An Insider's Guide to Waterloo Region

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William Lyon Mackenzie King at KCI

This statue of William Lyon Mackenzie King was unveiled during the 150th anniversary celebrations at Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School in 2005. King was a student here from 1887-1891 and went on to be the longest-serving Prime Minister in the Commonwealth as he led the Liberal party in power for 22 years. The school opened in 1855 and after a few moves opened at its current location in 1876.

We plan to stop blogging on An Insider’s Guide to Waterloo Region with this post. There are 492 photo posts of Waterloo Region which reflect its natural beauty and social diversity.

Gasoline prices are now 60% higher than when I started this blog and I no longer drive home from work taking detours to Cambridge, Waterloo or the townships. I plan to focus on more energy efficient endeavours including a new volunteering venture in downtown Kitchener. Perhaps I will write about that some day. Thanks to all who followed and commented on this blog. It will remain public for the time being.

Written by Ruth

September 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Trillium Public School

Trillium Public School – Waterloo Region District School Board

Written by Ruth

January 25, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Posted in Schools

Dickie Settlement School

I still expect to see children in the school yard at the Dickie Settlement School when I drive past it on my way to and from Cambridge on the Roseville Road. Here is some history from the Region of Waterloo website.

“Today Dickie Settlement is thought of as the corner of Roseville Road and Dickie Settlement Road in North Dumfries Township. In 1833, a larger settlement area was purchased by John Dickie and his brother William Dickie who purchased three lots in Concession XII. Although the families dispersed in the later nineteenth century, some of them moving to New Zealand, the area kept its association with the family name. In 1861 the North Dumfries Township S.S. No. 25 school was built at the corner, known as the Dickie Settlement School; it was active continuously until it was closed in June 1998.”

The school building is now privately owned. (map)

Written by Ruth

January 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm

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St. Clement Catholic School and Church

St. Clements ON

Click on the photo for a map of this community.

Written by Ruth

December 12, 2010 at 12:42 am

Three Bridges School

Bell above Three Bridges Public School

The Three Bridges Public School is in Woolwich Township. It has a long history as a rural school and has maintained its distinctive small school status. The website of Mennonite Heritage Portrait has interesting information about Mennonite parochial schools and this public school which still attracts traditional Mennonite students.

Sign post in the school yard

Written by Ruth

November 18, 2010 at 12:09 am

Carmel New Church

Carmel New Church and School, Caryndale

I attended a funeral at this church a few years ago and remember being hopelessly lost as I tried to find the building at 40 Chapel Hill Drive. The City of Kitchener met Caryndale as subdivisions in the Pioneer Park and Doon area spread and gobbled up farmland. The Carmel New Church dates back to the early 19th century in Kitchener and the school has been in operation for over 100 years. The church moved here when it was still a rural location in 1962 and several member families built homes on nearby lots. The church website provides more history about the congregation.

Here is more information on the General Church of the New Jerusalem from Wikipedia.

Written by Ruth

September 5, 2010 at 12:35 am

Wilfred Laurier University Faculty of Social Work

In 2006 the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work moved into the historic and fully renovated former St. Jerome’s high school building on Duke Street in downtown Kitchener right behind Kitchener City Hall.

Written by Ruth

August 23, 2010 at 12:01 am