As some of you may know, I was born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo. Kitchener and Waterloo are two separate cities, however they are jointly referred to as the twin cities, K-W.
Kitchener-Waterloo is located in Southern-Ontario and in 2009, the city reported there to be a total population of 121,700 residents. Kitchener-Waterloo population continues to grow for many different reasons.
My hometown, K-W offers some of the best education available in Canada, including both High school and University. Our Post secondary Universities include to two very famous schools, the University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier University.
Each an every student in Kitchener-Waterloo has a great high school selection, there is something for every interest. An excellent performing arts school located in Kitchener, called Eastwood Collegiate Institute, where students from KW and even outside cities such as Cambridge and Guelph audition to be accepted. The school is active in art galleries, concerts and school plays performed at Kitchener City Hall.
Cameron Heights is a school located in downtown Kitchener which is a IB League (International Baccalaureate) school. The program was established as a not for profit universal educational foundation in order to allow students to earn a university entry credential. Students that attend Cameron and are placed in the IB program will find the curriculum is taught at an accelerated pace and enriched with an international perspective.
For students who are interested in business and travel, the school I currently attend, Bluevale Collegiate is an excellent high school. There are courses including entrepreneurship, business, accounting, marketing, and so on. I have completed computer technology, introduction to business, entrepreneurship and marketing courses and loved them. There is also a course titled International business that can be taken at the school itself, or there is an option to take a 30 day trip to an international setting where students can earn the credit. The 2011 destination is Scotland and Ireland, where approximately 25 students will travel to to complete and earn their credit.
Technology in K-W
Kitchener-Waterloo is known for many different reasons. One being, we are home to RIM (Research in Motion), the founding company of the Blackberry Smartphone. RIM employs a large portion of both Kitchener and Waterloo, and was awarded the GSMA Chairman’s Award in 2009 during the Global Mobile Awards ceremony. This award is the most prestigious award of the association, and recognizes outstanding contribution to the growth of mobile communications worldwide.
In addition, Google moved from a small street in Waterloo into a building located in downtown Kitchener after a $30 million renovation. As the office grows, more and more people will be employed at Google.
One of my favorite places here in K-W is the Farmers Market. I have been going to it since I was a little girl. It opens only on Saturday`s from 6 AM, which is great because I am a morning person- until 12 pm. There is a large selection of locally grown fruits, vegetables and meat from farmers in the KW area. The market has clothing and accessories for sale as well, and you can always find something unique and adorable. I love the fact that all the vendors at the Farmers Market are local, and the money spent on their products will go right back into our community.
Another popular attraction unique to my community is the Oktoberfest Festival. The festival is fun at any age, there is food, music and dancing. Of course, the festival includes a Miss Oktoberfest Pageant, where contestants compete for the title of Miss Oktoberfest and throughout their reigning year are required to attend community events and galas.
As you can see, my hometown, Kitchener-Waterloo is a beautifully diverse city! I feel lucky to grow up in such a clean and safe city, where I have been given opportunities available only here in Kitchener-Waterloo.