German-Canadian Remembrance Society
We are a charitable, non-profit organization of Canadian citizens of German descent.
We help support projects, annual events and festivities that align with our vision of being committed to the preservation and promotion of German culture, traditions and heritage.
German speaking immigrants were among the first pioneers who laid a solid groundwork for the prosperity and beauty we so proudly enjoy. Today over three million Canadians of German, Austrian and Swiss descent make their home in Canada. This group represents a large segment of the Canadian mosaic and is the third largest ethnic group in Canada.
Preservation of German Culture
German Heritage and Culture
Since the days of these pioneers – craftsmen, farmers, carpenters and bakers – a lot has changed. New industries and businesses have successfully developed and the German Canadian economic and scientific cooperation has broadened. Today, we find highly qualified and successful German immigrants in all parts of Canadian business and science. Researchers, professors and doctors are building academic bridges between Canada and Germany. They contribute to scientific progress together with their Canadian partners. About 700 German companies in Canada employ roughly 55,000 people, most of them located in Ontario.
Many German-speaking Canadians and their families maintain their cultural heritage and keep a bond with their country of origin by supporting various associations, social clubs, business clubs, choirs and German language schools. As well, by attending and volunteering at German-Canadian festivals and events.
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As a charitable, non-profit organization of Canadian citizens of German descent and heritage, we are committed to the progressive documentation, maintenance, representation and promotion of the achievements and legacy of German immigrants in Canada.
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GCRS was founded based on the initiative and legacy of three business people:
- Paul Tuerr, a well-known philanthropist, developer and entrepreneur from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
- Tony Bergmeier, builder in Waterloo Region and founder of Christkindl Market at Kitchener City Hall in 1997.
- Klaus Koeppen.
Examples of GCRS activities include:
German Pioneers Day
Celebrated at Kitchener City Hall the day after Thanksgiving, in October
Volkstrauertag ~ Remembrance Day
Memorial Ceremony held at Woodland Cemetery in Kitchener in November
Learn more about our Event on Sunday November 13, 2022
KW Oktoberfest Carillon
The TimeKeeper is located at William & King Street in Uptown Waterloo
Located at the corner of Benton & King Street in Downtown Kitchener
Concordia Children’s Choir
Spring and Christmas concerts are performed by the Children’s Choir, from the German Language School Concordia, conducted by Angelika Werner
KW Oktoberfest is Canada’s largest Bavarian Festival featuring Onkel Hans and Tante Frieda
Christkindl Market is a festival of German Christmas, held in downtown Kitchener in December