About Jon

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Jon has been a community organizer for over 20 years, working in both community and municipal space. He has a knack for identifying and building on the collective strengths of individuals and organizations in the creation of connected and powerful communities.

In his municipal role, Jon gave oversight to four community centres where he supported Neighbourhood Associations and community members to be active participants in the centres work resulting in the delivery of hundreds of programs and initiatives.

He has also worked with major funders in designing and implementing neighbourhood strategies across several communities resulting in the expansion of neighbourhood based jobs and grants that residents could access for events and other initiatives.

As a professor, Jon teaches students how to build on the strengths and assets present in a neighbourhood, and reminds them that community level change happens through neighbourly connections not hierarchies.

For Jon, strong communities are community driven.

  • Invest in local leadership by supporting an increase in the number, support, and decision making power of Neighbourhood Associations.
  • Say no to projects that our community is not properly consulted on.
  • Resource, develop and pilot initiatives that positively impact the wellbeing of children, youth and their families.
  • Utilize #OPENGOV best practices so residents will have complete, detailed, easy to find, access to all my expenses, spending, attendance and voting history.
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I had a moment yesterday while campaigning. We were knocking on a friends street, and his sister was playing outside. She wanted to help us campaign. This young child, in a moment, became a community host and connector, and started knocking on the doors of everyone she knew to introduce me. She, and in turn I, received such a warm welcome from neighbours. My heart is full. #community #jonfor5 #ward5kitchener #connection ... See MoreSee Less

I had a moment yesterday while campaigning. We were knocking on a friends street, and his sister was playing outside. She wanted to help us campaign. This young child, in a moment, became a community host and connector, and started knocking on the doors of everyone she knew to introduce me.  She, and in turn I, received such a warm welcome from neighbours. My heart is full.  #community #jonfor5 #ward5kitchener #connection

Two questions #jonfor5 #ward5kitchener #kitchener ... See MoreSee Less

Cool idea for in and around parks and playgrounds ... See MoreSee Less

Cool idea for in and around parks and playgrounds

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On the sidewalks in our neighbourhood (in Waterloo) there are fun little things painted. One says "jump" with footprints, one has a hopscotch grid-- there's a few that I can't remember off the top of my head. My grandkids love them!

My friends and mentors have released a book: You and your neighbors have more in common than proximity. That proximity informs what you share ecologically, culturally, and civically.Whether you know it or not, your neighborhood is in fact a village. And within that village are a myriad of hidden talents, assets, and abilities. You can uncover them and bring them together to create a vibrant and joyful community.The Connected Community by Cormac Russell and John McKnight teaches you how. Here’s an excerpt:“In a world facing so many global crises, it is understandable to have doubts as to the power of local people to influence climate change, rising unemployment, economic challenges, and the ever-growing issues of loneliness and poor health. The dominant story is that local efforts don’t amount to much; real change happens in faraway boardrooms, not around kitchen tables and local shorelines. The future of our local economies and built and natural environments relies on what happens on Wall Street; not on our street. Our welfare is in the “invisible hand” of the marketplace, not in the hands of hardworking local businesses and the neighbors who act as patrons to the local economy by choosing to “buy local.” The same people who dismiss local economics also sneer at those engaged in the sharing economy, where, for example, car sharing in neighborhoods is chosen over car ownership. In this book we argue that the story that top-down big institutions are our best hope is half baked; that story is written on a promissory note that has bounced over and over again. It is a story that has run its course, and in doing so has run us and our planet into a brick wall.But there is hope.”The Connected Community is out today! Go grab your copy! lnkd.in/dU7GGvhy#BKpub #BerrettKoehler #community #communityorganization #buildingcommunity #newrelease #newbook ... See MoreSee Less

My friends and mentors have released a book: 

You and your neighbors have more in common than proximity. That proximity informs what you share ecologically, culturally, and civically.

Whether you know it or not, your neighborhood is in fact a village. And within that village are a myriad of hidden talents, assets, and abilities. You can uncover them and bring them together to create a vibrant and joyful community.

The Connected Community by Cormac Russell and John McKnight teaches you how. Here’s an excerpt:

“In a world facing so many global crises, it is understandable to have doubts as to the power of local people to influence climate change, rising unemployment, economic challenges, and the ever-growing issues of loneliness and poor health. The dominant story is that local efforts don’t amount to much; real change happens in faraway boardrooms, not around kitchen tables and local shorelines. The future of our local economies and built and natural environments relies on what happens on Wall Street; not on our street. Our welfare is in the “invisible hand” of the marketplace, not in the hands of hardworking local businesses and the neighbors who act as patrons to the local economy by choosing to “buy local.” The same people who dismiss local economics also sneer at those engaged in the sharing economy, where, for example, car sharing in neighborhoods is chosen over car ownership. In this book we argue that the story that top-down big institutions are our best hope is half baked; that story is written on a promissory note that has bounced over and over again. It is a story that has run its course, and in doing so has run us and our planet into a brick wall.

But there is hope.”

The Connected Community is out today! Go grab your copy! https://lnkd.in/dU7GGvhy

#BKpub #BerrettKoehler #community #communityorganization #buildingcommunity #newrelease #newbook

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My copy came yesterday!

On the campaign trail #jonfor5 #ward5kitchener #PaddingtonBear ... See MoreSee Less

Got to speak to some residents in Italian today. Also broke out some Calabrese. They were from a town close to where my family is from. I was reminded of my grandparents who are no longer with us, and the good times spent in Grimaldi, Cosenza ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

Got to speak to some residents in Italian today. Also broke out some Calabrese. They were from a town close to where my family is from. I was reminded of my grandparents who are no longer with us, and the good times spent in Grimaldi, Cosenza ❤️

Well, they were calling for rain. I’m ready. See you rain or shine ward 5. I opted for the classic yellow rain coat. So if you see a guy coming up to your door looking like Paddington Bear, it’s me, Jon Massimi your Ward 5 Candidate for City Councillor. ... See MoreSee Less

Well, they were calling for rain. I’m ready. See you rain or shine ward 5. I opted for the classic yellow rain coat. So if you see a guy coming up to your door looking like Paddington Bear, it’s me, Jon Massimi your Ward 5 Candidate for City Councillor.

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will you have a marmalade sandwich with you?!!!

Grand opening of The Freedom Pavilion. Great space and wonderful sense of community and connection. An amazing resource located in Ward 5. ... See MoreSee Less

Grand opening of The Freedom Pavilion. Great space and wonderful sense of community and connection. An amazing resource located in Ward 5.

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Close to my House ..I liked it

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