Friends of Kensington Market is a group of citizens who love Kensington Market and want to preserve its unique character and place in the fabric of the city.
We, as members of Friends of Kensington Market, are aware that we are a settler organization. Kensington Market sits in the traditional territory of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit (an Anishnaabe people), the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Huron-Wendat and Petun Nations, land which is now home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon wampum belt covenant, an agreement by the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee to share resources equally and peaceably. It is also covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit.
As settlers, we acknowledge that we have broken the treaties. Our work for the well-being of this territory must include accountability to our Indigenous relatives.
To increase public awareness of issues affecting Kensington Market and the community.
Provide a Public Forum
To collect and disseminate information on Kensington Market to members on the community.
To defend the interests and preserve the built form and historic functions of Kensington Market, both proactively and by responding to issues of development as they may affect Kensington Market
Promote the Neighbourhood
To promote and enhance the character of the Kensington Market neighbourhood in such a way as to promote the well-being of the community as a whole.
In The Press
Dominique Russell - Co-Chair
Dominique Russell has lived in Kensington Market for 25 years. She is the author of Kensington, I Remember and the co-founder and current co-chair of FOKM.
Cece Scriver is a local business owner and Co-chair of FOKM.
Graham Hollings lives in Kensington Market.
Nick Horton is a local business owner in Kensington Market. He appreciates its long history and has true reverence for the neighbourhood’s role within the city; past, present and future. He is currently Secretary of FOKM.
Tara Boire lives in Kensington market.
Serena Purdy - Co-Chair
Serena Purdy has lived in Kensington Market for 16 years. She’s a resident landlord, and a PhD Candidate studying policy at the University of Toronto. Serena sees so much beauty in Kensington’s unprecedented diversity and hopes to ensure that it remains a space where everyone is welcome. Her focus is mainly on affordable housing and livable cities initiatives. There really is no place like home.
The Reverend Maggie Helwig was appointed as the parish priest at the Anglican Church of St Stephen-in-the-Fields, at College and Bellevue, in May 2013. Before she became a priest, Maggie worked as a writer, editor, arts organizer, and human rights activist. She has published twelve books of poetry, essays and fiction, and her most recent novel, Girls Fall Down (which includes scenes set in a slightly fictionalized St Stephen’s), was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award in 2009, and chosen as the Toronto Public Library’s One Book Toronto in 2012. She has been the literary editor of Canadian Forum, the co-coordinator of the Toronto Small Press Fair and the associate director of the Scream Literary Festival. Maggie has lived in or near Kensington Market for most of her adult life.
Sylvia Lassam has lived in Kensington Market since 2005. She is an archivist by profession and is the founder of the Kensington Market Historical Society.
Delaney Greig lives, rents, shops and plays in Kensington Market. She wants to see the neighbourhood’s residents, artists, organizations, and small businesses survive and thrive.