Mayors' Dinner

The Working Centre Mayors' Dinner

The Mayors’ Dinner celebrates individuals who have made outstanding contributions to our community. All proceeds from the Mayors' Dinner support St. John's Kitchen and The Working Centre. 

The Thirty-First Annual Mayors' Dinner invites Arleen Macpherson, Gretchen Jones, and Jennifer Mains to join Neil Aitchison in sharing the story of how St. John's Kitchen has embedded itself in the fabric of downtown Kitchener, providing a place of refuge and hospitality.

Please join us:

  • Saturday April 7, 2018 Marshall Hall, Bingemans Kitchener, Ontario
  • Cocktails & Auction Preview 5:30 pm
  • Dinner 6:45 PM
  • Program to follow

Click here to view the 2018 Mayors' Dinner invitation.

Click here to view the 2018 Mayors' Dinner RSVP

Arleen, Gretchen and Jennifer form a chain that has been linked to St. John's Kitchen almost from its beginning, 32 years ago. The chain begins with Arleen who began coordinating St. John's Ktichen in 1988. During those years St. John's Ktichen became a place of hospitality where the patrons became integral in producing the daily meal. In 2002 Arleen joined The Working Centre Board and this year is retiring as President. Arleen hired Gretchen in 1991 after a year of volunteering and Gretchen has been the mainstay of St. John's Kitchen coordinating the kitchen and volunteers for 26 years. Jennifer started coordinating St. John's Kitchen in 1999 and for 19 years has been committed to developing ever-increasing supports for those most disadvantaged through Downtown Street Outreach, Hospitality House, Psychiatric Outreach and the St. John's Kitchen medical and dental clinics.

St. John's Kitchen is a project of The Working Centre, and since 1985 has been serving a free daily lunch-time meal in the downtown core. People gather together to serve the meal, while building a culture of respect and acceptance.

Tickets are available for purchase in the following ways:

Online: Using the Ticket button on this page.

By Phone: Call Kara at 519-743-1151 x119. We accept Visa or Mastercard.

By Mail: Send a completed RSVP to

                       The Working Centre

                        58 Queen Street South

                         Kitchener, On  N2G 1V6

Click here to read about past Mayors' Dinner Guests of Honour.