I Choose Dignity
What is in a name? In the case of the I Choose Dignity movement, it is our declaration of intention.
It is our proclamation that we stand strong, united, and choose dignity as the way in which we engage in our world and community. This movement needed a way to simply and purposefully invite others into the fold.
Born in 2012, I Choose Dignity maintains its simple purpose: engage the community in an ongoing dialogue about belonging and inclusion. While created within the walls of Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, this movement rightly belongs to the community of Waterloo Region. Through collaborations with different partners that speak to Waterloo Region’s diverse community, this movement seeks to represent those who live, work, play and explore right here in our amazing Region.
You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go them sometimes.
Winnie the Pooh
The Inclusion Celebration honours businesses and individuals who have made a significant contribution to building inclusion for individuals with disabilities. Past recipients include Dolphin Digital and Fertile Ground Farms. This year’s recipients include City of Kitchener’s Stanley Park Community Centre and youngster Dannica Valent.
I Choose Dignity in the Classroom
I Choose Dignity in the Classroom connects with students in grade 1 during a five-week program that celebrates each child’s unique gifts and talents. Through self-discovery, the program creates a deep and lasting conversation amongst children around the beauty of inclusion.
Each second Thursday of June, we take the streets in solidarity and worth. We gather to recognize and celebrate our diversity and differences. This rally encourages Waterloo Region to begin to count in those who may, traditionally, be left out. There is a wealth of gifts, talents and dreams among us all, and our region becomes its best when people are engaged and encouraged to share them.
You're my friend because....
The children’s book, You’re my friend because…, is an exploration of all the reasons why people are friends. This book reminds children, “You’re my friend because you’re just like me in so many ways”. So often, we focus on difference and are unable to connect to another. This book finds all the beautiful ways in which we are the same.
Take the Dignity pledge and live inclusion and belonging in your community.