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From time to time, the Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) is asked to distribute information on behalf of third parties. WRFN provides general information to self-advocates and families of children with special needs. The information provided on this website is not a recommendation, referral or endorsement of any resource, therapeutic method, or service provider. WRFN is not responsible for any information or services provided by third parties. You are urged to use independent judgment when considering any resource.

 


 

Fundraising & Communications Officer Waterloo Region Family Network Full Time; 35 hours/week

Since 2009, WRFN has supported families of children with special needs, both with and without a diagnosis, in Waterloo Region by providing resources and facilitating meaningful connections in all life stages. As a peer-developed and peer-driven network, WRFN is uniquely able to understand how to serve the needs of exceptional families, so they can thrive.

 

We are seeking an enthusiastic, innovative, passionate and respectful person for the position of


Fundraising & Communications Officer
to work as part of the WRFN team to achieve the organization’s fundraising goals, revenue targets and communications strategy objectives.


Qualifications:

  •  A passion to support families and individuals living with special needs through respectful storytelling, fundraising & community engagement
  •  Post-secondary education in either fundraising management or communications
  •  3 – 5 years’ experience in a non-profit environment
  •  Strong understanding of fundraising principles and practices
  •  Ability to grow relations & manage a range of relationships with prospects & donors
  •  Exceptional written & verbal communication skills with attention to detail & accuracy
  •  Ability to articulate a strong organizational case for support & call to action in fundraising materials prepared for foundations, corporations & individual donors
  •  Experience developing & writing for communications materials – brochures, gratitude reports, newsletters, websites, social media, stewardship materials, donor appeals, etc.
  •  Exceptional organizational skills with ability to effectively meet deadlines & set priorities
  •  Demonstrated ability to work independently & collaboratively as part of a team
  •  Creative & adaptive to change

The successful candidate will be responsible for:
Communications

  •  Working closely with the WRFN team to support organizational objectives related to fundraising & communications
  •  Communications for different audiences
  •  Expanding on existing positive organizational reputation
  •  Content development for gratitude reports, donor stewardship communications, monthly newsletters, weekly social media presence & annual fundraising appeals
  •  Website updates & management

Fundraising

  •  Implementation of a development plan which focuses on building authentic & strong relationships with individuals, foundations & corporate donors
  •  Researching & evaluating prospective donors to develop personalized approaches in order to build long-lasting donor relationships
  •  Working closely with the Executive Director to prepare donor stewardship materials
  •  Tracking of the development plan results
  •  Development & execution of the annual appeal
  •  Donation processing, receipting & tracking
  •  Assisting with the annual Signature Fundraising Event

Compensation
$48,000 - $55,000 (depending on experience)


To apply for this position, please send cover letter and resume to:
Sue Simpson
Executive Director
Waterloo Region Family Network
65 Hanson Ave., Kitchener ON N2C 2H6
Or by email to: sue.simpson@wrfn.info


Application Deadline: Wednesday December 18, 2019


Waterloo Region Family Network welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


We thank all applicants for your interest in this position and regret that we are able to contact only those invited for an interview.

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Zumba

Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a one of a kind fitness program. This program through the City of Cambridge is designed for adults with disabilities.

 

Dates: Sept 14 – Dec 21, 2019 (Except Oct 12)

Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm

Cost: $95 for 14 classes

Location: David Durward Centre – 2nd Floor Activity Room

Bar Code: 14477

 

Registration can be done for programs indicated with a Barcode in person at City Hall or any Recreation Centre, or online Coral. Coral can be accessed through the City of Cambridge website. www.cambridge.ca.

 

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Cambridge Youth Soccer ACES Program

All abilities CElebrated Soccer is a program designed for participants between the ages of 5 - 15 & 16 – 24 with intellectual and/or physical disabilities who are interested in learning more about the FUNdamentals of physical literacy and soccer.

 

Sundays October 27—December 15, 9:30am—10:25am

 

CYS Indoor Facility, 745 Fountain Street, Cambridge. CYS jersey provided.

 

For more information contact Jon Morgan at 519 277-0325 or grassroots@cambridgesoccer.ca.

 

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Parents of Kids with ADHD & Asperger's/ASD Class

The ADHD & Asperger's Centre is hosting a 5 session class, "Parents of Kids with ADHD & Asperger's/ASD."

 

Join with ADHD and Asperger's experts and other parents/caregivers of kids of all ages with ADHD and/or Asperger's to get your questions answered, support from people who've been there, and a hopeful perspective on your child's future. The ADHD & Asperger's Centre sees ADHD and Asperger's as a gift and focus on managing the negative symptoms while helping to find and harness the amazing super powers of our kids (like high intelligence, creativity, kindness, and hyper-focusing).

Part workshop, part support group, these sessions have been described as "self-care I badly needed", "a safe place to not feel guilty, for once!", and "incredibly informative". Refreshments and snacks are also offered. 

 

Topics are voted on at the beginning of each course. Topics often discussed include:

  • Homework & Chores
  • Effective Disciplining
  • Time management & Organization
  • Anger Management
  • Parent Self-Care
  • Communication Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Sleep Issues
  • School Transitioning
  • Career Navigation

This group will run September 11 to October 9 from 6:00-7:30pm.

 

Learn more about this opportunity on their website.  

 

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A Team - August Newsletter

The A-Team is primarily run by individuals with Aspergers Syndrome, for individuals with Aspergers Syndrome, with some assistance from Waterloo Region Family Network. The goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment to meet fellow adults with Aspergers Syndrome [or ASD – level 1], discuss topics of interest, share experiences, and embrace our neurological diversity.

 

In the August newsletter you will find:

  • upcoming meeting dates
  • a "quotable quote" 
  • ASD resource spotlight

Read the August newsletter here.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy workshop for postpartum depression

Not feeling yourself after having a baby? Since birth have you...

  • been sad and tearful?
  • felt overwhelmed or unable to concentrate?
  • lost interest of pleasure?
  • felt hopeless, frustrated, or angry?
  • fely anxious?
  • had difficulties connecting to your baby?

Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre is hosting a free one-day Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) workshop for postpartum depression. The workshops will be delivered by Dr. Ryan Van Lieshout, MD, PhD.


You may be eligible to participate in the workshop if you are 18 years of age or older and have given birth within the past 12 months.

 

The workshops are part of a study conducted by McMaster University.

 

To register for the workshop or to receive more information please contact the study coordinators, Meena Rangan and Haley Layton kw1daycbt@gmail.com.

 

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KidsAbility Fall Resource Guide

The KidsAbility Program and Activity Guides for Fall is a great resource for local programming.

 

Program and Activity Guide - Fall 2019

 

Guides can also be found on the KidsAbility website at www.kidsability.ca.

 

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Caregiver Advisory Panel

The Change Foundation is seeking caregivers to join their Caregiver Advisory Panel.

 

The caregivers on the panel are regularly asked for their input and thoughts on some of The Change Foundation’s caregiver-focused ideas, tools and products, and are surveyed on different aspects of the caregiving experience on a regular basis.

 

Learn more about this opportunity here.

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Autism Ontario's Adult Newsletter - July 2019

Autism Ontario has shared their June 2019 Adult Newsletter. In this newsletter you will find information about:

  • In Your Words 
  • News, opportunities and research 
  • Employment
  • Community
  • Call for Community Voices

You can read the July 2019 Autism Ontario Adult Newsletter here

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Autism Ontario's Adult Newsletter - June 2019

Autism Ontario has shared their June 2019 Adult Newsletter. In this newsletter you will find information about:

  • News, opportunities and research 
  • Employment 
  • Community
  • Call for Community Voices

You can read the June 2019 Autism Ontario Adult Newsletter here

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