Biography

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Mayor Berry Vrbanovic was born in Zagreb, Croatia, and moved to Canada as a young child. Coming from an immigrant family himself, Berry understands the challenges and issues facing the thousands of Canadians who have made Kitchener their new home.

Berry attended St. Jerome's high school, and graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a BA in political science and a diploma in business administration. Prior to entering municipal politics, he worked in our city clerk's office and the information technology division.

Berry's outgoing and personable style contributed to his ability to successfully serve as a city councillor for six consecutive terms of council, from 1994-2014. During that time, he helped bring important community initiatives to life, such as the fire station at Ottawa Street and River Road, the Grand River-Stanley Park branch of the Kitchener Public Library and the Stanley Park Community Centre. He also co-founded the Chicopee Outreach Program (COP), a unique mentoring program linking at-risk youth with police, fire and community mentors.

In 2014, Berry ran for mayor and, with an outpouring of community support, he was successful. He remains committed to improving the quality of life for residents in Kitchener and throughout the Region of Waterloo.

In addition to serving on all of our regular standing committees, Berry is also an appointee and active participant on many boards and committees, including the Mayor's Advisory Council for Kitchener Seniors (MACKS), Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc. board of directors, University of Waterloo board of governors, Kitchener Housing Inc. board of directors, Centre in the Square board of management, Grand River Hospital board of directors and the Downtown Kitchener BIA board of directors.

As a member of Waterloo regional council, Berry sits on all three regional standing committees, as well as the economic development and promotion committee, public art advisory committee, Grand River Hospital board of trustees and the Victoria Transit Hub steering committee.

Berry is also treasurer of United Cities & Local Governments, President Emeritus (2011-12) of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and a member of FCM's Green Municipal Fund Council.

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Berry Vrbanovic was elected Kitchener's mayor in 2014, after serving as a city councillor for 20 years.

During his time as a councillor, he helped bring important community initiatives to life, such as the fire station at Ottawa Street and River Road, the Grand River-Stanley Park branch of the Kitchener Public Library and the Stanley Park Community Centre.

In addition to serving on all regular standing committees of Kitchener city council and Region of Waterloo council, Berry is also an appointee and active participant on many boards and committees. He is also treasurer of United Cities & Local Governments and President Emeritus (2011-12) of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Berry is committed to improving the quality of life for residents in Kitchener and throughout the Region of Waterloo.

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