From the Poor House to Now

When: Sunday, May 6, 1-2:30 pm

Where: Begin at the Frederick Street Mall (385 Frederick Street) and end at the Public Market (324 Frederick Street)

Walk Leaders: Jennifer Gordon and Laura Coakley

Join us for a walk through the area now known as Central Frederick Neighbourhood, in downtown Kitchener, as we explore the roots of the Waterloo County House of Industry and Refuge (a.k.a The Poor House), which stood on Frederick Street from 1869-1957 and housed those without other means to shelter, food or support.

You will have the opportunity to learn more about The Poor House and the ways our modern neighbourhood works to build inclusion/belonging and eliminate oppression. This walk will be woman focused, exploring the experience of women in the Poor House as well as the women in our current neighbourhood that are working to make a difference.

The walk length is approximately 1.5 km, primarily on sidewalks but also on grass and park land that can sometimes be uneven.


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