Designer Carolyn Butts teaches newcomer women the first steps of fabricating a bag from recycled rubber inner tube Friday afternoons in a classroom.
A translator is always present during the first months. The Bag Project helps to teach new English words and the women are encouraged to speak them while they work.
Women's Art Festival
Our first event introduces the newcomer women to their new Canadian market and their first sales.
The Bag Project brings strangers in a strange country together for needed support and understanding. Working together helps them feel more at home.
Rubber has a new begining too
Our hand made bags, totes and key rings are made from recycled rubber inner tubes and bicycle tires. This durable material is commonly sent to landfill. This rubber has exceptional properties such as durability, waterproof, vegan.
Welcome to The Tett
January 2018 bag production relocates to the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning in Kingston, Ontario. The Tett is the perfect next step for collaboration and searching creative expression for new designs.
Public Office Support
Kingston MPP Sophie Kiwala offers her support for the project and purchases a one of a kind design.
Queens University Cares
A group of Queens University students use their reading week to lend their technical expertise to the Begin Again Group by helping to build this website and the social media platforms.
Designing a Co-operative
Business executive Rebecca Darling tutors the group on business structure. A co-operative for our social enterprise.
Learning to work in a co-operative
At KEYS learning how we will operate a 'working co-operative' from Russ Christianson.
Sharing our business and showing our product and OCASI, Ontario council for Agencies Supporting Immigrants, Toronto 2018
First sales meeting
Begin Again Group finds its first retailer in the gift shop at the Aga Khan museum, Toronto
Community Foundation Support
The Community Foundation of Kingston and Area supports the Begin Again Group with an operating grant in 2019 to help purchase tools and supplies, training and transportation.