The Working Centre was established in the spring of 1982 as a response to unemployment and poverty in downtown Kitchener. The Centre grew roots in the Kitchener downtown through the dedication of Joe and Stephanie Mancini, a young married couple who had just graduated from [the then] St. Jerome’s College at the University of Waterloo. They saw the potential for building a community of interest around responding to unemployment and poverty, developing social analysis and engaging in creative action.
The Working Centre relied on two community animators at Global Community Centre – Margaret Nally and Patrice Rietzel for support, direction, and organizational development. Eventually a board of directors was established and the Centre’s projects began to develop.
The Working Centre is a non-profit organization with charitable status that is governed by a Board of Directors. This group of dedicated individuals typically serve the organization in this capacity for five to ten years. Our mode of operation is the building of relationships and trust where each member becomes involved in one or two aspects of the Centre’s work in a way that develops first-hand knowledge and understanding. We have been fortunate to be served by individuals who have provided long-term stability and foresight for the Centre.