G.T.A.I.S.

By | November 7, 2019

(Greater Toronto Al-Anon Information Services)

Contact GTAIS: 1 (416) 410-3809

What is GTAIS?

The Greater Toronto Al-Anon Information Services (GTAIS) provides a forum for the Al-Anon and Alateen groups within the Toronto geographic area to exchange and share information. This area includes Districts 16-23 (see list below).

District 16 – Mississauga
Mississauga, Oakville, Port Credit

District 17 – Peel, Halton
Acton, Bolton, Bramalea, Brampton, Erin, Georgetown, Milton, Woodbridge

District 18 – GTA North
Aurora, Beaverton, Bradford, Keswick, King City, Newmarket, Orangeville, Stouffville, Sutton West, Tottenham

District 19 – Toronto North
Don Mills, Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Toronto, Willowdale

District 20 – Toronto West
Etobicoke, Toronto, Weston

District 21 – Toronto Central
Toronto

District 22 – Scarborough
Agincourt, Markham, Scarborough, Toronto, Unionville

District 23 – Lakeshore
Ajax, Bowmanville, Orono, Oshawa, Pickering, Port Perry, Whitby

GTAIS Services

GTAIS also offers a variety of services to Al-Anon members and the community as suggested in the Al-Anon Service Manual:

  • Manages the Al-Anon Telephone Answering Service: 1 (416) 410-3809
    Answers calls from people seeking information about the Al-Anon or Alateen program or about meeting locations.
  • Provides information on Conferences, Group Anniversaries, etc.
  • Organises the Greater Toronto Al-Anon Day
  • Supports Public Outreach initiatives in the GTA (e.g. bus/subway poster campaign)

    Service Manual, p66:
    GTAIS “serves as an avenue for local public outreach service, which is channeled through the Districts whenever possible.”
  • Maintains an Al-Anon Post Office Box to receive any Al-Anon mail for our area. You can write to us at:

    Greater Toronto AIS
    PO Box 30246
    Rexdale RPO
    123 Rexdale Blvd.
    Etobicoke, ON M9W 0B1
    Or you can e-mail us at chair.g.t.a.i.s@gmail.com
  •  AIS can be the Al-Anon equivalent of AA’s Intergroup Services.

With whom does GTAIS exchange information?

Al-Anon Groups

Information flow is a two-way street between GTAIS and the groups. Groups exchange information about meeting changes, gratitude meetings, conferences and group anniversaries at GTAIS meetings. Groups also provide feedback to GTAIS through their GTAIS Representative.

When Does GTAIS Meet?

First Tuesday of every month
7:30 p.m. – to 9 p.m.
All meetings are currently held on Zoom.

Meeting ID: 922 712 806
Password: 567963

GTAIS Meeting Location when physical meetings resume:

St. Ansgar Lutheran Church
1498 Avenue Road
Toronto, ON M5N 2J1

Southwest corner of Avenue Road and Lawrence Avenue West
Parking is on the South side of the church.
Entrance is on the South side of the church; downstairs to the basement meeting room.

Who May Attend a GTAIS Meeting?

Any Al-Anon or Alateen member may attend GTAIS meetings, but only the designated GTAIS Representative from your group can vote.

How Can I Become My Group’s GTAIS Representative?

At your group’s next business meeting ask when the position will be available – your group probably already has a GTAIS Rep! Groups may select either the Alternate Group Representative (as suggested by the Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual) or anyone with one year of Al-Anon or Alateen membership.

How Long is the Term?

The AIS Service Manual recommends the member serve one year as Alternate GTAIS Representative, followed by one year as GTAIS Representative. Most groups, however, are flexible.