What kind of items do you fix?
Household electronics; stereos, appliances etc.
When did you first start volunteering with Repair Café Toronto?
May 2013, original fixer
Toronto Reference Library
“Technically, food is never inside your body.”
Why did you start getting interested in repairing things?
My mother saw a poster for the first Repair Café. It sounded fun and I liked taking things apart. I’ve been volunteering ever since.
How did you learn your skills?
In high school I did math and science, and did engineering at university.
What does it mean to you to volunteer at Repair Café Toronto?
It’s a fun thing to do. I help people fix their things and they are very happy when I do.
What is the most memorable item you have fixed?
It’s hard to say. I see many of the same things over and over, maybe a DVD player and recorder. I opened it up and replaced all the components and he was so happy.
Why should people get involved with Repair Café Toronto?
You can save money, extend the life of your household items, help the environment and learn to fix things yourself. I brought some socks to fix once and now I can do them myself. It’s also a fun social environment.
Where do you see Repair Café Toronto in five years?
I imagine we might get so big we’ll need to have two. It’s really been growing the last four years. I hope it keeps growing. Repair Cafés all over the GTA are popping up and I hope to see more if there aren’t already. In five years I’m sure there will still be things breaking and in need of repair.