On this day 20 years ago in 2001: The Storefront’s grand opening at Morningside Mall!

Celebrating 20 years of Community-Building in 2021

Throughout 2021, we are celebrating The Storefront’s 20th anniversary of doing community-building work in East Scarborough, highlighting different stories from across the years (see other posts in the series: Police Station to Community Hub; Water Tower to Community Garden; and Storefront’s First Home). Today in particular marks a very significant moment in The Storefront’s history: It was 20 years ago, on April 20, 2001, that The Storefront celebrated its grand opening at the old Morningside Mall, now known as Morningside Crossing!

Our address was 255 Morningside Ave, Unit 305, M1E 3E6. This was the former home of Morningside Public Library which moved to the second floor prior to Storefront’s opening. Our funders at the time were HRSDC Canada and Caring Alliance.  How much we have grown since then, as a community backbone organization, and as a collective of community-builders in East Scarborough.

To mark this specific day, the 20th anniversary of our grand opening, our local elected representatives Councillor Paul Ainslie, MPP Mitzie Hunter, and MP John McKay have offered video messages of congratulations. Check them out below:

Please join us on this important day in celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Storefront and “the little community that could!” An important stage of The Storefront’s journey began that day 20 years ago when our doors were opened to the community for the first time. Got a favourite memory of Storefront from years past? Please share it in the comments to help celebrate our 20th anniversary year!

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