On January 26, members of the community and of the YMCA of Greater Toronto unveiled a 64-year-old connection to the Y’s past on Kingston Road in Toronto.

A time capsule, buried in 1952 underneath the cornerstone of the former YMCA on the site, was discovered by demolition crews in late December. There was actually no record that it existed, said Virginia Dimoglou, general manager of the future Toronto Kingston Road YMCA, which is replacing the former East City Y, in an interview.

“We knew there was a cornerstone and we hoped there was a time capsule, but we weren’t certain.” The capsule included a copy of the Toronto Daily Star newspaper from Sept. 27, 1952, a silver dollar, and a program from the ceremony of the laying of the centre’s cornerstone. 

The new Kingston Road facility is set to open in 2018, and is the third of 10 Centres of Community the YMCA of Greater Toronto is working to build across the GTA over the next decade.