The Workaround is designed with Social Purpose
We have three values that we live by at The Workaround:
Create an environment of harmonious flexibility | Facilitate a friction-free day | Remain curious
It started with a simple question; could we work from an office in the east end, saving the commute downtown and maybe spend a little more time with our children? Would other parents join me? Things I asked myself included: Maybe I could share an office with other parents? What if we could bring our kids to work, but actually also get some work done? What if I didn’t have to fit work hours into the early mornings and post-bedtime hustle?
From Founder Amanda Munday: “The Workaround was born when my children were born. And I quickly figured out that childcare in Toronto is inaccessible and unaffordable. But I wanted to continue to thrive in my career. We need innovative models that support all working parents So we created a space where other moms and dads could walk to work. Where they can work around parents and non-parents. And if they need emergency child care for the day, we will support that. If they want to avoid a long commute into the downtown core, we can help get them online quicker.”
Given the need for innovative child care solutions in Toronto, especially in the east end neighbourhoods, it is important that The Workaround exist with social purpose. We've selected social enterprise suppliers, many certified B Corps, to provide our amenities and services. We're proud to work with:
Our organic tea program is provided by Canadian company Lemon Lily Tea.
As Toronto Life states, instead of beer and ping-pong there are healthy snacks and a freezer to store breastmilk. We’ve received national media attention from The Globe and Mail, CBC, The Toronto Star, CTV News Channel and more. A recent five-star review:
“This is the nicest co-working space I've used ... and it's right in the 'hood! From the little things, like sparkling water, munchies and bottomless coffee, to the friendly, welcoming people at the door -- I love it here. It's just the right amount of quiet, and knowing I could have my kids hang out in a pinch is another huge bonus. The meeting room options are also super, especially when you have to get a few team members together.”
Founder & CEO
Amanda Munday is the founder and CEO of The Workaround and author of the best selling memoir Day Nine: a postpartum depression memoir. She is a skilled storyteller with years of experience growing companies through social media, traditional marketing and public relations.
Amanda has received international media coverage including being named an inspirational speaker in Forbes Magazine. She is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail on topics related to economic opportunities for women and universal childcare. In November 2017 she secured a federal petition on universal childcare which was tabled in the House of Commons. She is the co-author of the Parenting Playbook, a free resource for tech founders to support parents in the workplace. Amanda currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for Creative Preschool of East Toronto and in 2019 she joined the Board of Directors for the Danforth Mosaic Business Improvement Area (BIA).
Caitlin has a remarkable ability to connect with people and brings an openness, sincerity, empathy and sense of humour to her work. She favours leadership that is inclusive and collaborative, and as an artist is adaptive and interactive. Caitlin believes strongly in the power of creative expression, working together and learning from those around her. As the front-of-house manager in many of Toronto’s most popular restaurants, she’s a master organizer who has a knack for understanding how to create the right vibe in a workspace.
Caitlin is a trained Art Therapist and a freelance photographer who received her Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Ryerson University, and attended the Toronto Art Therapy Institute to earn her Master’s level certificate in Art Therapy. Caitlin has experience facilitating art therapy groups in a variety of settings including hospitals and addiction treatment facilities. After her studies she travelled to Tanzania, East Africa to implement an art therapy thesis project there with orphaned children.
Caitlin brings her kid-at-heart philosophy to all her work, including the go-to caregiver for all her friends’ children, soaking up as much time with Fiona, Everett and Hazel whenever she can.
When she’s not stopping to pet every dog she sees, she is happiest when doing any kind of craft, browsing every aisle at a dollar store or daydreaming about future trips abroad.
Renée is our Community Associate and newest team member. You’ll often find her at the front desk, managing the day to day in the space and answering all of your questions. She values community above all else, and is here to foster that feeling for our members.
Outside of the Workaround, Renée’s the founder of Salt + Spoon Wellness and a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (CNP/ROHP). She graduated with First Class Honours from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition.
Translation: Renée’s a holistic nutritionist who specializes in women's hormones, skin and cycles, with a focus on creating healthy habits. Renée’s experienced the power of nutrition first-hand after struggling for years with eczema and hormonal acne. Now, it's her mission to educate and inspire you on how to healthify your life, one bite at a time. From her home base at the Workaround, she offers customized one-on-one nutrition consultations, workshops and online education.
Renée’s previous experience as a classical actor (that whole Shakespeare thing) and a boutique babysitter has served her well. She loves kids, is hilarious and creative. When she’s not running a wellness empire, you’ll most likely find Renée researching rescue dogs, sipping kombucha and diving into a good book.
The Workaround Educators: Melissa Martin and Nadia Kamal
In the Media
Globe and Mail: Op-Ed by Amanda Munday, Full-day kindergarten keeps women in the work force. Let’s not mess with it (2019)
Globe and Mail: Op-Ed By Amanda Munday, In a tight labour market, employers need to pay attention to the needs of parents (2018)
Globe and Mail: Op-Ed by Amanda Munday, Why affordable child care is essential to keeping women in tech (2018)
The Globe and Mail: Toronto’s The Workaround provides a space to work and a space for the kids (2019)
CBC.ca: New Coworking Spaces Let You Bring Your Kids to Work (2018)
CBC Here and Now: Making Space for Kids in Coworking Spaces (2018)
Toronto Life: Inside The Workaround, an east-end co-working space with built-in childcare (2018)
CTV News Channel LIVE: Tackling Daycare Shortages (2018)
BlogTO: Top 20 Coworking spaces in Toronto (2018)
She Does The City: THE WORKAROUND: THE PARENT-FRIENDLY CO-WORKING SPACE THAT IS GONNA MAKE YOUR LIFE 1000X EASIER (2018)
Toronto Observer: East York gets a parent-friendly workspace, including childcare (2018)
The Toronto Star: East York woman opening parent-friendly office space with child care (2018)
Toronto.com: East York woman opening parent-friendly office space with childcare (2018)
Global News Radio: The Exchange with Matt Gurney (2018)
Toronto.com East Toronto parents, MP Dabrusin call on Ottawa to improve child care (2018)
The Toronto Star: Duelling daycare plans pit Liberals against NDP in battle for parent votes (2018)
Headstart Fireside Chat: Marketing Tech in Child Care (2018)
The Toronto Star: Daycare boost in Ontario budget a boon for parents (2017)
The Globe and Mail: Toronto proposes ending daycare occupancy grant (2017)