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An End of Year Message

posted by Rebecca Webb

A single mother recovering from domestic abuse;
A newcomer family looking to learn about parenting in a Canadian context;
A transgender youth looking for support and a social network;
A business looking for training on diversity and inclusion.


As we have been there for our community, our community has been there for us.

As we celebrate our 70th anniversary, I’d like to thank all the individuals, families, businesses, and foundations that help to make our work possible. I’d also like to thank our community partners who work alongside us. Finally, I’d like to give a very special thanks to our staff and volunteers who work so tirelessly to make such a difference.

This has been an extremely challenging year but we are proud to have been part of so many stories of hope and resilience. For those in our community who were already coping with depression or anxiety, addictions or substance use, or healing from trauma or abuse, things have been that much more difficult. I’d like to thank and congratulate my staff here at KW Counselling Services for doing a tremendous job in the face of so many pressures.

Throughout the spring and summer we continued to provide counselling service by phone and online, and as soon as it was safe to do so we were back in the building to see some clients in person. Though we already offered video counselling, we had a lot to learn about providing all of our services virtually. Our parenting education courses, OK2BME youth groups, and Strong Moms, Safe Kids group all moved into virtual spaces. I’m very proud that we were able to continue to serve the community during these difficult times.

Your gifts throughout the year — and during this giving season — are crucial to our being able to continue to provide counselling services, parenting education and supports, and community development programs here in Waterloo Region. Thank you for helping us work towards a community where no one is left behind.

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Thank You, United Way

posted by KWCS Staff

KW Counselling Services is grateful to be receiving $40,000 for October-December 2020 from United Way Waterloo Region Communities. These funds from the United Way WRC Community Fund are designated for general operating support.

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Ways to Mental Wellbeing in Waterloo Region: Online Panel Recap

posted by Scott Williams

On June 18, 2020 we held the third of our three online panel discussions celebrating our 70th anniversary. Our panelists spoke about how we are in uncharted territory when it comes to mental wellness during a pandemic. Most of us have never lived through a situation like this, and many programs and systems were not designed to help with the unique stressors now facing us. Join our panelists as they discuss the Ways to Mental Wellbeing, and the challenges facing our mental health at this time.

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Belonging and Safety in Waterloo Region: Online Panel Recap

posted by KWCS Staff

On June 4, 2020 we held the second of three online panel discussions celebrating our 70th anniversary. Our panelists discussed how for most of us, sheltering at home means a safe and comfortable space, but for some members of our community, the challenges are very different. 

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Parenting Now: Online Panel Recap

posted by Scott Williams

On May 20, 2020, we held the first of three online panel discussions celebrating our 70th anniversary. CTV’s Rosie Del Campo moderated a panel of local experts as they discussed the challenges and opportunities that parents and families have during the pandemic.

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