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Dialogues on Diversity

The Region of Waterloo is an organization committed to improving access to regional programs and services for citizens from diverse backgrounds.  In order to understand the issues from specific community groups and develop solutions, the Region is partnering with community organizations to host a series of sessions called "Dialogues on Diversity". 

Dialogues are open to all members of the public, regional and city staff and community groups and organizations.

older adults

Past Dialogues

Rainbow Reflections: Why History Matters

This Dialogue on Diversity included the screening of Rainbow Reflections, a feature length documentary about the history of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Two-spirit, Intersex, Fluid identified, Queer and Questioning communities (LGBTQ) in the Waterloo Region.

 

In addition to the documentary, the panel addressed questions relating to issues facing older LGBTQ people and the importance of inclusive language.

Documents and Presentations from the dialogue:

Participant package: Rainbow Reflections: Why History Matters (pdf)

SPECTRUM mandate and services provided

Concrete suggestions to be more inclusive by Allisa Scott

Timeline of significant LGBTQ events (This document is not accessible, but is available in alternate formats upon request).

If you require an alternate format of any of the documents posted, please email Gina Hickman or call her at 519-575-4757 ex. 3721.

People experiencing poverty and precarious employment

This Dialogue on Diversity focused on issues faced by people experiencing poverty and precarious employment. Questions discussed included:

  • What barriers do you or others face living on low-incomes?
  • How does unstable (precarious) employment affect people and our community?
  • What role can each of us play to help reduce poverty?
  • How can we create a more inclusive and supportive community?

Documents and presentations from the dialogue: 

People Experiencing Poverty & Precarious Employment, Region of Waterloo

The Great Divergence: Rising Income Inequality in Canada, Senator Art Eggleton: Co-Chair of the All Party Anti-Poverty Caucus

It's More than Poverty: Employment Precarity and Household Well-being, Stephanie Procyk, United Way of Greater Toronto

Participant Package: People experiencing poverty and precarious employment (pdf)

Dialogue participants' responses to:

"What is one action YOU can commit to?"

"What suggestions do you have to address poverty and employment precarity?"



Creating Age-Friendly Environments

This Dialogue on Diversity focused on issues facing adults 55 and older, including:

  • Understanding ageism
  • Living well with dementia
  • Creating age-friendly communities
  • Exploring demographic change: Ready or not, here come the 'Boomers'!

Documents and presentations from the dialogue:

Understanding ageism, Arlene Groh

Creating age-friendly communities, Dr. John Lewis

Exploring demographic change: Ready or not, here come the boomers!, Dr. Doug Norris

Moving forward: How to create more age-friendly environments, Arlene Groh

Participant Package: Creating age-friendly environments (pdf)

Participant Package: Creating age-friendly environments (rich-text)

 

Accessibility Matters: It is all about us! A dialogue about achieving inclusion for everyone.

This Dialogue on Diversity focused on people with disabilities.  The objectives of the dialogue were to:

  • Identify what gets in the way of providing inclusive services - the barriers.
  • Identify practical concrete suggestions on how to improve inclusion in processes, policies, programs and services.
  • Gain insights and discuss how to create inclusive environments for people with disabilities.

Documents from the dialogue:

Participant Package: Accessibility Matters: It is all about us!

Historical Timeline for People with Disabilities

Public Guide to Service Animals

Grand River Accessibility Advisory Committee (GRAAC)

 

 

 

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