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Haiku pt II - Poetry Writing Workshop

Join us for our second annual Haiku event on Saturday, July 28th, 2018 inside the Members Lounge at the North York Civic Centre. Together will be writing and sharing poems that revolve around abuse and healing, and concluding with a brief group meditation session for peace. The event will start promptly at 1 pm.

Content Warning: This Reclaim Your Voice event may feature detailed story sharing about various forms of abuse including psychological abuse, sexual abuse, childhood abuse, and intimate partner violence.

This event is free and open to people aged 18+. If you are younger and would like to attend, please e-mail us at

Light refreshments will be available for donations. This is an inclusive and accessible space.

Join us as we use the power of words to celebrate our courage, strength and resilience!

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Finding the Members Lounge:


Take the Yonge subway line to North York Centre station. The North York Civic Centre is a short walk from there. The signage isn't clear so you may have to ask for directions along the way.

If you know how to get to Mel Lastman Square, head toward the doors on the west side of the skating rink. Once inside those doors there is a small flight of stairs (or an elevator to your right to take you to the lower level). Up those stairs is the Council Chambers. Go around the left side of the Council Chambers to Members Lounge (A).


One option is to park in the outdoor parking lot ($12) on Beecroft Rd, south of Park Home Ave, across from Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre. There is street parking there as well (max 4 hours, $1.50/hr) .

After parking, cross the street heading toward the Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre, and walk past the pool until you see doors on the right which say "Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre". Enter those doors and follow the signs to the North York Civic Centre.

Make a left past the glass doors and take the elevator down to the lower level.

Upon exiting the elevator, Members Lounge (A) will be on your immediate right.

Another option is to park underground ($5) at the North York Central Library. This is further away and requires more of a walk. In the underground parking lot, follow the signs to 5100 Yonge Street. Once inside the North York Civic Centre, head over to the Members Lounge, which is on the Lower Level, on the left side of the Council Chambers.

The security desk is on the ground level of the North York Civic Centre and can help you find your way to the Members Lounge if you get lost.


Reclaim Your Voice was created in the name of peace and healing for all.

Visit our website to view videos and photos from our past events -

This event is part of the 500 random acts of beauty movement:




Earlier Event: February 17
Overcoming Shame & Humiliation
Later Event: September 29
Reimagining the Future