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Waterloo is a strong, caring and connected community. During these uncertain times it may be difficult to think of ways to stay socially connected while remaining physically distant. We are here for you! We have provided helpful resources and links to help keep you engaged at home.


New this week!

  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 26
  • Migration Porch Chats - A part of the Keep Families Safe Campaign, Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council is hosting a set of Porch Chats on the impacts of migration and COVID-19 on families. The events will be hosted in Farsi, Arabic, Turkish, and Kurdish starting November 30 and runs until Dec 15.
    The online conversation will focus on how family relationships, mental health, and stress levels change after arrival to a new home and how that is connected to Covid 19. Please register online for a session.
  • The Journey to Reconciliation – Foundation Sessions Facilitated by Kelly Fran Davis who will be sharing Haudenosaunee philosophy and cultural practices including historical agreements. The session will include a virtual small group breakout activity. The desired outcome is for participants to gain a foundational understanding of local First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (Indigenous) population's current realities due to colonization. This virtual training opportunity is being offered on five different dates/times in November. Register to attend one of the remaining sessions,
  • The Bring On the Sunshine Youth Leadership group is recruiting for the next season Leadership team – if you or someone you know aged 16-28 is interested in youth and leadership, and in diversity and inclusion in KW – this is for you!
  • Free equity, inclusion and diversity courses offered by the Volunteer Action Centre - The modules are short, fun, and helpful for building more inclusive relationships with people of all backgrounds. High school students can even gain Community Involvement hours and a certificate for completing each course.


Ideas from our neighbourhoods team:

  • Would you like to be more connected to your neighbours or are you connected to your neighbours but feel others could benefit from these connections? Our Hey Neighbour! block connector program could be just for you!
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  • We have produced a fun and engaging activity book that you can browse and complete while at home.
  • Print out a pre-made sign and hang it up in your window today to celebrate and thank volunteers!
  • If you've been thinking about a project that might get your neighbours together once everything returns to normal, maybe our neighbourhood matching fund is a good idea to help you along. You can apply for funds up to $7,500 for large and small projects including community gardens, outdoor rinks, street barbecues, playground upgrades, movie nights and more! Please visit waterloo.ca/nmf for details.


Ideas from Waterloo Fire Prevention:

Our Fire Prevention team continues to educate the public about the importance of fire and life safety. With more people staying home all day, there is an increased risk of fire - here are some resources to help keep you and your family safe.

  • We are changing our clocks this weekend for the end of Daylight Saving Time. Please remember to change the batteries in your smoke & carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and make sure that they have not expired. The alarms are typically good for 10 years. Please read our media release for more information.
  • Media release regarding fire safety tips during COVID 19 and the increase of home fire fatalities in year 2020
  • Question & answer Information sheet for homeowners as part of the 2020 home smoke alarm program
  • Fire safety tips doorknocker translated into Arabic and Mandarin
  • Fire safety tips magnet translated into Arabic and Mandarin
  • Google classroom - Public education officer John Percy has created a Google Classroom with helpful tips and resources for children and their caregivers to maintain fire safety while at home. Register or sign in to your Google Classroom account and use the code ckoh3rf to access this information.
  • Home fire safety tips interview with Rogers TV
  • Consider developing a home fire escape plan and practice it regularly
  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms on every storey of your home
  • Teach your children the importance of never leaving the kitchen while they're cooking
  • Additional information and home fire safety tips can be found at waterloo.ca/fire

We encourage the community to follow our fire prevention team on Twitter for additional information.


Ideas from our community partners:

  • From the Regional Age Friendly Committee, read the new Celebration Project profiles and advice from older adults. Find tips for staying resilient and helpful during the pandemic and learn from the older adults in our community about healthy ageing.
  • Until December 18, THEMUSEUM hosts a free exhibit: Land Back Camp: Our Voices, a series of photos that shares the words of Indigenous folx and Settlers at O:se Kenhionhata:tie, who have reclaimed a small portion of Victoria Park for over sixty days now. The exhibition includes photographs and narratives based on their personal experiences and their lives at the camp. In the written reflections, the descriptions invoke the importance of inclusive and accessible Indigenous led land based spaces.
  • Mandela Day online event
  • COVID Social Recovery x Tech
  • An Evening with Desmond Cole
  • There are so many interesting podcasts you can listen to. Try the Happiness Lab (with Yale professor Laurie Santos) or Canada’s Calling (explore Canada with hosts Ashley and Mike).
  • Need help? UW students offers free tech support for learning how to video chat, launch a Zoom meeting, or sign out books from the library electronically.
  • Engaging with Equity - Given current events, many people are looking to engage in discussions about equity and systemic racism. “Challenging Systemic Barriers: The Equity Lens” is a video series that explores inequities in our communities and how we can better understand them and work towards eliminating disparate outcomes. The three-part series comes with a discussion guide that can be used individually or with a group. To view the videos and discussion guides, click here.
  • The Waterloo Public Library is pleased to announce their new curbside pick-up service, WPL To Go, will start on Monday, June 15 at the Main Library & John M. Harper Branch. You can find details, including information about returns, on their website
  • View the inspiring stories of local seniors in the The Celebration Interview Project, featuring Jean Hoffmann, the City of Waterloo Senior of the Year 2019.
  • The City of Waterloo event calendar is now accepting online events - submit or view events at waterloo.ca/calendar
  • Connect to a list of religious and spiritual services that is compiled by Interfaith Grand River
  • Waterloo Regional Police Services' website (WRPS) has a kids corner with police themed activities like colouring pages and word searches. WRPS would love to see your finished work, so please feel free to share it with them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram
  • During this challenging time, Wilfrid Laurier University is offering a free, special edition module to help support your positive well-being. Topics include the value of self-care, psychological self-care, physical self-care and spiritual and social self-care, as well as a resilience component specifically focused on stress. For more information, or to register, please visit their website.
  • The Friendly Voice program - The Friendly Voice is a general wellbeing check-in to enhance social connections and reduce loneliness in our community. To register for the Friendly Voice program, please call 519-743-6333 and ask reception how to get started! Reception hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. but Friendly Voice hours may vary.
  • Lions Quest Canada (a national charity sponsored by Lions and headquartered in Waterloo Region) is posting daily activities on Facebook & Twitter to support the social & emotional well-being of children
  • Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre - Parenting in a Pandemic with Our Place
  • Perimeter Institute - A fun, kid-friendly scavenger hunt to do at home
  • Wellbeing Waterloo Region
  • Children and Youth Planning Table
  • Immigration Partnership


How are you staying socially connected?

Please use the tools below to share your stories and ideas. We'd love to hear from you! And if you have any questions or comments, please leave those below as well. We'll respond to you right away!




Waterloo is a strong, caring and connected community. During these uncertain times it may be difficult to think of ways to stay socially connected while remaining physically distant. We are here for you! We have provided helpful resources and links to help keep you engaged at home.


New this week!

  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 26
  • Migration Porch Chats - A part of the Keep Families Safe Campaign, Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council is hosting a set of Porch Chats on the impacts of migration and COVID-19 on families. The events will be hosted in Farsi, Arabic, Turkish, and Kurdish starting November 30 and runs until Dec 15.
    The online conversation will focus on how family relationships, mental health, and stress levels change after arrival to a new home and how that is connected to Covid 19. Please register online for a session.
  • The Journey to Reconciliation – Foundation Sessions Facilitated by Kelly Fran Davis who will be sharing Haudenosaunee philosophy and cultural practices including historical agreements. The session will include a virtual small group breakout activity. The desired outcome is for participants to gain a foundational understanding of local First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (Indigenous) population's current realities due to colonization. This virtual training opportunity is being offered on five different dates/times in November. Register to attend one of the remaining sessions,
  • The Bring On the Sunshine Youth Leadership group is recruiting for the next season Leadership team – if you or someone you know aged 16-28 is interested in youth and leadership, and in diversity and inclusion in KW – this is for you!
  • Free equity, inclusion and diversity courses offered by the Volunteer Action Centre - The modules are short, fun, and helpful for building more inclusive relationships with people of all backgrounds. High school students can even gain Community Involvement hours and a certificate for completing each course.


Ideas from our neighbourhoods team:

  • Would you like to be more connected to your neighbours or are you connected to your neighbours but feel others could benefit from these connections? Our Hey Neighbour! block connector program could be just for you!
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 1
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 2
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 3
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 4
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 5
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 6
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 7
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 8
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 9
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 10
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 11
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 12
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 13
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 14
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 15
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 16
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  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 18
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 19
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 20
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 21
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 22
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 23
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 24
  • Waterloo Neighbourhoods Edition 25
  • We have produced a fun and engaging activity book that you can browse and complete while at home.
  • Print out a pre-made sign and hang it up in your window today to celebrate and thank volunteers!
  • If you've been thinking about a project that might get your neighbours together once everything returns to normal, maybe our neighbourhood matching fund is a good idea to help you along. You can apply for funds up to $7,500 for large and small projects including community gardens, outdoor rinks, street barbecues, playground upgrades, movie nights and more! Please visit waterloo.ca/nmf for details.


Ideas from Waterloo Fire Prevention:

Our Fire Prevention team continues to educate the public about the importance of fire and life safety. With more people staying home all day, there is an increased risk of fire - here are some resources to help keep you and your family safe.

  • We are changing our clocks this weekend for the end of Daylight Saving Time. Please remember to change the batteries in your smoke & carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and make sure that they have not expired. The alarms are typically good for 10 years. Please read our media release for more information.
  • Media release regarding fire safety tips during COVID 19 and the increase of home fire fatalities in year 2020
  • Question & answer Information sheet for homeowners as part of the 2020 home smoke alarm program
  • Fire safety tips doorknocker translated into Arabic and Mandarin
  • Fire safety tips magnet translated into Arabic and Mandarin
  • Google classroom - Public education officer John Percy has created a Google Classroom with helpful tips and resources for children and their caregivers to maintain fire safety while at home. Register or sign in to your Google Classroom account and use the code ckoh3rf to access this information.
  • Home fire safety tips interview with Rogers TV
  • Consider developing a home fire escape plan and practice it regularly
  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms on every storey of your home
  • Teach your children the importance of never leaving the kitchen while they're cooking
  • Additional information and home fire safety tips can be found at waterloo.ca/fire

We encourage the community to follow our fire prevention team on Twitter for additional information.


Ideas from our community partners:

  • From the Regional Age Friendly Committee, read the new Celebration Project profiles and advice from older adults. Find tips for staying resilient and helpful during the pandemic and learn from the older adults in our community about healthy ageing.
  • Until December 18, THEMUSEUM hosts a free exhibit: Land Back Camp: Our Voices, a series of photos that shares the words of Indigenous folx and Settlers at O:se Kenhionhata:tie, who have reclaimed a small portion of Victoria Park for over sixty days now. The exhibition includes photographs and narratives based on their personal experiences and their lives at the camp. In the written reflections, the descriptions invoke the importance of inclusive and accessible Indigenous led land based spaces.
  • Mandela Day online event
  • COVID Social Recovery x Tech
  • An Evening with Desmond Cole
  • There are so many interesting podcasts you can listen to. Try the Happiness Lab (with Yale professor Laurie Santos) or Canada’s Calling (explore Canada with hosts Ashley and Mike).
  • Need help? UW students offers free tech support for learning how to video chat, launch a Zoom meeting, or sign out books from the library electronically.
  • Engaging with Equity - Given current events, many people are looking to engage in discussions about equity and systemic racism. “Challenging Systemic Barriers: The Equity Lens” is a video series that explores inequities in our communities and how we can better understand them and work towards eliminating disparate outcomes. The three-part series comes with a discussion guide that can be used individually or with a group. To view the videos and discussion guides, click here.
  • The Waterloo Public Library is pleased to announce their new curbside pick-up service, WPL To Go, will start on Monday, June 15 at the Main Library & John M. Harper Branch. You can find details, including information about returns, on their website
  • View the inspiring stories of local seniors in the The Celebration Interview Project, featuring Jean Hoffmann, the City of Waterloo Senior of the Year 2019.
  • The City of Waterloo event calendar is now accepting online events - submit or view events at waterloo.ca/calendar
  • Connect to a list of religious and spiritual services that is compiled by Interfaith Grand River
  • Waterloo Regional Police Services' website (WRPS) has a kids corner with police themed activities like colouring pages and word searches. WRPS would love to see your finished work, so please feel free to share it with them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram
  • During this challenging time, Wilfrid Laurier University is offering a free, special edition module to help support your positive well-being. Topics include the value of self-care, psychological self-care, physical self-care and spiritual and social self-care, as well as a resilience component specifically focused on stress. For more information, or to register, please visit their website.
  • The Friendly Voice program - The Friendly Voice is a general wellbeing check-in to enhance social connections and reduce loneliness in our community. To register for the Friendly Voice program, please call 519-743-6333 and ask reception how to get started! Reception hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. but Friendly Voice hours may vary.
  • Lions Quest Canada (a national charity sponsored by Lions and headquartered in Waterloo Region) is posting daily activities on Facebook & Twitter to support the social & emotional well-being of children
  • Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre - Parenting in a Pandemic with Our Place
  • Perimeter Institute - A fun, kid-friendly scavenger hunt to do at home
  • Wellbeing Waterloo Region
  • Children and Youth Planning Table
  • Immigration Partnership


How are you staying socially connected?

Please use the tools below to share your stories and ideas. We'd love to hear from you! And if you have any questions or comments, please leave those below as well. We'll respond to you right away!




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    Neighbours in Eastbridge and in the Barrel Yards have been making noise each night at 7:30 p.m. in appreciation for health care workers across the region and the world. You can join in too, from your front yard! Ask your family, friends and neighbours to do the same from their homes!