City of Waterloo launches The Community Happiness Project

Posted On Monday January 11, 2021

City of Waterloo is inviting community members to contribute to a community-wide kindness campaign to spread messages of hope and positivity throughout the winter season. The Community Happiness Project will connect neighbours to each other through audio messages and accompanying images. 

From January to mid-February, residents can submit audio messages and images through an online portal. These will be assembled into signage that will be posted throughout the city and can be accessed through QR codes on mobile devices. Audio messages collected from the community will reflect Waterloo’s caring spirit and can include stories, poems, and notes to combat the feelings of isolation that have grown throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Being isolated from one another does not diminish the strength of our community. Now more than ever we need safe ways to connect,” says Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky. “Throughout the pandemic, the community has shown tremendous support for one another. The Community Happiness Project allows residents to both give and receive messages of hope and positivity. It helps us remember we are all in this together.” 

Community members are encouraged to submit messages and accompanying images, ideally portraits of those who submit, to the project no later than February 12, 2021. Messages can include well wishes, stories, poems, and positive affirmations. The signs with submitted images and accompanying audio messages will be put up throughout the city in March and a map will be published identifying the locations of the project. 

To find out more about The Community Happiness Project or to submit a message, visit our online portal.  



Media contact:

Shelly Reed
Communications consultant