On February 23, Repair Café returned to one of our favourite community locations at Central Neighbourhood House (CNH) on Ontario Street in the east side of Toronto.
The photo above was taken with the CNH Community Development Coordinator, Touhida Choudhury (second from right), and her volunteers and students (from left to right are Khalid and his mother, Nasri, with Urmila, Nasri, Touhida, and Lesley).
It has been wonderful collaborating with CNH. They share the commitment to community building and support our waste reduction goals.
“Repair cafe is not only an event to repair broken items, but it is also a unique way to connect community members, help them to learn the skills of reducing and reusing that eventually makes our earth more livable with less trash, ” said Touhida.
Thanks to the terrific support of their facilities staff, the gym was quickly set up with work stations. The bright program room was turned into the sign-in area with a refreshment table set up adjacent to the kitchen and a bike repair station at the back.
As visitors entered the building, they instantly smelled Khalid’s popcorn, and Lesley, Urmila, and Nasri lent their hands as greeters and translators for those visitors who did not speak English.
Below are some of the interactions between our volunteers and visitors as well as the various interesting items we tackled.
The day turned out to be another successful event full of energy. Throughout the four-hour café, we fixed many items and a lot of visitors left with satisfaction.
Building on the positive feedback we received from this event, we are planning to return to CNH on September 21!
Hope to see you at the Repair Café!
Photographs by: Julie Trinh, Lon Appleby, Jason Timermanis