If you attended the virtual CYPT meeting on May 21st, you might have noticed how much energy there was in the chat. Even on a webinar platform, where attendees can only see the presenters, there was a buzz. That can certainly be attributed to the engaged CYPT membership who truly cares about the well-being of children, youth, and families in our community.
The first part of the meeting focused on the successes, challenges, and learnings that members have noticed through the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps because the group had just shared expressions of gratitude; overwhelmingly, the successes and learnings were highlighted in the conversation. To hear all the ways our community is coming together right now is truly remarkable.
“New connections between community partners to ensure that no families are left outside of service.” – Amanda Wood-Atkinson
“We have been exploring some creative collaborations with other organizations which will hopefully outlast the pandemic and create a new way going forward.” – David Morneau
“Settlement partners across Waterloo Region – KW Multicultural Centre, YMCA Immigrant Services, Reception House and others
Sometimes it can feel easier to go it alone and stay focused in your own space, but in true CYPT fashion, partner organizations have made a tremendous effort to come together to sit on community working groups, subgroups and task forces to support those impacted by COVID-19 in Waterloo Region. In fact, when polled, the majority of CYPT members said they felt more connected to other partners during the pandemic than ever before.* The connections that organizations who serve children, youth, and families have made really highlights how working differently can make our community stronger.
“If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb
*poll from the May 21, 2020 CYPT meeting.