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In support of:

Womens Crisis Services of Waterloo Region

Women’s Crisis Services is a long standing not-for-profit charitable organization.      The histories of both Haven House and Anselma House in Waterloo Region date back to 1978.

Haven House      Began in 1978 in a house on Water Street in Cambridge; it was called the Rotary Family Centre.      In 1981, along with the move to Argyle Street, the name changed to Family Crisis Shelter.      In 1991, a new 11 bed shelter was built at 562 Concession Rd. in Cambridge.      In 1998 the name changed once again to Women’s Crisis Services of Cambridge and North Dumfries.      In 2002 the Concession Road location was expanded to 30 beds.

Anselma House      Began in 1978 in a house on Duke Street in Kitchener; it was called Anselma House and retains this name today.      The demand increased and a new 20 bed shelter was built in 1989 on Ann Street in Kitchener.      In 2011 a new 45 bed shelter was built on Heritage Drive in Kitchener.

Up until 2001 Haven House and Anselma House operated as two separate organizations.      In 2001 Haven House and Anselma House merged to form Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region.      At that time, the Board of Directors merged and one Executive Director was assigned to manage both facilities.

In 2007, Women’s Crisis Services adapted the Dragonfly as its corporate logo along with the tag line “Moving Beyond Violence.”      Fittingly and according to Carter Revard, “The Dragonfly lifts us up and encourages us to believe that human courage and ingenuity may keep alive our finest human values.”

In 2011, the agency’s Bylaws were updated and the Executive Director title was changed to Chief Executive Officer.

Family Counselling Centre of Cambridge and North Dumfries

In 1940 a group of community members came together to support local families who found themselves disorganized because of WWII; loss of employment and/or family bereavement. Among the many things the members did to support local families which included knitting socks and producing medical bandages, was to help source food, assist with paying urgent household bills, and counselling for those soldiers returning from the war.  Sometimes this involved counselling to help the family reunite and form a stronger family unit.  Sometime it involved counselling and arranging more intensive support for those soldiers experiencing significant post experience trauma; to the extent they were unable to reunite successfully with their families or find meaningful employment.  Over the following years, Family Counselling Centre organized and incorporated as a not for profit agency in 1961.  By 1967, the agency had acquired the status as a registered charitable organization with Canada Revenue Agency. Some of those founding members went on to form the Cambridge Kin Club and some of those members went on to form the United Way of Cambridge & North Dumfries.

Woolwich Community Services

Woolwich Community Services is a community based, registered charity, which provides free confidential information and referral services to individuals and families.  We provide the link in connecting people to the programs and services designed to meet their needs.

Kissing Bridge Trailway

We are creating one of the most significant Trailways in Southwestern Ontario. This Trailway is the backbone of local trails and it will provide a very safe transportation route from Guelph to Lake Huron (Biking, Running or Hiking). By preserving and developing this trail we are protecting approximately 3 square KMs of land, roughly the size of downtown Toronto




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