In early December 2013, the world lost a great leader - Nelson Mandela. A man of virtually unprecedented character, his ability to forgive, coupled with his commitments to fairness and equality have left an indelible mark on our world.

The City of Kitchener, together with Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) communities across Canada, took the time to commemorate what Mr. Mandela meant to the world, to South Africa, to local government within South Africa, and to all of us as individuals.

In addition to lowering our flags for the 10 day official mourning period, a book of commemoration was signed by dozens of local residents and is being forwarded to the Government of South Africa. Finally, on the day of his funeral, the African and Caribbean-Canadian communities came together with the broader community in a celebration of Nelson Mandela's life. It was a beautiful celebration.

A special thank you to everyone involved with the community celebration including: Organizers - (Chloe Callender and Lauris DaCosta), Hon. Rev. Walter McLean, Hon. Peter Braid - MP, Regional Chair Ken Seiling, City of Kitchener Councillor Berry Vrbanovic for Mayor Carl Zehr, City of Waterloo Councillor Jeff Henry for Mayor Brenda Halloran, Debbie Samson, Royston Simon, Lorraine Harris, African Community Choir, Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute choir students - (Viet Ho, Katarina Kuhnert, Marisa Duncan and Kyle Richardson), CTV Kitchener, Emma Lemieux, Rev. James Kandoje, Lisbeth Haddad, Jason Simon and Gerima Harvey.

This video showcases how one community, our community, commemorated Madiba!

"We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference."
Nelson Mandela

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