Connect with neighbours online during Waterloo’s virtual Neighbourhood Summit

Posted On Monday October 26, 2020

From October 29 to November 24, the City of Waterloo will host its 2nd annual Neighbourhood Summit through a series of free virtual sessions. The summit will bring together neighbours from across the city to share information and network. 

“The concept of the Neighbourhood Summit stems from a desire by residents to share ideas and get together – that hasn’t changed under the pandemic,” says Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky. “In fact, there’s a growing need for connection between neighbours. While some neighbourhoods have established neighbourhood networks, many have more informal groups that connect through social media, and others have yet to establish a neighbourhood. The summit aims to bridge these groups.” 

The workshops offer a variety of topics to engage neighbours and will be facilitated by Button Factory Arts, Trivial Soup, Community Justice Initiatives, neighbourhood leaders from Wissler Road, Foxhunt and Mary Allen, as well as staff. The official program includes six workshops:


Watercolour workshop social - Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.

  • Button Factory Arts will lead the session through the talents of local artist Carly Leyburne.


Asset map for community spaces - Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.

  • Help us build an asset map for community spaces. We will ask participants to share their favourite places to gather in their neighbourhoods, and learn more about other available spaces nearby.


Virtual Trivia Night social - Friday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Connect with others for some friendly competition at our virtual movie-themed trivia night with Trivial Soup.


Understanding neighbour conflict - Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.

  • Community Justice Initiatives will discuss neighbour conflict, how to notice it, what to do when it arises, and other helpful information for conflict situations.


Block connector meet up - Saturday, Nov. 21 at 10:30 a.m.

  • The first ever group of City of Waterloo block connectors will meet up to discuss how things are going, what they have learned from their experiences, and how they will continue to connect with neighbours.


Neighbourhood round-up: Connections during COVID-19 - Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m.

  • Hear from neighbourhood leaders about how they are using creative ideas to keep their community strong and connected during the pandemic. Speakers will share their story and be available for questions.


The workshops are free and registration is required on Eventbrite

For more information about neighbourhoods, including our block connector program, the neighbourhood matching fund, mini grants, neighbourhood associations and more, please visit




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