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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.



Family Alliance Ontario-Membership Renewal & AGM

On behalf of Family Alliance Ontario, we would like to remind everyone that it is time to renew your membership. The membership form can be filled online on the website. If you are not yet a member but would like to be, please view the Family Alliance Ontario Accord. To learn more about FAO, please check out our website.


Please contact: [email protected] for further information.


Save the date for Family Alliance Ontario's Annual General Meeting. It will be held Saturday, October 29 at 10am until 12:30pm through Zoom. If you are an FAO member, updates will be shared via email.


Leah Bowman at 9:01 AM
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Family Pulse- September 2022

September is here! 


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

Am I a Writer? Are you?
What's Happening at WRFN
IEP Workshop
Erin's EarlyON Drop-Ins
Community Information, Resources and Opportunities


You can read the online version of Family Pulse here or download the PDF here. 

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Recreational Respite-Workshops & Fall Programming

RECreating Capacity Workshop

Fostering a culture of participation has been at the core of what we do in both our one to one supports and group programs, since 2008. Building capacity through collaborative work has been extensive at Recreational Respite with community partnerships across the globe that promote recreation, connectivity, inclusion, and social health. These collaborations have created a unique interdependence that moves away from the myth that we rely on only one source to provide meaningful relationships between the people we support and the services we offer. This multi-strategic approach broadens impact, builds, and strengthens a unique team culture, elevates sustainability, creates consistency, and produces measurable outcomes.



Here are some suggestions and targeted groups.

  • Caregivers (family caregivers)
  • Volunteers
  • Students
  • Other professionals (personal support workers, respite workers etc.)

This workshop strives to identify several fundamentals of recreation programs and its capacities and is a suggested start to any of our other workshops.

  • Deliver sustainable, inclusive recreation programs
  • Identify gaps in program services
  • Create opportunities to implement recreation in a variety of capacities
  • Develop programs that encourage cross cultural skills and celebrates diversity
  • Promote positive interactions among participants
  • Build a culture of participation
  • Reduce isolation, promote social health and connectivity

For more information or to sign up your team or group: [email protected]


'Soft Skills' Workshops

Young Adult (Ages 16+)

Our young adults virtual group programs aim to provide independent skill mastery that cultivate and promote self-care, healthy relationships, leadership skills and explore various topics that address transition and change. Each workshop is inclusive and creates opportunities to promote healthy avenues of independence and job readiness.

Program costs are $20 per program session.
Duration is 1 hour.
Registration is required.


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Engage WR-Community Meetings

We wanted to share this important information from the City of Kitchener. We encourage you to participate, so you can make your voice heard and continue to make Kitchener a place where you and others can participate and belong as full citizens.


The City of Kitchener wants feedback from residents about its 2023-2026 strategic plan as well as creating a vision for the next 20 years!

Kitchener residents, they want to hear from YOU about your priorities!

There are many ways for residents to contribute their thoughts. These include: 
Engage Kitchener gives residents the opportunity to submit their thoughts, participate in an online poll, sharing everything from writing to drawing to videos to express their vision for the future.
Street teams will be out this summer and fall asking for in-person feedback.

The City will also host a number of conversations at local community centres. They are as follows:

September 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Williamsburg Community Centre
September 8, 6:30-8:30 p. m. at Victoria Hills Community Centre
September 12, 6:30-8:30 p. m. Centreville Chicopee Community Centre
September 13, 6:30-8:30 p. m. Bridgeport Community Centre

There will be a panel of residents put together to help the City develop strategic goals and actions for inclusion within the plan. Recruitment will begin later this year.

Learn more about the strategic planning process and how you can be involved at www.engagewr.ca/planwithus

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The Village Drop-In for Young Parents & Their Children

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