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Rooted articles share stories about the people and places that make us proud to call our community home.

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Local author pens memoir: story of child labour, rape, and finding her way home

Local author pens memoir: story of child labour, rape, and finding her way home

'My life felt like a dry leaf in the wind, at the mercy of a strong gust. My body was violated, battered, bruised and stolen,' said Ibrahima
Former troubled teen becomes lifeline for local youth

Former troubled teen becomes lifeline for local youth

'My life very easily could have gone in a very different direction - arrested, jail, young parent,' Shawn Ashe admits
#LipoffKW aspires to help end homelessness in Waterloo Region

#LipoffKW aspires to help end homelessness in Waterloo Region

'Look into the studies that have been done and see that chronic homelessness is something that we absolutely can end in Waterloo Region. We have the power to do this as a community,' Petricevic says
Waterloo Regional Police officers rescue dogs bound for euthanasia

Waterloo Regional Police officers rescue dogs bound for euthanasia

When asked about their successes, she recalls the story of a six-month-old American Bulldog used in dog fighting
Kitchener NICU nurse cares for over 1500 high-risk babies a year

Kitchener NICU nurse cares for over 1500 high-risk babies a year

A career in the NICU comes with an emotional toll, especially when providing end of life care
Elementary teacher becomes voice of social justice for local minorities

Elementary teacher becomes voice of social justice for local minorities

The goal is to create empathy, fostered by human connection and compassion
Kitchener resident finishes 2300 km bike ride to Newfoundland – raises over $33k for MS

Kitchener resident finishes 2300 km bike ride to Newfoundland – raises over $33k for MS

'For the first time in my life I was actually doing something that I was talking about doing. I used fear as fuel to push me towards that finish line' said Paul Jankura
How a young mother of two walked away from a quadriplegic diagnosis

How a young mother of two walked away from a quadriplegic diagnosis

'I was told I had Partial Paralysis also known as Palsy. I was trapped in my own body and was at the mercy of everyone around me'
If these walls could talk: Waterloo Pioneer Memorial Tower

If these walls could talk: Waterloo Pioneer Memorial Tower

'For those who lay any roots down in this community, past or present, their activity and story gets woven into this vast historical tapestry.'
Local pilot becomes ambassador for women in aviation

Local pilot becomes ambassador for women in aviation

"I never hesitated at this dream despite it being male-dominated and getting questions like, 'why don’t you just be a flight attendant or work in the office?'”
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