2020 Impact Report
A message from our CEO
When I look back on the past year, there are a few words that come to mind: challenge, adaptability, trepidation, and change. These are things that we have all experienced over the last 10 months, but I’m proud to say that ingenuity, collaboration consideration, flexibility and passion are the real take-aways for Leadership Waterloo Region in 2020. As you read on, you will see that LWR has made some intentional and impactful changes and “pivots” this year. We began our last fiscal year in a new home at Quarry in St. Jacobs, we developed and rolled out a revamped curriculum and launched a new series of programming focused on supporting local non-profits.
LWR CEO Diane Wiles ('02) with Paul Rabb, Chair and Tony Denison ('01), Vice Chair.
Thank you to our sponsors and partners
INVESTING IN LEADERSHIP
At first glance, Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region (EAFWR) and LWR seem to be two completely different organizations. They have different mandates, and different customers they serve, but they have more in common than one would guess. They are both non-profit organizations, are passionate about affordable housing and both are supported by passionate and dedicated volunteers and staff. But it is the love of learning, growth and development that ties the two organizations most strongly.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn
more, do more and become more, you area a leader.
John Quincy Adams
INVESTING IN SOLUTIONS
Activa believes in bringing life to communities. They are a major land developer and home builder with well-established roots in Waterloo Region over the last 30 years, and they’ve been involved in the planning stages of many local communities and neighbourhoods around our community. Activa is also passionate about supporting and giving back to organizations making a difference in the community. That’s why they choose to invest in, and partner with Leadership Waterloo Region.
BMW Grand River Presents: Bow Ties, Blues and Barbecue
INDOOR MUSIC JAM | JANUARY 25, 2020 | BINGEMANS BALLROOM
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Non-Profit Leadership Series
INVESTING IN NON-PROFITS
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Victor E. Frankl.
LWR Staff took this quote to heart when determining how we would react, respond and attempt to get ahead of the impacts COVID was having on our own organization and the local non-profit sector.
We recognized that more than ever, we as non-profit leaders need to connect, share our resources and support one another so that there are no leaders, no services and no organizations left behind.
INVESTING IN THEIR COMMUNITY
LWR has offered the Community Leadership Development (Core) Program for 22 years. Enbridge Gas (formerly Union Gas) has sponsored a staff member in the program for 19 of those years. Enbridge Gas encourages potential leaders in their company to join who have a range of different experiences, education, and tenure, to further their individual growth as well as better understand the on-going challenges within the community where they work and live. The relationship between the two organizations is one of the longest and strongest in the history of LWR.