What priority should we focus on to improve wellbeing in Waterloo Region?
Community wellbeing is shaped by a wide variety of factors, in which individuals and communities are born, grow, work, live, and age. Wellbeing can mean different things to different people. We want to know what you think makes living in Waterloo Region great and what you think gets in the way of our community wellbeing. Your input will be used by Wellbeing Waterloo Region to shape a plan to improve wellbeing in our community.
Introduction: What is Wellbeing Waterloo Region?
Wellbeing Waterloo Region is a community-led initiative working together across sectors to improve wellbeing. We are asking for community input on the vision, priorities, and actions to better wellbeing in Waterloo Region and to inform a wellbeing plan by October 2017. Your input and how it will be used to shape wellbeing will be posted here and at wellbeingwr.ca. Tell us what contributes to and gets in the way of wellbeing to help shape the initiative! There are many opportunities to provide input, please visit wellbeingwr.ca.
Why is this important? “I’m putting the “we” in community wellbeing”
Personal and community wellbeing are tied together, our community can only thrive when each individual thrives. The first step to improving wellbeing is to understand what people value and what factors they think contribute to their wellbeing. Once we have a shared understanding of what wellbeing means to everyone we can start to develop areas to focus on and actions to improve it. Our plans need to be rooted in what the community values and shaped by as many residents of Waterloo Region as possible.
What do you think impacts wellbeing?
Wellbeing is complex and means something different to everyone. There are many ways to think about well being, here are two examples:
- The Canadian Index of Wellbeing explains wellbeing as the presence of the highest possible quality of life in its full breadth of expression focused on but not necessarily exclusive to: good living standards, robust health, a sustainable environment, vital communities, an educated populace, balanced time use, high levels of democratic participation, and access to and participation in leisure and culture
- The Ontario Ministry of Education explains wellbeing as a positive sense of self, spirit and belonging that we feel when our cognitive, emotional, social and physical needs are being met.
The Wellesley Institute has developed a video the helps to show the complex relationship between all the things that impact wellbeing.
We are looking for your ideas about what contributes to and gets in the way of community wellbeing.
Where can I find more information?
If you have questions please contact Lorie Fioze at 519-575-4758, TTY 519-575-5608.
*Wellbeing Waterloo Region is a community-led initiative based on the input and direction of partners and citizens. Backbone support is being provided by the Region of Waterloo.