About

one alpha avenue is a virtual home for your questions about the relationship between work and vocation in our lives, organizations and communities.  It’s a place for convivial conversation — the kind that is relaxed, open and creative not controlled by a curriculum or doctrine.  Here you’ll also find a repository of resources and opportunities to connect with others.

1 and 3 Alpha Avenueone alpha avenue was inspired by a 125-year old house and the woman who owned it for more than 30 of those years until her death in 2009.  It was originally two townhouses — 1 and 3 Alpha Avenue – in Toronto’s historic Cabbagetown neighbourhood.  The passionate and practical Barrie Chavel bought these two houses and turned them into one unique home by taking down a few walls, repurposing salvaged materials, and opening its doors to her community.  She practiced the kind of radical hospitality that we’d like you to experience here.

Pat Thompson and Kay Dyson Tam are your hosts.

Pat’s ideas about vocational, organizational and civic renewal took shape as a Metcalf Foundation Innovation Fellow (2007 – 2012) and a Visiting Scholar at Massey College, University of Toronto (2009 – 2012). Currently, she serves as Senior Advisor to the Atkinson Foundation.  Pat began her career on Parliament Hill in 1981, where she worked first for her hometown MP and later for two federal cabinet ministers.  From 1988-2000, she worked for the YMCA locally, nationally, and internationally.

Kay is a fourth year student in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto’s Victoria College.  She is also a Hart House blogger and hosts her own blog called Kay and other letters.  In the summer of 2011, she was a recruitment advisor in WoodGreen Community Services’ summer job program.  A graduate of Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, Kay is a co-founder of a web development start-up known as the Crossroads Collective.

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