The City of Waterloo is recruiting residents for a Block Connector program called “Hey Neighbour!” This program aims to build relationships between neighbours through:

  • Sharing information;
  • Supporting one another; and
  • Building a sense of community in good times and challenging ones.

Are you interested in developing connections with neighbours in your community? Apply to be a block connector today!

Apply online now!

What is a block connector?

Block connectors are neighbourhood leaders that value community development and diversity, and are committed to building and supporting relationships with their neighbours.

Being a block connector

To support neighbourhood connections, block connectors: 

  • Contribute 3-4 hours per month for neighbourhood initiatives;
  • Spread the word about this program;
  • Participate in a virtual orientation session to discuss the program; and
  • Work with neighbourhood staff to coordinate connection opportunities that are appropriate for their area.

Applying to be a block connector

Block connectors must reside in the City of Waterloo and will work with city staff to identify an area of their neighbourhood where they would like to connect. This could include multi-residential housing, such as apartment buildings, condominiums, or other clustered homes. Applicants are welcome from all areas of the city. 

Recent block connector projects

Block connectors are working hard to develop connections across the community. For inspiration, here is a list of recent projects completed by block connectors.

  • Neighbours in Lincoln Village hosted a virtual art contest as a symbol of better things to come. 
  • Neighbours from Erb West and Beechwood Neighbourhoods organized an area wide, COVID-safe event called the Scavenger Week Extravaganza. This week long event featured daily challenges for neighbours and it was a great success! 

  • Lakeshore North Block Connectors noticed how quickly neighbourhood connections and positivity can spread with a recent game of neighbourhood bingo. Neighbours were tasked with finding certain areas in their neighbourhood to complete the bingo card!