2020 has been a rather odd year. While it has been a year of toilet rolls, zoom calls, and YouTube fitness videos, it has also been a time of learning, retrospection, and creativity. The Corner has stood by the St. James Town community through it all. New challenges have provided our community with new opportunities to work together and find innovative solutions. Despite physical distancing measures, this year has brought people closer through love, compassion, and care.
The Corner@240 provides a prime example of how we have adapted to changes to benefit the community. While the prices of masks flew, The Corner@240 made and distributed 1,000 masks to the community. While people avoided taking public transport in favour of cycling, 650 bikes were repaired for free. And while we have transitioned to e-learning and working from home, reliable software has been critical. As such The Corner@240 fixed 150 laptops and desktops. In total, 2,487 hours have been volunteered this year, an incredible feat for such a new space. One resident described the initiative: “It’s like magic!”. They aren’t wrong. Although some programs had to be halted, The Corner@240 continued to strive forward, training residents in fixing, sewing, mending and balcony gardening.