November 20th was National Child Day. In recognition and celebration of this important day, UNICEF launched #KidsTakeOver, an initiative to make National Child Day stand out and give children and youth a voice.  Here in Waterloo region, there were some exciting takeovers!


Kid Principals at Lester B. Pearson Public School took over bus duty, announcements and a host of other jobs.

Dash took over for a programmer and planned the Saturday morning storytime program at the Waterloo Public Library.Staff at Our Place going blue!

This 6-year-old took over the mail collection for her family. Mayor Maya taking over! Not only did Maya propose fun activities to help kids create at the new eastside library and asked about some traffic signals for safe crossing on University Ave by RIM Park. Mayor Dave Jaworsky confirmed that these initiatives are in the works!

Our Place used blue in their programming, not only to engage with children but to bring attention to National Child Day.

Chief Connor took over for Chief Bryan Larkin from the Waterloo Region Police Service

Staff from the Region of Waterloo Community Services wearing blue for National Child Day

The Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation also went blue!

Family and Children’s Services invited young people to join discussions on important topics impacting young people.  Their senior leadership team also hosted lunch and listened to the importance of ensuring youth have a voice.


KW Counselling published a blog post written by a teen about parenting.  Click here to read it.


Mayah, an 11 year old was on 570 News with Mike Farwell.  Click here to listen to her interview.  (Scroll to 64:25 to get straight to the interview.)