As a founding member of the New Story Group that launched the concept of Independent Facilitation in Waterloo Region in 2010, I am delighted to Chair the Board of Bridges to Belonging. My name is Roz Vincent-Haven and I am passionate about creating community where everyone truly belongs, are deeply valued and are supported to share their gifts to benefit the whole. I have a 40 year history of leading groups and organizations dedicated to achieving choice, voice, right relationships and full citizenship for those marginalized through living with the label of disability. My call to leadership began when my daughter was born with Down syndrome in 1980. I soon became the first elected president of the Down Syndrome Association of Toronto and a member of the New Canadian Down Syndrome Society Board of Directors, a position I held into the 1990’s. As a Minister within the United Church of Canada, I was also called to leadership within the Church Courts, serving on local committees, the executive of a large region, a delegate to our General Council on several occasions and serving as President of the region of Hamilton Conference in 2005-2006. Now, in retirement, I continue my commitment to work with others in building a Waterloo Region where everyone belongs. I also enjoy canoeing, reading and spending time with my grandchildren at our cottage.
The vision of Bridges to Belonging is a simple one really – to see Waterloo Region as a community where everyone belongs – where we value and celebrate the uniqueness of each and every person, no matter their ability or disability; where we honour choice and help each other live an inclusive life in community. Having worked and volunteered in both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors in Waterloo Region for over 25 years, I believe that that vision is one that is worth working towards.
As a member of the Bridges to Belonging Board of Directors, I’m thrilled to see the accomplishments of the many people that Bridges to Belonging serves and to know that what we do makes a difference in our community. I look forward to working with the Board, our staff team, and the community at large to make this vision a reality.
Hi! My name is Jamie Moffat and I am very pleased to become a part of the Bridges to Belonging family. I have studied Religion and Culture along with Philosophy prior to attaining my Masters in Business Administration, both at Wilfrid Laurier University, and following through by becoming a Certified Professional Accountant. I have been a part of the Kitchener-Waterloo community, where I live with my wife and two children, for almost 15 years. I currently manage the accounting function for a local general contractor, and have professional experience working in both Project Management and Recruitment as well. My prior involvement with Not for Profits comes in the form of consulting for small business owners in the community and also being a founding member of Net Impact at Laurier – the local graduate chapter of a global NFP based around promoting sustainable practices in business, both from a humanitarian and economical perspective. I look forward to working hard to further enrich this wonderful community! I am excited to interact with and learn more about the many wonderful individuals Bridges to Belonging works with, and look forward to putting faces to all of your names.
I am passionate about community and removing barriers to inclusion in our communities because everyone deserves to feel like they belong. I have experience working on grassroots initiatives, working in community development, and working with non-profits. I have a Bachelors’ degree in Psychology and a Masters’ degree in Social Work.
Dr. Sandy Shamon
When I moved to Kitchener/Waterloo over 10 years ago, it didn’t take long before I felt the community’s embrace. Through the encouragement and guidance of many community members, I thrived to eventually become the lawyer I am today. I went to law school to advocate for those who cannot. I wanted to ensure that every person my life touches receives the dignity they are entitled to as a human being. When I found Bridges to Belonging, I discovered members of my community striving for my same values. Hearing their passion, seeing their dedication and feeling their embrace made me recognize my own sense of belonging, how much I cherished it, and how there are members of our community living without this wholesome feeling. I encourage you to think about your life in Kitchener/Waterloo, or where ever you may find yourself, and think about how important feeling that sense of belonging is to you. We are all someone’s family member, employee, employer, patron or neighbour, and we all take away from our community this sense that our role connects us as belonging to each other. Don’t take this for granted. Share this sense of belonging and instill it in others! That’s why I am involved with Bridges to Belonging, and my hope is that once you recognize how valuable this sense of belonging is, you’ll become involved too.
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