FESTIVAL OF NEIGHBOURHOODS KITCHENER
The 25th Annual Festival of Neighbourhoods Celebration is taking place on November 18, 2018 from 1pm to 3pm at Kitchener City Hall Rotunda. We are celebrating all the gatherings put together by neighbours for neighbours as we continue to foster and grow community by encouraging citizens to come together across diversity within their neighbourhoods. This year, besides community clean-ups, BBQs, porch parties, and fun fairs, we have seen new ways for making lasting relationships such as backyard sessions, mix and mingle, rallies and street playdates. Neighbours will have an opportunity to connect and share stories of what they did to meet the Inclusion Challenge and make their gatherings more accessible and welcoming.
Forty-eight neighbourhoods have registered a total of 123 inclusive neighbourhood gatherings hosted between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018. More than 11,000 people took part in activities organized by a thousand neighbours.
The REACH! Inclusion Challenge is evolving and this year, we will be recognizing four inclusive gatherings thanks to the long-standing leadership of the Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region. City of Kitchener will be giving out two Neighbourhood Improvement Grants, $20,000 each. The Neighbourhood Connections Award, offered to a neighbourhood struggling to improve social conditions, offered by the Social Development Centre, will be renamed in memory of Trudy Beaulne, the founder of the Festival of Neighbourhoods and the visionary who mentored us all in building more compassionate and inclusive neighbourhoods.
Sponsors joining us this year are: Boehmers Hargest Block, Steed and Evans, Victoria Park Neighbourhood Association, Alejandra Ivic Re/Max Twin City Realty Inc., Grand Valley Society of Architects, Strassburger Windows and Doors, Mumby Insurance Brokers, Swanson's Home Hardware Building Centre, Freure Homes, Waterloo Regional Police Service, Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region, ASCEND.
"The concept is to meet neighbours, build a stronger social network, increase our sense of community." Message from Doon South neighbours