Volunteer Impact Award Gala

On April 3rd, 2014 Rebecca Pister, Jennifer Durst,  Graeme Smith and Rachal Bolger attended the Volunteer Impact Award Gala hosted by the Volunteer Action Centre. It was a great event, complete with live music, wonderful company and delicious food. What a wonderful way for the Volunteer Action Centre to celebrate the vibrant and active Kitchener community!  Continue Reading

More On Our Interview with Kelly Lovell

In November we held our annual in-school team training day and were lucky enough to have Kelly Lovell come and speak to our group. As a youth leader herself and someone who actively engages youth in a number of ways, we thought it would be interesting to talk to Kelly about her experiences and what makes her passionate about the work that she does. You can check out the first part of the interview here or read on for Kelly’s answers to more of our questions.

Part two –Kelly on Youth Engagement

Why is it important to engage youth in the work that you do and in the work that communities do? Continue Reading

Volunteer Impact Awards

We are very pleased to share the news with you that WAYVE will be receiving recognition at the 9th Annual Volunteer Impact Awards, hosted by the Volunteer Action Centre on Thursday April 3rd, 2014.

Under the Youth Involvement award category the WAYVE Regional team will be receiving the Youth Engaging Organization Award. Rebecca Pister and Jennifer Durst, the WAYVE facilitators, will also be accepting the Adult Ally Award under the same category. We are very thankful for the recognition and are looking forward to accepting the awards at the upcoming gala!

For more information or to purchase tickets to the event please visit the Volunteer Action Centre website.

Pledge to End Bullying Event at Fairview Park Mall

On March 1st WAYVE was at the Pledge to End Bullying Event at Fairview Park Mall. While we were there we met some great people and ran some fun activities to help engage the community in a dialogue about the issue of bullying. It was great to see so many of our community partners and get the chance to talk about WAYVE on KOOL 105.3. Here are some pictures of our booth and the activities that we ran! Continue Reading

An Interview with Kelly Lovell

In November we held our annual in-school team training day and were lucky enough to have Kelly Lovell come and speak to our group. As a youth leader herself and someone who actively engages youth in a number of ways, we thought it would be interesting to talk to Kelly about her experiences and what makes her passionate about the work that she does. We are going to be posting her responses in three different posts. Read on for Kelly’s answers to our questions.

Part one – Kelly on Kelly

How did you decide to get involved in the kind of work that you do? Continue Reading

Anti-bullying T-Shirt Design Competition

Waterloo Region Record Newspapers in Education is holding their annual Pink T-Shirt Design Competition. Want to see your design on t-shirts across the community to raise awareness about bullying? Then submit a design! For more details click here.

2014 Pink Shirt Design Contest

WAYVE is proud to work in partnership with Newspapers in Education around Pink Shirt day in the Region of Waterloo.

The Interconnectedness of Mental and Physical Health: A Youth Perspective

The following article was written for the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Dufferin 2013 Fall Newsletter.

By: Rachal Bolger & Graeme Smith
Edited by: Jonny Stern, Stephanie Lr, and Jennifer Durst

For most young people, there is an essential link between their physical and mental health. It is this link that we are examining through a series of interconnected topics in this youth-focused article using the responses from interviews of three young people: Bobbie, Avery, and Ashley. Their views and experiences are expressed within this article with their permission. Continue Reading