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.
Presently we conduct, on a year-round basis, numerous programs and initiatives focused on promoting the well- being of youth, children and families, and enabling participants to make a positive contribution to their world. A very interesting thing happened; as people joined the community and experienced their value they effortlessly began to invest in contribution and change. These people have now moved on and today are actively working for change in ‘their’ world.
NOW & TOMORROW
The future we seek requires implies significant societal change. While A4C works for systemic change, we will always prioritise our neighbours, those closest to us. The movement we seek invites everyone to participate, for everyone has a neighbour, be it where they work, play or reside.