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Volunteer Engagement at Sustainable Waterloo Region

Several times a week now, I’m asked: “How do you work with volunteers? Tell me how to do it.” While I don’t think we have ‘solved’ this challenge at Sustainable Waterloo Region, it’s something that has become somewhat of a competitive advantage for the organization. Without a doubt, we could not have started or had […]

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Same Building, New Office

As some may recall, this past September, the Sustainable Waterloo Region team made some fairly significant changes to our shared identity, including a move from our first office on King St. in Uptown Waterloo to our collaborative current space in the Tannery here in downtown Kitchener. We made this original move in response to a […]

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Growth and Governance

In my last post, I reflected on all of the growth we’ve been experiencing at Sustainable Waterloo Region recently, and ended with some of the challenges that have emerged as a result. Today I’d like to pick up on one of those challenges: how our governance model has evolved over the past year in response […]

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Scaling Up: Researching Province-Wide Collaboration

Sustainable Waterloo Region, with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, has recently launched research into the possibility of scaling up the work of SWR to regions and communities across Ontario. In the past we have informally coached communities in Niagara (the Niagara Sustainability Initiative) and Hamilton (Sustainable Hamilton), however we have yet to establish […]

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Onwards and Upwards

  While I often spend time in conversations related to planning and strategizing the future direction of this organization, I find reflecting on our work is equally important. And as I sit to write this post, my alma mater (Wilfrid Laurier), is in the midst of their Fall commencement ceremony – where they give students […]

Adventure and Renewal – On Hiatus July 22 – Aug 22

I’m writing this on a Friday afternoon. Like most days my head is full of ideas & excitement, my heart feels fulfilled, but I am absolutely exhausted. One telling sign was earlier this week – I found myself growing increasingly frustrated when having a hard time understanding a colleague, a routine discussion where in the […]