KITCHENER – Come together with the support of your community to celebrate the life of a loved one by releasing a beautiful monarch butterfly in their memory at the 21st annual walk to remember and butterfly release on Sunday, Sept. 9 from 1-3 p.m. at the Dedication Centre at Williamsburg Cemetery, 1541 Fischer Hallman Rd.

“This event brings people together who can relate to each other’s experiences,” says Trisha Bradshaw, cemeteries manager, City of Kitchener. “Through events like these we want people to know that you don’t need to go through a loss alone, everyone is welcome to attend, including kids. There will be music, face painting and refreshments. It’s truly an uplifting and hopeful moment when hundreds of butterfly’s get released.”

Butterfly pick-up, refreshments and social time will run from 1-2 p.m., followed by the opening ceremony. The butterfly release will begin at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Walk to Remember through the Trillium Woods trail at Williamsburg cemetery. You can also share pictures, poems or messages on our memory wall, or honour your loved one with a memorial sign that will be placed along the walking path at Williamsburg Cemetery. 

The butterflies have been tagged by Monarch Watch, an educational outreach program based at the University of Texas. Monarch Watch engages citizen scientists in large-scale research projects. The program produces real data related to conservation issues.

The event is organized by Kitchener Cemeteries in partnership with Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region (BFO-MR). Proceeds from this event will allow BFO-MR to continue offering community peer grief support to families through development and enhancement of programs and services. Butterflies and memory signs can be purchased online at or by calling 519-603-0196. The deadline for purchases is August 24, 2018.

What: Walk to remember and butterfly release  
Date: Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018    
Time: 1-3 p.m.

(Butterfly pick up, refreshments and social time 1-2 p.m.; opening ceremony 2-2:30 p.m., release and walk 2:30 p.m.)   
Location: The Dedication Centre at Williamsburg Cemetery , 1541 Fischer Hallman Rd.

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For more information:

Erin Power
Communications & Marketing Associate, City of Kitchener
(519) 741-2200 x 7547