Community Connections (or Community Participation Services and Supports – CPSS) is the umbrella for many initiatives and iterations of action research including the Adult Literacy Centre (est. 1999), Fitness Friends and Art Partners (both est. 2006), the Arts Hub (est. 2010) and Rhizome (est. 2014).
The common thread between all the initiatives in Community Connections is belonging in community, and we believe the path to experience belonging is through gifts. So, while initiative names and physical spaces may shift in and out of focus, we are always working alongside folks in discovering gifts and connecting with opportunities for those gifts to be received in community.
In Community Connections, we work to orchestrate belonging by bringing gifts and welcoming to the forefront in our community. We understand that a sense of belonging is integral to people and that gifts are a powerful tool in cultivating belonging. Our team fosters moments of shared experience that lead to strengthened relationships with self, community, and the land we call home.
There are endless areas of interest that can be used as a point of connection. The team at Community Connections works to ensure that each individual’s gifts are seen and received by others and that in turn each person has a sense of contribution and belonging in a way that is valued by community.
“Our signature gift is connecting people to someone or something that can reflect to them their best selves.
We bring it by using creativity and innovation to spark connection and delight; fostering opportunities to build relationships and celebrate each other; and creating space for expression, integration and autonomy.”
The Board and Employees of KACL gratefully acknowledge that we live, work, enjoy the richness of and play on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe people of Treaty 3, and on the homeland of the Metis. We pay our respect to the First Nations and Metis ancestors of this place and reaffirm that the historic and current relationship that exists between us is defined by Treaty.
We commit to work to create the conditions for belonging and social justice so that each person can live fully in the unique identity that matters to them, in a community that accepts and welcomes. We recognize that our work must be in the service of Reconciliation. Our work must be at the level of the individual and the community, so that our collective identity as a community lives up to the values we want for ourselves and our children. A community where equity, peace, and respect for cultural differences are respected and nourished; and a community that acknowledges that the early Anishinaabe people of these lands saw we were strangers, welcomed us as guests, and invited us to stay as neighbours.