Meet Berry Vrbanovic



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Picture of Regional Councillor Berry VrbanovicBerry was elected as Mayor of Kitchener on October 27, 2014, and in his role as Mayor, is also a member of Regional Council.  Berry was born in Zagreb, Croatia, and understands the challenges of immigrant families and the issues facing the thousands of Canadians making Kitchener their new home. Berry attended St. Jerome's High School and is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with a BA in political science and a diploma in business administration.

Berry's outgoing and personable style contributed to his election to serve as a Kitchener city councillor for six consecutive terms of council, from 1994-2014. During this time, Berry's commitment to his constituents resulted in the construction of 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 co-founded the Chicopee Outreach Program (COPS), a unique mentoring program linking at-risk youth with police, fire and community mentors. Prior to becoming a city councillor, Berry worked in the Kitchener city clerk's office, as well as the information technology division.

In addition to serving on all regular City of Kitchener 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 Downtown Kitchener BIA Board of Directors.

Berry is Deputy Treasurer of United Cities & Local Governments and is President Emeritus (2011-12) of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

As a member of Regional Council, Berry sits on all three Standing Committees of Council as well as the Economic Development & Promotion Committee.

For the 2014-2018 Term, Berry has been appointed by Regional Council to the following Committees, Boards and other organizations: 

 Standing CommitteeAdvisory Committees/Other Appointments
 Administration & FinanceEconomic Development & Promotion Committee
 Community ServicesPublic Art Advisory Committee
 Planning & WorksGrand River Hospital Board of Trustees
 BudgetVictoria Transit Hub Steering Committee