Community Counselling & Resource Centre

Mount Community Centre in Peterborough launches $4M Building Opportunity Campaign

September 29th, 2017

The Mount Community Centre has launched a new campaign to raise $4 million to fund at least 50 more apartments, a community food centre, the grounds and gardens and a sustainability fund.

Board chairman Steve Kylie made the announcement Friday night at the third annual Food for Thought event held at the historic Monaghan Road facility that used to house the Sisters of Mount St. Joseph convent.

We are moving forward with the second phase of our campaign. The Mount Community Centre’s $4-million Building Opportunity Campaign will focus on four priority areas including the community food centre, centre and north wing renovations, grounds and gardens and organizational sustainability,” Kylie stated.

“We are inspired by the stories we have heard from current tenants this evening and there are many more who need our help right here at home in our community. There will always be a place here for volunteers and members of the community and in order to keep that going, we will be calling upon our friends who can help as soon as possible.”

The food centre is already under construction.

Kylie also announced the Building Opportunity Campaign team of: former mayor Paul Ayotte, city police Chief Murray Rodd, Innovation Cluster leader Michael Skinner, Andi van Koeverden, Christine Cannon, Pat Hooper, Kate Ramsay and weekly newspaper editor Lois Tuffin.

The event also revealed plans for Shared Dreams, a separate charity that will create and support an assisted-living pod for five men with special needs on the facility’s second storey.

More than 120 guests at the $100-a-plate Food for Thought dinner noshed on two locally prepared meals — one a restaurant-level meal and the other created using only ingredients that would be available at a food bank. The intent was to explore issues related to hunger and poverty. Proceeds from the dinner go to the Mount Community Centre redevelopment project.

The event also included remarks from Food for Thought Event chairwoman Kate Ramsay, along with James Jamieson and Patricia Ainsworth, tenants at The Mount Community Centre’s Woodland Apartments.

Entertainment was provided by vocalists Mitchell Martin and Emilee Thiel-Jones, pianist, Alina Newnham and vocalist/musician Danny Bronson.

The 10-acre site, featuring the 131,400-square-foot former convent, was purchased in 2013 by the Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network.

Run by a 10-member board of directors, the centre offers apartment units at market and subsidized rates and also provides officers for agencies to provide programs and services, spaces for performing arts and other community uses.

The centre has also been a location for television and movie shoots, including scenes for Murdoch Mysteries on CBC-TV and the movie Indian Horse, which made its debut in September on the film festival circuit.