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April 21st, 2022

Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region’s 2022 DSP Conference

Join us for A Future of Hope, Relationships and Community, a conference presented by Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region.

What has the global pandemic taught us about how people belong in their communities? What have we learned, and what action can we take to address this?
The pandemic shone a spotlight on a reality that was all too familiar for many people with disabilities. Many are alone, isolated and left behind with few social relationships. How can we change this narrative and reality? How can we find hope as we slowly emerge from a time of isolation?
At this year’s Direct Support Person Conference, our speakers will engage participants with practical solutions in helping those we support be noticed and known members of their communities. We aren’t working to return to normal. Instead, we see a better future for those we support. We see a future of hope, relationships and community.
Join us for an incredible opportunity to learn, share and grow together as Direct Support People in our communities. 
Registration is on a first come, first served basis and spots are limited.
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Event Details

Friday May 13, 9am-4pm
Saturday May 14, 9am-12:30pm

NOTE: This year’s conference will be held virtually on Zoom. Meeting details will be sent out closer to the event date.

Download the conference flyer

This conference is for all Direct Support People who work in the community, day programs, group homes, and for families and community members.
This conference will have a mix of keynote messages, group break out sessions, sharing experiences and ideas together, as well as raffle prizes throughout!

Registration Information

Registration Fees:
Community Members, Agencies and Family Members – $80
EAFWR Employees (Staff and Direct Support People)FREE
  • Note: This is a free professional development opportunity for those working at EAFWR (office staff and Direct Support People). You will also be paid the training rate for your time.
    Please note that you must attend BOTH days in order to be paid for this training.

The registration deadline is May 6, 2022. Please note that registration is on a first come, first served basis and spots are limited.


If you have any questions, please contact Terral McBay at terral.mcbay@eafwr.on.ca