Posts written by "Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region"

Nominations now open for the third annual Maria de Boer Changemaker Award! thumbnail
Nominations now open for the third annual Maria de Boer Changemaker Award! thumbnail

Nominations now open for the third annual Maria de Boer Changemaker Award!

About the Award Maria de Boer had been the Executive Director of Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region (EAFWR) for nearly 35 years. She retired in October 2017. Maria worked hard to put inclusion and belonging first at EAFWR. She encouraged people to be curious and thoughtful. Maria asked questions like, “Who makes inclusion happen?” and “How do […]

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Posted by Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, in Adult, Blog, Children, Community, News, Press & Releases, Youth

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2020-21 Annual Report

The 2020-21 Annual Report is filled with stories from our office staff, Direct Support People, people we serve and families and is a snapshot of what we’ve been up to over the past year. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year’s report! Click here to read our Annual Report and excerpts from stories. […]

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Posted by Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, in Blog

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Staying Connected through the Changes

By: WALES Group Facilitators Like many of us, in March 2020, Christy had a well-established routine that included many of the activities she loved. She lived on her own, attended community exercise classes, volunteered at a local thrift store, and gathered regularly with friends visiting various local cafes. When COVID appeared in our lives and […]

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Posted by Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, in Story

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Are We Still #BetterTogetherWR? thumbnail

Are We Still #BetterTogetherWR?

By: Terral McBay, on behalf of the FamilyHome/SIL Team In a year where we have been confined to our homes facing multiple lockdowns, we find we are challenged by the banner hashtag of being #BetterTogetherWR. Yes, this is still a statement we live by, but after a year of not being able to have time […]

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Posted by Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, in Story

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Like Two Peas in a Pod

Paulina and Brenda first met in September of 2019. Paulina was looking for something meaningful to do with her spare time, and Brenda was in search of a support worker that was caring and understanding of her needs and goals. Paulina heard of Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region (EAFWR) through a colleague and Brenda heard of about […]

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Posted by Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, in Story

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The Little Program that Could

By: Katie Hagedorn, FamilyHome/SIL/LHIN Support Coordinator The Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) program at Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region (EAFWR) has long been affectionately known as ‘the little program that could.’ It has chugged along for years supporting a handful of people. This has worked well. This year though, it has begun to change. We always knew […]

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Posted by Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, in Story

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Creating a Community of Connection

By: Kim Sproul, Community Development Manager Community Development (CD) took a huge hit in 2020-21, for the obvious reason of COVID-19 causing the abrupt halt of all things in-person and community-orientated, as well as the completion of two grants. The completion of these grants meant that our  team dwindled to myself as the only full-time […]

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Posted by Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, in Story

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A Good Place to Be

By: Becky Klokoff, Community Engagement & Donor Specialist If you had told me in 2002 that I would still be working for Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region(EAFWR) in 2021, I would not be surprised one bit. Shortly after I began working for EAFWR, I knew this place was something special. Being surrounded by a group of like-minded, […]

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Posted by Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, in Story