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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Parklawn Group: 30 Years and Still Going!!!!
started life as The Young Peoples Group, and became the
Parklawn Group in 1972. At that time there were only three
members, Roy K, Gordie H. (deceased), and Brian R. (deceased).
Meetings were held St. James Anglican Church on Parklawn.
was low and many times, in order to pay the rent, members
had to dig into their own pockets. Business meetings were
held in the members. homes. The Long Branch Group helped
support Parklawn in those early days! It was nothing to
see eight or ten members of Long Branch here, not just occasionally
but every Friday. At times, we didn.t know if people belonged
to Parklawn or Long Branch.
the 80.s, most members held at least one position, either
in the Group or at Intergroup.
also had a lot of women join this Group. We had as many
as eight at one time. Our Group grew and, in the mid-80.s,
we had 27 members.
that time we were having problems at St James Church and
had to move to St. Mark's in Dec .86 until .94 when that
church asked us to move, as they needed the space. Again
we moved further north on Parklawn to the Presbyterian Church
on a week-to-week basis .til we found a new location.
that church could no longer accommodate us and we voted
to close down the meeting until another church was found.
Brian J. sent out many letters to churches. Dick. C and
Doug R. talked with ministers trying to locate another church.
Three months passed; then, in June 1994, we received a letter
from the Humbercrest United Church reporting they had a
meeting room available on Friday nights, and so here we
considered changing our meeting to another night, but Friday
was very important to most of us at Parklawn and even members
from other groups relied on our meeting to end their week
or start the weekend!
the years this Group survived many problems of low membership
and low funds, but we hung on. When we moved to Humbercrest
United, we were down to four members, Dick C. Doug R. Erin
B. & Brian J. All worked desperately to get this Group
back up and running, and without the support from the members
of Trial & Error and Long Branch Groups we would not
many people have passed through our doors, and as I sit
here, names and faces race through my mind. Though I know
some have passed on, and some have gone out, I wonder how
the rest are doing.
our Seventh Tradition is small compared to some Groups,
we manage to pay the rent, buy cakes for anniversaries,
support GTA Intergroup and General Service, and even have
some for the church at Christmas. It is only the continued
support by members from other groups that has kept us going...
say in AA, if a group is needed it will last; if it.s not
it will fail!
thank God it was needed, cause I, for one, needed it. This
group changed my life . it gave me a life! And for that
I.ll be eternally grateful. I only hope that 30 years from
now this Group will still be going and that I will still
be a member.
© December 2002, Better Times, GTA Intergroup, Toronto,