From Councillor Yvonne Fernandes
From Councillor Yvonne Fernandes

Hello Neighbours,

The start of a new year is always full of promise. We make resolutions that we hope to keep as the year unfolds. As the Doon, Pioneer Park, Brigadoon, Doon South expands we are feeling some growing pains. Fortunately residents have come together to share their ideas and welcome their neighbours. I was so proud to see two groups win awards at the Festival of Neighbourhoods: an award for Newcomer and the second for Creating a Safer Neighbourhood. People like Pooja, Julie and Mukul have helped create connections in our community by bringing people together.

Residents often tell me about their hopes for more amenities like shade structures and seating in our parks. I know that there are groups that have come together to apply for matching grants and have been working with Sarah Anderson our Community Liaison. Thank you to those citizens who are working so hard for our community.

As we look forward to the expansion of the community center we may have some challenges while the center is closed during construction. The community centre staff and the Doon Pioneer Park Community Association hope to find some locations to run programming from during the construction and the library will continue to be open. Please continue to enjoy and support our neighbourhood library during this time.

Sincerely,

Councillor Yvonne Fernandes―Ward 4

Love My Hood: Kitchener’s Neighbourhood Strategy
Love My Hood: Kitchener’s Neighbourhood Strategy

Kitchener’s neighbourhood strategy will help people connect and work together to do great things in their neighbourhoods.

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Community Dining

Come and join us at Community Dinning.  Enjoy a three course lunchtime meal and an activity following.  It is offered by Community Support Connections Meals on Wheels and More.  It is open to seniors and adults with disabilities and runs every second and forth Tuesday of each month 11:30 am-1:30 pm.  The cost per individual is $8.50 and is located at the Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre – 150 Pioneer Drive, Kitchener.  Please contact Jennifer at 519-772-8787 ext. 240 or Christine at ext. 244.  Transportation may be available.

Just 4 Girls

This is a FREE 8-week program for girls ages 10-12 on Thursdays from 4:30 – 6:00 pm.  We will play fun games and chat about all things girl-related! We will talk about things like your changing body, friendships and relationships!  Snacks are provided.

Kitchener’s Designated Heritage Property Grant Program

Residents of the Upper Doon Heritage Conservation District may be eligible to participate in the City of Kitchener’s Designated Heritage Property Grant Program. Applications due Friday, March 31, 2017 – Grants provide 50% of the cost, up to a maximum of $3,000, for eligible projects such as: the repair of deteriorated original elements (e.g., doors, windows, masonry); the replacement of original elements that are beyond repair using materials, sizes and details that match the original; and, replication of original elements that have been lost based on documentary evidence. Guidelines and application form available on the City’s website – www.kitchener.ca/HeritageFunding. Or contact Sandra Parks, Heritage Planner at 519-741-2200, ext. 7839, or sandra.parks@kitchener.ca.

Outreach Worker Program

Do you need help finding resources for you and your family?  We Can Help!  Our goal is to assist children and families to access services they need within their own neighbourhood.  Support available includes: Food when you run short, Counselling referral, Recreation fees, Transportation.  For assistance please call your Outreach Worker to schedule a time for you at Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre Tuesday 9:00 am-4:00 pm (519)742-8327 ext 252