In early 2016, Faith & the Common Good welcomed Divest Waterloo as our partner in the Kitchener/Waterloo area. Here is a little about them
In 2013 Laura, Hamilton, Nicole Langlois, Tanya Schmah, and Judy Paul formed Divest Waterloo, a grassroots organization committed to climate justice. Divest Waterloo works in solidarity with local and national Indigenous land defenders to create awareness and action on climate change by initiating and supporting divestment (from fossil fuels) campaigns across Waterloo Region. Over the last four years Divest Waterloo has organized over twenty public education events, often in partnership with other environmental and justice groups to build capacity and create the political will for bold action to address the climate crisis.
Laura Hamilton has worked in community development and adult literacy for the federal and provincial governments for the past 38 years. For the last 14 years, Laura has been an active member of Kitchener Food Not Bombs, a collective that recovers food that would otherwise be discarded and shares it outdoors at Kitchener City Hall every Saturday as a way of protesting waste, war and poverty.
Nicole Langlois is a member of Divest Waterloo and a publications editor at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), a think tank in Waterloo, Ontario. She is also active with Wellington Water Watchers, The Working Centre, and in refugee resettlement through Grand River Unitarian Congregation. She is married to a minister in the United Church of Canada, and is the proud mother of two inspiring young daughters, Ilsa and Nell.