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Welcome To The Civic Hub promotes the grassroots and small nonprofit organizations working to make lives better for everyone in Waterloo Region. Join the groups already booking space for their activities, events or joint initiatives. These partners of the Civic Hub Waterloo Region are active in a range of fields: environmental justice, democratic reform, arts and culture, anti-poverty, anti-racism, human rights, ethnocultural and newcomer support, technology, peace and nonviolence, spirituality and wellbeing.

Welcome To The Civic Hub currently airs on Radio Waterloo, CKMS-FM 102.7 Mondays from 1:00pm to 1:30pm. The show is produced at the studio of Radio Waterloo, sponsored by the Social Development Center of Waterloo Region, and produced by Ritika Shrimali. The executive producer is Aleksandra Petrovic. Ritika Shrimali and Bob Jonkman are the hosts. Civic hub is supported by the Region of Waterloo Upstream Fund. The seed funding for the Civic Hub was originally provided by Heritage Canada through the Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program.

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Episode 024 — Wren of FightBack KW

Wren of FightBack KW tells us about the situation of homelessness and precarious housing in Kitchener, and how the mutual aid organization FightBack KW is helping. About FightBack KW Contact: Wren Website: https://fightbackkw.wpcomstaging.com/ Twitter (X): @fightbackkw | X Facebook: @HousingNowTentCitykw … Continue reading

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Episode 018 – Mo Markham of Waterloo Region Climate Initiatives

Waterloo Region Climate Initiatives focuses on the food system, and how animal agriculture is destructive to the climate, environment, and biodiversity. But they’re also part of a collaborative of climate groups in Waterloo Region. The collaborative members take on all … Continue reading

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Episode 017 – Cathie Stewart of ALIVE/Poverty Professors

Cathie Stewart joins us from ALIVe (Awareness of Low Income Voices) which provides mutual aid to people living with low income, and Poverty Professors, to educate people what it’s like to live with low income, and to provide education to … Continue reading

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Episode 016 – Issac Petonoquot and Lori Lafond of A Womb With A View

Issac Petonoquot – Two White Feather and Lori Lafond – Gentle Eagle A womb With A View is a crisis response programming facilitated by those with lived / living experience of mental health / addiction / trauma / neurodivergence, through … Continue reading

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Episode 015 — Lisette Weber and Catherine Mellinger of Together Perinatal Mental Health

Lisette Weber and Catherine Mellinger of Together Perinatal Mental Health, also known as Together Waterloo, talk about the meaning of “perinatal”, how perinatal mental health is different from other mental health, and the services offered by Together Waterloo. They offer … Continue reading

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Episode 014 – Doug Jones of the Community Garden Network of Waterloo Region

The Community Garden Network of Waterloo Region promotes and supports the sustainability of community gardens across Waterloo Region. WRCGN facilitates the creation and sustenance of community gardens by connecting available land and vital resources to passionate gardeners who gather to … Continue reading

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Episode 013 — Ritika Shrimali, Coordinator of the Civic Hub Waterloo Region

Ritika Shrimali, Coordinator of the Civic Hub Waterloo Region tells us about the Civic Hub, how she got involved, what it offers to the community and organizations, the partnerships that the Civic Hub has in the community, and how community … Continue reading

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Episode 012 – Avon Chang and Kelly Hung of the KW Taiwanese Canadian Association

The Kitchener-Waterloo Taiwanese Canadian Association (KWTCA) was established in 1964 for Taiwanese-Canadian residents to enjoy activities together and share information about local lifestyles. Avon Chang and Kelly Hung speak with Bob Jonkman about the introduction of Taiwanese culture to Canada, … Continue reading

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Episode 011 – Brad Ullner of the Disabilities and Human Rights Group

The Disabilities and Human Rights Group is a group of people that talk about disability from a human rights perspective. Some agencies that deal with disability forget the human rights aspect, and DHRG provides advocacy. Brad Ullner and Bob Jonkman … Continue reading

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Episode 010 – Chris Hussey of Reception House

Reception House is a government-designated hub to welcome government-sponsored refugees to Waterloo Region. Chris Hussey, the Community Engagement Specialist, talks to Bob Jonkman about the process of refugee application and placement, the difficulties refugees face, and the services offered by … Continue reading

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Episode 009 – Oz Cole-Arnal of Alliance Against Poverty

Oz Cole-Arnal started Alliance Against Poverty as Jubilee Wedge in 2008, to redistribute money from the “haves” to the “have very little”. But AAP is not just a sharing group, it’s a direct action group that advocates for free transit; … Continue reading

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Episode 008 – Heather Majaury: Letter in support of the unsheltered

With the measures in place to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic the Civic Hub is temporarily closed, as are many other facilities such as coffee shops, public washrooms, day drop-ins, internet access, community food distribution, and service programs. … Continue reading

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Episode 007 – Fadhila Balogun and Lillian Vitale of the African Women’s Alliance

The African Women’s Alliance started as an organization to get together as families, for women to teach their children their social culture, to know that Africa is not a country, but a continent of 54 countries. It started as a … Continue reading

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Episode 006 – Laura Hamilton of Divest Waterloo

One of the original partners of the Civic Hub, Divest Waterloo educates about climate change, and moving investments away from the 200 most egregious fossil fuel industries and into climate solutions. Not just renewable energy, but solutions to help us … Continue reading

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Episode 005 – Shiv Talwar of the Spiritual Heritage Education Network

Shiv Talwar is the founder of the Spiritual Heritage Education Network. He and Bob Jonkman talk about the intersection of spirituality, religion, science, humanity, and his new book, The Common Ground: A unified basis of existence. About Spiritual Heritage Education … Continue reading

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