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Kinbridge Annual Report

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2022 Kinbridge Annual Report

Resilience. That is what 2021 was about. The resilience of our community, our staff and volunteers and our community leaders. 2021 continued with uncertainty, trial and errors and open and close challenges. Kinbridge staff proved to be resilient. They were not afraid of failing. They embraced the process of re-assessing, learning and leaning forward with hope to serve with community.

Relationships and engaging with community in person is fundamental to Kinbridge. 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” was being fulfilled in new ways. There were however many new challenges. Our committed work to EDI was put to the test. We began to internally challenge our Vision. We re-grouped often. Voices of community were being heard loud and clear. Truth and Reconciliation, Every Child Matters, Black Lives Matter, Islamophobia, Racism, White Supremacy and where do we come into play? What is our part? Overwhelming? Yes! We did not shrink back in silence. We spoke up supporting our neighbours. We began our internal work. We have committed to learning and understanding how we need to change and truly lean into our vision. This work will be the backbone and foundation as we move ahead.

Helm MSP INC continues to be instrumental in our ability to engage with our community and build relationships. They truly have remained committed to the purpose of our work. They have respected the uniqueness of each staff’s technology situations and responded. They listened and understood the need for community to have access to internet to engage not only with Kinbridge but school, family, groceries, medical care. They are serious about security and ensure we learn the pitfalls, how to be safe, what to watch for. Safety and risk management continues in our virtual space.

Our volunteers have begun to re-engage. Selflessly giving 3,547 hours of their time, caring and compassion. We are so grateful as we were able to celebrate with their help, children were able to enjoy breakfast with Santa in person. Our Leaders in Training supported safe in person summer camps. Our Board of Directors continued to put in extra time while navigating their own lives and realities. They continue to help to keep Kinbridge’s eye on the horizon, attending workshops, sitting on committees, engaging with opportunities.

Kinbridge intentionally invests in building its capacity for offering services. We know the uncertainty of the next two years will be our biggest challenge. Budgets will be challenging, there is going to be major system transformations. We are grateful for the trust of the City of Cambridge to be good stewards of our finances but also of our community. The Hallman’s investment of Kinbridge with General Operating Support dollars has proved to be a sound model for funding. The trust and use of discretionary funds enable us to invest in our staff, community and organization through the pandemic. We were able to keep staff meaningfully employed, engage with community as they needed and continue working with partners.

Accessing the various government emergency supports has shored our day to day work as well keep us looking at the bigger picture. We are also grateful for Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation, United Way and KW Community Foundation, the Region of Waterloo, Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries; Ministry of Children and Youth Services; and our donors in working with us to support our investments, for their help in keeping us moving forward with community.

Kinbridge has been able to continue to work with and rely on key partners supporting our ability to be nimble, pro-active, and responsive in innovative ways. YouthForce operated at 100% with ability to begin investing in the development of a Social Enterprise for youth employment. Cambridge Neighbourhood Table is preparing to begin as community can come together again. We are broadening our collaborative with the City of Cambridge to engage Newcomer Youth and Seniors across the neighbourhoods, to learn and understand their needs to belong here. We are excited to grow our new partnership with the System Navigator Project with Family and Children Services.

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. The Board along with staff are committed to making change, to listen deeply to community, and look inward at our own systemic injustices and biases and be an active ally.

The unprecedented issues of homelessness, increased violence, addictions and food security continue to be further impacted and with increasing number of people. We will continue to address these challenging issues with our neighbours and partners. We will be utilizing our own data and the larger disaggregated data to work better, developing meaningful actions.

In closing, a huge thank-you is extended to all volunteers, staff, community members, partners and funders. We overcame barriers, both external and internal. We refuse to lose hope. We are focused on the horizon. None of the success that Kinbridge Community Association has achieved and will continue to achieve could happen without the dedication shown by everyone involved.

With Gratitude,

Kinbridge Community Association

Summer Camp Registration: Monday, April 11

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Summer camp registration is just around the corner!

We are excited to offer an exciting lineup of activities and special guest throughout the summer! Join us for outdoor play, activities, STEAM and a special guest scheduled each week.

Registration officially begins on Monday, April 11 at 9:30 A.M. Parents/caregivers may click the link below to begin by creating a family account. Upon 9:30 A.M. on Monday, April 11, families may login and begin the formal registration process for camp.

Please view the Kinbridge Summer Camp 2022 Schedule for full details.

Click here to create your family account or to officially register.

REMEMBER: Creating a family account does not reserve your child a spot at camp. Please ensure you follow instructions and formally register on Monday, April 11, starting at 9:30 A.M.

Questions or concerns? Please email info@kinbridge.ca or call 519-624-3855.

 

Summer Camp 2022 Announcement

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We are excited to offer a great lineup of special guests and themed weeks this summer! Summer Camp is open to children 4-12 years of age.

Our Summer Camp schedule, running from July 4-September 2, 2022, is as follows:

Week 1: July 4-8

Animal Adventures – Hands On Exotics

Week 2: July 11-15

Mini Makers – STEMOTICS

Week 3: July 18-22

Summer Science – Mad Science

Week 4: July 25-29

Toy Story – Tinker Toys

Week 5: August 2-5 (Short week)

Outdoor Explorers – Focus on Nature

Week 6: August 8-12

Bust a Move – HoopOUT

Week 7: August 15-19

Creation Nation – Play with Clay Cambridge

Week 8: August 22-26

Ninja Warriors – Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo

Week 9: August 29-September 2

Summer Send Off – Monkey Movers (Dance/Gym Bus)

For the full schedule, description of special guest programming and instructions for registering please click here.

Kinbridge recognizes Pink Shirt Day!

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February 23 is Pink Shirt Day – Anti-Bullying Day. Join us in creating awareness about bullying, what it is and how we can all help stop it!

Pink Shirt Day Window

 

Sadly, bullying can take place in-person and online, and nowadays over phone apps. Young and old can feel the impact of bullying – whether it takes place at school, in social settings or even in places of employment. It is all our responsibility to say “No” to bullying.

Our After School Program facilitators have ensured continuing conversations about:

  • What cliques are and how they can sometimes be harmful
  • How to be a bucket filler and life others up
  • Our differences, likes and dislikes and how they make us special
  • How to be a good friend

Join us this pink shirt day in creating your own pink shirt! Here’s how:

  1. Print a copy of the pink shirt outline
  2. Write a message or draw a picture of how what you can do to help stop bullying
  3. Colour your shirt!

Share your shirt by visiting our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram!

Download the pink shirt template here: Pink Shirt Day (8.5 × 11 in)

Black History Month – Movie Night with Kinbridge

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In recognition of Black History Month we will be hosting a movie night on Friday, February 18, 4:00-6:30 P.M.

Join us for a viewing of the documentary The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.

Marsha P. was one of the first trans Black people to use their voice for the trans community and had a leading role during an uprising, which became known as the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. 

The documentary screening will take place over Zoom and reflection and conversation will follow the screening. Note: Due to  the content of this film, it is recommended that participants be 16 years old and up.

To register, please email or give our office a call. info@kinbridge.ca or 519-624-3855

 

 

 

COVID-19 Update for January 2022

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COVID-19 Update – January 4, 2021

In response to recent trends that show a rapid increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, Ontario is temporarily moving into Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen with modifications that take into account the province’s successful vaccination efforts.

As of January 5, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. the following measures will be in place for at least 21 days (until January 27) subject to trends in public health and our health system.

Please refer to O. Reg. 263/20 Rules for Areas in Step 2 for the complete list of measures and conditions that apply to certain businesses, organizations, places and individuals.

What does this mean for Kinbridge Community Association?

Kinbridge Community Association continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, and in consultation with Region of Waterloo Public Health, is taking steps to help prevent the spread of infection in the community.

Our 3 locations are accessible by appointment only. Should you have a need, such as access to our food cupboards, clothing or other community resources, please call or email reception to discuss and schedule a time to meet with one of our staff. Reception: 519-624-3855. Email: info@kinbridge.ca

Program Information:

We will continue to accept registrations for our children, youth, family and adult programs.

As of January 4, 2022, the Preston Lawn Bowling Short Mat program is ON HOLD.

We encourage you to get the COVID-19 vaccination. To learn more, please visit:

https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/covid-19-vaccination-pre-registration.aspx


Stay connected by following us on our social media  for virtual activities and upcoming program information.

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Please find general COVID-19 information and updates here www.cambridge.ca/COVID19.

Children 5-11 years of age are  now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. To learn more or to book an appointment, visit https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/covid-19-vaccination-pre-registration.aspx

Please visit Region of Waterloo Public Health for up-to-date information.

For up-to-date vaccination information for the Region of Waterloo please visit their Health and Wellness section of their website.

Thank you for your continued cooperation! Take care and stay well!

 

Kinbridge Holiday Hours

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Season’s greetings! As we wind down for the year 2021, our locations will be closed starting at 12:00 P.M. on Friday, December 24 and will re-open on Monday, January 3, 2022, at 9:00 A.M.

We wish you a wonderful holiday season and we look forward to seeing you in the new year!

 

Now Recruiting Volunteers for Cambridge Neighbourhood Table!

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Hospitality Volunteers

This critical role at our first Cambridge Neighbourhood Table location may be made for you, if you:

  • have a positive life outlook
  • enjoy meeting new people
  • have a passion for interacting with guests
  • have the ability to cope with the unpredictable
  • have appropriate training or are prepared to take necessary training

Ten Hospitality Volunteers are needed for the Forward Church location. You will be involved on the front-lines to engage with our guests, in a variety of ways:

  • help with traffic flow, maintain order and build relationships with our guests through conversation and while participating in games and activities.
  • help guests connect to essential services provided by our partner agencies.
  • offer friendship, support and encouragement to all who come
  • focus on guest interaction and relationship development, without any meal or kitchen involvement
  • time commitment is 2 hours every Friday, either from 5 pm-7 pm or 7 pm-9 pm.

Meal Team Volunteers

Six meal teams are needed for the first location at Forward Church with more around the city over this coming year as additional locations open. Each meal team needs a team leader and usually has about 10 team members.
The role of a Meal Team is to . . .

  • plan the meal
  • order the meal ingredients a week ahead from the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank
  • pick-up the meal ingredients ordered from the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank
  • prepare the meal
  • serve the buffet-style meal from 6 pm to 7 pm
  • clean-up

Typically a meal team signs on for one meal a month, but once every 3 months (or other frequency) is an option as well.  Time commitment for team members is determined by each meal team, typically . . .

  • 2 team members will focus on meal preparation from 1 pm to 5 pm
  • 4 team members for meal prep and serving from 4 pm to 7 pm
  • 4 team members will focus on meal serving and cleanup from 6 pm to 9 pm

Consider volunteering if you:

  • have a passion for helping our citizens-in-need
  • want to be a role player in a meal team environment
  • are primarily interested in meal preparation, serving and clean-up

We are accepting individual volunteers or if you have already gathered a group of volunteers we want to hear from you too!

New Staff Announcement!!

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We are very pleased to introduce Carolyn Leighton-Hilborn, our new full-time Program Manager of Cambridge Neighbourhood Table. Carolyn is an experienced professional with a background in social services, communications and advocacy for vulnerable groups.

Carolyn has 15 years’ experience working in social services in the Waterloo Region. She is also a trained Peer Health Worker through Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services.

Welcome Carolyn!