information on the workshop. Please feel free to pass this information along to those who have a heart for this work or may benefit from the experience.

    Best wishes,
    Jean Herzog,
    Coordinator

    SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES WORKSHOP

    Positive Practical Powerful

    Expect the best | Respect for self | Transforming Power | Caring for others | Ask for a nonviolent path | Think before reacting

    Dates — Monday evenings, January 28 – March 4, 2019 (day may change for Family Day)
    Time — 6.30 – 9.30 pm
    Location — Unity Kitchener,
    2631 Kingsway Drive,
    Kitchener.

    Cost — $90 for the six sessions
    Early Bird by Jan. 7 – $75
    (Bursaries are available)

    Who Should Attend? Anyone who wishes to communicate more effectively, be more confident, improve self-esteem and sense of self-worth, widen circle of friends, have fun and laugh!

    Check out the video of those who have made changes in their lives: www.avpkw.ca

    This Experiential Workshop allows you to:

    • Learn how simple, everyday actions impact our lives
    • Shift from focusing on problems to promoting strengths
    • Explore creative ways to experience harmony in daily life
    • Experience time-proven exercises to develop skills for peaceful conflict resolution
    • Draw on that creative spirit which dwells within each person to transform our circumstances
    • Experience fun, laughter and time for reflection

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:

    avp-kw@hotmail.com

    TO REGISTER:

    unitykitchener@gmail.com

    or call Unity: +1-519-894-0810

    SPACE IS LIMITED

    Presented by AVP

    Facilitators and participants are volunteers from all walks of life. Our fundamental belief is that there is a power for peace and good in everyone, and that this power has the ability to transform relationships.

    Feb
    19
    Tue
    2019
    Roundtable Discussions for Clarification of Thought — @WorkingCentre @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
    Feb 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Weaving Ecology | A year exploring the intricacies of living within our limits

    Every Tuesday The Working Centre logoThe Working Centre holds a roundtable discussion on various topics:

    • 5 February 2019: Inhabit Place
    • 12 February 2019: Expand Community
    • 19 February 2019: Use Tools Wisely
    • 26 February 2019: Honour the Indigenous Worldview

    It’s free, so please drop in and chat a while.

    Also supported by the Waterloo School for Community Development

    Feb
    20
    Wed
    2019
    UN World Day of Social Justice
    Feb 20 all-day

    Each year, 20 February is the United Nations FlagUnited Nations World Day for Social Justice.

    Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

    For the United Nations, the pursuit of social justice for all is at the core of our global mission to promote development and human dignity. The adoption by the International Labour Organization of the Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization is just one recent example of the UN system’s commitment to social justice. The Declaration focuses on guaranteeing fair outcomes for all through employment, social protection, social dialogue, and fundamental principles and rights at work.

    The General Assembly proclaimed 20 February as World Day of Social Justice in 2007, inviting Member States to devote the day to promoting national activities in accordance with the objectives and goals of the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth session of the General Assembly. Observance of World Day of Social Justice should support efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.