The ACB Network is a collaborative community development and capacity-building initiative created by Black leaders in Waterloo Region. All of the individuals currently engaged are local stakeholders who build on the longstanding community engagement efforts of the many cultural associations in the Region that represent different communities in the African diaspora. By focusing on advocacy and systems-level work, we avoid duplication of ongoing community-building efforts to engage with persistent issues that create barriers and inequities in our communities.

Observed Need in the Community

  • Long history of strong community organizing, program development, partnership and collaboration among ACB community groups and leaders over the years
  • There are number of ACB lead grass roots organizations that have a specific focus that helps to support the diverse ACB community
  • However, with no overarching umbrella/network that connects all of our ACB groups and leaders, it can lead to isolation, lack of support and duplication
  • The development of an ACB Network can lead to leveraging limited resources, information sharing, collective action and amplifying the voice of the ACB community
  • Waterloo Region has a history of developing and supporting community collaborative/hubs based on a number of identifying characteristics and interests
  • Development of an ACB Hub would be another step in ensuring a strong, collective voice on matters that directly impact the diverse ACB community