Doors Open 2009 at CAMH

May 24, 2009 at 8:44 pm Leave a comment

The south wall of CAMH
The oldest part of the wall, built by psychiatric patients 150 years ago as part of the exploitative “work therapy” program.

If you’re reading this in advance of Doors Open 2010 and need advice on the best tours, please, please join the crowds at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Stat!

Preface: I’d been a little disappointed with the way some venues presented their buildings. Either the speeches were contrived, given by staff members who were paid to be there, or only a printout was left at the door explaining the history.


In contrast, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s tour was amazing. It’s given by historian and ex-psychiatric patient Geoffrey Reaume. Passionate, great storytelling, and most importantly, I came out of it appreciating the history of my place.



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