Kitchener-Waterloo’s Citizen of the Year 2017 will be recognized Thursday May 24th 2018

On May 24th, local professor, philanthropist, community leader, business owner, farmer, land developer and family man Ron Schlegel will be recognized as the 61st Kitchener-Waterloo Citizen of the Year.
“What an absolute honour this is,” shares Ron. “My parents instilled in me a strong sense of “community” and I’ve made a point of continuing that tradition during my lifetime through hard work, collaboration and innovation.”
Ron Schlegel’s busy and inspiring career has made a significant impact – here in Kitchener-Waterloo and around the world. He has found innovate ways to invest in our local communities such as the development of Schlegel Villages which include many retirement and long-term care residences across Ontario, Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging (RIA), Homewood Health Centre and Homewood Research Institute (HRI) both of which assist people with addictions and mental health issues, farming operations and leading-edge neighbourhood developments through Schlegel Urban Developments.
A true community builder, Ron was instrumental in the development of the Williamsburg Town Centre, which established a much-needed hub in the South end of Kitchener. In keeping with his vision of community, the development was planned to create the concept of a small town in Ontario, a “Village within a City,” to inspire social interaction and a sense of belonging. This is but one of several innovative, urban projects that adds to the success of Schlegel’s Seniors Villages.
Ron’s accomplishments are many, as witnessed by his long list of awards and recognitions including an Officer Level – Order of Canada, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award, Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Ontario) Award. Locally, he is a member of Communitech’s Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and Waterloo Region’s Hall of Fame. He has received the Barnraiser Award Waterloo Region, Mayor’s Dinner Recognition, Philanthropist of the Year and Outstanding Alumni at the University of Waterloo. Ron has also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Waterloo – further enhancing his existing B.A. (Hon) from the University of Western Ontario, M.Sc. from the University of Illinois and Ph.D. in social psychology from Ohio State University.
“Ron is an incredibly generous and caring person who has done so much to help others in our community and beyond,” adds Dr. Jack Bishop, Citizen of the Year Committee Chair. “The Lions Club of Kitchener is pleased to pay tribute to this exceptional and outstanding community leader.”

About the Citizen of the Year Award:
Hosted by the Lions Club of Kitchener, the Citizen of the Year Award recognizes a deserving resident from the Kitchener and Waterloo area.
The award was first presented to Ira Needles in 1957. Ron’s name will be added to a long list of esteemed nominees and community visionaries such as Walter Bean, Jack Harper, Owen Lackenbauer, Mac Voisin, Elizabeth Witmer, Neil Aitchison and last year’s recipient, Olympian Mandy Bujold.


The banquet date for the 2017 Citizen of the Year is Thursday, May 24th, 2018.

Tickets: $95 (HST included)

Time and Location: 6:00 pm at the Crown Plaza, Kitchener

Further inquiries: Dr. Jack Bishop at 519-575-6184


P.O. Box 1001 Station “C” Kitchener Ontario N2G 4E3

Phone: 519-575-6184

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