Blueprint Passes through Waterloo Region


About 30 participants came out to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Kitchener for a presentation and discussion of the Blueprint by Marvyn Novick and Peter Clutterbuck on Thursday, November 27.

The afternoon was led off by several social justice songs by the the Radical Choir of Wilfrid Laurier University sung several social justice songs related to the topic of poverty. Trudy Beaulne of Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo introduced the session reviewing recent CCPA polling data on Canadian attitudes towards poverty.

Marvyn Novick’s presentation was very well received. Those assembled broke down into small groups to identify action areas to work on for the promotion of the Blueprint. Report outs identified the following:

Greg deGroot Majetti of the Mennonite Central Committee of Ontario concluded the afternoon with a review of 25 in 5’s Five Tests for Success. He suggested that those present use this tool when the Government announcement comes out to see whether it has met the tests.


The Social Planning Council of Cambridge & North Dumfries sponsored a presentation of the Blueprint by Marvyn Novick at the new Cambridge City Hall on November 28.

There were 32 individuals in attendance; poverty round table members, city councillors, a LHINs representative, a region of Waterloo representative, Cambridge self help food bank ED and staff, the mayor, fair income group members, affordable housing advocates, and other engaged community members.

The presentation was well received and the discussion that followed generated encouraging comments. Discussion themes explored:

There was also a request for the presentation resource citations to be made available.

Cambridge report prepared and submitted by Monika Konrad, Social Planning Council of Cambridge & North Dumfries.

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