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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Breakaway Group Celebrates 30 years
thirty year's old, you could say the Bayview Group is a
long-timer in AA circles.
on March 26, 1970, the Bayview Group was a break away meeting
started by three Willowdale members: Al B., Jeff S. (now
Pine Hills Group) and Julian (now Sheppard Group).
was the strength and courage of these three founders that
has helped Bayview grow and develop its traditional AA values,
said current member, Chris B.
was the first AA meeting I ever went to and the only group
I've ever joined," Chris says.
these years I've never changed groups because it's the best
group in Toronto," Chris adds with a small chuckle.
who joined three months after Bayview started, remembers
Bayview's humble beginnings with only 10 or 12 people in
the basement kitchen of a church.
Bayview has blossomed with over 90 people on its member's
list; many of them highly active within AA service.
that's the way Al B. would have liked it members
active in service work.
was quite the AA man," Chris recalls. Always looking
to get a person active in service work Al originally introduced
the two-speaker system to Bayview.
wanted to give the people that were younger in sobriety
a chance to participate, to get active," explains Chris.
Chris remembers being shy he too was pressured to stand
up in the front of the room and share his experience, strength
and hope. "Al would sort of shame you into doing it."
of the tactics or location changes, the group that was founded
on AA dedication and a commitment to service work will be
celebrating 30 years of continual service on Sunday, March
26, 2000 at 8:30 pm.
© March 2000, Better Times, GTA Intergroup, Toronto,