Our Story: A House is Born
The story of The VandenBerg House is simple: a young entrepreneur, motivated by her Dutch great grandmother’s social activism during World War II, founds an inspiring community space to drive entrepreneurial and artistic ventures in the Leslieville community.
Christiane Tetreault’s Great Oma (grandmother) displayed bravery and ingenuity by hiding Jewish citizens during the reign of Nazism in Europe. While the challenges of Christiane’s time differ from her great grandmother’s era, this legacy has taught her that life is not a zero-sum game and we are all in some way responsible for each other. The VandenBerg House embodies this sense of community and collaboration.
Who We Are
Housed in an eclectic space that was originally built for Jessie Ashbridges, son of pioneer Sarah Ashbridges, The VandenBerg House is an inspiring co-working and events space dedicated to providing high quality shared office solutions for entrepreneurs and artists in Toronto. We are a space where professional worlds mingle, collaborative partnerships are born, and ideas take flight.
To provide our members with an inspiring community space, brand awareness, and a functional office and events solution.
An inspiring community hub that drives business and supports the integrity of Toronto’s east end communities.
What We Do
Create opportunities for entrepreneurs and artisans to showcase high-quality products and services and increase brand awareness within Leslieville and the wider Toronto community.
Provide an inspiring, and functional office and events solution to drive entrepreneurial growth and collaboration.
Support the fabric of Leslieville through charitable partnerships with organizations such as Second Harvest
Why It Matters
We focus our efforts on work, special events and community because we understand that the future of our small businesses depends on a supportive, inspiring platform that will bring business and community together through exciting events. We believe that more community engagement will lead to increased brand awareness and potential collaborations to drive business growth.
We also believe in the dedication of so many residents to Toronto’s east end neighbourhoods. A prime example of this is the 50,000 strong petition signed by Toronto residents, particularly those in Leslieville, to keep the Red Door Family Shelter open in spite of condo development and higher property costs. Thanks to their efforts the shelter will continue to be an active part of the Leslieville community.
By providing a supportive platform for entrepreneurs The VandenBerg House channels our commitment to Toronto’s east end and creates opportunities to strengthen our neighbourhoods and make our businesses more resilient.
One of a Kind
One of the few co-working spaces in Toronto’s east end, The VandenBerg House is a collaborative enterprise that is unique in its dedication to both community organizations and small businesses. We harness our partnerships with small businesses, local artisans, the Leslieville BIA, and other community organizations to create interesting opportunities that help drive economic growth and sustain our community support systems.
Our distinct, community-oriented outlook and our interest in driving entrepreneurial ventures makes The VandenBerg House an important resource for Leslieville, the east end, and Toronto.
Friends and Partners of The VandenBerg House
For over 30 years Sandra has been creating images for people in their business and personal lives. She has helped thousands put their best face forward. Her experience is vast and her skills are honed. Classically trained in studio lighting while following current trends. Sandra is our preferred photographer for our events and space. If you are searching for memorable event / personal or corporate photos, contact Sandra email@example.com
Snapd Beaches has been operating for 10 years in the eastend. They are focused on promoting and supporting local businesses and events for the eastend community. Want to advertise or get exposure for your event. Contact Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their site www.beachdanforth.snapd.com
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