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The legacy of Dr. Rita Cox in Parkdale

The legacy of Dr. Rita Cox in Parkdale

As we celebrate Black History Month, it is crucial to recognize the remarkable contributions of Dr. Rita Cox to the Parkdale community. Dr. Cox, served as the head librarian at the Parkdale branch for over twenty years, established the Black and Caribbean Heritage...

PARC Hockey Team

PARC Hockey Team

PARC Hockey team was started by a volunteer who was a former player in the community. Ice hockey is an expensive sport and not accessible to anyone on a fixed income, especially for our homeless members. For the PARC Hockey team, the game is where our members can...

We Remember Sheila Koffman

We Remember Sheila Koffman

Sheila Koffman was enormously compassionate and caring, with a deep belief in community. The entrepreneur and activist founded and ran Another Story bookstore for over three decades with a fierce commitment to equity, diversity, and social justice. Sheila also served...

PARC Is Diverse

PARC Is Diverse

We had our first in-person staff meeting after almost two years of online Zoom meetings. One of the activities provided space for our staff to share stories and map out their diverse backgrounds.We strive to make PARC  a safe, authentic space that is respectful,...

Embracing Equity #IWD 2023

Embracing Equity #IWD 2023

Every year we're proud to mark International Women’s Day, to celebrate all the significant and impactful work of our staff, members, volunteers and board, who work to embrace equity, inclusion and diversity – advocating and fighting for issues women face locally and...

Meet Zepheniah James

Meet Zepheniah James

“I’m a hugger, it brings the tension down”   We recently had the chance to sit down with Zepheniah James (Zephie) who worked at PARC for 17 1/2 years before retiring in 2016.  He brought passion for community and a unique musical experience which played a large part...

Black History Month

Black History Month

This month the PARC team collected content for Black History Month to recognize and celebrate the Black citizens, residents and staff who have made change in Parkdale, the City and beyond. Black History Month is one amazing month but every day is a day to learn and...