History of Sue's Japanese Garden

Sue’s Japanese Garden was initiated by a generous endowment from Itsue (Sue) Callfas.  Sue passed away in April 02, 2002.  She was very enthused about the importance of  the Waterloo Region Japanese Canadian Community Association.  Sue was comforted by the support of members of the Community while she in turn gave much personal support to others in the group.  Because she felt the value of the Association Sue wanted the group to continue.  To maintain her legacy, it was felt that the money should be used to benefit the whole community of Waterloo Region and so evolved Sue’s Japanese Garden.

With permission and support from the City of Kitchener, the garden was built in Victoria Park, designed by T. Torizuka.

The kanji character which means “harmony” and titled “Sue’s Japanese Garden” had been carved onto the stone in the garden.

Its official opening, was made by Mayor Carl Zehr on September 17, 2005 with Sue’s eldest sister from Japan in attendance.