City of waterloo neighbourhoods: strong and connected.

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Artists in Neighbourhoods

Neighbours and local artists are invited to apply for up to $5,000 to support a community art project through. The deadline to submit an expression of interest is March 1, 2024.

Learn more about the Artists in Neighbourhoods program.

group of people around table painting. Text reads get funding for a community art project.

Council for a Day

Grade 5 students who live or attend school in Waterloo can win a chance to be City Councillor for a day! Eight students are chosen based on their ideas for improving life in Waterloo. Winners are invited to attend State of the City and spend the day with Mayor McCabe.

The application for Council for a Day is open until March 29, 2024.

Learn more about the Council for a Day contest.

Attention gr.5 students! Tell us your one idea to make waterloo an even better place to live.

More ways to get involved

  • Block Connectors are neighbourhood volunteers that bring neighbours together. Become a block connector today and to access staff support, a network of fellow connectors, and other resources.

Get inspired

See what's happening across Waterloo and find inspiration to make your neighbourhood a little more awesome. We can support your idea with things like grants and equipment. Interested? Just hit reply to this email.

Art reflecting the natural neighbourhood

Neighbours in Beechwood Park partnered with local artist Denise Strong to create a colourful fence art project. The artwork represents the natural elements of their neighbourhood and the creatures found within it - including foxes, squirrels, birds, flowers, butterflies, and bees.

Inspired? This project received funding and support through the City's Artists in Neighbourhoods program and applications are open until March 1.

Two adults and a child standing in front of a picnic table with painted wooden items

Winter celebration of new park additions

Neighbours in Uptown North came together to celebrate new additions to their neighbourhood park including a community message board, new artistic picnic tables and a temporary art installation. Drummers and singers from Urban Native Transitional Housing (UNTH), cookies, hot chocolate and community conversations, made this a special celebration.

Thank you to the Uptown North Neighbourhood Association for all you do to support a strong, connected neighbourhood.

Playground on a sunny day with some snow

Kindness shines in the winter time

Cat sitting snow with text reading, spotted neighbourhood kindness

A neighbour shares:

"Our cat was out in the cold meowing to get inside and our neighbour rang our doorbell to let us know. It was a very cold night and we're grateful our neighbour let us know our pet was outside."

Is there someone doing awesome near you?

We want to recognize people who do great things, big or small, in their neighbourhood. Nominations will be accepted year-round, and every nominee will receive a thank you package and be entered into a random draw to win a $25 gift card. The next draw is happening in the winter.

Recognize a neighbour today!

Get in the know

Senior of the Year Award

You know them: caring, involved seniors who go out of their way to make a difference in our community. Maybe they’re a helpful neighbour or dedicated volunteer. Consider nominating that special 65+ resident for a Senior of the Year Award!

Nominations close on April 2.

Waterloo senior of the year

February is Black History Month

Black History Month is an opportunity to learn, reflect and appreciate the achievements and legacy of Black Canadians. To celebrate, explore, and learn, check out these resources:

If you are able, consider a donation to an organization supporting Black Canadians or exploring local volunteer opportunities.

Waterloo from Above: 200 years of change

The Town of Waterloo was a mere 12 square kilometers in 1876. Today, the City of Waterloo covers 64 square kilometers, with the initial boundaries no longer visible. Striking changes to the landscape tell the tale of our growing city over time.

The City of Waterloo Museum invites you to take a bird’s eye view flight through the decades in their new exhibition “Waterloo from Above: 200 Years of Change." Plan your visit today!

Waterloo from above. 200 years of change.

More things to know!

  • February 24: Local minor sports organizations are hosting a registration and try it event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the RIM Park Field House. Participating organizations include Waterloo Minor Girls Softball Association, KW Minor Boys Softball, Waterloo Minor Soccer Club, and Waterloo County Rugby. Email for information.

  • Did you know that the City of Waterloo now offers interpretation services in over 240 languages? Check out the media release for more details.

February Diversity Calendar

February: Black History Month (Canada)

February 1-7: World Interfaith Harmony Week

February 1: World Hijab Day

February 1: Imbolc / Imbolg / Oimelc / Candlemas

February 2: Groundhog Day

February 4: World Cancer Day

February 4 – 10: White Cane Week

February 6: International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

February 6 (sundown)-7: Lailat al Miraj

February 9 (evening)-10: Lunar New Year / Spring Festival

February 10: Losar (Tibetan New Year)

February 11: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 13: World Radio Day

February 13: Shrove Tuesday / Mardi Gras

February 14: Vasant Panchami

February 14: Valentine’s Day

February 14: Ash Wednesday

February 14 - March 30: Lent (Western)

February 15: National Flag of Canada Day

February 15: Parinirvana / Nirvana Day

February 18 – 24: Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week

February 19: Family Day

February 19: Islander Day

February 19: Louis Riel Day

February 20: World Day of Social Justice

February 21: International Mother Language Day

February 24: Lantern Festival

February 24: Māgha Pūjā

February 24: Chötrul Düchen

February 28: Pink Shirt Day

February 31 (sundown)-March 19: Nineteen Day Fast

Source: Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion's Diversity Calendar.

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