Reading at the St. Christopher House Literacy Program’s 30th Anniversary Party

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If you spend any time in Toronto’s downtown west neighbourhoods, you’ll probably be a little familiar with St Christopher House (, a local social service agency that serves the city’s homeless, new immigrants and kids.

At Ossington and Dundas, one of St. Chris’s original locations, there is a literacy program that was started in 1977. Last night, previous and current staff and participants came together to celebrate their 30th anniversary. I was asked to read there.

The vibe within their hidden courtyard, where people played a gigantic game of Scrabble, ate BBQ and listened to performers was welcoming, grassroots and celebratory. I talked to some of the workers, chatted with a previous participant who is now an author, and sold a few books while eating a huge piece of chocalate anniversary cake. Thanks to Jo at St. Chris for inviting me to the party. 

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