What does it mean to belong?
Belonging is feeling valued and dignified.
The New Story Group of Waterloo Region held a series of Community Conversations on Belonging that engaged a wide range of sectors and community members on belonging.
The New Story Group collected a number of stories from participants on what belonging means to them.
One particular story we collected is from someone living with dementia who partnered with a non-profit organization to do work around educating about dementia. This partnership was rewarding and made her feel like she belonged because she felt listened to and validated. Through this experience her confidence grew, she found her voice, and was able to fight for the rights of persons with dementia.