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Never too late to graduate

by Michelle Brown, CRC staff After two years of hard work and many years since he was a teenager, Lloyd Pike has finally graduated with a high school diploma. “CRC helped me rebuild my education and allowed me to develop new skills through volunteering and giving back to my community. I’m very proud of my […]

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The courage to write and find out who you are

by Katherine Haggart, Life Writing Class Volunteer Writing takes courage. You have to risk something about yourself to put your inner thoughts on paper. And that’s what happens on Tuesday mornings over coffee and snacks, when a small group of writers meet at CRC to share their personal stories. They come from different backgrounds and […]

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Art that Matters

by Kimberley Dodd, Art Drop-In Volunteer “I like painting and making art with flowers. It makes me feel good”, Margaret Birk says with a smile. Every Tuesday afternoon, in the Rogers Family Room, Margaret and a group of 5 to 10 people participate in a weekly Art Drop-In. This is an initiative I had the […]

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Versatility and Variety at Regent Park Community Food Centre

“Eggplant is my favourite vegetable because it is so versatile. You can roast it, put it in soup, and use it to make baba ghanoush,” explains Ron Cockburn, the new Community Chef at the Regent Park Community Food Centre at CRC. “And I like lettuce because there are so many varieties and I love to use it […]

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Good people helping to make things better

Josh Cowan-Kaplan volunteered with CRC over the summer. We asked him to tell a little about himself, why he volunteer at CRC, and how volunteering at CRC changed him. Josh didn’t come to CRC to serve because he volunteered. He was ‘voluntold’. “My mom said I had to do something meaningful this summer that would […]

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Experiencing a ministry of presence

Janet Nield generously volunteered with CRC over the past year. We asked her to tell a little about herself, why she wanted to volunteer at CRC, and how volunteering at CRC changed her. In August of 2012 I sat in Phil Nazar’s office talking to him about doing a student placement for eight months at […]

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CRC makes Toronto a better city

CRC makes Toronto a better city By Nora Sparrow As part of ‘Project Give Back’ at her elementary school, Nora Sparrow chose to tell the story of CRC and raise awareness of the work we do. Below is what she presented to her class. Hello, my name is Nora. My charity is CRC. What does […]

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CRC Knitting Club

Every Wednesday afternoon from 1 to 3, a group of faithful knitters gathers in the Rogers Family Room at CRC to knit, learn from each other, and enjoy a time of fellowship. Originally from India, Santosh Ralhan has been part of the group for several months now. Her face lights up when she shares why […]

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Deacon of Hope: CRC Honorary Board Co-Chair, John Deacon, in the news

John Deacon (left) with his late friend Robert Garrison in 2006. John Deacon, current Co-Chair of the CRC Honorary Board and long-time CRC volunteer, was featured in The Grid, Monday, April 29, 2013. In an article by Peter Lozinski, entitled Deacon of Hope, John is profiled as “An affluent insurance broker by day and blogger […]

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Inspired Souls: The CRC House Band

Inspired Souls The CRC House Band “I never thought people would enjoy listening to my stuff,” remarks Billy Rose, member and lead singer of Inspired Souls, CRC’s House Band. “But I always dreamed that one day I’d have the opportunity to play and sing my own songs for other people.” He started playing violin at […]

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