Repair Cafes – Maple Ridge

Join us for YEAR TWO of Maple Ridge Repair Cafes! We look forward to seeing you (and your broken stuff) on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10am – 2pm at the Maple Ridge Bandstand in Memorial Peace Park as part of the Celebrate Earth Day event!!

Thank you to the Maple Ridge branch of Vancity for funding our 2019 Repair Cafes!!



On March 24, 2018, we successfully launched our first Repair Cafe in Maple Ridge at the Maple Ridge Seniors Activity Centre.

Over 30 amazingly talented volunteers helped residents fix 70 different items, including broken lamps, clocks, ties, stools, bikes, jewellery, socks, and more! Kids and adults alike enjoyed taking things apart & building original creations at TINKERbell Station. We heard so many great stories about why each item was held onto and what it meant to the owner. Our “fixed” bell rang throughout the day and there were many happy people – visitors and fixers alike!

Huge thanks to all our volunteers, sponsors, supporters, and planning team for an amazing day! Thank you also to Metro Vancouver for having a camera crew there to capture the magic!


UPCOMING CAFES! Ridge Meadows Recycling Society and our Repair Cafe Planning Team have planned a number of Cafes for 2019 – come join us! (and bring your broken small appliances, jewelery, clothing, small furniture, electronics, bicycles, toys, etc. 🙂

Repair Café #3
Part of Celebrate Earth Day 2019 Event!
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Location: Memorial Peace Park Bandstand, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: 10am – 2pm

Repair Café #4
Co-hosted with the Ridge Meadows Home Show Family Fest!
FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2019
Location: Ridge Meadows Home Show’s Family Fest at Maple Ridge Fairgrounds (next to Planet Ice), 23448 105th Avenue, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: 4pm – 8pm

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Repair Café #5
At the Car Free Day Event!
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Location: 224th Street, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: TBA

Repair Café #6
At the BIA Summer Market!
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Location: Memorial Peace Park, Maple Ridge
Time: TBA


Want to be part of our Cafe?

If you are interested in helping with planning or volunteering to help out on the day (either as a “Fixer” or a general helper!) check out our Volunteer Information Page.


March 2, 2018:
“We Can Fix That!” – Maple Ridge’s First Repair Cafes Are A Go!!

Ridge Meadows Recycling Society has received funding from Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program to organize Maple Ridge’s first Repair Cafés. Repair Cafes are pop-up events where residents can bring their broken items (small appliances, jewelry, clothing, small toys or furniture, etc.) and there are tools, materials, and volunteer “fixers” available to help residents learn to repair their stuff!

“I have wanted to organize Repair Cafes locally since I stumbled across the idea a few years ago,” says Leanne Koehn, who works for Ridge Meadows Recycling Society and coordinates the annual Celebrate Earth Day event, “Through receiving the New Horizons for Seniors grant and finding other individuals and businesses who supported the idea, everything came together this year for us to start up and promote the first Repair Cafés alongside our Earth Day theme, ‘DIY: Make it, Grow it, Fix it, Share it!’”

The goals of Maple Ridge Repair Cafes are to:

  1. Bring back repair into local society in a modern way
  2. Maintain repair expertise and share and pass on valuable knowledge and skills that have been learned over lifetimes, building individual and community capacity
  3. Promote social cohesion in the local community by connecting neighbours
  4. Repair and reuse items that would’ve ended up in the landfill
  5. Encourage people to value and appreciate their possessions

Repair Cafés started about 8 years ago in the Netherlands, and their popularity has spread worldwide. In addition to keeping things out of the landfill, the Maple Ridge Repair Cafés aim to highlight the value of our local seniors who have lifetimes of experiences, knowledge, and skills to share.

“Our community has grown so quickly in the last couple years and as an emerging city, incredible initiatives like the Repair Café are vital contributions,” says Dan Ruimy, Member of Parliament for Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, “In our busy lives, it can be difficult to take the time to sew the rip on a pair of pants, or adjust the gears on a clock. Our seniors offer so much wisdom and experience, the Repair Café gives us the opportunity to sit down with them, relax, work together and fix the small things. What a fantastic way to engage with our seniors.”

Get Involved!

Know someone who has repair skills? Ask them to fill in the online form to volunteer as a “Fixer” and become a Repair Café hero!


TINKERbell Station:

The Repair Café Planning Team is excited to be working with Maple Ridge Artist-in-Residence Kat Wahamaa to create “TINKERbell Station” at the Cafés, an area designed to invite kids to get hands-on with tools, take things apart and explore how things work, and create upcycled art with the pieces. These activities also aim to encourage kids (especially girls) toward STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, & Mathematics)-related interests and future careers.



What is a Repair Cafe? 

“Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields.

Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café. It’s an ongoing learning process. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Or you can lend a hand with someone else’s repair job. You can also get inspired at the reading table – by leafing through books on repairs and DIY.” -from

Why a Repair Cafe?

“We throw away vast amounts of stuff. Even things with almost nothing wrong, and which could get a new lease on life after a simple repair. The trouble is, lots of people have forgotten that they can repair things themselves or they no longer know how. Knowing how to make repairs is a skill quickly lost. Society doesn’t always show much appreciation for the people who still have this practical knowledge, and against their will they are often left standing on the sidelines. Their experience is never used, or hardly ever.

The Repair Café changes all that! People who might otherwise be sidelined are getting involved again. Valuable practical knowledge is getting passed on. Things are being used for longer and don’t have to be thrown away. This reduces the volume of raw materials and energy needed to make new products…

The Repair Café teaches people to see their possessions in a new light. And, once again, to appreciate their value. The Repair Café helps change people’s mindset. This is essential to kindle people’s enthusiasm for a sustainable society.

But most of all, the Repair Café just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is. Why don’t you give it a go?”




Year 2 – 2019:

Repair Café #2
Co-hosted with the Maple Ridge Library
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Location: Maple Ridge Library, 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: 11am – 2pm

Repair Café #1 – Year 2 Launch!!
Co-hosted with the Maple Ridge Library
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Location: Maple Ridge Library, 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: 11am – 2pm

Year 1 – 2018:

8 Cafes in 6 Venues with 18 Sponsors & Supporters and 54 Volunteers!

400 Items Brought for Fixing!

Including: 39 lamps, 20 clocks, 17 pairs of pants, 16 pairs of socks, 13 glued ceramics, 10 coats/jackets, 9 bicycles, 8 bracelets, 7 chairs, 5 blankets, 4 musical instruments, 3 stools and a suitcase!

Repair Cafe Volunteer Appreciation Party!
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Location: Big Feast Bistro, 11920 227th Street, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: 4pm-6pm

Repair Café #8
LAST Cafe of 2018!!
Saturday, November 17, 2018
Location: Maple Ridge Library, 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: 10am – 2pm

Repair Café #7
Celebrating International Repair Cafe Week!
Image result for international repair cafe week 2018Saturday, October 13, 2018
Location: Maple Ridge Library, 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: 10am – 2pm

Repair Café #6
Part of GETI Fest!
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Location: Memorial Peace Park, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: 10am – 2pm

Repair Café #5
With the Haney Farmers Market!
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Location: Memorial Peace Park, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: 9am – 2pm

Repair Café #4
Co-hosted with the Maple Ridge Library – celebrating Seniors’ Week!
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Location: Maple Ridge Library – Fraser Room (2nd floor), 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: 1pm – 4pm

Repair Café #3
Part of the Ridge Meadows Seniors’ Society Garage & Craft Fair!
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Location: Maple Ridge Seniors’ Activity Centre, 12150 – 224th Street, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: 10am – 2pm

Repair Café #2
Part of Earth Day celebrations! Theme: “DIY: Make it, Grow it, Fix it, Share it”
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Location: Greg Moore Youth Centre, 11925 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: 10am – 2pm


Repair Café #1
The Launch!
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Location: Maple Ridge Seniors’ Activity Centre, 12150 – 224th Street, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: 10am – 2pm


Maple Ridge Repair Café Media Launch!
Friday, March 2, 2018
Location: Maple Ridge Recycling Depot


The Repair Café Planning Team is grateful to the following organizations and businesses for their support:

The Government of Canada
New Horizons for Seniors Program
City of Maple Ridge
Ridge Meadows Recycling Society
Repair Café Foundation
Vancity – Maple Ridge Branch
Katzie First Nation
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows-Katzie Community Network
The Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows NEWS
Farnsworth Designs
Haney Builders Supplies
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows-Katzie Seniors Network
Geek Crossing
PrimeTime Digital
HUB: Your Cycling Connection
Ridge Meadows Seniors Society
Maple Ridge Library
Immigrant Services Society of BC
Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association
School District 42