An Oasis in Allan Gardens

I moved to the area around Allan Gardens, with Tim. Years ago. It was great to live together. But it was tough times.

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We were walking north of our apartment one day, and came to this beautiful building. Wondering what it was, we approached the doors.

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We would come here in the winter. Even just for five minutes, we’d run up and run inside. And breathe deeply.

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The conservatory was an oasis. This warm, inviting building, full of life.

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It was a thing of hope. Of beauty. When we couldn’t find it elsewhere.

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Thanks to Allyson for sharing her story. Watch her on Mohawk Girls and Teenagers. And make sure to check out her website too!

Across from Allan Gardens is the Miziwe Biik, an employment and training centre for aboriginal peoples. Learn about their great work here.

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