From Councillor Yvonne Fernandes

As the weeks wind down towards the fall, we will see some changes come to Ward 4.

Many of your children are likely excited about one of these changes in particular—the opening of a new school in the Doon South area at 225 Thomas Slee Dr.: Groh Public School. This additional school will help to alleviate pressure on JW Gerth. I expect that the first days in this new school will be adventurous for its students as they meet up with familiar faces, but many new ones too, adjust to a new routine, and face the challenges of construction in the area as they navigate routes to this new school. I and a number of staff from both the school board and the city met to discuss the safe routes to Groh Public school prior to opening day this fall. As the area continues to grow, we will see a great deal of construction traffic in the area, so it will be very important that we work together to maintain safe routes. The message will go out to the construction industry to be extra cautious as they travel to and from their building sites and be watchful for your children. School officials will also work with families to find safe routes for children when changes are needed.

You’ll be happy to know that the long awaited construction of a new grocery store at Pioneer Park Plaza will be under way by this fall. The developer’s plan is to build the new store before demolishing the old Zehrs, which will then make room for numerous other retail businesses. It is uncertain at this time what businesses will locate in the plaza once it is complete, but I hope to see a mixture of independent business owners and well known retailers. Please be patient as we adjust to the construction in this area. And, in the coming months, we anticipate the completion of park upgrades to Upper Canada Park (Southwest Optimist Park). Park construction is expected to be completed by spring 2018; however, seed establishment at each of the diamonds being upgraded will take until the 2019 playing season. In the meantime skaters can look forward to a new skate park! For more information and to see a concept drawing of what will be added, visit and search, Upper Canada Park.

Please keep in mind that I will host my regular Meet Your Councillor evening on Thursday, November 2 at the Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre. Hope to see you there. Until then, feel free to contact me with your city or ward concerns and questions at or call me at city hall 519-7412779; or my home office 519-895-1569.

These are exciting times for residents in Ward 4!


Councillor Yvonne Fernandes―Ward 4

Love My Hood: Kitchener’s Neighbourhood Strategy

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Community Dining

Come and join us at Community Dinning.  Enjoy a three course lunchtime meal and an activity following.  It is offered by Community Support Connections Meals on Wheels and More.  It is open to seniors and adults with disabilities and runs every second and forth Tuesday of each month 11:30 am-1:30 pm.  The cost per individual is $8.50 and is located at the Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre – 150 Pioneer Drive, Kitchener.  Please contact Jennifer at 519-772-8787 ext. 240 or Christine at ext. 244.  Transportation may be available.

Just 4 Girls

This is a FREE 8-week program for girls ages 10-12 on Thursdays from 4:30 – 6:00 pm.  We will play fun games and chat about all things girl-related! We will talk about things like your changing body, friendships and relationships!  Snacks are provided.

Kitchener’s Designated Heritage Property Grant Program

Residents of the Upper Doon Heritage Conservation District may be eligible to participate in the City of Kitchener’s Designated Heritage Property Grant Program. Applications due Friday, March 31, 2017 – Grants provide 50% of the cost, up to a maximum of $3,000, for eligible projects such as: the repair of deteriorated original elements (e.g., doors, windows, masonry); the replacement of original elements that are beyond repair using materials, sizes and details that match the original; and, replication of original elements that have been lost based on documentary evidence. Guidelines and application form available on the City’s website – Or contact Sandra Parks, Heritage Planner at 519-741-2200, ext. 7839, or

Outreach Worker Program

Do you need help finding resources for you and your family?  We Can Help!  Our goal is to assist children and families to access services they need within their own neighbourhood.  Support available includes: Food when you run short, Counselling referral, Recreation fees, Transportation.  For assistance please call your Outreach Worker to schedule a time for you at Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre Tuesday 9:00 am-4:00 pm (519)742-8327 ext 252