Huron Playschool Cooperative

Playschool and Poetry

After more than 45 years in the much storied Annex neighbourhood–so close to the University of Toronto and Coach House Books is our next-door neighbour after all—it does not surprise us that playschool has made its way into literature proper. Poet Chantel Lavoie references Huron Playschool Cooperative in her poem, "the lane," an ode to bp Nichol that appeared on Brick Books' Celebration of Canadian Poetry last year

The poem is about nichol, literature, maternal ambivalence, and the many selves we harbour as parents. And yes, about one particular lane, the one just outside our back door. Read the poem below. And let us know if you know of any other playschool literary references. 


the lane, by Chantel Lavoie

The first way out of motherhood was once a mews
behind St. Thomas’s Anglican church
which fronts Huron Street in Toronto.

Passing with longing by the silent
always Coach House Press, I pushed
the child in his stroller
for those two and a half sacred
hours (counting drop-off,
counting pick-up) before rushing
to Robarts Library
to work on the book
about women writers
in the eighteenth century—
the ones I know about
who had servants
or were childless....

Read the whole thing here. 

Lasting Legacies

I never met Jenna Morrison, who was a playschool parent before my time, but her legacy lives on at Huron Playschool through the people I've met there who loved her and also the through contributions she made to our culture and spaces, most obvious among them the mural outside our playschool's door (pictured above). Shortly after Jenna's death, former playschool mom Nicky Poole wrote this beautiful blog post about the person she was and how much she gave to our community. Even nearly five years later, we continue to be shaped by her gifts. 

Simone Friedman Speech and Language Services

Huron Playschool Co-operative welcomes Simone Friedman Speech Language Services as a new friend and supporter.

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