Councillor Berry Vrbanovic

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Phone (Regional Office) 519-575-4400 ext. 3403
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Twitter: @berryonline

Berry was re-elected as Mayor of Kitchener in 2018 after serving many years as a city councillor. In his role as Mayor, he 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 graduated from 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 as a Kitchener City Councillor for six consecutive terms of council, from 1994 to 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 and the City's information technology division.

In addition to serving on all regular City of Kitchener standing committees, Berry serves 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 Directors
  • Grand River Hospital Board of Directors
  • Downtown Kitchener BIA Board of Directors
  • Deputy Treasurer of United Cities and Local Governments
  • President Emeritus (2011-12) of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities

 Berry has been appointed by Regional Council to the following Committees, Boards, Project Teams, Working Groups and Studies:

Standing Committees 

  • Administration and Finance
  • Budget
  • Community Services
  • Economic Development
  • Planning and Works

Other Appointments

  • Jack Young Civic Award Committee
  • King Victoria Transit Hub Steering Committee

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