Welcome to the St. Alban’s Blog


staffOur staff team is committing to writing and posting articles that we hope will be of interest to parents, community members and people who use our services. We are a group of people who are incredibly dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, youth and families in the City of Toronto. We have a wealth of information and ideas to share and we realized that our newsletters and emails home are not always the best place to tackle the “bigger” topics, or to relay news that doesn’t necessarily fall into the category of “program updates.” The blog will be a central place for us to share some of the things that we have learned along the way about a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Bullying
  • Fun games, crafts and activities that you can do with your kids at home
  • Safety issues including water and swim safety
  • Transitioning kids from home into a childcare program
  • High school years, homework and applying for post-secondary education

We’ll do our best to address issues of all four of the communities that we run programs in:

  • St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club Founding Clubhouse – Bathurst/Dupont
  • Jane and Finch Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Weston-Mount Dennis
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Lawrence Heights

If you have an idea for an article, or a topic you would like addressed, please feel free to email us. We’d love your feedback.

Summer Events & Activities in the City

14233681_10157575944510413_1523813355_oBy Anja Moore-Heighington
Communications & Resource Coordinator

Summer break is just around the corner! We are winding down here at St. Alban’s with only 2 weeks left of school, but we are also gearing up for Summer Camp 2017! Spots are still available in our Sports and Variety Camps throughout the summer and there’s still time to register. Visit the Summer Camp webpage for more information and to register easily online! Continue reading

Spring Time Crafts for Children

michelle-clarkeBy Michelle Clarke
Creative Arts Coordinator

Yay – Spring is on its way! But since the weather is still a bit unpredictable, here are some fun Easter & Passover themed crafts that you can do with your kids over the next few weeks if it’s rainy or you’d just rather stay inside 🙂 Continue reading

Where are they now? St. Alban’s Alumni: Dianne Calma

14233681_10157575944510413_1523813355_oBy Anja Moore-Heighington
Communication and Resource Development Coordinator

Here at St. Alban’s, we offer programs for children from ages 0 to 19, and this means that we have a lot of alumni who have grown up with St. Alban’s throughout their whole childhood! To showcase some of the amazing people who have been involved here at St. Alban’s, I have decided to reach out and interview a few alumni and feature them here on the blog. This is the first of a few “Where are they now?” blogs that will be published throughout this year, so look out for the next one coming this summer! Continue reading

Why Participate in Race for Kids?

Chris Foster

By Chris Foster
Executive Director of St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club

The 6th annual Race for Kids event is coming up on June 3rd, 2017!

For those who have not heard, Race for Kids is an exciting fundraising event cohosted by several Boys and Girls Club in Toronto. It is a combination of ‘The Amazing Race’ and ‘Minute To Win It,’ to reference of a couple of game shows.  Teams of four receive a Clues Sheet at the race start and then have 3 hours to decipher the Clues to the determine the checkpoint locations around the city and complete the checkpoint challenges. Continue reading

What is it like to volunteer at St. Alban’s?

GraemeBy Graeme Lovatt
Youth Services Coordinator

During my time at St. Alban’s I have been very fortunate to have lots of quality volunteers helping out in our programs, fundraising and mentoring. I was really excited when we first launched our Youth Volunteer Program (YVP), because I knew it could provide young people with practical experience in the workplace and it also gives youth the chance to see what it’s like at St. Alban’s from a different perspective – one of authority and responsibility. Continue reading