Welcome to the 33rd edition of Neighbours helping Neighbours, a bi-weekly newsletter from the neighbourhoods team, with a focus on good news stories, important community updates and an ever growing list of support resources.

If you have ideas for resources to share or would like to get in touch, please reach out to: neighbourhoods@waterloo.ca

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Neighbour shout-outs!
Help the City of Waterloo recognize your neighbours who do something great, big or small, in the neighbourhood. Nominations will be accepted year-round and every nominee will receive a thank you package.

How can you get involved?

  • Submit a quick and easy nomination to describe your kind neighbour’s contributions
  • Help spread the word about this new program
  • Be a caring and kind neighbour!

Spotted: Neighbourhood Kindness!
Anna Marie, her husband Andrew, and daughter Kalena are wonderful neighbours! When my partner and I got our puppy a couple years ago we often ran into them on the sidewalk, walking their dogs of the same breed! They almost immediately invited us over to their backyard for dog play dates. We have been having dog play dates and socially distanced visits in the backyard at least once a week since! Before we got our dog, we didn't know many people in our neighbourhood - so it was lovely to meet new friends who were, and are, so welcoming. They've also introduced us to other neighbourhood dogs and their owners! We're moving to Ottawa this month, and it's sad to say goodbye, so I thought nominating Anna Marie, Andrew, Kalena, and Jonesy would make the perfect farewell message! What a special friendship we have formed, both as humans, and the dogs too! Jonesy + Murphy = BFF!!
Image 1: Tinfoil pie plate on wooden table with string, berries and tree branch, demonstrating supplies for activity.
Cardinal Neighbours Family Day Fun!
Cardinal Neighbours got crafty on Family Day and created ice catchers to display throughout the neighbourhood. With the help of a mini grant supplies were purchased and kits were prepared for anyone interested to join in the fun at home.

Photo credit: Shannon G.
Yellow background image, with text: "Join us for our Neighbourhood  Workshop Series"
There's still time to register for upcoming workshops!
The City of Waterloo will host a virtual Neighbourhood Workshop Series that will engage neighbours in discussions and help strengthen communication, conflict resolution, and inclusion skills. All workshops will be facilitated by local community leaders.
The remaining workshops include:
  • Best Practices For Moderating a Social Media Community - March 9, 6:30-8pm
  • Active Bystander Training - March 23, 6-9pm
  • Anti-racism in Neighbourhoods - April 14, 7-8:30pm

All Waterloo neighbours are welcome to attend! The workshops are free to view descriptions and register on Eventbrite.
East Side Library construction progress
Construction for the new East Side Branch of the Waterloo Public Library began in November 2020 at RIM Park. Recent photos show structural steel installation! 

Throughout the construction process:
  • the WPL will update you on construction activity related to the library itself, visit the WPL's East Side Library page for library updates
  • follow the WPL on Facebook and Twitter
  • the City of Waterloo will update you on parking, recreation programming and other changes as they relate to RIM Park specifically
  • bookmark this page or check Facebook and Twitter for ongoing updates
  • updates will be posted through other communication channels, such as e-newsletters

The new branch is scheduled to open in Spring 2022.
Phase One pre-registration system for COVID-19 Vaccine launches in Waterloo Region  
High-priority groups can now pre-register for COVID-19 vaccination in Waterloo Region. Those identified as part of Phase One of the province’s vaccination roll-out plan, including Adults 80+, are encouraged to register to be contacted for a vaccine appointment. Appointments are for as early as this week, and will continue based on vaccine availability.
Residents can register in two ways:
  • Online*
  • By phone: For those unable to register online please call the Region’s Service First Call Centre at 519-575-4400.
*Online registration is the fastest way to register. Please be patient as the call centre experiences a high volume of calls.
Pre-registration and vaccination is currently open to:
  • Adult recipients of chronic home health care
  • Adults 80 years of age and older
  • Essential caregivers in long-term care or retirement home
  • Health care workers
  • Indigenous Adults
  • Seniors congregate setting - staff, residents and essential caregivers
  • Staff in long-term care or retirement home
Vaccination of residents, essential caregivers and staff in long-term care and high-risk retirement homes is coming to a conclusion with more than 29,000 doses administered and more than 13,000 people fully vaccinated with two doses.
Learn more about where you can go to be vaccinated once appointments are available as well as our 5 Clinic Type strategy.
Clearing snow near midtown Waterloo
Neighbours in midtown are clearing snow on their street more easily this winter. With the help of a pandemic mini grant neighbours purchased a snow blower for shared neighbourhood use to clear walkways and driveways. .

Photo credit: Missy M.
Multicultural Calendar:
  • March 8 ~ International Women’s Day. A day to recognize and appreciate the role women play in society. In some countries, this day is an official holiday and treated equivalently to Mother's Day. (International)
  • March 11 ~ Maha Shivaratri. A Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of God Shiva. It is also known as the Great Night of Shiva or Shivaratri and is one of the largest and most significant among the sacred festival nights of India. (Hindu)
  • March 15 – May 1 ~ Great Lent, or the Great Fast, is the most important fasting season in the church year in the Eastern Orthodox Church, Byzantine Rite Lutheran Churches and the Eastern Catholic Churches, which prepares Christians for the greatest feast of the church year, Pascha. (Orthodox Christian)
  • March 17 ~ Saint Patrick's Day. A cultural and religious celebration held on March 17, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland. (International)

Source: Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion
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