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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.
You can learn more, and get involved, at UnlockDemocracy.ca.
Affordable Housing Information Session
On June 23, 2017 the SPCCND, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and the City of Cambridge hosted an event targeted at municipal planners and local councillors to discuss ways municipalities can encourage more affordable housing development. The event opened with a presentation from CMHC about the rental vacancy rates and average rental prices in Waterloo Region, followed by a panel consisting of municipal planners from Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo, where they discussed municipal incentives used by each city. A representative from the Region of Waterloo also discussed incentives currently offered by the region. The event closed with a panel of success stories from local private and non-profit developers where they discussed the positive impacts that these incentives have on new affordable housing builds.
Poverty Symposium: Solutions to Poverty Includes Media
On June 15, 2017 the SPCCND held our 12th Annual Poverty Symposium: Solutions to Poverty Includes Media. Approximately 80 people were in attendance including representatives from local social service agencies; local politicians; and community members with lived experience of poverty. At the symposium, attendees participated in thought-provoking activities and heard from local politicians; reporters; and other media personalities.
The SPCCND would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our speakers and panelists for their involvement at the symposium. We would also like to thank attendees for their participation at the event and their continued support.
Click here for feedback highlights from the 12th Annual Poverty Symposium.