How Can We Support You?
This year has been extraordinary. Our society is undergoing a sea change. The most remarkable has been the movement to acknowledge systemic racism that is present in our culture sparked by the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd in the United States. This movement has spread around the globe including Canada, and the
The Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) acknowledges the racism present in our society. We are committed to combating it and calling it out when witnessed. We are committed to listening and learning and continuing to help exceptional families and individuals thrive regardless of race or colour. Racism has no place here.
WRFN's Mission Statement reads:
As a peer-developed and peer-driven network, WRFN is uniquely able
to help exceptional families and individuals thrive. Through education and meaningful connections, we offer support in making informed decisions
for now and through all life stages.
This statement can also be applied to look inward. We will join our peers and partners in listening and seeking to help end systemic racism. We will seek out education and meaningful connections on how best to combat racism and we will use that information when making decisions that affect us all.
Our Family Resource Coach can help with navigating services and supports and connecting to programs and activities in our community by drawing on a number of resources for each family's unique situation.
WRFN's Parent Mentor Program provides a means for parents to connect, guide and support each other to feel understood and less isolated.
Our programs provide participants with a warm, caring setting where they can feel welcome and safe, knowing they're surrounded by others who understand.
Our strong, trusted relationships with families and local school boards has positioned us as an important liason for school issues. This approach includes personalized guidance and navigation of the school system.
Our events, seminars and workshops provide information
and opportunities to meet other families so you are equipped with knowledge and connected to others travelling similar journeys.
Sue Simpson, Executive Director of WRFN, offers a message of hope.
Beginning March 17, 2020 Waterloo Regional Family Network began operating remotely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. We are still working hard to help exceptional individuals and their families and are available through email, telephone, and social media.