Multicultural Leadership Development

Together is Better

KW Counselling Services responds to the requests of multicultural groups in Waterloo Region who would benefit from consultation, organizational development, office space, administrative and infrastructure supports in becoming sustainable and maximizing their potential.

In addition to providing much needed support, we also facilitate collaboration and networking between these groups through monthly joint meetings with Bridging Resources, our committee of multicultural leaders.

For a number of years KW Counselling Services has acted as a “transfer agency” for small multicultural groups (intermediary charities) who have no charitable status and who receive grants from United Way, KWCF or similar granting bodies. In addition to requiring a registered charity to act as a “banker” for funds, these groups often also require coaching in grant and project management.

These groups, such as the Coalition of Muslim Women, the South Sudan Canadian Association and the Parents Club for Seniors Speaking Russian, to name but a few, have wonderful activities that build community, belonging and citizenship. Their capacity is often hampered by the lack of administrative, governance and infrastructure supports that Together Is Better offers.

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Bridging Resources

Bridging Resources is a committee of multicultural leaders. 

Bridging Resources reaches out to new and experienced ethno-cultural leaders who are committed to strengthening the fabric of ethnic communities and promoting a sense of belonging in Waterloo Region. These members meet to share resources, ideas and receive leadership training. With this knowledge and training, they are better equipped to act as ambassadors. They reach out as leaders to form a bridge to resources which may otherwise remain inaccessible to their communities.

Networking and workshops are monthly from September to June. For membership information contact: 519.884.0000 x212

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Leadership Development Program

We offer Leadership Development Training for emergent ethno-cultural community leaders. In this free, interactive training, participants build on their existing skills and knowledge to improve the sustainability of our Region’s multicultural community groups.

Long term goals

  • Provide leadership skills in group development
  • Build on existing skills to help participants engage in community capacity building
  • Gain knowledge and skills needed to become a community leader
  • Promote integration by fostering a sense of belonging

Short Term Goals

  • Gain confidence in running community groups and projects
  • Learn the basic skills required for group participation and community cooperation
  • Promote self awareness using various tools and techniques
  • Grow inherent leadership talent
  • Transfer leadership skills from country of birth to Canadian context
  • Receive support in grant application process


  • An active member of an ethno-cultural group
  • Passion for building healthy communities
  • Commitment to program through regular attendance and participation

For more information, call
519.884.0000 x212

Funded by UW KWCF

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The next session begins on September 20, 2016.  Contact Georgina for more information 

Want to know more? Hailing Huang, a graduate of the group, wrote an article on her experience for the “Chinese Canadian Voice”. Other graduates of the training have since translated the article into their own first languages. Read them here!

Training Article – Arabic

Training Article – Chinese

Training Article – English

Training Article – Spanish

Training Article – Urdu