Kitchener-Waterloo, ON


Club News

News Items:

Sept. 2017 

Presentation of cheque to Community Support Connections - Meals on Wheels. $150,000 cheque is first of 3-year committment of $250,000. KW Kiwanis founded Meals on Wheels in KW.

July 2012 Marc Chen - Elected Key Club International Trustee

Marc Chen, Past President of the Cameron Heights Key Club was elected Key Club International Trustee at the International Convention in Orlando! Congratulations, Marc!

It's a banner year for the Canadians!

June 2012 Dr. John Button - Elected Kiwanis International VP

Canadian Dr. John Button of The Kiwanis Club of Ridgetown Ontario was elected Kiwanis International Vice President at the Kiwanis International Convention in New Orleans! Dr. John will be President during the 2015 Kiwanis year - Kiwans' 100th Anniversary!!  Congratulations Dr. John!


April 2012 Kiwanis One Day - Cleanup of the Grand Valley Trail at Snyder's Flats

All four Kitchener-Waterloo Kiwanis Clubs joined forces with 2 Key Clubs, and the University of Waterloo Circle K Club to help clean up the Grand Valley Trails Association trail at Snyder's Flats.  Here are some pictures from the trail cleanup. Click on a picture to see a larger view.


Cameron Key Club, Waterloo North, Cameron Heights Kiwanis waiting to start


Waiting to start - very cold!


Group Picture


Waterloo North Presents cheque to GVTA


Shoe Tree


St. Mary's Key Clubbers


Waterloo North Kiwanis Members


Sheryl & Andy


St. Mary's Key Clubbers


Osprey Nest


Osprey Couple






April 2012 64th Annual Kiwanis Music Festival 
is a Successful Event

The Kiwanis club of Kitchener-Waterloo would like to thank its many volunteers for another successful Music Festival.  




May 2011 Kiwanis sponsors Anti-Bullying Presentation at 4 local schools

The Kiwanis Club of Kitchener-Waterloo sponsored 4 sessions of "The Bully and the Purple Pants" – a presentation that combines award-winning songs with motivational speaking to provide children with effective strategies for dealing with verbal and physical bullies.  s.  The presentations were held at A.R. Kaufman PS, Pioneer Park PS, Stewart Ave School and Cedarbrae PS.  The kids were entertained and then educated on bullying by Paul Behnke.  For more information on his presentation:

May 2011

90 Years of Service Celebrated

The Kiwanis Club of Kitchener-Waterloo celebrated 90 years of service to the community at a gala dinner on May 3, 2011, at Westmount Golf and Country Club. 

Amongst the attendees were past and present members of the Kiwanis Clubs of Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding area, Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran, John Haddock, Chief Executive Officer at YMCA Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo, and Monica Himmelman, President of Community Support Connections. 

Chartered in April, 1921, The Kitchener-Waterloo Kiwanis Club is the oldest service club in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Their service to the community includes the founding of the Meals on Wheels program, the Kiwanis Music Festival, establishment of Camp Ki-Wa-Y at Paradise Lake, and Kiwanis House Youth Residence. The Kiwanis Club of Kitchener-Waterloo has sponsored 5 other Kiwanis Clubs in our area in addition to 2 Key Clubs – one at St. Mary’s High School, and one at Cameron Heights.

June 2010


Kiwanis House resident, Brinn decided that he would like to pursue post-secondary education.  The Kiwanis Clubs of Twin Cities and Kitchener-Waterloo have decided that they will help him by providing him with a bursary to cover most of the costs of his first year at Conestoga College.

Brinn and Jim Barnett, President KW Kiwanis

March 2010


House of Friendship has operated the Youth Residence for a number of years.  On March 23rd, the Kiwanis Clubs of Kitchener-Waterloo and Twin Cities jointly donated the property to The House of Friendship.  Kiwanis will continue to support the property with donations and involvement in their residential programs.  To see Rogers "Daytime" coverage about this donation, click here



The members of the Kiwanis Club of Kitchener-Waterloo work with Nutrition for Learning to provide a breakfast program at St. Luke's Church on Franklin Drive in Kitchener.  The project benefits students who attend Franklin Public School.  It has been proven that a nutritious breakfast helps children concentrate better and therefore learn better.

August 2009


The Kiwanis Club of Kitchener-Waterloo gave a 77-acre parcel of land at Paradise Lake to the YMCA (August 25, 2009).  The ceremony was attended by many Kiwanians from the area and many YMCA associates, including Mike Stork, KW YMCA President and John Haddock, CEO of YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo.

The land is currently occupied by the YMCA Outdoor Education Centre, and Camp Ki-Wa-Y, a residential summer camp.

Mike Stork and John Haddock both remarked on the extraordinary gift they were receiving from the Kiwanis Club.  A commemorative plaque will be placed at the camp.

Malcolm Shantz presented the Club’s original Banner to Mike Stork.  The banner will be hung in the dining hall at the camp.

The camp was originally operated on leased land at Paradise Lake in partnership with the YMCA. In 1938, the club purchased 23.9 acres of lakefront property for $2868 (a large commitment in those days).  The vision continued when a second parcel of land was purchased in 1946, and a third in 1949.  In 1960 the present entrance and right of way of 10 acres and a house was acquired. Until recently, the club members were involved in many “hands on” projects such as building of cabins and the refurbishment of the stairway to the lakefront dock.

Kiwanis has been very proud of its relationship with the YMCA over the years and hopes to continue the relationship informally in the future.

February 2009

St. Mary's Key Club raises $1,400 for SCAW

The St. Mary's Key Club held a Key Club Week at their High School, and raised $1,400 for 40 bed kits for Sleeping Children Around the World!  Way to go guys!!!! Awesome!!! Congratulations on a great effort and a great result!!

June/July 2007

KW Kiwanis funds Canadian Pride in Waterloo (WatWave)

The Kiwanis Club of KW is funding the WATWAVE 2007 project that distributes Canadian Flags to Waterloo residents for Canada Day.

June 2007

KW Kiwanis Music Festival winners at Provincial Competition.s

Several of our competitors attained high awards in London, Ontario.

May 2007

Kiwanis Music Festival has another successful year

The KW Kiwanis Music Festival had almost 2,000 participants competing this year.  For full details,

April 2006

KW Kiwanis and Waterloo North Kiwanis Join forces for Playground

Rockway Public School received $22,000 from two Kiwanis Clubs to complete their new playground project.  Both clubs were approached by Principal Paul Grossman when it was obvious that the Parent's Council would be unable to provide enough funds for the remaining 2 phases of the new playground.  Kiwanians decided to support this worthwhile project, and presented the cheque to Rockway School on April 18th.

March 2006

Kiwanis Donates to Grand River Hospital

Proceeds from "The Ultimate Grape" Wine Raffle were donated to the Paediatric Neo-Natal Unit of GRH

December 2005


Douglas Dodds


December 2005

Kiwanians Deliver Meals on Christmas Day

Several Kiwanians and their spouses volunteered to deliver Meals on Wheels Christmas Day.  The Kiwanis Club of Kitchener-Waterloo founded the Meals on Wheels program in the K-W area.

November 2005

Kiwanis Members Help with Wonders of Winter

Kiwanians and friends from the K-W, and Waterloo North Clubs helped to prepare Waterloo Park for the Wonders of Winter displays.  Braving the cold, and snow, the Kiwanis Club members have been involved in this community service project since its beginning.

November 2005


Golf Academy: Brian Molloy (sold by Gary Keller)
Cadillac 4 Weekend: Lee Villar/Sue Curtis (sold by Shelley Des Cotes)
MTD Products: Sandra Chalmers (sold by Alan Chalmers)
Paul Puncher Clothiers:Warren Law (sold by Rick Beyers)
Not Just For The Garden: Gladys Johnston (sold by Scott Willcox)
CKCO TV Hot Air Balloon: J. McDonald (sold by Gord Roberts)
T.A. Appliances BBQ: Herb Hoegler (sold by Alan Chalmers)
Best Western Weekend: Wayne Van Wyck (sold by Dietmar Sommerfeld)

May 2005

Sharon Ding, was the top winner and scholarship recipient of her age category (7 years old) at the Provincial Finals of the Canadian Music Competitions this past May, and scored a mark of 92 at the National Finals in June.
Donna Mak is Sharon's Teacher.
Congratulations Sharon and Donna!

April 2005

Kiwanis Music Festival has another successful year!

Over 2000 participants performed locally over the 8-day Festival.  Piano, Voice, Woodwinds and Brass, Strings, Guitar, Band and Choir competitions were held during the week of April 24th to May 1st.  The Kiwanis Club of Kitchener-Waterloo annually awards $15,000 in scholarships.

January 2005 Kiwanis International Celebrates 90 years of service

January 21 marks Kiwanis International's 90th birthday.  Many clubs are celebrating in special ways.  For more information go to Kiwanis International 

December 2004 "ULTIMATE GRAPE" winner donates funds to Tsunami victims

After receiving his winnings from our "Ultimate Grape" lottery, the winner returned the funds to us, to be donated to the Mennonite Central Committee.