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On this day 138 years ago the founder of Alpha, Jessie Ripoll, walked through the gate at 26 South Camp Road holding the hand of a young orphaned girl, the first resident of the Alpha Cottage. We are honored to continue Jessie’s work in the present day and we invite you to join us in celebrating the Alpha legacy. There is brand new music created for Alpha by acclaimed guitarist Ernest Ranglin alongside some of Alpha’s most accomplished graduates. Or, if you are in London, you could take in live ska and reggae music at the Alpha 2 Omega monthly event. See below for more activities and details. Check back for new ways to celebrate 138 years of service to youth in Kingston and across the nation.


(Part of a series celebrating Alpha’s 138th anniversary May 1, 2018.) Sister Bernadette Little was a Religious Sister of Mercy who spent most of her adult life at Alpha. Leslie Thompson (click for bio) was a past boy and professional musician who spent most of his childhood at Alpha. They both wrote books that offer some insight into Alpha years ago. These are two perspectives on one very unique story. (more…)

The annual race takes 1000s of participants from Trafalgar Road through iconic landmarks Devon House, King’s House and Hope Gardens, and through the streets of New Kingston and nearby neighborhoods. Since the first race in 2013, the Kingston City Run has raised over $12 million for local charities including Alpha, the Open Arms Drop-in Centre, Marie Atkins Night Shelter, Food for the Poor and Missionaries of the Poor. This year, KCR welcomed over 4,500 runners, including overseas guests.  (more…)