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Statement to demand a vote to pass Bill C-6 – An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy)

posted by KWCS Staff

Kitchener-Waterloo Counselling Services (KWCS) is standing with the multitude of voices demanding the Senate reconvene to vote on and pass Bill C-6 – An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy). This Bill passed in the House of Commons on June 22nd but has been stalled in the Senate. It sits in limbo, with danger of dying if a federal election is called before a Senate vote.  


Emergency Community Support Funding for Parenting Supports

posted by KWCS Staff

KW Counselling Services is grateful to have received $21,348 from the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Emergency Community Support Fund through Employment & Social Development Canada and administered by United Way Waterloo Region Communities.


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.


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.


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.