About Kinbridge

Our Mission

We facilitate sustainable social supports that help our neighbours reach their full potential, fostering vibrant, healthy communities in which no one is left behind.

Our Vision

Our neighbourhood is a community that is connected through relationships, is full of opportunities, celebrates diversity, and provides a safe and inclusive environment.

Our Values

People –We respect and embrace our diverse community, and we seek to offer a space for people to grow.

Relationships –We cultivate reciprocal relationships that are rooted in equity, compassion and respect.

Inclusion – We embrace the uniqueness of each child, youth and adult, supporting them to reach their full potential.

Celebrate – We celebrate the power of building capacity with families, partners, donors and funders.

Welcome – We foster a welcoming spirit, providing a warm space of community for newcomers and all our neighbours.

Adaptability – We embrace innovation and creativity to ensure our actions align with our values and effectively meet the evolving needs of the community. 

Statement Against Racism and Hate

At Kinbridge, we firmly believe in fostering a community where diversity is celebrated, and every individual is respected and valued. We stand united against all forms of racism, bigotry, and discrimination.

We recognize that racism and hate have no place in our society, and we are committed to actively challenging and dismantling systemic injustices. We strive to create an inclusive environment where everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status, feels safe, welcomed, and empowered.

We pledge to:

  • Educate ourselves and our community about the impact of racism and the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Listen to and amplify the voices of those who have been marginalized and oppressed.
  • Advocate for policies and practices that promote equality and justice for all.
  • Engage in meaningful dialogue and collaboration with individuals and organizations working towards racial equity and social justice.
  • Take concrete actions to address and eliminate any forms of discrimination within our organization and broader community.

Together, we can build a more just, equitable, and compassionate world. Join us in standing against hate and creating a future where everyone can thrive.

Some resources within the Waterloo Region that provide support for anti-racism efforts, diversity, equity, and inclusion (EDI) work:

  • Waterloo Region Anti-Racism Coalition: The Waterloo Region Anti-Racism Coalition is a grassroots organization that advocates for racial justice and equity in the community. They organize events, campaigns, and educational initiatives to raise awareness about racism and promote anti-racist action.
  • KW Professional Organizers for Racial Equity (KWPORE): KWPORE is a collective of professional organizers in the Waterloo Region committed to advancing racial equity and justice. They provide workshops, consultations, and resources for individuals and organizations seeking to address systemic racism and inequality.

Story & Impact

Kinbridge Community Association is a community based organization that works to build capacity in the people we serve.  As a grassroots organization we strive to develop and run programs that serve the needs of our community as identified by our community.

Through participation in our programs people are able to get their needs met, develop skills and make community connections.  This increases opportunities and capacity for positive growth in all areas, including education and employment.  Kinbridge operates primarily out of three sites in two neighbourhoods in south Galt, serving a population of more than 34,000 people. We also coordinate a variety of programs at other sites including local schools and churches.

Story & Impact

Kinbridge Community Association is a community based organization that works to build capacity in the people we serve.  As a grassroots organization we strive to develop and run programs that serve the needs of our community as identified by our community.

Through participation in our programs people are able to get their needs met, develop skills and make community connections.  This increases opportunities and capacity for positive growth in all areas, including education and employment.  Kinbridge operates primarily out of three sites in two neighbourhoods in south Galt, serving a population of more than 34,000 people. We also coordinate a variety of programs at other sites including local schools and churches.

Here are just some of the ways we engaged the community and supported our neighbours over the 2023 year.

Volunteer Hours

Staff Employed

Community Center Visits

For more information on our activities and our impact, check out our Annual Reports:

Team

To contact or staff please use info@kinbridge.ca

Taylor Bulstrode
Co-Executive Director

Zeri Zigeta
Co-Executive Director

Pam

Pam St. Denis
Finance Manager

Elyse Golian
Cambridge Neighbourhood Table Manager

Amie

Amie Sider
YouthForce Development Manager

Hanna Negussie
Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Rose Bettio
Volunteer Coordinator

Person Placeholder

 Nour Al bitar
Community Center Host

Kim Lockhart
Administrative Coordinator

Rubina Bilal
Peer Health Worker

Sadia Farheen
Peer Health Worker

Sherri

Sheri Penney
Peer Health Worker and Facilities

Nathanael Mekasha
Youth Engagement Coordinator

Jamie Mcleod
Manager of Community Development

Person Placeholder

Sophie Martin
Recreation Coordinator

Marwa Gebeil
Newcomer Engager

Aoussaf Arrout
Newcomer Engager

Lily Magnus
Family Newcomer Employment Outreach Coordinator

Abdifatah

Abdifatah Musse
Newcomer Engagement Coordinator & Family Newcomer Outreach Coordinator

Person Placeholder

Raheem Umza
Community Center Host

Mariana Gebeil
Newcomer Engager

Martha Deng
Community Center Host

Board of Directors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Board of Directors remain committed in their governance role, asking hard questions, conducting financial scenario planning, and looking deep at our own practices.

They are committed to understand and learn the necessary changes in governance to ensure that our Association continues to be a vibrant partner in Cambridge and the Region of Waterloo and that our programs and services are relevant, accountable, and of high quality.

Kinbridge is actively recruiting board members with experience in- HR, Legal, and Fundraising.

If you are interested in joining our board please email info@kinbridge.ca for more information. 

 

 

Maresa MacAskill

Board Chair

Qadeer Awan

Treasurer

Linda Huchuk-Roechner

Secretary
 

 

Devon Hurvid

Vice Chair   

Amanda Lee 

Director 

Vithu Thambu-Kesevan 

Director 

Policies

The Kinbridge Community Association is committed to providing equal access to people with disabilities with respect to the use and benefit of goods, services and programs. Explore our policy here. (Revised December 2023)

The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to outline Kinbridge Community Association’s commitment to protecting the privacy and confidentiality of individuals’ personal information collected through our website and related services. Explore our policy here. Revised March 2024. 

The purpose of this Community Feedback Policy is to articulate Kinbridge Community Association’s commitment to fostering open communication and collaboration with community members, including all staff and volunteers, to gather feedback aimed at enhancing program quality and participant experiences. Explore our policy here. Revised March 2024.

Community Funders