welcomes the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer community (for definitions see About Us), their families, friends and allies. We serve Waterloo Region, including Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge & area.


Waterloo Region's Rainbow Community Space

Drop-In Hours: Tuesdays 6-8 PM, Fridays 7-10 PM, and Saturdays 2-5 PM

283 Duke Street West, Unit 210
(corner of Duke St W and Breithaupt)
Kitchener, Ontario Canada N2H 3X7
Telephone: 226 779-9695

A view of the entrance to the Boehmer Box Building at 283 Duke Street, Kitchener, where SPECTRUM makes it's home.

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Our History

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Chapters from Our History

Our Beginnings: 2012, January 17 to 2012, May 4

For information on the work of the Waterloo Region Rainbow Coalition (WRRC) that led to finding a physical space for our community centre at Unit K, 42 Erb St E, Waterloo, click here.

Moving In Day: 2012, July 28 (Saturday)

This was Moving-In Day for us! For some photographs illustrating our progress that day, click here.

Open for Business: 2012, 7 August (Tuesday)

We opened our doors today, and began offering limited service. Over the next several weeks we grew accustomed to our new space and developed plans for regular operation.

Our Grand Opening: 2012, September 30 (Sunday)

For a gallery of photographs from our Grand Opening, click here.

Early Fundraisers: 2012, October  – 2013, February

Posters from some of our early fundraisers.

Spinning Off: 2013, February 12 (Tuesday)

At this evening’s meeting of the Waterloo Region Rainbow Coalition (WRRC), a vote was taken in favour of spinning the Community Space off as an autonomous body. Volunteers for the Community Space re-branded it as SPECTRUM – Waterloo Region’s Rainbow Community Space. Plans were undertaken to handle the details of the separation. A new website (ourspectrum.com) was also constructed.

Incorporation: 2013, August 13 (Tuesday)

Today, we received our Letters Patent of Incorporation as a not-for-profit Ontario corporation.  Having the status of a not-for-profit corporation allowed us to apply for municipal grants in the Fall of 2013.

Our 1st Anniversary: 2013, October 6 (Sunday)

For a gallery of photographs from our First Anniversary Celebration, click here.

Our First Municipal Grants: 2014, April

We received our first municipal grants:

  • April 3, 2014 – City of Waterloo
  • April 23, 2014 – City of Kitchener

Our 2nd Anniversary: 2014, October 5 (Sunday)

For a gallery of photographs from our Second Anniversary Celebration, click here.

New Location, 2015, May 15 (Friday)

Around 2014, December we learned that we could no longer count on being able to book the large front room at 42 Erb St E for our programming.  Given that our 12’x12′ office was to too small for running our programs, we began the search for a new home.  We received a reprieve for January and February.  We entered into talks with the Downtown Community Centre in Kitchener.  On 2015, February 24, they generously offered us free room rentals beginning in April for most of our programming during our transition to a new home.  We had some help from the Bread & Roses Housing Coop for March.  Finally we moved into our new home on 2015, May 15 and over the summer began transferring most of our programming to the new location at Unit 210, 283 Duke St W, Kitchener.

Incorporation: 2016, May 13 (Friday)

On 2016, March 1, we had three years of financial data, and were then in a position to apply for charitable status with the Government of Ontario.  Today, we received our 2016-05-13 Supplementary Letters Patent from the Government of Ontario as a not-for-profit corporation with charitable status.  The revision represented the first step in working toward charitable status.  The second step involves getting approval from the Canada Revenue Agency, so that we can issue tax receipts for donations.

Annual General Meeting 2016

Information about our 2016 AGM held on September 27 (Tuesday) can be found here.

Images from Our Archives

WRRC Community Meeting 2012-01-17 Poster ThumbnailSpectrum Move In Day Photo F Thumbnail