"I have worked in the field of Health Promotion, in various capacities, for going on 30 years. I can’t recall when there’s been such a demonstrated need for communities to come together and actively address well-being. The pandemic’s forced isolation, and the impact it continues to have on both individuals and communities, can be best addressed if community members come together to explore innovative ways to reconnect and reignite relationships. Enter “Connectedness Coaching”. This project will bring together those community members for dialogue, sharing and for skill development in the areas of coaching conversations and peer support. These new skills can be employed with family members, colleagues, friends, neighbours or someone we don’t even know. We can crack through the damaging remoteness if we put our hearts into it and help build resilience for ourselves and others. I invite you to become a part of this positive push forward. Please tell us about your own resiliency efforts so we can spread some happy."
Through my role as Lonely No More's Program Coordinator, I've seen first-hand the toll COVID-19 has made in our community, especially in our older adult neighbors. Through these difficult times I saw the empowering benefits that peer support can make in our community. I am very excited to be coordinating this new project. I look forward to connecting with you and journeying together.
"As the Inclusivity Lead, I have been involved with creating the inclusivity module for participants involved in Connectedness Coaching. By developing this module, I hope that those involved in the program will be able to bring a more intersectional and equitable lens to the work that they do."
“Working on the Connectedness Coaching project has allowed me to learn about online platforms that I had not previously used as well as some basics of website design. As the project develops, I am looking forward to receiving feedback from participants and hearing about how the project helped them build more resilient communities.”
"I am a third-year public health student at the University of Waterloo. Growing up in Uganda, I had first-hand experience of volunteering with and for individuals who were faced with great adversity such as poverty ... I will be working on the recruitment aspect of this project as well as the Gallery of Inspiration [stakeholder engagement opportunity]. As the project develops I looks forward to seeing how everything comes together."
System Navigation Lead
“…I have had the honor of working on the Systems Navigation videos, providing new ideas for recruitment and evaluation of our programs, and starting a social media campaign. I’m really looking forward to seeing some of the results of these fantastic programs to see what impact this has had on people and …assess how we can continue to improve (the Connectedness Coaching program) for individuals.”