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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Keep It Simple Group Celebrates 20 years
In my 15th month of sobriety, four members of my first home group – Doug T. (now deceased), Florence E., Wally, and Doris – asked me to join them in starting a discussion group because there weren’t many discussions available in our area.
The name Keep It Simple was chosen to commemorate the last discussion between Dr. Bob and Bill W. We chose the Heron Park Community Centre as a central Scarborough location, starting with a Thursday night closed discussion group. However, as new members celebrated milestones, we added an open meeting on Sundays.
Our first meeting was on November 6, 1981, and looking back today, I can’t express my gratitude enough for the many miracles we’ve seen.
On August 5 of this year, we temporarily moved out of Heron Park Community Centre to make way for renovations. We’ve been meeting temporarily at the Port Union Community Centre, but we’ll be back in our newly rebuilt old home, Heron Park, located off Manse Road, in time for our anniversary celebration – complete with cake and refreshments – on November 11, 2001.
My gratitude goes out to the four members who helped start the group. It’s been a wonderful journey in my 21 years of sobriety. We all look forward to many more years of carrying the message.
Copyright © November 2001, Better Times, GTA Intergroup, Toronto, Canada