Melanie Ferrier

Melanie Ferrier is a radio and digital reporter with CBC News in Kitchener, Ont. You can email her at

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More than singing your sorrows: music therapy about making connections

There may be nothing new about music therapy, but there are people in Waterloo region who are thinking about the old practice in unique and innovative ways.

Guelph Collegiate Yarn Club casting light on human trafficking

A small group of staff and students at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute are helping to increase the community's awareness of human trafficking one pearl stitch at a time.

Students, seniors band together for Christmas carol concert

Residents at a Waterloo long term care home have joined voices with a group of over 40 elementary students for a lively Christmas concert, which is set for Wednesday at The Village at University Gates.

New program aims to free up mental health hospital beds for kids, youth

Hospitals in Waterloo region and Wellington County are using a new emergency department diversion team to connect children and youth with the most appropriate mental health care.

House hunting a 'nightmare' for refugees in Waterloo region

Resettlement programs say a dearth of rental units in Waterloo region is making it almost impossible to find permanent housing for refugees.

'New realities' for students prompt drug resources for Waterloo region's teachers

Teachers in Waterloo region have new resources to draw from as they engage students in conversations about today's drug culture thanks to a collaboration between public health and the public school board.

Young dancers prep for Waterloo premier of ballet-opera The Fairies

Knox Presbyterian Church in Waterloo was a rush of activity Friday morning as 50 dancers from Waterloo region did one last rehearsal before the premier of Vera Causa Opera's The Fairies.

Support group for drug users launches in Waterloo region

Sanguen Health Centre is not deterred by the low turnout for its first support group for people who use drugs.

Cambridge man finds healing in new-found Indigenous identity

A Cambridge man says connecting with his Indigenous culture has given him the foundation to overcome addiction and rebuild his life.

30 benches ready for neighbours of Sprucedale house explosion

Kitchener's Brock Greenhalgh is ready to install 30 park benches in his neighbourhood, which he hopes will restore a sense of community after a house explosion levelled a house on his street this summer.

Golf program scores hole-in-one for people with dementia

Golf-Fore-Life, a new program in Kitchener, is giving people with dementia the chance to reconnect with a game — and memories — that they love.

Memorial tattoos part of grief process, says Waterloo prof

When she was leading a support group a few years ago, University of Waterloo researcher and social worker Susan Cadell noticed that many in the group were getting tattoos to memorialize their lost loved one. Now, she's looking into how those tattoos fit into the process of grief.

Paddlers take to the Grand in the name of reconciliation

Around 60 canoes were launched into the Grand River Thursday morning as part of a reconciliation event, organized by Waterloo region Indigenous organizations and members of the regional police service.

Waterloo region's pot business wants Ontario to allow private retailers to sell

Marijuana producers say Ontario allowing private retailers to sell pot will be beneficial for customers.

Refugee families pose with photos of loved ones left behind for new book

A Kitchener-based photographer has been taking family portraits of refugees living in Waterloo region for the past year — photos that will soon be published in a book.