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Remembering former AAP member Colin Plant

Alliance Against Poverty (AAP) members would like to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Colin Plant, who passed away on Sunday July 2nd.

A memorial service and tree planting in honour of Colin Plant is being held on Wednesday, July 19th at 2pm. The gathering will occur behind Supportive Housing of Waterloo (SHOW) at 362 Erb St. West, Waterloo.

Colin was part of AAP from 2009 until mid 2014, and his contributions to anti-poverty initiatives were greatly appreciated by many. If fact, Colin won an Outstanding Volunteer Housing Champion award in 2011, which is given to an individual or group who, through volunteer work, has significantly increased the community’s awareness of affordable housing issues and/or has measurably contributed to the creation of new affordable housing or to the sustainability of existing stock within Waterloo Region.

Colin was involved in the First Regional Design Jam to tackle food security and homelessness in 2016: "Colin Plant, co-chair of Step Home Participant Advisory Group, explained how his three-and-a-half years in “revolving door homelessness” taught him a lot about what he “was and wasn’t capable of.” He talked about the complex and interrelated issues of housing, food and health instability, but encouraged participants that “Anything is possible,” recalling his own experience of getting his daring, fearless, precocious spirit back."


What Colin said in 2013, is still true today: '“There is a small group of us who talk and have some solutions. But, the rest of the broader community is what we need,” Colin spoke about his experience on the streets and what people can do to begin to make a difference. He said simply acknowledging homeless people when they speak to you can do more than you think.'


In 2011, Colin celebrated Friday marked the one-year anniversary of the move-in day for Supportive Housing of Waterloo’s five-storey building on Erb Street West and also the release of the Homelessness and Housing Umbrella Group (HHUG) Report Card 2011 at Emmanuel United Church. Read more at

Colin Kenneth Gerald PLANT

PLANT, Colin Kenneth Gerald Passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, July 2, 2017, at his home in Waterloo, at the age of 42 years. Colin will be deeply missed by his mother Brenda and step-father Kevin Luscott of St. Jacobs, children Ethan and Kaitlin Plant, grandmother Lillian McKee, Uncle Harry (Kathy) Ruddick, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Fondly remembered by his friends at SHOW and the The Working Centre. Colin was predeceased by his father James Plant (1982), grandparents Gerald McKee, Frederick and Marjorie Luscott, Kenneth and Lexia Ruddick, and much loved cousin Kathy Ruddick (2014). Colin graduated from Niagara College in Graphic Design and took an extra year to become certified in Interactive Multimedia. He worked as a web designer for a number of years after graduating. Colin had a passion for flying and boating, and channeled his creativity into building beautifully crafted remote control planes and boats. As a member of the St. Catharines Remote Control Flying Club, he was not only a very good flyer, but became an instructor, served as club president for a time, and created and maintained the club's website. Colin's involvement with various regional housing committees and initiatives led to his receiving an Outstanding Volunteer Housing Champion Award from the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. He also represented the region by presenting at a housing conference in Ottawa, and took part in a region sponsored TED talk. At Colin's request, cremation has taken place. A private family interment will be held at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, donations to The Working Centre or Supportive Housing of Waterloo (SHOW) would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira.

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