Kitchener Public Library has assembled a great panel for the Queer in KW variety show on June 13th at 6:30pm. Tickets are free but limited to just 2 per person. There will be a discussion on what it means to be queer in KW, followed by some great entertainment. Panelists include BJ Rye (Associate Professor, Psychology and Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies, UW), Tee Kundu (illustrator and artist), and Suzie Taka (Rainbow Reels producer). Performances by Eve Nyandwi. Register today so you don't miss out on this great line-up! #365ofgoodWR
The Hike for Hospice, in support of Lisaard and Innisfree Hospice, is coming up on June 2nd. This can be a great way to honour the memory of a loved one as well as support the work of this great organization. Lisaard and Innisfree Hospice offers palliative care in a home-like setting right in our region. They strive for "Making Moments Matter" and offer comfort, care, and grief and bereavement supports. Find out more about what they offer here. Learn more about the Hike for Hospice and how to register here. #365ofgoodWR
For many people, the May long weekend is the 'start of the summer'. However, for me for the last several years, that start to summer is signalled by HAPP - the Hohner Ave Porch Party. Hohner Ave closes the street to vehicles and opens it up to some pretty great community building fun! There is art, music, food, and music again :) This little street overflows with fun at the end of each May. If you haven't yet attended, I encourage you to head over to the Central Frederick neighbourhood next Saturday afternoon and discover it for yourself. #365ofgoodWR
Cycling Into The Future is a not-for-profit cycling education organization that trains grade 5 and 6 students in the Region of Waterloo. They have trained over 4,000 students in schools across the region. On June 2nd they are hosting Cycling Into The Summer to provide an opportunity to learn more about, and support, the work being done by this organization. Join in for kids activities, folk music, refreshments, and you can even test out the "silly bikes". #365ofgoodWR
The Leejay Levene 2020 art calendar will be available for purchase at the launch event coming up on May 22nd. In honour of Leejay's caring and compassionate style, funds raised from the sale of the calendars will go to support the work of KW Counselling Services.
Drop into the launch event between 6-8pm for music, canapes, and speakers including Bryan Larkin and Elizabeth Witmer. Don't forget to pick up your calendar while there for only $10! #365ofgoodWR
OK2BME is a local organization in Waterloo Region offering free services for LGBTQ2+ identified children, teens and their families. It is run through KW Counselling Services. Services include confidential counselling, a youth group, and public education and training.
OK2BME has several great workshops and events coming up in the next couple of weeks. On May 24th is the Pride Prom and this year's theme is Enchanted Forest (check out their great poster below). On May 31st, attend How to Talk to your LGBTQ+ Kids or Clients About Sex and Dating (free to attend for Waterloo Region residents). Becoming an LGBTQ+ Inclusive Agency is offered on June 10th. In this workshop, attendees will learn more about Bill 16 and about "key practices to creating an inclusive and supportive workplace for LGBTQ2+ employees". This is just a small sample of the #365ofgoodWR of which OK2BME is involved. Visit their website for more details.
It seems to me that many people are talking about housing affordability and availability. I noticed this during the campaign last Fall and I am glad to see many of these conversations still happening. In fact, just last week they were again discussing this issue on one of my favourite shows, The Agenda. It seems every day there is an article in the news on this topic as well. Recently Jennifer Keesmat shared her thoughts on why she believes our housing market is falling down on affordability. Saturday's Star shared that new provincial regulations on housing could impact community benefits negatively.
It's reassuring that this issue remains on so many people's radar. Of course, we need to do more than simply read some articles or watch a news program occasionally. In fact, HHUG suggests we take action to become Housing Heroes! That brings us to Brent Toderian's City Resolution #10. It states: "Tell your elected leaders that you insist on real action on homelessness, starting with actual homes and supportive services, whether you can see its effects in your neighborhood yet or not. Remember that this is about human values, not property values. Remind them that providing homes for the homeless actually saves us all public money."
In order to create change in our communities, we need to inform our elected officials about the kind of community we want to live in. This week, take a moment to share your vision for our community with your elected officials. #365ofgoodWR
As I mentioned just a couple of posts ago, we are fortunate to have such high calibre local theatre in the region. So please indulge me as I highlight one more play this week for the #365ofgoodWR project. I look forward to attending Guarded Girls this weekend. This play is put on in partnership with Green Light Arts and runs until May 19th. They have had some sold out performances so you may want to get your tickets soon!
Guarded Girls "reveals the complex ways in which our prison system affects generations of women and how thin the line can be that separates those of us who are on the inside vs. those of us who are on the outside of Corrections." There are warnings for strong language, mature themes, and nudity. Find out more about the play here. You can buy tickets here.
It seems we are facing more and more cuts and reductions to important social support systems in our cities and province lately. Now, more than ever it seems, we need conversations and awareness around topics such as poverty, basic income, and affordable housing. Waterloo Region Nonviolence is hosting just such a discussion this Tuesday. It's entitled Viewpoints on Poverty.
The evening will offer a panel presentation, group discussion, and a question and answer time. The evening will include the "perspectives of a person with experience living a life of poverty, a facilitator working in the field, an academic, and a policy maker." The event takes place at Queen Street Commons, starting at 6:30pm this Tuesday. #365ofgoodWR