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Ottawa: Angelina Singson says her community garden plot is better than therapy after escaping domestic violence


Ottawa’s Interval House helped more than 270 women and children escape abuse last year.

By Emma Jackson
Jun 26 2016


Angelina Singson kneels in her community garden plot, planting summer squash in a crooked row beside an overgrown fence.

Like her vegetables, this is where Singson thrives: in the garden, making things grow.

“Why should I go to therapy, when I get free tomatoes from the garden?” she said. “You work it, you feel like you’ve accomplished something. There’s no better therapy than that.”

Two years ago, Singson wouldn’t have believed it if someone told her she’d one day have a house in her name, own a summer gardening business, and be finishing her science degree at Carleton University.

She was gardening then, too, but back then it more escapism than anything else.

By April 2014, the emotional, sexual and physical abuse from her alcoholic husband had reached a breaking point: during the Easter weekend, he pushed her in the bathroom, piercing her neck with a shard of ceramic.

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