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Past Events


Please see below for information on our events from the last 12 months. For information on events from greater than 12 months ago, email your request to 


Municipal All Candidates Meetings

In October, 2018 SPCCND hosted Municipal All Candidates Meetings for Cambridge and North Dumfries. The Cambridge meeting was hosted on October 04 at Langs. Over 200 community members attended the Cambridge meeting to ask their own questions of regional chair and mayoral candidates for the upcoming municipal elections and to hear candidates' views about important social issues. The North Dumfries meeting followed a similar format and was hosted on October 10 at North Dumfries Community Complex. Approximately 75 community members attended the North Dumfries meeting which included mayoral and ward councillor candidates. 

Provincial All Candidates Meetings

On May 22 and May 31, 2018, SPCCND hosted Provincial All Candidates Meetings for the ridings of Cambridge and Kitchener South-Hespeler at Sunbridge Hotel and Conference Centre in Cambridge. Over 100 community members attended each event to ask their own questions of local candidates for the upcoming provincial election and to hear their views about important social issues.

Make Change - Youth Community Action Workshop

On May 09, 2018, SPCCND and Rural Realities Network hosted Make Change - Youth Community Action Workshop. The workshop built on outcomes from the 2017 Rural Youth and Young Adult Wellbeing Assessment which was completed with feedback collected from youth in North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich townships. The Wellbeing Assessment highlighted important issues to young people; it was an integral part of communicating the issues that matter for young people to decision-makers in the community. Click here to access the Rural Youth and Young Adult Wellbeing Assessment.


The MakeChange workshop invited young people to develop creative solutions to build on the outcomes of the Rural Youth and Young Adult Wellbeing Assessment. It was an event for youth in the townships to get together and make new friends, learn more about wellbeing, and make their voices heard about decisions that affect their lives.  Together we explored creative ideas and talked about changes youth wanted to see in their communities. The workshop involved youth ages 14-18 from North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich townships. 

Taking the "I" out of Isolation

On March 08, 2018 the Seniors as Mentors and Leaders Project* hosted a community event called Taking the “I” out of Isolation at the Sunbridge Hotel & Conference Centre in Cambridge. This event was held to explore the causes and impacts of social isolation among older adults and the work being done to address social isolation among this population.


Registration sold out at 175 people with attendance split fairly evenly between older adult community members and representatives from organizations that support older adults. The event included a keynote presentation by Rachel Weldrick, a PHD candidate in McMaster University's Health, Aging and Society program who is currently engaged in research to understand isolation in urban settings. It also included live music from members of the Waterloo Wellington Bluegrass Music Association, and a panel of professionals whose work supports seniors and addresses social isolation.


Click here for videos, presentations and evaluation highlights from Taking the "I" out of Isolation.

Ranked Ballot Roadshow

On March 01, 2018, we teamed up with Unlock Democracy Canada to host an evening discussion about ranked ballots at Cambridge City Hall. This coming October, Cambridge will be holding a historic referendum about the voting system we use to elect our City Council, and a switch to ranked ballots could revolutionize our local elections with more diversity, more civility, more choices & more voices! At this City Hall event on March 01, part of a four-day “Ranked Ballot Roadshow” that also visited Kingston, Toronto and London, we heard from speakers who explained the benefits of ranked ballots such as: increasing diversity on the ballot, no strategic voting and more civility in local campaigns.


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