The Best Yet!

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The Repair Café was once again offered at Skills for Change on November 16. This was the sixth one since our launch in May 2013.

The first visitors arrived 40 minutes before the 10 am start. By 10 am, there was already a small queue. Both our team of fixers and greeters were well prepared. The visitors were generally able to meet with their fixers and received help within a reasonable time.  It was nice to see both new and familiar faces  among the visitors.

The room filled up steadily with visitors and was completely full by noon.  We also had visitors from St. Catherines, Bolton and East Gwillimbury, as they are thinking to start up a repair café in their own community. They witnessed a vibrant repair café in action!

Our fixers do not just work on their own but often work together to solve problems. As  clothing fixer Jung-Hee was working away with her sewing machine, it broke down suddenly. Appliance fixer Ernst checked it and decided that its cable needed to be replaced. Other fixers Josie and Paul Taylor jumped in and lent their hands. Through joint effort, the machine was up and running again.

Over the course of four hours, more than 50 items got fixed. Every visitor left happily after receiving the friendly help from their fixers. This repair café had one of the highest turnouts from both volunteer fixers and visitors. Everything ran smoothly. After it was over, all the volunteers gathered to take a group shot. And one of our fixers Tim summed it up well: The Best Yet!”

We would like to thank our wonderful volunteers for their dedication and enthusiasm. Also, we are grateful to our sponsors, Skills for Change, Noir Coffee & Tea and Frank’s Pizza House for their continued support.

If you need help fixing a broken item, don’t miss our next Repair Café on January 11! We will have fixers available for computers, small appliances, lamps, small furniture, clothes and jewellery, among others. You will also have a chance to see a 3D printer at work fixing household items. For details, please visit the Upcoming Events page.

If you would like to join us as a volunteer or provide support, please email us at

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Hope to see you at the Repair Café on January 11!