Kitchener-Waterloo Young Men's Christian Association

The Berlin Young Men's Christian Association was founded in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ont., by a group described as"spiritually-minded Christians, eager to promote the spiritual welfare of Young men and Boys of the City." (J. F. Honsberger, 6.2.1) The first officers were all prominent community members: President E. P. Clement, Vice-President Louis J. Breithaupt, Recording Secretary T. M. Turnbull, and Treasurer E. D. Lang. Active until 1906 when financial difficulties and limited facilities made it necessary to cease local operations, the Association was reconstituted in 1919 when a large fund-raising campaign resulted in the building of the structure at the corner of Queen and Weber Streets in Kitchener. This building remained its headquarters until the Association moved to its present locations on Carwood Ave. in Kitchener and Lincoln Road in Waterloo.

YMCA completed headquarters, 1922                 The completed YMCA headquarters, early in 1922