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City of Waterloo encourages 2,016 wishes for 2016

Waterloo - The City of Waterloo arts and culture team invites the public to participate in its new community art project – 2016 Wishes. The goal of this project is to invite the community to participate in a collective wish for 2016. Together, we can enliven our neighbourhoods, build our community, and inspire change one wish at a time. “Community art projects are an important opportunity for the City of Waterloo to be a catalyst for culture,” says Mayor Dave Jaworsky. “2016 Wishes is an initiative of the city’s culture plan which emphasizes ongoing dialogue within the community to create a shared sense of belonging.”

Jaworsky’s wish is “that refugees and new comers find our community a welcoming place to create their new life.” Participation is simple. Community members are invited to share their wish for 2016 from November 30, 2015 until January 4, 2016. Wishes can be grand or small, complex or simple, anonymous or signed.

Residents are encouraged to submit their wishes for 2016 via Facebook and Twitter (@createWaterloo) using the hashtag #Waterloowishes. Wishes will be collected at City of Waterloo facilities including Wing 404, RIM Park, City Hall, Adult Recreation Centre, Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, as well as at community libraries and schools throughout Waterloo.

Submitted wishes will be displayed at Waterloo City Hall beginning December 10 and will be shown in their entirety at the Mayor’s New Year’s Levee on January 10, 2016 at RIM Park. For more information about arts and culture at the City of Waterloo, visit

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