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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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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?'”
Kitchener pediatrician raises over $250,000 for children with cancer

Kitchener pediatrician raises over $250,000 for children with cancer

While running a marathon, and struggling with her own determination to finish, she came up with the idea to start a run for children with cancer
Miss Oktoberfest feeds homeless with community garden

Miss Oktoberfest feeds homeless with community garden

For some of the guests, the produce from the garden is the most nutrient dense food they've ever had
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