PROVIDING SUPPORT & SERVICES TO MEET THE DIVERSE DEVELOPMENTAL NEEDS OF PEOPLE WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY

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      • 28 SEPTEMBER 2023
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      Program Leader Shares How Belonging Brant is ‘Essential’ to Building a Vibrant, Inclusive Community

      Program Leader Shares How Belonging Brant is ‘Essential’ to Building a Vibrant, Inclusive Community

      Ali Carson first became connected with Belonging Brant when she was looking for a drop-in program for 2SLGBTQ+ families — but at first, she couldn’t find what she was looking for.

      So, realizing there was a need for a drop-in program for 2SLGBTQ+ families, Belonging Brant helped Ali launch one.

      “Belonging Brant helped me at every step of the way to launch a queer families’ drop-in program,” Ali says. “They led and guided me in filling a need that was evident in the community.”

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      • 26 SEPTEMBER 2023
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      As a ‘Permanent Fabric in Our Community,’ Belonging Brant Can Benefit Everyone: Project Leader

      As a ‘Permanent Fabric in Our Community,’ Belonging Brant Can Benefit Everyone: Project Leader

      When Marcia Pereira looks at the projects people across Brant County have created to help build stronger communities through the Belonging Brant initiative, she sees important needs being filled.

      She says the Belonging Brant initiative is vital to community wellness and is deserving of full, long-term funding in order to keep it thriving.

      “I think it’s important for our community to have such an organization to service individuals and their families,” Marcia says.

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      • 12 SEPTEMBER 2023
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      Belonging Brant is Making Collaboration and Connectedness the Norm

      Belonging Brant is Making Collaboration and Connectedness the Norm

      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

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      • 7 SEPTEMBER 2023
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      Why Brant County Needs Belonging Brant to be a Permanent Fixture

      Why Brant County Needs Belonging Brant to be a Permanent Fixture

      Betty Johnston doesn’t mince words when discussing the value she sees Belonging Brant providing the community.

      She’s adamant the citizen-led initiative needs to be firmly in place in the long term.

      “Belonging Brant should be a permanent group available to residents of Brant County,” Betty says.

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      • 5 SEPTEMBER 2023
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      Strong Community Value is Stemming From Belonging Brant. And That Needs to Stay, Says Member

      Strong Community Value is Stemming From Belonging Brant. And That Needs to Stay, Says Member

      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.

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      • 29 AUGUST 2023
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      Belonging Brant has Helped Make the Kindness Card Project’s Vision a Reality

      Belonging Brant has Helped Make the Kindness Card Project’s Vision a Reality

      One of the great things Belonging Brant delivers is a supportive environment that helps people actualize their visions to build a stronger community, says Shannon Pickering.

      She has experienced this first-hand.

      The creator of an initiative called the Kindness Card Project, Shannon says she immediately found encouragement and support when she pitched an idea to Belonging Brant to host make-and-take events that have generated lots of interest.

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