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Belonging Expo 2023

Join the conversation.

Over 60 organizations in Waterloo Region are improving child and youth well-being.
Learn more about some of their work and why a sense of belonging is a core need for children and youth.

Event information

When: Thursday, September 28, 2023 6-8 PM

Where: Kitchener Public Library (KPL) Central Branch


6-8 PM: Open to the public! Come learn about 30+ Waterloo Region organizations working to improve child and youth well-being.


Everyone who attends the Belonging Expo will have a chance to be entered in a raffle for the following four (4) door prizes:

  • One $100 e-gift card to a vendor of their choice
  • Two $50 e-gift cards to a vendor of their choice
  • One Youth Impact Survey hoodie

Keynote speakers

Join us in the KPL theatre at 6:30 PM for a special presentation from two expert keynote speakers! Dr. Dillon Browne and Olusean Olayinka will be presenting about the importance of belonging for children & youth.

Olusean Olayinka

Executive Director


Dr. Dillon Browne

Assistant Professor of Psychology

FamilyPsycle Lab, University of Waterloo

Location and Directions

Kitchener Public Library Central Branch

85 Queen Street North

Kitchener, ON N2H 2H1

Plan your trip

Use the Grand River Transit Trip Planner to find your best route to the Kitchener Public Library.


Routes with stops near the library

#1 Queen – River

#4 Glasgow – Margaret

#7 King

#8 Weber

#20 Victoria – Frederick

#204 iXpress

#301 ION Light Rail

Surface parking lot

Hourly paid parking is available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the surface lot located at the corner of Queen Street North and Ahrens Street East. 


Additional options

Metered parking is available on Ahrens St and Roy St. A limited number of free one hour and two hour parking spaces can be found along other nearby streets.


Parking garages and surface lots are owned and operated by the City of Kitchener. For more information, visit the city’s parking information webpage.

Why Belonging?

At the Children and Youth Planning Table of Waterloo Region (CYPT), we believe that a strong sense of belonging is foundational to child and youth well-being.


The work of the CYPT collaborative is focused predominantly in the area of Belonging for children and youth. For us, belonging includes three key areas of focus:

  • Equity
  • Attachment/relationships
  • Children and youth feeling valued, heard and included
UNICEF Canada defines belonging as “feeling loved and supported and having mutually caring and respectful relationships.”
A graphic of a tree with eight branches and a trunk. The tree represents the nine domains of child and youth well-being. The nine dimensions are: We belong, we are participating, we are healthy, we are free to play, we are learning, we are secure, we are protected, we are connected to the environment, we are happy and respected.

About the Children and Youth Planning Table

The Children and Youth Planning Table (CYPT) is a community-wide partnership that includes over 60 organizations serving children, youth, and families in Waterloo Region.


Our Vision: Happy, healthy children and youth today and tomorrow.


Our Mission: To collectively mobilize as one system for children and youth in Waterloo Region, that relentlessly strives to maximize well-being throughout generations.

Children and Youth Planning Table logo with background image of children playing with a rainbow parachute in a field.
Children and Youth Planning Table Voting Member Partners. Logos of 68 organizations that offer services for children and youth in Waterloo Region.
Waterloo Region Community Foundation logo
Kitchener Public Library KPL wide logo

The 2023 Belonging Expo would not be possible without generous support from the Kitchener Public Library and the Waterloo Region Community Foundation. Thank you!