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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
[Scarborough Centenary Group]
Service is Key
back in the mid to late seventies, members of the Unionville
Group were unsuccessfully trying to start AA service meetings
at the three Scarborough hospitals. Co-operation on the
part of the hospitals was not there. Then along came Tony
T., Saturday Night Gratitude Group. He managed to talk his
way into both Scarborough Centenary and Scarborough General.
discussion meetings started at both hospitals in October
and November 1978. For details about the Scarborough General
Meeting, see the October 2002 BETTER TIMES. [see below]
(For interest, the Scarborough Grace Hospital finally allowed
an AA service meeting in the mid-nineties.)
a member of Saturday Night Gratitude Group, Lois F. joined
Tony for the first meeting at Scarborough Centenary. She
had just celebrated her two-year anniversary and was getting
active in service. Local Scarborough groups supported the
meeting in those early days.
the early eighties the meeting was thriving. On January
5, 1983, it became a group, known as the Scarborough Centenary
Group. Lois was there as a founding member with four others,
and is still a member today.
are lots of opportunities for service at this group. Patients
are always brought down from the appropriate floors. The
group has an archives and set guidelines for the running
of the meeting. Participation in the wider AA community
is encouraged. Len D., and other members of the Scarborough
Centenary Group started the annual dance in support of the
Regent Park Christmas Day dinner. See page 7.
the years, a Thursday open speaker meeting has been added.
On Mondays, the open topic discussion meeting is now an
open meeting. There is also a Beginner.s Room on Monday
there is a large turnover of faces due to being in a hospital,
there are many long-term familiar faces as well. Notable
are Reg P., who has made the coffee since he joined in .87,
Julie L., who is very active with the Beginner.s Room .
a member since .88, and too many others to mention here.
spouses also make regular attendance a must. In particular
is the widow of Jack J. They started coming to the group
in .83. He died seven years ago, but his wife continues
to come, in her wheelchair, and to offer upbeat support.
January 9, 2003, the Scarborough Centenary Group will be
celebrating 20 years as a group and 25 years of service.
All are invited to attend, especially people who came to
the group in the early days of their sobriety,
meeting will not be in the usual meeting place. It will
be in the Education Theatre, Floor #1, Margaret Birch Wing,
Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital. Use the main door. Take
the north elevator down to floor 1 and follow the signs.
the meeting, there will be a buffet dinner in the usual
meeting room on the 6th floor in the Occupational Therapy
Room. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm.
vouchers are available at the meeting for attendees. With
voucher the parking is only $1.
© December 2002, Better Times, GTA Intergroup, Toronto,