Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge, ON

Get in touch with our Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge team by:

Phone: 519-504-2516
Email: kitchenerwaterloo@safefamilies.ca
Mailing Address: 77 Everglade Crescent, Upper Unit, Kitchener, ON, N2E 3Y5

Regional Director, Vanessa Ploc

Residing in Kitchener ON since 1985, this Jesus loving, single mom of five children knows firsthand the struggles of raising a family alone amidst addiction, mental health issues and divorce.  A graduate of the University of Waterloo with a background in Psychology and Early Childhood Education, Vanessa’s lifelong passion for children and families has led her from running her own vibrant home daycare while raising her own children to the exciting world of non-profits, where she was instrumental in establishing a chapter of Safe Families Canada in Kitchener Waterloo and later accepted a position as the Regional Director in January of 2018.  Vanessa’s passion for family preservation, ending social isolation and connecting the local church with families who are experiencing temporary crisis’ drives her to empower volunteers and to help create circles of support around families who are isolated, in part though not exclusively, through family breakdown, unhealthy relationships and distance. In her spare time you can find Vanessa in her kitchen preparing meals and decorating cakes for her family and friends, curled up by the fire with her favorite blanket and book or going for long walks in the forests and trails surrounding her home with her son Jesse and their faithful Barbet Luna.

Safe Families KW has screened, trained and vetted a host of compassionate volunteers since launching in 2018.  We have supported families who are transitioning children back home , families experiencing addictions, mental health crisis and domestic violence among other difficult, overwhelming situations.  Receiving referrals from local FACS, shelters, hospitals, public health and other community organizations, we work closely alongside them, to surround and strengthen isolated and overwhelmed families in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and surrounding area, with the extended family-like relationships which many families do not have.  Hear the story of one of our families and how the support of SF volunteers has transformed the lives of her and her daughter HERE.

 

Kitchener Waterloo-Cambridge Leadership Council

Adele-Marie Diffey- Chairperson                    Kyla Shaw
Jacqueline Williams- Secretary
Heather Richardson