I joined the Neighbourhood Strategy project team in 2015. Our group was unsure what exactly the outcome would be but we knew we wanted to make it easier for residents to do great things in their neighbourhoods with the support of the city. Approximately 18 months later, our project team presented the city's first ever neighbourhood strategy to Kitchener Council. We called it #lovemyhood and were thrilled it received unanimous support from Council.
One year later, I was fortunate to again present to Council about the city's first neighbourhood action plan on behalf of the Victoria Park Neighbourhood Association (VPNA). Applying the #lovemyhood strategy, the VPNA engaged with neighbours to identify priorities for our neighbourhood. Through a variety of engagement activities including a street party with free FourAll ice cream (pictured below), we identified several priorities we are currently implementing.