Our story started off with a commitment to engage with and make a difference in our local neighbourhood. Many have encountered incredible life challenges and consequently deal with a variety of social, education, employment and mental health issues.
We began by engaging with the needs that people identified. We stubbornly stuck with the script. We spent time listening. We mourned and we celebrated together. In time others joined us; students from the Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, along with friends from the surrounding communities. Service clubs and churches became involved. Many from our neighbourhoods found a role and contributed. We found that by starting with the children and youth we could earn the trust of parents, and in time our engagement spread across entire community.