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6th Annual Count Me In March – I Choose Dignity thumbnail
6th Annual Count Me In March – I Choose Dignity thumbnail

6th Annual Count Me In March – I Choose Dignity

On Thursday June 14, 2018, join us in celebrating a community where everyone belongs. 6th annual Count Me In March Family-friendly activities, inspirational speakers, entertainment, snacks and refreshments, and a community march with all the festivities starting and finishing at Kitchener City Hall. To RSVP: click here to join the event page or email Becky […]

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Posted by Avishka Juta, in Blog

Nominations now open for The $500 Maria de Boer Changemaker Award! thumbnail
Nominations now open for The $500 Maria de Boer Changemaker Award! thumbnail

Nominations now open for The $500 Maria de Boer Changemaker Award!

Nominations are now closed. Thank you for your submissions! Do you know someone in Waterloo Region with lived experience of disability? Someone who has made or makes a worthy contribution to others in some way? Someone who is a changemaker in their community, even though they may not know it? We are pleased to announce […]

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Posted by Avishka Juta, in Adult, Blog, Children, Community, News, Press & Releases, Youth

Thank you to all our volunteers! #NVW2018 thumbnail
Thank you to all our volunteers! #NVW2018 thumbnail

Thank you to all our volunteers! #NVW2018

As National Volunteer Week 2018 comes to an end, one volunteer’s story speaks volumes about the impact of volunteering. First off, a big thank you to all our amazing volunteers! Here at Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, we deeply value and appreciate the contributions of our volunteers. Your drive, passion and commitment to giving back to the […]

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Posted by Avishka Juta, in Adult, Articles and Resources, Blog, Children, Direct Support People, News, Press & Releases, Story

Lost time is a matter of perspective thumbnail
Lost time is a matter of perspective thumbnail

Lost time is a matter of perspective

“Lost time is never found again” –Benjamin Franklin With all due respect to Mr. Franklin, with the assistance of Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region’s Respite program, lost time can potentially be found again. The respite program at EAFWR is unique and with the funding available, we as service providers are able to ask the individuals and families […]

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Posted by Avishka Juta, in Adult, Blog

Students – our future is bright and filled with dignity thumbnail
Students – our future is bright and filled with dignity thumbnail

Students – our future is bright and filled with dignity

Imagine this. Melissa, one of the I Choose Dignity in the Classroom facilitators, is supporting a grade one student with an exercise about uniqueness and individuality. The student, caught in the moment, studies Melissa’s face before plainly stating, “you are smart, Melissa”. This moment hardly seems out of the ordinary. A compliment paid with sincerity […]

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Posted by Avishka Juta, in Blog, Community

A community that wants everyone at the table thumbnail
A community that wants everyone at the table thumbnail

A community that wants everyone at the table

Bringing people together and building a community that is supportive of all of its citizens is at the core of community development. Whether it’s engaging in a gathering, an event or bringing a group of people together that ordinarily wouldn’t connect, we want to find a way to impact those involved, creating some form of […]

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Posted by Avishka Juta, in Blog, Community

A goal to contribute to her community thumbnail
A goal to contribute to her community thumbnail

A goal to contribute to her community

At 22 years-old, Christine and her family found themselves with a problem – a problem that is unfortunately all too common. Christine had finished secondary school life-skills and had nowhere to go afterwards. Here was this bright, enthusiastic young woman, being held back from contributing to her community because of barriers placed on her by […]

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Posted by Avishka Juta, in Adult, Blog