Today, Kitchener Public Library welcomed about 250 people through its doors at the crack of dawn. This year, the Mayor of Kitchener decided to hold his annual State of Our City address outside of City Hall – and we’re honoured that he chose Central Library as the host location!
“We are fortunate to have so many wonderful community amenities in Kitchener and I think it’s time we showcased them. Beginning this year, we will be moving the State of Our City event to different locations throughout our community,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic as he took to the stage in the Theatre at Central Library.
Mayor Vrbanovic actually began his long career in public service right here many years ago – as a teenager, he worked as a page in what was then called the Main Library. He also served on the library board for more than 18 years as a city council appointee, and has been a vital supporter of a strong library system.
His speech today focused on the four ways we are all city builders: by building strong neighbourhoods; by innovating and growing our economy; by supporting and involving our citizens; and through strong local government.
“Together, we have been building a smart and caring city,” said Mayor Vrbanovic. “We’ve been doing it for generations, and we’re not about to rest on our laurels.”
The full text of the State of Our City address can be found here, and video will be posted shortly. Thank you to everyone who attended this morning, and to the city and library staff who worked together to host the event. Click on the first photo to see the slide show.