When this heritage-rich property became available for sale in 2011, while the Peterborough Poverty Network teamed up with five organizations to investigate the potential and the risks of acquiring The Mount as a community asset. After months of due diligence by dozens of community leaders, the Network agreed to the buy the property on July 30, 2013 and turn it over to a new non-profit organization known as The Mount Community Centre. The founders are grateful to the Peterborough City-County Health Unit, the United Way of Peterborough and District, Kawartha Participation Projects, Habitat for Humanity and the Peterborough Housing Corporation for their support during those key early months.

"This was an opportunity that we couldn’t pass on to acquire a heritage property as a community asset to serve a variety of community needs, just as the Sisters of St. Joseph have done for decades,” says Stephen Kylie, chair of the Network and a founding member of The Mount Community Centre. “Dozens of community leaders have worked with us to find the right mix of compatible and sustainable uses.”

He invites volunteers and donors to support The Mount to help ensure a bright future for the property and the people who live and work there. While housing is a first priority, longterm plans for The Mount include community gardens, a performing arts space and other public uses, including the classic chapel.

The Mount Community Centre also recognizes the invaluable support by the Sisters of St. Joseph and the previous proposed developer of the property for their advice and technical reports. 

 

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada

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Thank you to our partner Aviva

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Other notable partners and supporters are:

  • Peterborough Poverty Reduction Network
  • United Way of Peterborough and District
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Peterborough Housing Corporation
  • Peterborough City-County Health Unit
  • Kawartha Participation Projects
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • The City of Peterborough
  • Community Futures Peterborough

 

Thank you to all the organizations who have contributed to our success so far:  

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