Beginning this fall, the City of Kitchener will be taking the lead on providing residents with a wide range of programs at the Forest Heights Community Centre.

In the past, the Forest Heights Community Association has led programming at the centre, but due to a change in their affiliation status, they will no longer be providing programs at the centre. The City appreciates the valuable contributions the Association and its volunteers have made to the community over the years and thanks them for their contributions to the centre. In the absence of an affiliated neighbourhood association to lead programming at that centre, the City will be ensuring residents and centre patrons are able to access a full slate of programming this fall.

This transition to city-led programming will have minimal impact on existing and new patrons:

  • The programs offered this fall will be similar to those in the past, with a few new exciting additions.
  • Residents will be able to register for a program at the centre through the city’s ActiveNet system (, as they have done in the past.

The City is working with several community partners to ensure other important programs continue to be offered at the centre, such as food distribution and literacy programming, while also adding new programs such as supports for newcomer youth.

Later this year, the City will begin the process of recruiting volunteers that live in the neighbourhoods surrounding the Forest Heights Community Centre to join a new neighbourhood advisory board that will help guide decisions about future programming at the centre.

This transition to city-led programming is unique to the situation at the Forest Heights Community Centre. It does not reflect a new approach to programming other city-owned community centres, many of which continue to benefit from the valuable contributions of affiliated neighbourhood associations.

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For more information, contact:
Shawn Falcao 
Manager, Corporate Communication 
City of Kitchener