I was invited by Garry Green, Executive Director of Madison Avenue Housing and Support Services Inc. to read some poetry tonight at the annual AGM for their 2009-2010 fiscal. However, it was more than that; the artistic collaboration of myself and musician Treson also created a celebratory atmosphere for the clients and all those involved in this excellent agency, which helps to support and embrace those struggling with poverty, self-improvement and actualization when faced with mental health and addiction crises and issues. I am now on the fundraising committee for Madison Avenue for the next year, which will be its 30th anniversary. Basically, their organization began when I was 5 years old in 1979-1980. Madison Avenue is a special place having grown exponentially. It does a lot for people in our city. I am proud to be a member of this community and charity especially after having witnessed what I have over the past two years working with this organization. Parkdale and High Park MP Gerard Kennedy came by with his daughter. It was classy and causal all in one. A brief chat and a few words on dispelling the stigma of his own community and how we are engaging in mental health awareness just by being who we are. Commendable evening. Inspiring. This AGM was far from dry or boring. It was full of life and people who believe in the work they do.
A big thanks to the ED for inviting me to read. If this isn’t success then I don’t know what is. Homeless people are being housed and are loved.