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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
North Toronto Group To Move After 55 Years...
first came to the North Toronto Group Tuesday, May 2, 1972.
I was twenty-five years old, three days sober, angry, depressed,
unsure, shaking, bankrupt, friendless, unemployable, and
very scared. That evening I was introduced to a host of
kind drunks who were to impact on my life. I would never
be the same again.
were the people who taught me about alcoholism, its insidiousness,
and a program of recovery from this life-threatening disease.
Many I met that evening have long since passed on, but their
Toronto's first meetings were in members' homes. Soon, the
popularity of this north-end meeting forced the members
to seek a permanent location. Some time in late 1946 and
early 1947 the Relocation Committee made a verbal arrangement
with the administration of St. George's United Church on
Duplex Avenue, to hold their weekly Tuesday open and Friday
arrangement has never been interrupted until now.
George's has embarked on a program of updating, renovating,
and expanding their facility to create a space to meet the
pastoral challenges of the Twenty-first Century. Heady stuff
but a sacrifice. All groups using the building must
vacate by the end of June for a two-year construction period.
For drunks, this is an eternity.
in March, we formed the 2001 Relocation Committee.
usually brings out the best in people. For the first time
in many years we at North Toronto felt our very existence
threatened. The Traditions, though, assured us we had a
path to follow if we were willing to use it. The group was
determined to keep North Toronto open and alive for those
alcoholics yet to come, just as it had been open for us.
are happy to announce the North Toronto Group will be moving
for the next couple of years to Grace Church on-the-Hill
in the heart of Forest Hill (corner of Russell Hill and
Lonsdale), commencing July 3. Our meetings will continue
to be Tuesdays and Fridays at 8:00 pm. v Fifty-five years
is a long time to live in one house. St. George's has served
the North Toronto Group well. Moving is always emotional.
However we've all learned that change is also good. As a
group we are excited, encouraged, and grateful for this
new lease on life. Thank you, Eglinton/St. George's and
thank you, Grace Church on-the-Hill.
© June 2001, Better Times, GTA Intergroup, Toronto,