Northside Community Service was born on the 16th of August when local residents, volunteers and church groups established an organisation to serve the North Canberra community. Ten people were elected to the committee and seventeen volunteers registered on the night. The first eight years of operation were brave ones, built around the strength and commitment of a small group of volunteers. Operated from a spare room in Win Townsend’s home, local residents Win, Norma I’Anson, Ines Prior, Ann Moffatt and Daphne Campbell played a central role in those early days. Various church groups in North Canberra contributed funds and a grant was received from the Community Chest. Win was employed 20 hours per week.