Neighbourhood Centres emerged from the Settlement House Movement which began in 1883 with the establishment of the first settlement house, Toynbee Hall in London, England. The first settlement houses established in Toronto included University Settlement House (1910), Central Neighbourhood House (Now part of The Neighbourhood Group) (1911) and St. Christopher House (now West Neighbourhood House) (1912), all of whom are still active members of the Toronto Neighbourhood Centres.
Inspired by the tradition of innovation within the Settlement House movement, today’s neighbourhood centres take many forms as they continue to generate innovative local solutions to global challenges.
Staff and volunteers from neighbourhood centres across the City shared their stories about the origins of their organizations at the June 11, 2003 TNC Annual General Meeting.To listen click on mp3 audio links below.
- About Settlement Houses (Sandy Birnie)
- Agincourt Community Services Association (Jane Robson)
- Applegrove Community Complex (Susan Fletcher)
- Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre (Jacquie Buncel)
- Cecil Street Community Centre (Julie Goldstein. Jacquie Buncel)
- Central Neighbourhood House (Romona Gananathan, Charlotte Maher)
- Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood Centre (Bob McIlhinney, Michael Barclay, Keith McNair)
- Delta Family Resource Centre (Rosalyn Miller)
- Doorsteps Neighbourhood Centre (Rosalyn Miller)
- Jane Finch Community and Family Centre (Margarita Mendez)
- North York Community House (Shelley Zuckerman)
- Ralph Thornton Community Centre (Terry Lee)
- St. Christopher House (Sandy Birnie)
- St. Stephen's Community House (Liane Regendanz, Brian Smith)
- University Settlement Recreation Centre (Mae Harmon)
- Warden Woods Community Centre (John Elliott)
- WoodGreen Community Centre (Brian Smith)
- CANS -Canadian Association of Neighbourhood Services (Eileen Garber)