The WellbeingWR backbone team is responsible for the overall process of the initiative and provide ongoing support to all functions of WellbeingWR and the working groups. This team is currently made up of 4 part-time and 2 full-time staff members who are responsible for keeping WellbeingWR moving forward.
Community Planning Associate (She/Her)
Cheryl joined WellbeingWR in March 2018. In this role, Cheryl provides backbone support to Wellbeing WR. Cheryl is passionate about working together with the community to achieve the WellbeingWR vision of a community where everyone thrives and no one is left behind. Some of the WellbeingWR work that Cheryl has supported includes ALL IN 2020, Measurement and Monitoring Wellbeing, Wellbeing Events planning, the MBA Consulting Project and the WellbeingWR/SWRIL Innovation Lab.
Prior to working with WellbeingWR, Cheryl worked as a Social Planner with the Region’s Community Services Department – in this role Cheryl focused on the issues of poverty reduction, homelessness and housing stability.
Cheryl has also worked for the City of Toronto, Public Health as a Project Coordinator for a national built environment and health initiative, as a Public Consultation Coordinator for the City’s Public Consultation Unit and Cheryl was a staff member of the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization project team.
Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation, Community Engagement (She/Her)
Cynthia is a twenty-year member of Waterloo Regional Police Service who joined WellbeingWR in November 2018 on an exciting secondment. Cynthia provides support to the Wellbeing network as a backbone administrator for several of the working groups including the First Nations, Metis and Inuit Advocacy and Advisory Circle, Connectors Hub, Social Inclusion, and Systems Change Champions. Cynthia works as a community engagement and system navigation advocate and advisor.
Communications Assistant (She/Her)
Jackie joined WellbeingWR in September 2021. In this role she provides communications and administrative support for the WWR team. This includes but is not limited to social media management, bi-weekly newsletter creation, website management, branding and messaging support, and co-convening the Communications and Engagement Working Group. Her goal is to provide meaningful communications both internally and externally that align with WWR’s values, vision, and brand.
Urban Indigenous Communications Assistant (They/She)
Olivia joined Wellbeing WR in February 2022 as the Urban Indigenous Communications Assistant. In this role they provide communication supports and resources creation. This includes helping in the creation of Indigenous resources, bi-weekly newsletters, and co-convening the Communications and Engagement Working Group. As well as many other things along the way. Their hope is to create a safe, open and educational space both inside and outside of WWR, hopefully leading to creating a stronger community going forward.
Network Catalyst (They/She)
Paige Monck-Whipp is the Network Catalyst with the backbone team. Paige has 10 years of experience working in the public sector in Waterloo Region, with a background in conflict analysis and community development. Paige is a self-proclaimed “conflict nerd”, collaborative strategist, and believer in the power of people to do incredible things. Their days as the Network Catalyst consist of keeping cross-sectoral collaborators connected and aligned to initiatives that promote greater equity and wellbeing, identifying new opportunities for partnerships to increase impact across Waterloo Region, and supporting the backbone team in their respective areas of expertise.
Student, Diversity and Inclusion (She/Her)
Sydney Lane joined Wellbeing WR in January 2022 as a practicum student from Laurier’s Master of Social Work – Indigenous Field of Study program. As part of her studies, she is now working with both the Region of Waterloo and WellbeingWR team on projects related to reconciliation, Indigenous initiatives, and community engagement. Having spent the last six years working at a community center in Cambridge and now at the YWCA, she has seen first-hand the incredible positive impact community programming and engagement can have on individuals, families, and communities as a whole. She feels it is an immense privilege to work with the WWR backbone team and the Waterloo Region community in pursuit of that positive impact.