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Social Development Centre Waterloo Region
49th Annual General Meeting
Progress on Priorities
Setting direction for advanci...
*
*Retrospective analysis of work since 1967
*Topics and discussions from community
forums, kitchen table talks, and other...
*
*Community Social Planning
*Civic Engagement
*Strong Neighbourhoods
*Access and Inclusion
*Poverty Elimination
*Digital ...
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*Newly elected councillors at Kitchener,
Waterloo and Regional Council
*Disabilities and Human Rights Group
*K-W Poverty...
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*Strong Neighbourhoods
*Poverty Elimination
*Access to Information
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*In 2015 established the Community Social
Planning Council to provide a community
based perspective to guide our work
*S...
*
*Launched the Decent Lives-Strong Neighbourhoods series in 2015
(referred to as Decent Lives project in the future):
*3 ...
*
*1. Assess and monitor:
*Framework for strong neighbourhoods to support decent lives has been
defined
*Work has started ...
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*Integrated with Digital Inclusion
*Information services continue: Blue Book published, phone inquiries continue
to decl...
*
*Recognize that information access is a basic need, public good and
human right in modern society
*Increase awareness an...
*
*Raise profile of human rights and social justice advocacy
role: develop a pool of advocates
*Increase profile for innov...
*
*Are we on a good track?
*If we achieve one thing in the next year
what should it be?
*What activities would be most hel...
*
*Each table should have: post it note pads, pens for each person,
flipchart paper, markers and masking tape
*We will tak...
*
*Report back to all groups – what your group has
agreed on – depending on time, we will report
back after:
*Qu 1
*Qu 2 &...
*
*Coming as soon as we review the notes from
the discussion tables!
Social Development Centre Waterloo Region
74 Frederick St, Kitchener ON N2H 3L7
Phone/TTY: 519-579-1096
Toll Free: 1-877-5...
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Annual General Meeting Presentation June 28 2016

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Presentation on the progress on priorities for 2015 and how our work is evolving. Open discussion about future directions, challenges and opportunities as we move forward towards decent lives in strong neighbourhoods and access to information.

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Annual General Meeting Presentation June 28 2016

  1. 1. Social Development Centre Waterloo Region 49th Annual General Meeting Progress on Priorities Setting direction for advancing community through participation & knowledge
  2. 2. * *Retrospective analysis of work since 1967 *Topics and discussions from community forums, kitchen table talks, and other community input over past 10 years *Review of issues raised by reference and action groups
  3. 3. * *Community Social Planning *Civic Engagement *Strong Neighbourhoods *Access and Inclusion *Poverty Elimination *Digital Inclusion *Access to Information *Healthy Environment
  4. 4. * *Newly elected councillors at Kitchener, Waterloo and Regional Council *Disabilities and Human Rights Group *K-W Poverty Free Action Group
  5. 5. * *Strong Neighbourhoods *Poverty Elimination *Access to Information
  6. 6. * *In 2015 established the Community Social Planning Council to provide a community based perspective to guide our work *Six (6) meetings since October *Varied perspectives, lots of great discussion and guidance
  7. 7. * *Launched the Decent Lives-Strong Neighbourhoods series in 2015 (referred to as Decent Lives project in the future): *3 community forums, 10 kitchen table talks: preliminary plan set Integrated other topics : Civic Engagement; Access and Inclusion, Healthy Environment *Preliminary plan set – developing an assessment framework for strong neighbourhoods to support decent lives *Continued Systemic Analysis of Poverty project *Hosted policy analysis session and all candidate sessions during federal election – used Poverty Elimination Framework tool *Created interactive map tool to assess neighbourhood needs – an excellent model for similar analyses *Continued VisitAble Housing project: realtors, builders and planners *Continued partnership in Festival of Neighbourhoods *Continued Neighbourhood Connections program: Traynor- Vanier and Cherry Park
  8. 8. * *1. Assess and monitor: *Framework for strong neighbourhoods to support decent lives has been defined *Work has started to develop an interactive assessment tool – community wide, neighbourhood specific and individual *2. Set priorities on physical and social infrastructure gaps: *Define standards for ‘strong’ neighbourhood & ‘a decent life’ - what should we be able to expect? *Determine what to tackle for city wide equity *3. Create community development programs: *Proactive projects to fill neighbourhood equity gaps *Support community initiative to enhance physical and social environment through short term projects
  9. 9. * *Integrated with Digital Inclusion *Information services continue: Blue Book published, phone inquiries continue to decline; web access remains high (average 9 min per visit) *Municipal funding loss impacts service capacity: * Duplication of effort in maintaining a region wide database – does not meet our needs * Misunderstanding of need for mediated support or digital inclusion *Information focused projects: * Building local information supports to newcomer project – training & resources * Women Building Community Project – training & resources * Older Adults and Access to Technology– training & resources *Poverty reduction funding proposals: aim to develop peer to peer information and system navigation programs: workers and tenants *No direct community consultation since 2014 survey
  10. 10. * *Recognize that information access is a basic need, public good and human right in modern society *Increase awareness and understanding of the importance of local, experienced mediated information access: Google is NOT the answer to human needs. *Understand ‘community focused’ technical infrastructure is needed and must be anchored in the community i.e. not govt nor business; Social Development Centre has this expertise and is well positioned to build on this *Advocate for restoring and increasing Social Development Centre funding so innovative work can continue e.g. user friendly ‘apps’, system navigation and advocacy support to vulnerable groups: renters, low wage earners, persons with disabilities, seniors, immigrants
  11. 11. * *Raise profile of human rights and social justice advocacy role: develop a pool of advocates *Increase profile for innovative, inclusive processes: *Engagement in formal consultations *Lived experience advocacy & action *Policy and political analysis *Provide social development training: *Information for problem solving and planning *Social data for planning and evaluation *Organizing and advocacy skills for social change *Enlist investments in technical & knowledge management expertise to develop software applications for public good
  12. 12. * *Are we on a good track? *If we achieve one thing in the next year what should it be? *What activities would be most helpful in achieving this outcome? *How do we get the support we need to ensure we can sustain and build our work?
  13. 13. * *Each table should have: post it note pads, pens for each person, flipchart paper, markers and masking tape *We will take the questions in order *Write your own responses - post it note – after each question is done – stick this on your tables flipchart page *Discuss your responses at your table *Pick 2-4 items that your table mates agree on – write these on one post-it note, stick it on the flipchart page *Right the name of your group and Qu# on flipchart paper
  14. 14. * *Report back to all groups – what your group has agreed on – depending on time, we will report back after: *Qu 1 *Qu 2 & 3 (together) *Qu 4 *Keep all post it notes from each table (posted to a flipchart page)
  15. 15. * *Coming as soon as we review the notes from the discussion tables!
  16. 16. Social Development Centre Waterloo Region 74 Frederick St, Kitchener ON N2H 3L7 Phone/TTY: 519-579-1096 Toll Free: 1-877-579-3859 Fax: 519-578-9185 Website: http://www.waterlooregion.org What’s not to like? f: Social Development Centre Waterloo Region t: @SPCofKW

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