SPECIAL EDITION 12
Waterloo is neighbourly
Welcome to the 12th edition of Neighbours helping Neighbours, a weekly newsletter from the neighbourhoods team, with a focus on good news stories, important community updates and an ever growing list of support resources.

In last week's edition, we shared the request for neighbours to get involved in a leadership role with the Hey Neighbour! Block Connector program. Caring and compassionate neighbours contribute to quality of life - by building and maintaining connections there is a strengthened sense of community.

Full details are posted on the  Neighbourhoods webpage.

We would be remiss if we didn't acknowledge the overt systematic oppression and harm that racialized citizens across the world are experiencing in this moment. People, ourselves and/or our neighbours who do not live with these experiences can be allies by listening and learning. Some helpful information:

The KW Solidarity March for #BlackLivesMatter will be streamed on Facebook for those that wish to support from a distance.

If you have ideas for resources to share or shareable stories of kindness, please send them to: neighbourhoods@waterloo.ca

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Waterloo neighbours can help share messages of hope
Dori, a resident and realtor in Clair Hills, has organized an effort to share thank you messages to frontline workers and community artwork to residents living in assisted living or retirement homes.

The project has been providing community cards, drawings and paintings to lift the spirits of seniors who have been isolated through this pandemic and is usually led around the holidays as well. Community members can help by snapping a photo of one of their drawings, and emailing it to Dori. These will be printed and delivered to the front entrance of the homes, until personal delivery by Dori is possible again.
Happy Pride All!
Every June, the LGBTQ community celebrates and recognizes the influence LGBTQ people have had around the world. Locally, the Rainbow Community Council brings together existing community organizations that support the Rainbow community as a whole.

Although Annual Pride Month Celebrations are different this year, virtual events and information will be available on the Wellbeing Waterloo Region Calendar .

Photo credit: Uptown Waterloo BIA
Take the Pollinator Pledge
The City of Waterloo is recognized as a Bee City due to our efforts to support native pollinators and their habitat. We do this through education and community stewardship on municipal parkland. Visit  Bee City Canada  to learn more about the program and take the pledge.
2020 Artist in Residence
Richard Burrows and Christa Mercey have been selected as the 2020 Artists in Residence. Throughout the summer, Burrows and Mercey will present an opportunity for the community to participate in an art project culminating into two community anthems, O’Canada, and an original song, We are Waterloo. 

Each week, new elements of the two songs, O’Canada and We are Waterloo, will be added. Participants of every level are encouraged to follow along, create their own videos, and submit their creations.

Videos will be released on Youtube  on Fridays from May to September. 

Fire & Life Safety
Just like your home, your cottage, cabin or RV must have working smoke alarms. It’s the law. You may want to change the batteries the first time you go to your cottage, cabin or RV this year.

Always check local municipality restrictions on open burning.
At home gardening tips from the Waterloo Horticultural Society
Waterloo Horticultural Society member Heather Kelly shares "A h, mint. A most prolific plant. There are hundreds of varieties but two of the most commonly grown in our area (Zone 5) are spearmint and peppermint. Mint are low-maintenance plants and can be grown in sun, partial shade or shade. Their native habitat is along stream banks so it’s best not to let them dry out; like many other plants, they prefer loose soil with good drainage.

One important aspect of mint is their tendency to spread. They send out runners from the main plant and can easily take over your garden; they can travel 4-5 feet (up to 1.5 metres) in a season. Physical barriers are needed to keep them in check, and the easiest way to handle that is by keeping them in containers.

There are a multitude of uses for mint leaves: add crushed mint to salad dressings, add a few leaves to your smoothies, sprinkle some chopped leaves over Greek yoghurt and berries, freshen up ice water with crushed mint and lemon, enjoy mint juleps on those hot summer days, or simply make some lovely mint tea."

Stay tuned for the at home gardening tips in next week's edition!
Coordinated COVID-19 Response Newsletter - May 29, 2020
These weekly newsletters keep everyone informed about
the coordinated response to the evolving COVID-19 situation. The Region, area municipalities and local community partners are meeting regularly to make sure pandemic response efforts
are coordinated and aligned.

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