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.
Congratulations to Kensington Market Community Land Trust on securing funding for affordable housing! Click here for more.
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
Serena Purdy - 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.
Nick Horton - Secretary
Nick Horton is a local business owner in Kensington Market. He appreciates the long history of the neighbourhood and has true reverence for the markets’ role within the city; past, present and future. He is currently Secretary of FOKM.
Alix has been a resident of South Augusta for 6 years. She has over 10 years of professional experience working on community-based initiatives in Toronto, with a Masters in Community & Social Planning. She is currently the Program Lead at the University of Toronto’s Infrastructure Institute, leading the development of a Social Purpose Real Estate capacity-building program for nonprofit organizations in the GTA.
Tara Boire is a local filmmaker who has lived and worked in the Market for over a decade. She participated in the efforts of FoKM to keep Wal-Mart from moving in and officially joined the Board in 2016. Tara is currently working towards her Restorative Justice certification from SFU, graduating in 2022, and looks forward to applying those skills towards the furtherance of this community in the future.
Jaicyea SmithJaicyea is an Inclusive Designer based in Toronto. She has extensive knowledge in Inclusive Design, AODA, WCAG, and accessibility. Recognized for her exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, leadership, and problem-solving, Jaicyea can handle and resolve issues with expediency. She resides in the Bloor West area but lived in Kensington for 4 years and continues to give back to the community. She was a founder and organizer of the Black women paint Baldwin #baldwinmural, a member of Tea Base in Chinatown, leads community projects with the skate community in Alexandra Park, and is involved in budding skatepark safety and community care initiatives. She loves the market and wants to keep it weird!!
Twoey Gray is a Kensington renter, artist, and friend. She believes strong communities make police obsolete. On the board, Twoey looks forward to representing youth and tenant voices.
We are forever grateful to past board members for their contribution:
Dominique Russell for her contributions as founder of FoKM and chair of the organization from 2014-2020.
The Reverend Maggie Helwig, the parish priest at the Anglican Church of St Stephen-in-the-Fields, at College and Bellevue.
Sylvia Lassam for all her contributions as a valued member and Treasurer. She has lived in Kensington Market since 2005 and is founder of the Kensington Market Historical Society.