By Deron Hamel A Belonging Brant participant says the citizen-led initiative is positioned to make a long-lasting impact on the local community. Shannon Pickering has seen the good Belonging Brant does. Its members helped her expand the Kindness Card Project, an outreach program she created that sees people make handwritten cards with words of kindness
If you ask Zile Ozols what she appreciates most about Belonging Brant, she’ll tell you it’s the initiative’s inclusive nature and the way members take on each project with a team-led approach.
This unique concept is also helping deliver strong value to the local community, Zile says.
Through her role as a staff member at Brantford Public Library, Zile says she directs community members and organizations to Belonging Brant if they’re looking for projects that other organizations might not take on due to challenges with staffing, funding or resources.