Affordable Housing Cafe


Our Community Leadership Development Program is at the core of what we do at LWR. That’s why we call it our Core Program. We encourage, empower, enable and equip participants through a 10-month practical and experiential learning program so they are ready to take on leadership roles in Waterloo Region.

Leadership Waterloo Region’s Core Program Class of 2021 has, through the teaching and facilitation from WISIR, collectively taken on one issue as identified by Wellbeing Waterloo Region: Affordable Housing. This work is a continuation of the focus from our class last year, who developed four amazing prototype solutions. You can read more about these solutions here.

In October 2020, LWR hosted our first world café supporting the Class of 2021, where the class captured information and feedback from community partners and those with lived experience relating to affordable housing. Since then, they have been conducting individual interviews to determine specific leverage points that impact the affordable housing continuum. Having presented on these leverage points, the class, will be been working in groups to develop prototype solutions in partnership with those working and living in the affordable housing space.













During this second virtual café, participants will hear our class members present their solutions, and will have an opportunity to ask questions and dive deeper into their learnings.

We hope you’ll join us on April 6th, 2021 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm.

We recognize that 3 hours is a lot of time to spend on any virtual platform so we have ensured that there are plenty of breaks! 

It is free to attend, and we would like to encourage anyone with passion for, has lived experience with or is working in the affordable housing sector to join us and share their perspectives! In other words, please share this with anyone who might be interested. 


We heard much feedback from our last virtual café in October about the need and desire for all participants to be able to network with each other. So, it’s with much excitement that we share that the April 6th World Café will be hosted in a new platform called Whova

Whova is an online conferencing platform that uses networking tables to be able to connect and engage with all attendees.

You can participate actively via your laptop or mobile device – it’s Android and MAC compatible! 

The link below will take you directly to the registration page for the World Café. A few weeks in advance of the World Café, you’ll be invited into the space to connect with one another and share information.

We look forward to connecting on this exciting opportunity to further the dialogue on affordable housing! 


We are so grateful for the support of our Affordable Housing Cafe Sponsor:

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