Volunteer Canada and Volunteer Action Centre Waterloo Region National Volunteer Week 2019

“The Volunteer Factor…Lifting Communities”

The KW Sports Council and its KidSport KW Chapter are excited and honoured to announce that Linda Kieswetter was selected to receive the ‘Volunteer Impact Award’ 2019 from the Volunteer Action Centre Waterloo Region. The award recognizes “an extraordinary contribution from a nominee who has created a lasting impression on our community through their passion, inspiration, and commitment”. It was created in 2019 to recognize the immense volunteer contributions by individuals like Linda.

On April 10, 2019, at the VACWR Gala Dinner, Linda was presented with the ‘Volunteer Impact Award’ for her amazing, dedicated contribution to KidSport KW Chapter. Since the formation of the Chapter, and her retirement from the University of Waterloo in 2013, Linda has been the Co-ordinator of Revenue Generation. She has used her knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm to write many grant proposals that have garnered more than $200,000 for the Chapter. In addition, Linda has encouraged friends, relatives and community organizations to donate or to organize fundraisers for the Chapter So ALL Kids Can Play! Linda spoke about the Chapter, the need for KidSport in the community, and especially the importance for children to participate in sport because of the life-long benefits.

Linda was joined by her husband Tom, their adult children Amanda and Matthew, KidSport volunteer Janice Cooper, and John Cooper, President of the KW Sports Council to acknowledge and celebrate her contributions and merited recognition.

There were 18 other individuals or groups who received recognition in 12 categories!

You can read about the awards, and see all of the nominees on the VAC website

                                                                                                            Linda Kieswetter is seated in the front row (3rd from left). 

City of Waterloo Grant

The City of Waterloo Community Grants Committee has awarded an Operating grant of $1,000 to the Kitchener Waterloo Sports Council. This is exciting and welcome news. The grant will allow the Sports Council to more effectively promote its mandate and work in the sport community, and to be financially sustainable.

The Sports Council is a not-for-profit organization driven by a core of volunteers who are dedicated to improving opportunities for every resident of Kitchener-Waterloo to participate in sport in various ways as participants, coaches, administrators, and volunteers. Our volunteers serve on 3 committees: Accessible Sport, Girls and Women in Sport, and KidSport KW Chapter.

Thank you to the volunteers of the Community Grants Committee for your support!

Kitchener Sports Association 30th Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner November 27, 2018

We are pleased to nominate Meaghan & Kelly Reitzel for their dedicated work with the Accessible Sport Committee. Meaghan and Kelly work tirelessly day and night to ensure that children of all abilities have the opportunity to participate in the same dance and sport opportunities as their typically developing peers.  They joined the Accessible Sport Committee of the KW Sports Council over two years ago, and have been key members since that day, serving as co-chairs for a year as well as volunteering their evenings and weekends to share their professional expertise as pediatric therapists with other coaches and instructors attending skill development workshops hosted by the committee.  When not participating in committee activities, they can be found at Dance Adventure sharing their love of dance and helping that studio to operate both a successful inclusion program, as well as teaching specialized classes for children and youth with special needs.

KW Sports Council volunteers Meaghan & Kelly Reitzel with Bill Pegg (President KSA) & Meg Shirley (Chair, Accessible Sport Committee – KW Sports Council)

The Types of Mentors We Might Need in Our Lives

Quality mentoring can enhance our chances for success.  Some even suggest that several mentors are required in a person’s life (Fawal, 2018).  Check out the 5 proposed types of mentors.

Accessible Sport Network Waterloo Region

Are you a sport or recreation provider in Waterloo Region offering inclusive or accessible programs for participants of all abilities?  Would you like to connect with other inclusive recreation providers to network, seek support, share resources, and problem solve common challenges?   The Accessible Sport Network Waterloo Region is a google group that serves as a platform to share information and resources between sport and recreation providers.   To join this group simply email Meg at

Find Your Passion – Saturday, August 25th, 2018

Did you miss this event?  Don’t worry, we had so much fun that we’re going to run it again next year!  Save the date:  Saturday, August 24th, 2019 at the Woolwich Memorial Centre in Elmira.  Check back here for updates and registration information!

For more information and to volunteer contact Meg Shirley,


Accessible Sport Committee Mission Statement

The KW Sports Council is excited to announce that its Accessible Sport Committee has a new Mission Statement: 

“The Accessible Sport Committee advocates, collaborates and educates with community members in Waterloo Region and surrounding areas to create accessible recreation opportunities in the community.”

Next ASC Meeting: Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 @ 7 pm KidsAbility Centre, Waterloo

For information or to join the ASC, please contact the Chairperson, Meg Shirley at