May 2016 * Sadie’s Place for Innovative Inclusion at the Passport Resource and Information Fair

On May 4th we were invited to be a part of the Passport Resource and Information Fair organized by the Developmental Services Resource Centre in Kitchener. The Passport Fair is an opportunity for individuals and their families to connect with local developmental service organizations, programs, and services in Waterloo Region. Through our microenterprise INclusion by PRESS, we engaged community members in collaboratively crafting buttons using images and words to promote awareness of inclusion and spark conversations. In this space of creativity and celebration, our team had a great time connecting and building relationships with families and people from local organizations in Waterloo Region and telling them more about Sadie’s Place for Innovative Inclusion. We look forward to fostering new relationships through our Creativity Parties and our new community connection with the W.A.L.E.S. group at Extend-A-Family!

Spring 2016 * INclusion by PRESS buttons on sale at The Waterloo Region Museum

We are excited to announce our first sales opportunity as a charitable organization! The Waterloo Region Museum is now promoting and selling INclusion by PRESS products in their gift shop. We are honoured to share this experience with one of our favourite locations in Waterloo Region. Allison, a member of Sadie’s Place for Innovative Inclusion, is a frequent visitor of the Waterloo Region Museum and as she enters the door she is greeted by name and a friendly smile. The Waterloo Region Museum has created an environment that promotes community inclusion and an appreciation for diversity.

About our designs: We came together to collaboratively envision and create a set of designs to promote inclusion, diversity, and celebration for the Waterloo Region Museum. It is our belief at INclusion by PRESS that words have impact and we hope our buttons help start conversations about inclusion and diversity, and will help further promote the message of INclusion by PRESS in Waterloo Region.

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January 2016 * INclusion by PRESS Collaboration with the Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo-Wellington

A new year means new button contracts! We had a great start to our year thanks to the Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo-Wellington (RCWW) a non-profit, community-based choir that welcomes and creates a safe space for all genders, sexualities, gender expressions, and allies of the LGBTQ+ community (RCWW, 2016). RCWW connected with Sadie’s Place to develop a button design contest that inspired the community to create designs reflecting community, connection, belonging, creativity, and diversity. Members of Sadie’s Place for Innovative Inclusion attended the RCWW concert “And The Oscar Goes To…” in Cambridge and thoroughly enjoyed the passion and creativity of the performances. Check out the Facebook page of the Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo-Wellington for future performances!

November 2015INclusion by PRESS at the Make-a-Difference Market

Sadie’s Place for Innovative Inclusion and INclusion by PRESS had the opportunity to be a part of the Make-a-Difference Market hosted by the Conrad Grebel University College (CGUC) Peace Society in November 2015. The Make-a-Difference Market provides a space for local and fair trade vendors to come together to make a difference by giving back to the community and raising funds for charity. We enjoyed having conversations with others and spreading the word about the importance of inclusion in our community. It is our hope that the buttons we sold at this market will continue to spark conversations and have a positive impact on how we dialogue and subsequently think about inclusive practices with diverse people in our community!