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Historic Dates for PAL Stratford

  • PAL Stratford grew from a 1998 conversation between Herbert Whittaker (Critic Emeritus for the Globe and Mail) and Tom Patterson (founder of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival). Long on the waiting list to live in the PAL Toronto residence, Herbert suggested to Tom the need for PAL Stratford. Tom got the project underway. In 2002 the organization was incorporated and in 2006 received charitable status with John Banks as president. It is a chapter of the national organization, PAL Canada.

  • February 14, 2012

    On February 14th, 2012 PAL Stratford purchased 101 Brunswick Street, the former Deacon House Bed and Breakfast, after a ten-year search for a property. The property had to be rezoned to allow for five affordable housing units.

    Media Release | Deacon House

  • April 24, 2012

    Our Annual General Meeting on April 24th of that year was held at the house and members had the opportunity to tour the property at that time.

    First Look Video

  • June 21, 2012

    The Building permit was issued on June 21st, 2012 and construction started the following day on five units of affordable housing and a common area for community events. Vic and Amanda Ryan were on-site pretty much on a daily basis. Over 10 tons of debris were removed.

    Announcement | Construction Video

  • October, 2012

    A five-minute testimonial video for the project was created in October, 2012 while construction was ongoing.

    Mid-Construction Video

  • December 12, 2012

    The common areas of PAL Place are for community events. A group of PAL Stratford members met every Wednesday at downtown restaurants for a Koffee Klatsch. They moved to 101 Brunswick December 12th, 2012 for the first time and have continued at PAL Place ever since.

    Announcement | Slide Show

  • January 7, 2013

    On January 7th, 2013 there was a final inspection of 101 Brunswick Street and the Occupancy Permit was received. This meant that the building could be used as a residence.

    Announcement | Photo Albums

  • May 25, 2013

    On May 25th, 2013 PAL Place Stratford celebrated its official opening.

    Official Opening Links | Video

  • April 8, 2014

    In 2014, WiFi was installed at PAL Place. Meetings of the PAL Internet Users Seminars (PIUS) began April 8th, 2014 and have been continuing Tuesdays at the house ever since.


  • April 26, 2015

    On April 26th, 2015 the Floyd S. Chalmers Theatre Resource Collection and the Richard J. Monette Archives were moved to PAL Place. The PAL Theatrical Resource Library now resides in bookcases in the common areas and is available for use by the community.

    Announcement | Collection Catalog

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