Kitchener is marking 100 years as a city this weekend.
And Kitchener’s longest serving Mayor, Carl Zehr, says it’s quite a significant milestone.

This is Zehr’s 15th year as Mayor of Kitchener.
He tells 570 news that back on June 10th, 1912, about 6000 people gathered – about a third of the population – for the celebration as a new “city”.  And he’s hoping a lot of people turn out this Sunday to celebrate.
He says Kitchener has always moved with the times, and has always been innovative.

As for the next 100 years, Zehr says he sees a more cosmopolitan city – a city that keeps on growing – more dense population, with more highrises.  

And he believes Kitchener will continue to be welcoming.  He tells 570 news that Canada and this community will need to rely on a lot of immigration over the next century.

Looking ahead to Kitchener’s city status, Zehr wouldn’t guess on future governance, but suspects it will change.  And says there may be some collaboration over time.

On July 15, Kitchener will try to land in the Guinness Book with the World’s Longest Picnic.