News & Events

Towards a Scale of Belonging

Posted in: Bridges To Belonging | On: July 21st, 2017 | by Bridges To Belonging Waterloo Region

The APGAR scale is a test administered by doctors and nurses at birth that rates the health of an infant based on five factors: appearance, pulse, grimace, activity and respiration. In this edition of the New Story Group Newsletter, guest editor Isaiah Ritzmann asks: what would an APGAR scale for belonging look like? Here is […]

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Join in the Fun at #Bowling4Belonging

Posted in: Events | On: June 21st, 2017 | by Bridges To Belonging Waterloo Region

STRIKE! We want you to join in the fun and rack up some strikes and spares for Belonging! You can support Bridges to Belonging and have a blast doing it at “Bowling4Belonging” on August 15. What? On Tuesday August 15th from 6 pm-9 pm Bridges to Belonging will be hosting our first ever bowling fundraiser, […]

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Sharing Our Impact: 2016-17 Annual Report

Posted in: Bridges To Belonging News | On: June 14th, 2017 | by Bridges To Belonging Waterloo Region

Embracing Possibility, Enriching Community Friends and Supporters, We are pleased to share with you a summary of the impact we have collectively made this past year. It has been a year of learning, of growth, and a year of successes, and none of it would have been possible without the support of the families we […]

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The Business of Curating Dreams

Posted in: Bridges To Belonging | On: June 7th, 2017 | by Bridges To Belonging Waterloo Region

The following story introduces us to Barb, an individual we have the honour of serving. This story was written for the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation, and is included in their 2016/17 Annual Report. You can read their full report here. How Independent Facilitation is Making an Impact, one person at a time Bridges to […]

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WRFN and BtoBe Receive Grant to Support Adults with ASD

Posted in: News | On: May 8th, 2017 | by Bridges To Belonging Waterloo Region

The Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) and Bridges to Belonging (BtoBe) are pleased to announce that we have received a $30,000 grant from Autism Speaks Canada to offer Independent Facilitation and Person-Directed Planning to adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are not eligible for Ministry funded supports. WRFN will play a coordinating and referral […]

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Posted in: Bridges To Belonging | On: May 2nd, 2017 | by Bridges To Belonging Waterloo Region

“I like doing my job, I’m really proud of the work I do there. But I wasn’t feeling connected to my community. With the help of my facilitator, now I’m doing more things in my community.” Greg is a charming young man who participated in the Independent Facilitation Demonstration Project. Dedicated and hard-working, he has […]

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Weaving a Story of Change

Posted in: News | On: May 1st, 2017 | by Bridges To Belonging Waterloo Region

We are now on the other side of the original 2 years of the Independent Facilitation Demonstration Project. What have we learned? David Hasbury with the Ontario Independent Facilitation Network, has published “Weaving a Story of Change,” an in-depth look at the history of Independent Facilitation, the stories and challenges shared by people and families, […]

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Work With Us: Independent Facilitator Opening

Posted in: News | On: April 28th, 2017 | by Bridges To Belonging Waterloo Region

Due to continued growth, we have an immediate opening for a temporary, part-time Independent Facilitator. Guided by values and principles that support participation and contribution to community, Independent Facilitation focuses on the individual and creating a good life for that person, including building relationships, social networks, and active inclusion in the community. Bridges to Belonging’s […]

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Arohas

Posted in: News | On: April 27th, 2017 | by Bridges To Belonging Waterloo Region

Our thanks to Elizabeth Bloomfield for joining us on Tuesday evening to teach families and Independent Facilitators about Arohas. We learned about what an Aroha (microboard) is and how it can support people to sustain a good life in the community. Thanks also to our graphic facilitator, Tanya Williams, for this helpful record of what […]

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Mackenzie’s Talent Reel

Posted in: Bridges To Belonging | On: April 13th, 2017 | by Bridges To Belonging Waterloo Region

“You make me, a SUPERSTAR!”  MacKenzie dreams of performing for a living. She has been a dancer since she was three years old! MacKenzie attends St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School and will be graduating in June, 2018. She hopes to attend Conestoga College’s CICE Program. In the meantime MacKenzie is connecting with talent agencies and […]

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