Many of my #365ofgoodWR posts highlight great things happening in neighbourhoods by neighbours. I was lucky enough to sit on the #lovemyhood neighbourhood strategy project team. And, generally I'm just a big fan of all things neighbourhood-related :) So I was excited to see that Kitchener has come up with a way to recognize the work neighbours contribute to our city. Read details about the new Good Neighbour Recognition program below:
"From raking leaves, to shovelling snow, to hosting street parties, Kitchener neighbourhoods are home to good neighbours of all kinds. To recognize individuals, whose efforts make Kitchener a better place to live, work and play, the City of Kitchener is launching a Good Neighbour Recognition Program – allowing residents who have been touched by the kindness of a good neighbour the opportunity to say thank you.
“In neighbourhoods across Kitchener, good deeds by good neighbours happen every day,” said Mayor Vrbanovic. “These small acts of kindness make a big difference in our community and they play an important role in creating the kind of caring and inclusive city we can all be proud to call home.”
Beginning Jan. 1, residents will have the opportunity to nominate a good neighbour online or by phone for all acts of kindness, community volunteerism, and neighbourhood pride. Nominations will be accepted year-round and every individual, group, business, and organization that is nominated will receive a thank you card from their neighbor, with signatures from the mayor and members of council in recognition of their efforts. Nominees will also be entered into a bi-monthly draw to win great prizes.
“Kitchener really is a city of good neighbours,” said Councillor Dave Schnider. “They make our neighbourhoods stronger, friendlier and more connected. By recognizing a good neighbour, we as a city show that we value and appreciate their contributions.”
To learn more about the Good Neighbour Recognition Program, click here.