Nancy Werner is the City of Waterloo Senior of the Year

Posted On Wednesday June 02, 2021

Nancy Werner is one of the City of Waterloo’s tireless volunteers whose enthusiasm and commitment ensure the success of the programs she supports.

For over 20 years, Nancy has been a volunteer, and for five years, coordinator, of the Breakfast Club at Cedarbrae Public School in the Sunnydale community of Waterloo. The Breakfast Club is supported by the Nutrition for Learning organization.

Most days, pre-pandemic, 30 to 45 children would arrive at school each morning to enjoy a hot meal, which would prepare them for the learning of the day. An activity program, games, and simple craft projects accompanied the meal.

Nancy’s duties included scheduling the volunteers, planning menus, and providing a shopping list of essential items for the program. The goal of the program was to ensure that students had a positive start to their day: a healthy breakfast in a safe and inviting environment. Nancy extended her responsibilities to public speaking to raise awareness of the program, and to encourage donations to support it.

Many of the volunteers that Nancy recruited to assist with the program from the diverse Sunnydale neighbourhood, gained language and employment skills, and of course, long-term friendships. By this year, many of the volunteers have been part of the program for over 10 years.

Beyond the nutrition and positive start to the children’s day, Nancy has also encouraged community members to support the socks, hats, and mitts program at Cedarbrae. The Breakfast Club has provided a focus for community members to meet the needs of the families and children who live there.

In 2013, the Rotary Club of Waterloo presented Nancy with the Paul Harris Fellowship (the highest honour a Rotary Club can bestow on a member of the community).

Legally blind all of her adult life, Nancy Werner has dedicated her retirement years to making a difference in children’s lives. Everyone in the City of Waterloo, and especially the children and community at Cedarbrae school, reap the benefits of Nancy’s tireless contributions.

The City of Waterloo is pleased and honoured to name Nancy Werner as our Senior of the Year, 2021.

The Senior of the Year award will be presented to Nancy Werner as soon as a safe date can be determined. Visit Waterloo’s website for more information about past winners of this award. For more information about other age-friendly initiatives visit



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