Rose – Participant at Repair Café

Rose –  a great supporter of the Tool Library and Repair Cafés!

“I believe the Repair Café is an awesome initiative which enables participants to appreciate the value of their home goods and electrical products a lot more while avoiding unnecessary waste. Through the Repair Café, participants have an opportunity to give the home items they love and bring to the sessions a second and perhaps even a third life. At the last Repair Café in April, I brought in my kettle to be fixed. I was so honored to be matched with Bruce, one of the Repair Café Fixers. He was so committed and determined to make sure I go home with a nearly new kettle (at least in my opinion).  I enjoyed learning from Bruce as he jovially provided explanations on the principles of electricity while our well-coordinated “all-hands-on-deck” effort ensured that the kettle got the nice facelift it deserved. Interestingly, I could relate to the knowledge passed on to me by Bruce thanks to some of the articles I’ve been reading on Tesla and on electric vs gas cars.

After about an hour of work on the kettle, it became alive again thanks to Bruce’s persistence, expertise and our great team work. More importantly, I learned something new while being reminded that anything is possible when we put our minds to it and that life is a series of trial and errors.

The Repair Café is one of the many fun events hosted by the Ottawa Tool Library. My favourite thus far was the 3D-printing event. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about SketchUp, a 3D modeling computer program used in various design fields such as architecture, interior design, etc. It was nice to discover the endless possibilities of this kind of technology. While curiosity led me to the learning event, knowledge made me stay! It’s great to have a community nook such as what the Ottawa Tool Library provides where we have access to plenty of interesting learning opportunities.

Thank you OTL for a great time, great food and great company I find at the Repair Cafés and all the events you put together.”