Be Inspired

Rick: A Dedicated Team Member

August 1st, 2016

This #WeBelongWR video comes to us from Bridges to Belonging, produced by Commons Studio. In it, they share a glimpse into the life of Rick, a dedicated and passionate team member. Thanks to Bridges to Belonging and Rick for sharing this story! Rick is a man who always loved to help on his local hockey […]

I’m 25 years old and I finally feel home

July 29th, 2016

This #WeBelongWR story comes to us from TK, a sexual health educator with the SHORE Centre. By sharing his own story, TK leads us through the depth of challenges we can face in finding a place of belonging – a place we feel at home. A huge thank you to TK and the SHORE Centre […]

The Impact of Positive Mental Health

July 29th, 2016

Every day we learn a little more about mental health and its impact on our well-being. Check out this infographic from the Public Health Agency of Canada about the relationship between social supports and signifiers of mental health:

From Grand Valley Institution

July 28th, 2016

This post by Elizabeth Clarke of the YWCA reflects on her experience with the women at the Grand Valley Institution, and discusses the barriers to social inclusion that these women face prior to and during incarceration. Despite those barriers, these women make an inspirational effort to try to build and connect with others in community, with […]

Let’s Keep Talking

July 18th, 2016

This #WeBelongWR post comes to us from local TV and radio host, active community volunteer, and all around good person, Mike Farwell. He shares an anecdote illustrating the importance of telling local stories and how it impacts our own sense of belonging. You can find Mike on Country 106.7 and at his Twitter handle, @farwell_WR. […]

Cheryl’s Story

July 11th, 2016

How Person Directed Planning Works! This post, shared with us by KW Habilitation, takes us on a journey with Cheryl towards finding fulfilling employment; a workplace where she enjoys what she does, where she can form positive connections with her co-workers, and where she is recognized for her abilities. Her personal skills and the support of […]

Everyone Has a Disability… No One is Perfect

July 8th, 2016

In this post, long-time writer, nanny, and community advocate Melissa Martz reflects on her experiences of growing up while feeling isolated, and on how she was able to overcome those challenges. By taking the initiative to participate in her community and finding people who appreciate and support her, Melissa has grown to be a happier, stronger, and […]

Strong Bonds, Resilient Neighbourhoods

July 6th, 2016

This post, written by Darren Kropf of the City of Kitchener’s Community Service Department, shows us how building strong connections in your neighbourhood can not only lead to fun, but to safer and more cooperative communities. Thank you for sharing, Darren! “A young family recently moved to Kitchener from Chicago. As you can imagine, a big […]

Would We Embrace Emperor Norton?

July 4th, 2016

This post, written by Bridges to Belonging‘s Executive Director, Cameron Dearlove, tells the heartwarming tale of one community’s love affair with their “Emperor”, and challenges us to consider whether our community would similarly embrace Emperor Norton. This piece was originally published in The Community Edition.  Thank you for sharing this piece, Cameron! On September 17, […]

Belonging

July 4th, 2016

This post, written by Kat van Groove of Organic Groove, speaks to the healing and transformative power of community, and the particular way that power manifests through drumming in community. Thank you for sharing this piece, Kat! “Have you ever felt incredibly alone even though you were surrounded by other people? It’s a heavy, lonely […]