#WRawesome Online: Kitchener100.ca

I feature an interesting website, blog, Twitter feed, Facebook page or other online destination related to Waterloo Region on CKWR with Randolph J. Johnston called #WRawesome Online, Mondays at about 12:30. Here is the Midday with RJ’s Facebook page.

I hope by doing so that I’ll help people find places online that help them to connect to their community–online and in the real world. By doing so, I hope to help people find online places that they might not find otherwise and make our community a better place to live.

For folks looking for communications advice, you can get tips from each selection featured. I’ll highlight at least one example in my weekly post.

#WRawesome Online: Kitchener100.ca

In 2012, the City of Kitchener is celebrating 100 years of being a city.

A website has just been launched to be the online hub for the anniversary and to coordinate celebrations across the city. The site includes a look back at significant moments from the last 100 years. It intends to build upon that foundation by asking for people to contribute stories, photos and videos. If it takes off, the site will be a living embodiment of Kitchener’s history.

Celebrations out in the real world are also encouraged. The site includes an event calendar which are also plotted on a map. You can also enter a contest held by the Waterloo Region Record to win up to $10,000 to hold an event to mark this special occasion.

A real effort has been made to break out of the traditional way of holding/coordinating this type of civic milestone. I see real possibilities in how this site could take on a life of its own and make this anniversary one to remember. Incorporating social media could take the site to a new level and help it take off but even what is here has more life to it than your average website.