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Cool or Not Cool? I Was On the Air

June 29th, 2016

  This story about Chris’s awesome experience at CKWR was shared with us by KW Habilitation. Thanks KWHab, and shoutout to Chris for rocking the radio! “Cool or not cool?” was the constant expression used by Chris MacTavish after his visit to CKWR 98.5 FM on a sunny morning in November 2015. Chris had an […]

I Choose Dignity’s Count Me In Rally Makes My Heart Sing

June 27th, 2016

  This post was shared with us from Extend-a-Family, and was originally posted here. Thank you for these empowering words about love, community, and recognizing the humanity that connects us all. “I am sitting at my computer, just thinking about Thursday’s event. I am filled with much love for my community – my community of coworkers, my […]

Planned Lifetime Networks: A Belonging Initiative

June 24th, 2016

This post, written by Roz Vincent-Haven and Lorna Aberdein of Planned Lifetime Networks, was shared with us by New Story Group. Here, they make great insights about the necessity of social support networks to ensure the wellbeing of people facing isolation, and how these networks can evolve into strong communities all on their own. They also […]

The Town That Ate Lard

June 23rd, 2016

This story, written by Cameron Dearlove from Bridges to Belonging, demonstrates just how big an impact social connection can have on our physical health and well-being. It was originally published for The Community Edition. Thanks for sharing, Cameron! “On the surface, the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania, was not so different from its neighbouring towns, Bangor […]

The Heart of Hospitality

June 22nd, 2016

This post, written by Roz Vincent-Haven, shares important insights about the nature of hospitality and the trust that hospitality can create between members of a community. This post was shared with us by New Story Group. Thanks Roz and NSG! “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained […]

Intention, Invitation, and Hospitality: Steps to Belonging

June 21st, 2016

This post, written by Kim Sproul, reflects on how a simple invitation can positively impact a person’s life, and how we need to intentionally look for ways we can connect with others in our community. This story was shared with us by New Story Group. Kim and NSG, thanks for sharing! “I have been in my position for […]

Attention and Intention: The Art of Belonging

June 20th, 2016

This post, written by Isaiah Ritzmann, discusses how being attentive and intentional in our interactions with others can help build belonging in our community. This story was shared with us by New Story Group. Isaiah and NSG, thank you for sharing! “It is hard to keep cultural traditions in times of transition. This is especially acute […]

Putting Myself Out There

June 16th, 2016

This story was shared with us by Penny Loker, via Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It. Thanks for sharing, Penny! “My name is Penny Loker. I’m 34 years old and I’m considered ugly…bare with me– just keep reading! I was born with a facial difference made up of 2 conditions; Goldenhar Syndrome and left Hemiofacial Microsonomia. […]

I Choose Dignity

June 14th, 2016

This post comes from Extend-a-Family and the I Choose Dignity movement. We Belong Waterloo Region is proud to be an active contributor to ICD! 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 […]