Since the summer of 2015, members of the Waterloo Centre for German Studies have been working on a book tentatively titled The Germans of Waterloo Region. The first round of editing is almost complete, and the second drafts are starting to come in.
The book is based on interviews conducted between August 2013 and March 2015 with immigrants from German-speaking Europe and/or their children. Participants ranged in age from 28 to 94.
As 2015 comes to a close, 2016 opens up a special anniversary for the City of Kitchener. One hundred years ago, residents of the City of Berlin adopted the name of a British lord and Secretary of State for War during World War I. The name change was wrought with conflict brought on by the social and political environment of World War I.
Local politician Wayne Wettlaufer has died at the age of 71.
A former president of the German Canadian Congress, Mr. Wettlaufer was a long-time champion of events and initiatives that supported German heritage and culture in Ontario. As MPP his efforts were instrumental in passing legislation proclaiming the Tuesday after Thanksgiving German Pioneers Day.