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Managing The New Normal Action Guides: Exploring Opportunities to get Involved

We’re getting there. We’re restoring our health and optimism. We are also finding ways to reconnect with family and friends. Now we can reach out even more. The possibilities are endless. What are some meaningful ways that families can begin re-connecting with their neighbours and larger community? Check out the fourth action guide in our Managing the New Normal series to learn more! 


Managing The New Normal Action Guides

Action Guide 1: Moving Beyond the Pandemic

Action Guide 2: Staying Healthy & Motivated

Action Guide 3: Reconnecting with Family & Friends

Leah Bowman at 10:37 AM
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Lutherwood Blog-Employment & Mental Health blogs

Check out the most recent editions of the Lutherwoods 

Employment: Will Indeed find me a job?
Mental Health: What do do when you and your child disagree


Employment Updates:

We have created a job board to share all the open positions on our website


Our Refer a friend campaign is underway for people to be eligible for $50 or $200 gift cards to recommend people to our services. Read here for information!

Leah Bowman at 10:28 AM
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Accessibility Standards Canada recruiting new technical committee members

Do you face accessibility barriers every day? Are you close to someone with a disability? Are you an accessibility expert?


We need your expertise!


Accessibility Standards Canada is recruiting members for two new technical committees:

You have until January 14 2022, to apply.


Our aim is to create balanced and inclusive teams that value the lived experience of people with disabilities. We are looking for 12 to 18 members per committee in the following categories:

  •         Persons with disabilities
  •         Consumer and public interest
  •         Academic and research bodies
  •         Non-governmental organizations
  •         Government bodies and authorities with jurisdiction
  •         Labour and unions
  •         Standards development bodies
  •         Federally regulated industries and workplaces
  •         Federally regulated public sector bodies, municipalities, and territorial private-   sector firms
  •         Business and industry

This is your opportunity to:

·       work with other accessibility experts;

·       have your voice heard; and,

·       become a leader for inclusion in Canada.


Do not wait. Apply today by visiting our website.

Leah Bowman at 10:24 AM
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Family Pulse-December 2021

Welcome to December! 


Inside the December issue of Family Pulse you will find information on:

SEAC Updates
We Choose You
What's Happening at WRFN

Save the Dates!
Steph's Corner
Community Information, Resources and Opportunities


You can read the online version of Family Pulse here or download a pdf copy.

Leah Bowman at 9:22 AM
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The Region of Waterloo is hosting school vaccine clinics between December 2 – 23

The Region of Waterloo is hosting school vaccine clinics between December 2 – 23, 2021 across Waterloo Region to make it easier for 5-11 year olds to get vaccinated.

School vaccine clinics


Children aged 5-11 and their family members who still need a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can book appointments at these school clinics. A parent/guardian must attend the clinic with their child. Evening and weekend appointments are available. Free parking is available on-site at all the clinics.

St. Peter Catholic Elementary School
92 Avenue Road, Cambridge

Thursday December 2, 2021 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Queensmount Public School
21 Westmount Road, Kitchener

Saturday December 4, 2021 9:15 am – 3:15 pm


Wilson Avenue Public School
221 Wilson Avenue, Kitchener

Thursday December 9, 2021 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday December 14, 2021 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Sunnyside Public School
1042 Weber Street East, Kitchener

Wednesday December 15, 2021 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday December 16, 2021 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm


St. Bernadette Catholic School
245 Lorne Avenue, Kitchener

Sunday December 19, 2021 9:15 am – 3:15 pm
Monday December 20, 2021 9:15 am – 3:15 pm


St. Anne Catholic School
127 Elgin St. North, Cambridge

Tuesday December 21, 2021 9:15 am – 3:15 pm
Wednesday December 22, 2021 9:15 am – 3:15 pm


Linwood Public School
50 Pine Street, Linwood

Thursday December 23, 2021 9:15 am – 3:15 pm


How to book an appointment?

To book an appointment for your child and any family members who still need a first or second dose of the vaccine, please visit the Region of Waterloo website: regionofwaterloo/GetaVaccine
These clinics do not take walk-ins, an appointment is needed.

Who can get the vaccine now?

Children between the ages of 5-11 are now eligible to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone born in 2016 or earlier is eligible.


What vaccine will be given?

Health Canada has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years old. See the resources below for more information.

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children
COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Youth

Leah Bowman at 9:12 AM
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