I found a sense of belonging at my neighbourhood association.

Laura G, Vice Chair of the Silverheights Neighbourhood Association (SNA) Board of Directors, is a Cambridge transplant. She moved to Cambridge in 2005 from Newfoundland and she and her husband now live in the Silverheights Neighbourhood with their son, Cameron. To Laura, being a part of SNA feels like the first time she dropped Cameron off at the “Chill Zone” which is a registered Friday night drop in program where youth are known to dance in disco lights with the

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Sustaining Performance Over Structure

In November of 2020, representatives from the CNO presented at The Ontario Nonprofit Network’s (ONN) Nonprofit Driven 2020 conference. Along with Kris Cummings from DO/ABLE, Samantha Esmeralda and Joe-Ann McComb shared the CNO’s learnings from Our Sustainable Network project for advancing skills for stronger networks and organizations. Our network often revisits the “Big Why” (Figure 1) when we scope and calibrate our collective actions. Figure 1: Our “Big Why” Sharing in leadership for this “Big Why” did not come right

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Why should I volunteer?

This is a great question and you might know the most common themes, but the full answer may surprise you, so keep on reading.  For many, volunteering is a way to give back to the community and make a difference in the lives of others. For some, volunteering is a great route to employment or a chance to try something new. Volunteering in your community can make you feel valued and part of a team as well as gain confidence,

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The kids are alright

After months of isolation, young people are reconnecting with each other and their neighbourhood. The negative outcomes of the pandemic have impacted us all greatly with both our physical and mental wellbeing. Social interactions, which have been limited as a result of changing restrictions on gatherings, are a key part of youths’ development and are critical for social skills and personal growth. Our youth have shown us their resilience through the pandemic by remaining positive and connected however possible. Fortunately,

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